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.

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 windsong.savannahgallery.com  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!

Nine out of ten selected artworks from Savannah Gallery, Anguilla.

 

 

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Rendezvous Bay Today

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Just one of those amazing Anguilla days today.  Enjoyed a walk and swim on Rendezvous Bay, and SO happy I remembered to bring my camera…………r1r2r3

In his landmark book on Haitian art, “Where Art is Joy.  Haitian Art:  The First Forty Years”, Selden Rodman titles chapter 8 “Sculptors of Genius I.  Jasmin Joseph and Georges Liautaud.”  Liautaud, (1899-1991) was probably the first of all the Haitian metal sculptors, many of whom this gallery has shown over the past two decades.  He was initially discovered in the 1950’s creating embellished iron crosses for above-ground tombs. and enjoyed a long career in Haiti, creating an astounding body of work, and was the innovator to whom an entire group of sculptors came to work with in Croix des Bouquets, still the center for these amazing metal sculpture of today.  This work, new to the gallery, is a very small, yet intensely powerful bird, made entirely of copper, probably dating from the l9liautaud160’s or 70’s.  It’s such a strong and magnetic work, yet only 5″ in length!  A true gem….

Happy Labo(u)r Day!

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A rather perfect diversion today – a great lunch at Smokey’s!   The Island is pretty much shut up tight for the month of September, but Smokey’s (bless them) is remaining open throughout.  Great company, great rum punch and superb ribs…………….smokeys1smokeys2

Summer Colours

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It’s been a spectacular summer on Anguilla this year.  Gorgeous trade winds blowing, keep us mostly cool, especially at night.  I was delighted by two very colourful sights this week.  Thanks extendeddragon fruitgecko to Jo-Anne Mason, who brought me in  a Dragon Fruit, grown locally.  Beautiful bright pink innards, and delicious with blueberries!  The other rather lurid colour I saw this week was on my potted “firecracker” heading down the steps of my house.  This very sweet little gecko was minding his own business, and quite graciously allowed me to photograph him.  Just saw him again now – I hope he’s a permanent fixture…..