Artists join forces with Horizons | Local Features

Horizons Art Gallery welcomes Beverly Thomas and Jacqueline Guzman to a joint exhibition that has something for everyone. While demonstrating very different painting styles, the two artists are highly regarded for their bold compositions and strong use of color. With their combined forces, viewers are promised a joyous and uplifting experience.

As a child, Jacqueline Guzman saw art every day, from trees swaying in the breeze to an old broken down chair. At 13, she studied with Freda Artman, an artist based in Trinidad. In 1998, Jacqueline obtained a degree in physiotherapy from the University of Lynn, USA, but art remains her main interest. Guzman’s style is a combination of primitivism and modern techniques, with simplified shapes and bold colors.

His work is still visually stunning, replete with dancing figures and cheerful panmen, and can be found in businesses and private collections both locally and around the world.

Karen Hale-Jackson is known and loved by gallery regulars, sought after for her sweeping views and peaceful seascapes. She jokes, “I was born with a brush in my hand,” and as a child she spent every free moment creating. Karen only started painting full time in 2006, but has participated in numerous exhibitions, including several at Horizons.

A self-taught artist, she explores new techniques with each new show. She intends to take a sabbatical after this exhibition, choosing to spend her time pursuing her artistic studies and finding new inspiration in the world around her.

The exhibition can be visited in person or virtually on May 24. Those wishing to attend the virtual opening can do so at 5:30 p.m. via the link:

The online show will be streamed live with the artists in attendance, so viewers are encouraged to interact and join the chat.

Art lovers can also attend the vernissage in person from 6.30pm to 8pm at Horizons Art Gallery, 37 Mucurapo Road, St James. Current health protocols will be in place.

This exhibition is also visible at the gallery until June 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Please call 628-9769 for details.