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 savannahgalleryanguilla@gmail.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.

Kim Workman – Gyotaku

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Way back in April, I was flicking around on TV, and stopped and gawked at a segment on an artists work on PBS’s “Artloft”.  Googled the artists name, Kim Workman, her studio, Kimian, and started corresponding with her.  Today,  the first four works arrived, and I’m still gawking in wonder at them, this time on my gallery walls.  The process is “Gyotaku” (ghee-o-tah-ku), and is Japanese for “fish rubbing”.  An actual fish is inked, then removed to obtain an exact image, then made into a wondrous artwork by Ms Workman.  The artist lives in Cudjoe Key, is self-taught, and draws from her childhood experiences as a daughter of a marine biologist, exploring the barrier islands on the Gulf of Mexico, then later, the coast of South America.  I adore everything about them…..w3w4

Jasmin Joseph (1924-2005), was a truly great Haitian master.  Widely collected during his lifetime, his work is now treasured by collectors worldwide.  This is a wonderful 1989 painting on wood highlighting his classic sense of anthropomorphism, the attributing of human forms or behaviour to an animal.  I wonder what that bear’s got in that satchel…..bear

New dog in the ‘hood

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My lovely neighbours across the road from me have gotten a very very sweet puppy – a girl named Brownie.  I guess she was very timid for the first few weeks she was here, but is now full of proverbial beans.  Lucy and Luther have fun with her, epecially Lucy.  Luther’s a little shaky on his pins these days, and is sweet to Brownie, but doesn’t carry on as Lucy does.  Alas, my beloved Lola passed at the end of March at the ripe age of 15b3b5b2, and it’s nice to see my two play and carouse with a new reprobate.

Happy Anguilla Day!

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I was so happy to see the throngs of people following our magnificent Anguillian racing boats, as they sailed their traditional “round the Island” route.  I toddled down to the end of my road, and managed to get this one great shot taken of the boats in the lead, as they headed west towards Seafeathers Bay.  It’s Anguilla Day today – the 49th anniversary of Anguilla declaring its independence from St. Kitts and Nevis.Anguilla Day

Weekend Traffic

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Augie and O’Malley were totally chillaxing out back of the gallery this morning.  Traffic heading out for the weekend started to get heavy, but herbivores generally don’t faze them…..traffic

Meads Bay Saturday

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Sorry if you passed the gallery yesterday and saw meadsmy doors and shutters closed.  I played hooky….  Lunch on Meads Bay, then struck with the sheer beauty of the landscape…..

New work in the gallery

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This blog post is rather different than most.  I’m featuring two quite different pauschworks into the gallery – a new painting by the always superb Stafford Schliefer from Jamaica, and a vintage work by Gerard Paul (born 1943, Port-au-Prince Haiti).  It’s a fabulous painting of a “Marchande de Toile” or “Textile Vendor”.  Her bamboo yardstick, and oversized scissors make for a wonderful image.  Interestingly, the artist seemingly moved to the U.S. in the early 1980’s, and after a successful artistic career, literally vanished…..

 

The Schliefer is quite wonderful too.   In “The Catch”, his fisherman are classic figures in a Schliefer work – full of vitality and painted in exquisite colour.  We get an extra little bonus in this painting – a superb landscape, which looks remarkably like Anguilla with St. Martin in the background!

Patience….

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A neighbour was very neighbourly recently, and gave me a cutting of her Frangipani tree to plant.  I did, and it leafed out a couple of times, but for the last few weeks was barren, and looked kaput.  I was ready to yank if out of the dirt, when I noticed teensy tiny buds.  And now, a couple of weeks later, I am delighted to see these absolutely stunning flowers blooming away.  Intoxicating fragrance too!  Alas, patience truly is a virtue….garden

What a treat to hang this quite lovely Bresil triptych.  Henri Robert Bresil (1952 – 1999) is a true Haitian master, whose landscapes are iconic in the history of Haitian Art.  This painting combines all his classic elements, and I love the way the landscape breaks and starts again with each panel.triptych

Delighted to see the St. Martin-based artist Francis Eck and his lovely wife Sylviane this week.  They’re avid golfers, and love the beautiful course at Cuisinart Golf Resort.  Delighted also that he brought the gallery some new works – a superb landscape named “Vierges Nature”, which I have to translate to “Virgin Nature”.  If anyone knows of a different translation, please let me know!  The other, keeps in his figurative theme, and depicts a striking piano player.  “Pianiste” is a gorgeous monochrome, like so many of his recent landscapes.eck - natureeck - pianist