Always a pleasure to welcome Jean-Pierre Straub to Anguilla.  Remarkable to realize I’ve been exhibiting his marquetry for almost a decade now.  His most recent work features more colour, and the effect is exquisite.  From right to left are “Jardin Tropical”, “Camopi” & “Case au Bananiers”.

AnguillaStrong

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Just noticed, but a tiny new turpentine tree is starting to grow from the stump of my profoundly old tree which blew down in the hurricane!  So cool!

Victor Hempel – Dolphin Bowl

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Along with the Nature Boards, the artist also shipped this superb “Dolphin Bowl”, carved from red cedar.  It’s exquisite, and at almost 5 feet across, would command the attention of any room.

I first met Victor Hempel 6 years ago.  His boat/home was anchored in Road Bay, and he was walking past the gallery whilst exploring Anguilla on his first visit.  His sculpture is now regular (fabulous) fare here, and I am extremely pleased to have received this recent group.  I’ll have all the new work up shortly, but in the meanwhile, enjoy viewing these works, “Nature Board – Octopus”, and “Nature Board – Wave”.

Haitian Metal Sculpture

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I’m opening the season with a small exhibition of Haitian metal sculptures, all around the theme of “Tree of Life”.  It’s a subject that these artisans return to frequently, and is especially poignant as the Island builds its strength back up from our very strong roots.

Utopia Beckons

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November 6, and I’m so happy to have the gallery doors open again.  Two months ago, the howling Irmageddon roared.  Seems like 2 years ago.  Seems like yesterday.  Oh, Utopia Beckons is the paint name for the gallery’s roof.  Great.  Right?

Awesome lunch/Great value

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I am SO pleased to have made this discovery recently!  Best Buy in the West has hired Chef Smoke of Smokey’s fame for their take-out section.  The Island is still working hard to clean up post-Irma, and these delicious lunches give SO many of us a superb repast at great value.  Today I enjoyed this fall-off-the-bone glazed cornish hen with macaroni, rice and peas and perfectly cooked veggies.  I never speak of prices in my food reviews, but all this was only EC$27., or about ten bucks.  Can’t be beat! Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve had this quite beautiful Victor Hempel sculpture in the gallery for a little while now, and I just had it mounted onto a base, and I think it looks great.  Titled “The Chase”, the subject matter comes from Victors ocean travels.  Basically, that marlin is chasing a school of tuna for lunch.  That little tuna at the bottom is slowing down to have a look back, and well….  Mahogany sculpture on a mahogany base.

Sublime Sunset

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Just in with Liam and Lucy.  Saharan dust sits high in the sky the last few days, making for some stunning sunsets.

First flowers

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Well, the Island is greening up again, and I delighted to see these 2 flowers bloom back on trees that were stripped clean a month ago.  The cordia tree (orange flowers) is crammed with hummingbirds and bananaquits.