The government and people of Colombia have contributed to an upcoming art exhibition and auction to aid in the restoration of St Francis RC Church, Belmont.
The presentation of art collectibles was held on Monday, August 29 at the National Trust, Mille Fleurs, Queen’s Park Savannah.
Her Excellency, Martha Cecilia Pinilla Perdomo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Colombia was present for the handing over of an Elephant Chair from Malaysia. The chair is a replica of those used by the royalty at a time when there was no other mode of transport.
Also donated were paintings done by Harry Bryden and Jackie Hinkson which will be included in the art exhibition/auction carded for October 10–14 at Mille Fleurs.
The exhibition/auction will be a follow-up to the successful fundraising Gala concert held at NAPA in early April.
The purpose of the art exhibition/auction is to continue to raise awareness of Belmont’s importance as a Heritage District and raise funds for the completion of the next phase of the church’s restoration.
Constructed in 1902, St Francis plays an important role in the life of countless Belmont families and the community. This historic landmark was listed as a National Heritage building by the National Trust in October 2019 but has not been in use for over ten years due to disrepair. It is the only listed Heritage Building in Belmont.
In photo with the art collectibles are (from left): Heidi Cortes Acosta, Second Secretary- Political Affairs, Embassy of Columbia; Her Excellency, Martha Cecilia Pinilla Perdomo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Colombia; Linda Aboud Stephen, St Francis of Assisi fundraising committee member; Margaret Mc Dowall, Chairman, National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago; and Jose Nivet, St Francis of Assisi fundraising committee member.