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Saturday, October 1st

Art Exhibition: Errol McKinson

Trench Town is located in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. In the 1960s, Trench Town was known as the Hollywood of Jamaica. Today, Trench Town is the location of the Trench Town Culture Yard Museum, a National Heritage Site presenting the unique history and contribution of Trench Town to Jamaica.  The birthplace of rocksteady and reggae music, as well as the home of reggae and Rastafari ambassador Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer. The neighborhood gets its name from its previous designation as Trench Pen, 400 acres of land once used for livestock by Daniel Power Trench, an Irish immigrant of the 18th century (descendants of the Earls of Clancarty). The Trench family abandoned the land in the late 19th century. The new residences consisted of one- and two-story 'knog' buildings, built in clusters or around a central courtyard with communal cooking and bathroom facilities. The residences became the famous Government Yards of Trench Town. Knog construction refers to a labor-intensive traditional method of construction where a timber-frame structure is in-filled with brick or rubble then covered with a wire mesh and plastered. The architecture used was that of a rural Caribbean vernacular with hip roofs and wide verandas. Trench Town was a planned community with a hierarchical grid of streets and central sewage and garbage disposal systems. Trench Town is home to the communities of Wilton Gardens [Rema], Federal Gardens, Arnett Gardens [Jungle], Havana, Buckers and others. Trench Town today is also the home of two of Jamaica's top Premier Football League club teams, Arnett Gardens and Boys' Town. Now in 2022, Trench Town comes alive in a new Series of paintings dubbed “The Trench Town Rock Experience” done by a native of Trench Town, Errol McKinson. Errol spent several years of his childhood growing up, playing soccer in the Premier Football League and later became a professional recording/mixing engineer working among some of the now-famous faces of Trench Town. Throughout those years, Errol has gained a tremendous amount of life experience from the culture to Roots Rock Reggae. The series of paintings was previously exhibited at several organizations throughout the Washington Metropolitan DC area, including the Embassy of Jamaica, Washington DC. Trench Town Rock Experience consists of a total of over 24 paintings created at Errol’s art studio located in Suburban Maryland. His gallery can be visited at www.mckinsongallery.com.

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Art Exhibition: Errol McKinson

Sat, Oct 1st
5:00pm - 3:51pm
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Trench Town is located in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. In the 1960s, Trench Town was known as the Hollywood of Jamaica. Today, Trench Town is the location of the Trench Town Culture Yard Museum, a National Heritage Site presenting the unique history and contribution of Trench Town to Jamaica.  The birthplace of rocksteady and reggae music, as well as the home of reggae and Rastafari ambassador Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer. The neighborhood gets its name from its previous designation as Trench Pen, 400 acres of land once used for livestock by Daniel Power Trench, an Irish immigrant of the 18th century (descendants of the Earls of Clancarty). The Trench family abandoned the land in the late 19th century. The new residences consisted of one- and two-story 'knog' buildings, built in clusters or around a central courtyard with communal cooking and bathroom facilities. The residences became the famous Government Yards of Trench Town. Knog construction refers to a labor-intensive traditional method of construction where a timber-frame structure is in-filled with brick or rubble then covered with a wire mesh and plastered. The architecture used was that of a rural Caribbean vernacular with hip roofs and wide verandas. Trench Town was a planned community with a hierarchical grid of streets and central sewage and garbage disposal systems. Trench Town is home to the communities of Wilton Gardens [Rema], Federal Gardens, Arnett Gardens [Jungle], Havana, Buckers and others. Trench Town today is also the home of two of Jamaica's top Premier Football League club teams, Arnett Gardens and Boys' Town. Now in 2022, Trench Town comes alive in a new Series of paintings dubbed “The Trench Town Rock Experience” done by a native of Trench Town, Errol McKinson. Errol spent several years of his childhood growing up, playing soccer in the Premier Football League and later became a professional recording/mixing engineer working among some of the now-famous faces of Trench Town. Throughout those years, Errol has gained a tremendous amount of life experience from the culture to Roots Rock Reggae. The series of paintings was previously exhibited at several organizations throughout the Washington Metropolitan DC area, including the Embassy of Jamaica, Washington DC. Trench Town Rock Experience consists of a total of over 24 paintings created at Errol’s art studio located in Suburban Maryland. His gallery can be visited at www.mckinsongallery.com.