On Thursday the Smoky Mermaid will host its annual benefit dinner for the Red Cross. The restaurant is hoping to raise $6,000 which it is expected that the Red Cross will use to help make Christmas merry for those children in the north who are still living with the after effects of Hurricane Dean. Angela Gegg is Smoky Mermaid’s manager and she told us how you can help. Angela Gegg, Smoky Mermaid “We do it every year. We’ve been working with the Red Cross annually so we feel its something we could do to help out the community. READ MORE
Made in Belize, Artist Book Launch CHANNEL 7 NEWS!
July 2007 This morning the Image Factory launched what just might its definitive publication. (Keith Swift Reporting), Its entitled: Made in Belize and the book contains artworks from 33 contemporary Belizean artists. From Richard Holder's epic 'Last Supper,' George Gabb's historic 'Sleeping Giant,' and Angela Gegg's 'Mixed Media.'(Angela Gegg, Featured Artist)"This piece was actually my 2004 Subconscious Works of Art Exhibit. One of my buyers owns it. It is a gigantic piece. It is very big and pretty much represents me as an abstract, surrealist artist." The book, which was released in three covers, was compiled by Maggie Turner. These 33 images from 33 artists were chosen from among a pool of hundreds but Turner says making the selections were easy. READ MORE
The Spoken Word, Celebrity Edition CHANNEL 7 NEWS!
May 2007 The experts say poetry was made to be read more than spoken but today a new disc was released which hopes to challenge that notion. To coincide with poetry month, the Image Factory Art Foundation has released a compilation of spoken word poems from Belize's most well known poets. The projected is spearheaded by Angela Gegg and the Grandmaster who host the G2 Poetry Show on Positive Vibes Radio. Today they told us why the spoken word is where it's at right now. (Angela Gegg, Poet) "You can read it on paper and perceive it in one way and maybe get one way from it, you don't really understand or feel the emotions that the poet is to trying to express and like what they're feeling. You read it and you may perceive it as something completely different as it is. READ MORE
Poets Collaborate on CD Release CHANNEL 5 NEWS
May 2007 As the popularity of poetry grows, so does the number of local enthusiasts who will no doubt welcome the new C.D. launched today. The disc samples the work of some of the best already in the business and newcomers hoping to make a name for themselves. This morning News Five's Kendra Griffith enjoyed a preview of the performances. Kendra Griffith, Reporting One Hundred Percent Belizean, by Poet Angela Gegg, is just one of the ten poems on the C.D., “Spoken Word from Belize Vol. 1” which was released this morning at the Image Factory. READ MORE
The Inimitabel Angela hits Pay Dirt once again! THE BELIZE TIMES December, 2006
Angela Gegg is the new star of the G2 show on Positive Vibes Radio, along with her co-host the Grandmaster. The pair brings an entirely new vibe to the airwaves. It's a show that has never been done before as the pair put a unique twist on poetry, the spoken word, rhyme and rhythm .. verse will never be the same. At 7pm every Thursday's you hear Angela's intro the show with a rhythmical piece, where the hype begins, "..it's a hip-hop generation show; in case ya'll didn't know; to promote; the spoken word; to re-arrange; the use of verbs; to uplift artists of out time; past, future and present; those who shine; and ultimately; drop lyrics in a rhyme.. It's the Grandmaster and me; the A to the G; just keeping it real; bringing it to you; genuine and true; this show called the G2; right here on Positive Vibes; 90.5". The promo gives an idea of the wild things that will come. It's obvious that Miss Gegg is used to pioneering the way - the trend-master in the entertainment/art world in Belize. For example her trailblazing series, "Cooking with the Smoky Mermaid", was the very first live televised series (that wasn't a newscast) done on weekly basis. The show paved the way for other televised shows to follow, starting a new era of Belizean television. READ MORE!
Angela Gegg Collaborates on CD Release AMBERGRIS TODAY NEWSPAPER May, 2007
Poetry Flexes Muscles THE BELIZE TIMES May, 2007
Beizean Poets Collaborate to bring us the Spoken Word THE REPORTER NEWSPAPER May, 2007
Dark, In Between, and Light THE AMANDALA PRESS September, 2006
Angela Wows La Isla Bonita! THE BELIZE TIMES - COVER STORY September, 2006
Angela Gegg, author of "The Light, The Dark, And Everything In Between", and one of Belize's most provocative and explosive artists, had her first official out district Book Signing and Art Event. This past weekend, Sat Aug 26th, the BELIZEAN ARTS art gallery located at the Fidos Courtyard welcomed the artist we know as Proshka (or Angela Gegg). She was welcomed by an array of both San Pedranos and foreigners who both reside on and were visiting the island. All week San Pedro Town was buzzing about the event, on Thursday the 23rd, she was invited to be a guest on the San Pedro Barrier Reef Radio with DJ Kandyman from 3-5pm to promote the event and discuss her slickly produced opus, "The Light, The Dark And Everything In Between", as well as her infamous and highly publicized Art Exhibit, "Hottt Chicks Can Paint Too", which launched this past July (7/7/7- July 7th @ 7). The San Perdo Daily Online Newsletter as well as the San Perdo Sun Newspaper had the event featured in its publications, and on the eve of the show the San Pedro media were there taking photos and interviewing the artist. READ MORE!
Proshka Presents in San Pedro THE SAN PEDRO SUN - COVER STORY August, 2006
AUGUST 2006 On Saturday, art and book enthusiasts in San Pedro Town got the opportunity to meet and interact with Angela Gegg, artist extraordinaire. Referred to as the Juggernaut of Belize by the Belize Times, Angela delves into the world of painting, poetry and cooking. Art has been a huge part of her life and with the release of her book "The Light, The Dark, And Everything In Between," plus the opening of her exhibit titled "Hott Chicks Can Paint Too" Angela is certainly a shooting star in the artistic world. A book signing and a mini-art exhibit was held this past weekend at Belizean Arts. It undoubtedly had aficionados gathered to enjoy Angela's work. On hand to greet her fans, the beautiful blonde shook hands, mingled and gladly took pictures with all. Angela's artwork is very colorful, maintaining a familiar but yet clever and uninhibited edge. It looks familiar but unique at the same time, reminiscent of Andy Warhol's form of painting, definitely great addition to any home or business wall. Her book has been highly acclaimed by both critics and literary enthusiasts. With a witty tongue and no holds barred attitude, Angela's work will certainly grab your attention. Unable to put the book down, you will dive into a world full of mystique, intelligence, and taboo..READ MORE!
The Juggernaut Beguiles Belize THE BELIZE TIMES - COVER STORY!
JULY 2006 "Juggernaut: a massive inexorable force, campaign, movement, or object that crushes whatever is in its path"- Merriam-Webster Dictionary "Chutzpah: gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, incredible 'guts,' presumption plus arrogance"- Leo Rosten's The Joys of Yiddish Fasten your seat belts, the Juggernaut di cum! The Belizean Juggernaut is part painter, part poet, part essayist, part TV icon, part outspoken feminist, part photographer, part book publisher and part sex-pot. The Belizean Juggernaut is.. the one.. the only.. the inimitable Angela Gegg. Last week Angela Gegg was ubiquitous. Her flowing golden locks provocatively covering strategic portions of her quasi-nude photos adorned a banner across North Front Street. Her full color posters hung in shop windows and outside restaurants. Her book of poetry, "The Light, The Dark, And Everything In Between" was launched at a mighty media hoopla event which got extensive coverage on the nightly TV and radio news. She made the talk show circuit, chatting up her book on WAVE one morning and KREM (both radio and TV) the next. And Belize's perky Juggernaut climaxed her hectic week of activities with the opening of her exhibit, sassily titled "Hottt Chicks Can Paint Too" at the newly renovated, classy Image Factory Gallery with none other than the Prime Minister of Belize, Said Musa giving the Opening Remarks along with dramatic readings of a selection of her verse. The girl has energy and pizzazz galore. Angela Gegg, art impresario, publishing magnate and juggernaut extraordinaire is a first for Belize. The gal has undiluted chutzpah running through her veins. As a sociological-cultural phenomena Ms. Gegg is a force to reckon with. She defies classification and skewers all the usual references. In art historical terms Ms. Gegg is the reincarnation of Andy Warhol.. READ MORE!
A Hot Chick Who Can Paint CHANNEL 7 NEWS!
JULY 2006 And while Gilbert Alamilla is crossing over from television to music, another TV personality is doing something similar, Angela Gegg is crossing over from her cooking show to fine arts. We told you last week about her foray into publishing, well she's gone much further into the arts than that; the smoky mermaid has crashed the fine arts party and brought her particular style to the sometimes staid proceedings. She told us what her paintings are about and why she does them. Angela Gegg, Proshka "People in my opinion, misinterpret and stereotype artists per say and people always look at me and are like, 'you are an artist?' So I guess that just sort of influenced me and I am like, 'yes I am an artist, so what.' I feel the need to be me and creative at the same time. This is two years of work, a lot time. A lot of new stuff has come; colors shapes, forms."READ MORE!
Angela Gegg Opens New Art Show at Image Factory CHANNEL 5 NEWS!
JULY 2006 Tonight none other than the Prime Minister of Belize will officially open the second art show of Angela Gegg, the artist also known as Proshka. Earlier today, News Five's Alyssa Noble got a preview of the latest exhibition to debut on the Belizean entertainment scene. (Alyssa Noble, Reporting.) The artwork of twenty-six year old Angela Gegg is definitely not typical. In her second solo exhibition titled "Hottt Chicks Can Paint Too", Gegg unveils some forty paintings and digital drawings. In addition to her art, this afternoon Gegg also launched her first publication called "The Light, The Dark and Everything in Between". She describes the two hundred page book as an adventure for the intellect. (Angela Gegg, Author.) "I want my readers and my viewers to go through the negative aspects of the book with the more serious topics of conversation first. Then I take them to in between and in between is a place of disarray. I rearrange people's minds; I talk about different theories, my analogies of different things, things that most people would never think about. And then of course I take you through to the light, because I want to end off the book on a very light-hearted, very nice note, where I talk about love and beauty and anything pretty in life, poetry.READ MORE!
Gegg Reveals her latest Work and More THE REPORTER NEWSPAPER July, 2006
A Woman can be both Pretty and Smart THE AMANDALA PRESS July, 2006
Many things Angela CHANNEL 7 NEWS July, 2006
July 2007 She's rose to fame as the host of a cooking show, but Angela Gegg isn't about to be pigeonholed as a kitchen queen. She's shown her paintings and now, she's produced an anthology of many-things-Angela. She told us about her book today, and why it's called "The Light, the Dark and Everything in Between." (Angela Gegg, Author) "I have just always written. I've had a paintbrush in one hand and a pen in the other. I have always been writing. Writing is a comfort for me. It makes me feel good. I psychoanalyze different situations, analyze things, sit down and write about my ideologies in life. I have a lot in my head so I feel I need to get it out on paper...It's very interesting. In my opinion it's kind of scandalous. Hey I don't mind, scandal is up but there's a lot of topics in there that will interest people. (There is) Stereotypism, chauvinism, terrorism--everything is in there. I talk about love, poetry, art. You name it; it's in the book. People always ask why, I want to know why not..READ MORE!
Angela Gegg trades in Spatula for Paintbrush CHANNEL 7 NEWS April, 2006
APRIL 2006 She's the woman who turned cooking fine cuisine into pop culture, but while she takes a break from "Cooking with the Smoky Mermaid," Angela Gegg isn't using the off season to come up with new recipes, instead, she's devoting time to her other life, as an artist. While most artists with a few canvasses to hang queue up for limited space in art galleries, Gegg has snagged a sweet gig that will see her paintings, a few dozen of them, line the walls of the Princess Hotel and Casino. For this artist, who's not afraid to cook up a controversy, it's an opportunity to draw reactions from folks who would never go to an art gallery. READ MORE!
She Means We, Women Speak through Art Channel 7 News March 2006
FROM THE CHANNEL 7 NEWS NEWS ARCHIVES Women Speak Through Art: posted (March 7, 2006) This week is Women's Week and while you can expect the usual workshops, forums, and parades. This year the Women's Department has added an art exhibition to the list. The artists range from female inmates at the Hattieville to cutting edge artists like Angela Gegg. READ MORE
Local Featured in CLICO Calendar ANTIGUA SUN - feature! December 2005
December 2005 The 2006 calendar showcases original paintings and assemblages of 12 female Caribbean artists. “Their works, through abstraction and realism, depict the substantial impact Caribbean women have had on the social fabric of the region,” a release stated. The release from CLICO stated that through its calendar initiative the company “hopes to encourage young would-be artists to follow their dream, but also to help facilitate greater trans-Caribbean interaction and the development of more corporate social responsibility programmes.” For the past 14 years, CLICO has produced the iconic calendar, which features the works of renowned and upcoming Caribbean artists who might not have enjoyed levels of success in their own country, but whose works can compete with any offering of the “developed world.” The 2006 calendar was launched in Port-of-Spain two weeks ago at CLICO’s Art Gallery. Other artists featured in the calendar are Daphne Meyer of Haiti; Belkis Ramirez of the Dominican Republic; Alcina Nolley (St. Lucia);Wendy Nanan, Trinidad & Tobago; Angela Gegg, Belize; Lillian Blades, Bahamas; Tina Rosita Ebanks, Cayman Islands; Susan Mains of Grenada; Akima McPherson of Guyana; Ilene Themen of Suriname and Joscelyn Gardner of Barbados. CLICK HERE!
Belizean Selected for CLICO Caribbean Art BELIZE TIMES - COVER STORY! October 30th, 2005
December 2005 The Colonial Life Insurance Company Limited, (CLICO) art collection highlights excellence in the visual art of the Caribbean region. Each year they publish a calendar composed of art work culled from the Caribbean, Central and South America. This calendar seeks to promote Caribbean region art and art education at all levels. The 2006 calendar features Belizean artist and TV hostess with the most-ess Angela Gegg. Ms. Gegg's painting titled "RESEMBLANCE" .. from her Linear Abstract Layering Collection was chosen for CLICO calendar. READ MORE!
Image Factory @ 10 Exhibition September 2005
ART NOW 2 AT THE IMAGE FACTORY Belize Times - Feature! October, 2004
Beyond Fear and Loathing in ArtLand Belize Times - Intransit June, 2004