I ‘ve been chomping at the proverbial bit for these new works of Jo-Anne Mason – she tempted me with pics as she traveled with Chris to St. Kitts, Nevis and Sint Maarten.  DELIGHTED to have them in the gallery now, and positively worth the wait.  All quite superb, as she continues to see the inherent beauty in landscapes and now seascapes, that you and and I might glance at and forget.  She’s quite new to the world of boating, but her paintings of Sandy Ground, and the buoy of Simpson Bay are absolutely exquisite.

Springtime in the Gallery

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I’m fielding lots of very welcome compliments lately about the strong state of the gallery, and for that, I have to thank my artists.  Proof of that last week, Kim Workman’s very large gyotaku piece,”The Deep” looks amazing beside Victor Hempel’s “Welcoming the Morning Sun”.  It’s quite different than her smaller works here at the gallery, as it is done on rag paper, then manipulated with these beautiful crinkles before being mounted on canvas and sealed.  Francis Eck’s new work “Quand Passant les Voiles” (When the Sails Pass By) is an arresting painting in its’ own right.   Thank you!

Sunday lunch @ Jacala

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I don’t think there’s a more perfect Sunday afternoon than good friends and great food at Jacala.  Today was no exception.  I started with this gorgeous cold beet soup, swirled with balsamic combined with the perfect center of crumbled feta and walnuts.  A taste treat, though I’ve had it before, and loved it every time.  The lunch special was new though – blackened Mahi Mahi served on a bed of vegetable and herb coulis, with a side of exquisite stuffed local tomatoes.   The place was hopping!  A cocktail or three MAY have seen its’ way to our table…..

I’ve been struck all week by the beauty of this new work by the marquetry master, Jean-Pierre Straub.  It’s of a home in the Colombier village of St. Martin, and although small, 8 1/2 x 7 1/2″, it conveys to me, at least, his masterful talents.  Such a simply superb gem!

I’ve been exhibiting the work of Waking Jean-Baptiste for many years now.  He’s a very talented artist, Haitian-born, now living and working in France.  I was very pleased to receive this week some very beautiful work by his equally talented brother, Nyperking Jean-Baptiste, still in Haiti.  These paintings of the cabotage, or market boats of Haiti are very fine indeed.  Haitian subject matter, painted in a very impressionistic style.  Also received, were two very different styled works by Waking, who is taking the nom-de-plume of “Texy Fram”,  I presume exclusively for these more contemporary works.  They all hang together in this installation,  looking very good indeed!

It’s been a while since the gallery has received a new painting by St. Martin-based artist Paul Elliott Thuleau.  This work, “BBJ2”, is the second version of his painting of the iconic restaurant BooBooJam.  It’s a very fine painting, and as always, the shadows and the clarity of the light in the work which creates the intrigue and beauty.  

Yummmmm…….

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Many thanks to my brother and sister-in-law who were just here on Island.  They treated me to week of feasting across this gastronomic delightful land, and I think my 3 favourite plates were the duck at Malliouhana, the lamb at Veya and the jerk shrimp at Blanchard’s.  I’ve said it before, but if we were a fab Island in the Caribbean with only ONE of these (among many other) great restaurants, we’d be happy enough, but we have an abundance of astounding talent cooking in our kitchens!!!

Francis Eck – new paintings

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I find these 3 works by Francis Eck, just into the gallery, to be so evocative of the spectacular landscape we oooh and aaaah at every day.  Eck is a native of France, and has been living in St. Martin for about 20 years.  The work is painted with pure oil paint, and manipulated on the surface with a palette knife.  These three, “Au Mouillage” (At Anchor), “Au Bord de la Plage” (Next to the Beach), and “Mer Insondable” (Unfathomable Sea) are as exquisite as the beautiful Caribbean seas, captivating our senses – always…...  

The interloper…

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Augie and O’Malley were keeping a keen eye on this one out back of the gallery, allowing him his drink, then encouraging him to move along………….

Had a great meet-up with the marquetry artist Jean-Pierre Straub on Sunday.  Perfect breakfast at Straw Hat, and had a number of superb new works left for the gallery.  If you remember, all these gems are created with wood inlay!  These  two are particularly fine – “Jardin Tropical (Tropical Garden), and Case Coleur (Colourful House).    His “Anguilla Beach” is also quite marvelous.  Any viewers figure out where that is??  I’ll have all his work up on his section of the site within a day or two.