PRESS RELEASE – The National Insurance Corporation (NIC) will be paying tribute to the late artist extraordinaire of St. Lucia, Sir Dunstan St. Omer, when it sponsors the broadcast of a two part documentary on his life and work on Calabash Television on Saturday 24th October, 2015 at 8.00pm
The documentary is part of a series called, Leaders of Iyanola, produced and narrated by Earl Huntley, and it will be broadcast on the anniversary of Sir Dunstan’s birthday. Sir Dunstan, who died on 6th May 2015, would have been 88 years old on the 24th October.
The newly formed Sir Dunstan St. Omer Art Foundation and St. Lucia’s Nobel Laureate for Literature, the Hon. Derek Walcott, a lifelong bosom friend of the Artist, will together also be honouring Sir Dunstan on that date with a memorial service at the Jacmel Church and a pre Jounen Kweyol Mini fiesta on the church grounds.
It was in the Jacmel Church that Sir Dunstan painted his first and greatest religious mural epitomizing black consciousness in the Christian religion.
The two hour two part television programme features Sir Dunstan, members of his family and another close associate, the noted folklorist and cultural activist, Monsignor Patrick Anthony, speaking about his life and his art.
The first part of the documentary was originally broadcast on 19th May, the day before Sir Dunstan’s funeral service. The second part, which was unfinished at the time of Sir Dunstan’s passing, was completed with the assistance of the NIC, which then agreed to sponsor the broadcast of both programmes as a means of joining in the special honour to him on his birth date.