Savannah Gallery

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Thanks for stopping by www.savannahgallery.com for a visit.  The Gallery has enjoyed a web presence for over a decade now, and although often overlooked through the years, we promise to keep our new site fresh and interesting, with new works uploaded at the same time they are hung on the Gallery’s walls.

Please don’t hesitate to email savannah@anguillanet.com or call (264) 497-2263 to request additional photos of specific artists’ works, detail photos of works on the site, or information relating to these artists.  Drop a note to say hello – it’s always my pleasure to touch base.

Dinner @ Jacala

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Perfection.  Each and every bite rather exquisite.  Ahhhhhh.  Jacala!

I started with a “Parmentier” of smoked haddock with leek and dill sauce.  The flavour and the texture were both luxurious and superb.  The haddock was subtle, and combining it with potato was outrageously good.  On then, to the breast of chicken, stuffed with lobster, shellfish sauce and carrot puree.  I can’t even begin to speak of how delicious this was.  All I know is that they could have used my plate again without washing it!  Bravo Alain!j1j2

Dinner @ Malliouhana

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I really should spring for a thesaurus.  Dinners like the one we all enjoyed last night at Malliouhana merit a few adjectives which are beyond my basic vocabulary…..  I started with the curried goat sausage with whipped banana and sweet potato, kale, basmati rice and peas with ginger.  Sooooooooo good.  Followed up with Anguillian snapper, grain salad, jerk spiced spinach with  tropical fruit, lemongrass, and a banana-cashew crumble.   I think these pics say it all.  Kudos to the kitchen!  malli1malli2

Two more great lignum vitae h abstract bowlh mask bowlsculptures by Victor, all from that tree felled by Hurricane Irene in 2011 in Rum Cay, Bahamas.  The “Abstract Bowl” has some of the most beautiful grains in a wood I’ve ever seen, and his carving works with that grain.  The “Mask Bowl” is simply wild and wonderful……….

Happy ending to a stressful situation!  In November, 2013, Michele Lavalette sent via courier a carton containing eleven quite wonderful boat paintings for her exhibition at Savannah Gallery in January 2014.  Yikes!  It never showed up in Anguilla.  Michele traced it, had the courier trace it, and basically stressed for a year.  The courier claimed it was in Anguilla, but there wasn’t a hintinstllation 1instllation 2instllation 3instllation 4 of it at the Post Office.  Recently, I was in the Customs warehouse at the airport, and a very kind customs agent (THANK YOU!!) pointed it out to me.  Under the auspices of WAY better late than never, I installed the second part of the Lavalette boat painting exhibition this week.  “Memoires de Bateaux” (Memories of Boats) is a superb exhibition, and has the gallery absolutely glowing.  Thanks Michele!

When Victor told me he was bringing some spoons into the gallery, I have to admit I was a tad skeptical.  My-bad, as the kids say.  These “Mask Spoons” are glorious small sculptures to be admired either as a free-standing works of arthempel spoonshempel spoon, or utilized as, well, spoons!  They’re made from the same lignum vitae wood that as the tray and bowl featured below.  Each spoon is between 14 – 18 “,  and are finished in food-friendly oils.

Hurricanes in the Caribbean are pretty much always loathed for obvious reasons.  The sculptor Victor Hempel has found a bright side to them, in that fallen tree tree limbs provide him with an array of raw materials to create his fabulous creations.  After Hurricane Irene passed through the Bahamas in 2011, Victor was able to source some lignum vitae wood from a one of those trees.  Lignum vitae, also known as guayacan, is a rare wood, very hard, and very beautiful – the name itself is Latin for “wood of life”.  These two sculptures, “Whale Tray” and “Crab Claw Bowl” capture the essence of this wood, especially its spectacular grain.whale traycrab claw tray

Stafford Schliefer, the great Jamaican painter, is now in his 75th year, and shows absolutely no sign of slowing down.  I received these two superb small paintings in the gallery today.  Both “Caribbean Fisherman” and “Still Life with Roses and Hibiscus” are strong and vital paintings, bursting at the seams with beauty and energy.  When taken out of context, some passages, such as the basket of fish on the beach, or the interior of the vase,  look like perfect abstract paintings…..sch1sch2

Sunrise

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Short days here, like everywhere else, and although I’m out with the dogs at the usual time, about 6:30, the sun’s just rising at that time.  Glad I took my camera with my coffee mug this morning – I was rewarded with a particularly beautiful sunrise……….d1

These two paintings, new into the gallery, are by a younger generation of Haitian artists, and I’m delighted to see the quality of the work from this new generation still shines.  The “Tree of Life” is by Serge Pierre, son the late great artist Fernand Pierre.  The anthropomorphic “Cat Life” is by Franz Mattieu.  I love them both!h1h2

Art Theory 101

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Collect the art you love.  Don’t worry about what matches what – it’s your collection!!!  Thanks TBM……..tm