The Bahamian Collection Exhibition at The Salus Gallery


The Salus Project announces the opening of The Bahamian Collection exhibition on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

bahamian-collection-dukewells-2402sThe collection of classic, dramatic black-and-white legacy portraits that will be exhibited are part of the Bahamian Project’s first year body of work created by photographer, and Bahamian Project founder, Duke of Nassau.

The Bahamian Project was created to capture the spirit of the people of The Bahamas. The body of photographs produced in the first year – “The Bahamian Collection” – comprises about 60 classic black-&-white portraits of Bahamians and made a spectacular debut at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas as part of the Bahamas’ 40th Independence anniversary celebrations. Approximately 24 of those legacy portraits will be exhibited at The Salus Project Gallery from December 4th and into the new year.

“It’s a celebration of the good in our society. This Collection has put faces to the spirit that makes us Bahamian – these are but a few of the many Bahamians that reflect that spirit,” said project manager, Lisa Wells.

The photographic portraits being exhibited are of men and women from all walks of life, who together represent the heart, soul and spirit of the Bahamian character.

On display, along with the portraits, will be several of the behind-the-scenes snapshots taken during photo sessions.

The Bahamian Project, now in its second year, is no longer the photographic mission of just one man. The Project has been expanded into an umbrella of over a dozen photographers spread throughout The Bahamas to capture the soul and spirit of the nation’s population.

The portrait images will remain on display for three months at The Salus Project Gallery, which is located in the new Family Medicine Center building on Blake Road. Both the opening reception and the continuing exhibition are free and open to the public.


“The Salus Project focuses on the positive aspects of art and the community,” said Anita Cates, who founded the Salus Project, along with her husband Dr. Graham Cates.

“We have presented numerous shows over the past years, many centered around health, wellness and bettering our society. ‘Salus’ means wellness. The Bahamian Collection is a perfect fit as it is part of a very positive initiative that highlights the good in our society. It is our second exhibition since expanding into our new state-of-the-art facilities and we invite everyone to come out and see it.”

Opening reception
Thursday December 4th, 2014
7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Salus Gallery at the new Family Medicine Center building on Blake Road

Salus Gallery: 327-2878 / 702-9310

Captions: A few of the black and white portraits by Duke Wells
Top: Aljournal Miller, and Emanuel Alexiou;
Left: Charles Farrington, and Erin Brown
Right: Anita and Graham Cates in front of the new Family Medicine Center building where the Salus Project Gallery is located


2 Replies to “The Bahamian Collection Exhibition at The Salus Gallery”

  1. Would be a pleasure to be there… I’m in Vienna/Austria at this time and I’m looking forward to see the portraits by Duke of Nassau later. I’ll be in Nassau in January.

    Warmest regards
    Brigitte Steindl

  2. Thank you for the invite, but I will not be able to attend the opening. I will plan a visit to the exhibition at a later date. What will the opening hours be?

    It’s an interesting project and I hope that you might consider it a travelling exhibition at some point so that the entire Bahamas can enjoy the presentation, especially as family islanders are also being included. You may also wish to partner with the College of The Bahamas who did black and white portraits of some ‘contract workers’ for the 50th anniversary of ‘The Contract’ programme in 1993. You may contact Dr. Berthamae Walker, College Librarian in this regard.

    All best wishes for a successful show!

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