TUFF GONG: Berhane Selassie Art Gallery Grand Open

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

At yesterday’s grand opening of the Berhane Selassie Art Gallery at Tuff Gong International, Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, expressed his deep respect for the record company founded by the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley, OM.

Before cutting of the ribbon with Marley’s daughter, Stephanie, Minister Bartlett gave a moving speech during which he regarded Tuff Gong as “a jewel in the gilded trunk of Jamaica’s tourism treasures.”

“The official opening of the Berhane Selassie Art Gallery is also an important step in bringing people together,” he said. “Our visitors are coming, not just to enjoy the hotels and the beauty spots, but the historical and cultural arenas such as Tuff Gong International.”

Artists who are featured in the gallery include seventeen year old Jamaican, Laura-Anne Fung, who did a splendid interpretation of Bob Marley as well as other abstract pieces. Joavan Puran’s half Haile Selassie I, half lion face profile was a crowd favourite at the opening as well as the ten-piece black history series done by Tennyson “Jimmy” Smith; both those artists are also Jamaican. Works by Switzerland-born Djamila Liniger-Strauss are also on display.

The Berhane Selassie Art Gallery is located at Tuff Gong International (220 Marcus Garvey Drive) and has been included in the Making of Music Tour, a half-hour journey through Tuff Gong’s facilities allowing visitors to witness the process of making music from start to finish.

*courtesy Gavin Hutchinson
Tours Coordinator
Tuff Gong International Ltd.


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