# Caribbean Art StoriesInaugural Gallery OCA Initiative
The stories of Caribbean artists form an important contribution to the art world: past, present and future. #CaribbeanArtStories is the inaugural Gallery OCA initiative that amplifies the voices and artwork of Caribbean artists, capturing and showcasing their inspiring works, and telling the personal stories of their life journey.
It is important that these stories are told and kept alive, not forgotten. So is the context of Gallery OCA, says founder Sherece Rainford “our stories connect us to our roots and to each other, acting as a bridge between our pasts and the future.”
#CaribbeanArtStories is the first of many initiatives that will promote key artists born and raised in the Caribbean. It will tell their life stories: exploring ancestry, childhood, life as an artist, history, creative inspiration, passions, challenges, and hopes for the future.
Each month Gallery OCA will be profiling one artist on the homepage, and this month the featured artist is Michele Lee Lambert from Jamaica.
Michele Lee Lambert
the Importance of Caribbean Art Stories
"The story of the Caribbean people is unique. The Caribbean is essentially composed of Africans taken against their will to faraway lands to work as slaves by European colonizers and then later indentured labourers from Asia. This has resulted in both a story of human struggle and love. A tragedy and simultaneously a victory about the resilience of mankind."