Written by Stephanie Koathes

My SVG with Camille Musser

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These days artist Camille Musser may live in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, but her heart will always be in her native St Vincent and the Grenadines. Her colourful abstract and surrealist art is inspired by the country where she grew up. Camille has made sure to give back by founding the Youlou Arts Foundation to develop, promote and preserve the arts and culture of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This talented artist shares with us a little piece of ‘her St Vincent’.

Which area are you from?
Kingstown

What two words best describe your art?
Colourful landscapes

Describe St Vincent and the Grenadines in three words.
Lush, beautiful, wild

Where did you attend high school?
St. Joseph’s Convent, Kingstown

What was your favourite subject in high school?
West Indian History

Where would you recommend as a ‘must go’ to a first time visitor to SVG?
Bequia

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What is your favourite traditional dish, and why?

Callaloo Soup. It is so nutritious.

What is your favourite childhood memory?
Eating ice cream and cake on Sundays after attending Sunday school.

Which local activist/personality do you admire the most, and why?
Marla Nanton. She does a great job of promoting steelpan music.

What is your favourite restaurant in SVG?
Cobblestone Rooftop Restaurant and Vee Jays; both places are run by very strong women.

What is your favourite SVG tradition and why?
Eating black cake and drinking sorrel at Christmastime; it reminds me of my childhood.

What advice would you give young upcoming artists?
Read all you can about SVG and explore the island.

What major developments would you like to see happen in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the next 20 years?
The selling of more local organic food in the supermarkets and less importing of foreign food.

Considering a staycation, where in SVG is your favourite place to unwind and recharge?
Daily trips to the beaches and visits to the Botanical gardens


What’s your favourite SVG saying/proverb?

“He head hard”

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