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.

Stafford, I hope you’re reading this!  You’re 76, and painting some of the most vital paintings I’ve seen, in the 20-odd years I know you…………

These two paintings, “Fish Harvest” and “Sugar Cane Reapers” are new to the gallery, and are amazing.  This small “Sugar Cane” painting is one of a series of many that the artist has been working on for over a decade now.  It’s only 16 x 20″,  yet has the energy of an enormous masterwork.  “Fish Harvest” seems just the opposite – a poignant rendition of the lives of fisherfolk.sugarcane reapersfish harvest

Always intrigued by the passing landscape, both natural and man-made, Jo-Anne Mason, here on Anguilla, has created this quite wonderful new work, “Gone to St. Martin – Little White House in Welches, Anguilla”.  A good painting for quiet contemplation….  Why is this house shuttered?  Gone to St. Martin for the day, or…..?  Also a very beautiful work, capturing, as always, the Anguillian landscape in her signature Impressionist style.welchs

Jean-Pierre Straub

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Visitors to the gallery are all in agreement that the marquetry of Jean-Pierre Straub is superb.  I think I hear the phrase “I’ve never seen anything like it” very very frequently.  I’m always quick to respond “He’s the nicest guy too!”, which is true.  We enjoyed a great breakfast at Straw Hat yesterday (scallion potato pancakes with poached eggs perched atop, but I digress, as I frequently do…..), and to that end, the gallery has several new works of his, including this rather perfect new work, “Anse du Lagon” (Lagoon Cove).  .str

I just hung an exquisite new painting by Francis Eck at the gallery this morning.  These new paintings in black, white and grey blow my mind.  They’re so perfectly evocative of the land and seascape of the Caribbean, but the only colour comes from the central band, just whispering hints of colour and tone.  Superb.  This work, 13 x 22″,  is called “Reve de Mer”, or “Sea Dream”.eck

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