Savannah Gallery

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Thanks for stopping by 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 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.

Fauna Day at the gallery….

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Hilarious critters abounded at the gallery today.  Augie has this new t’ing she does – waits for me in the morning on the roof of the gallery, then saunters down the big gynep tree out back, meeting O’Malley and tucking into breakfast.  I was NOT prepared, however, for this very odd goat, who seemed to have escape captivity (dragging his own rope).  He was extremely animated, and had me and a gallery guest in stitaug2aug1g2g3ches!

Lunch at Malliouhana

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SO nice to see Anguilla’s beloved Malliouhana hotel re-opened.  We all missed the Grande Dame whilst closed, and am delighted to see it all looking so spectacular.  I enjoyed dinner with friends on the weekend, and took my pics today, while we all enjoyed a fab lunch poolside.

For lunch, we all started with this amazing focaccia bread, beautifully seasoned, and served with rosemary olive oil.  Hank had the house-made Italian fennel sausage pizza, and he generously offered me a slice.  It was graciously accepted, and was absolutely superb.  Crispy crust, and amazing flavours.   Gail and I, on the other hand, enjoyed the Grilled mahi-mahi skewers, served with a mint yogurt, and served on a five grain salad.  HELLOm1m4m6m5!  ‘Twas a great afternoon…………….

Some paintings just leave me breathless for a minute, and this new Francis Eck work, translating to “Serenity at Night” is one of them.  His style is working rich pure oil pigment with a palette knife, and this painting isserenity an amazing sensual delight.  I love the way the bands of colours at the horizon contrast so strongly with the black sky and white sea.  What a gem……

Gallery afternoon @ Viceroy

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Many thanks to one and all at beautiful Viceroy Resort who invited Lynne Bernbaum Studio, Devonish Gallery, and yours truly to spend the afternoon in Sunset Lounge.  We all brought some of our favourite things, and enjoyed time chatting with guest of the hotel about who we are, and what we exhibit.  I brought a display of Haitian metal sculptures and bead and sequin flags.  Most people are always astounded that those incredible metal sculptures have such humble origins……v1v2v3

First lunch @ Straw Hat

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I was delighted to see two things this weekend – the rear end of October strolling out the door, and the front door of Straw Hat today!  Fabulous Straw Hat opened last evening (busy, says Peter and Anne!), and I enjoyed the first lunch of their season early this afternoon.   The Spicy Fish Sandwich was fresh and delicious, the fries, pickles and slaw, always so good.   Alas, the ‘Ti Punch went down well (as did the second).  The outdoor awning is gone (thanks for nothin’, Gonzalo), and the new permanent sth1sh2sh3outdoor structure looks wonderful.  Kudos as always to front and back of the house!

Delighted to be back!

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In some ways, it seems like yesterday that I opened the gallery doors, but this will be Savannah Gallery’s 19th season in business on Anguilla, always at the same wonderful location in Historic Lower Valley.  Augie and O’Malley are both waiting to meet and greet (then flee into the bush), though I shall stay and chat a bit with oc21oc215oc212oc213one and all.  New works in already –  two very fine masks by the Haitian sculptor Eugene Jacques, and a charming new painting by Jo-Anne Mason, “Breezy Night in Deep Waters, Anguilla”.  The artists of the Caribbean never cease to delight.

CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa has been very kind to Savannah Gallery over the last few years, and I’ve installed varying exhibitions of Haitian metal sculpture in their Santorini Restaurant, just off the lobby.  I mixed it up a little this year, and decided to see how the lush oil paintings of Francis Eck would look, and am absolutely delighted.  The installation brings the outside in, and Eck’s evocative work seems to be custom made for the space……cui1cui2

All’s well now

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Gonzalo’s come and gone  Nasty bit of business, but we’re mostly back up and running, and in good spirits to welcome a great season coming!gonzaloformseye

New camera for a new season!

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My Pumphouse pics below made me realize it really was time for a new camera.  My old 6 megapixel Kodak has been a true and trusty companion, but I needed to step up the volume.  Thanks to Gadget City, right here on Anguilla, I’m pointing and shooting these days with 20.1 megapixels, and am totally pleased.  I’ve been working on a specific project the last couple of weeks with it, but this afternoon, I strolled around the house and villa  to see what kind of close-up detail I could muster…………allamandafrangipanidesert rose

I was VERY pleased when I heard that chef Marc Alvarez was the new chef at The Pumphouse, down in Sandy Ground.  His reputation for superb creations in his kitchen preceded him, and I was delighted tonight when his culinary choices for the menu lived up to that great rep.  I started with 2 fabulous apps – Pumphoue Poutines ( you know I’m Canadian, eh?), served with mozzarella, braised oxtail and garlic aioli, and the Indian spiced beef skewers, served with a coconut sambal.  Both were delicious.  The poutines were light and fluffy little potato darlin’s.  The skewers were fresh, moist, tender and SO flavourful.  I could have stopped there, and been happy, but nooooooooooo, I had to continue on, and feast on this remarkable Conish Hen “Grilled under a brick”, served with fennel-golden apple slaw, white sweet potato latke and pomegranate.  My host for the evening wanted thepoutinesskewerschickenpaellapumphouse paella, but had a seafood allergy.  Chef gladly specially prepared his paella with sausage and chicken.  He loved every bite.  It’s September on-Island right now – always very very quiet, and I was AMAZED to see this place absolutely full up.  The restaurant was full, as was the bar, and many more arriving as we left.  Kudos to Laurie, Deb, and Chef Marc and his team in the ktichen!