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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.  

Kim Workman – New Work

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Stunning new works arrived today from Kim Workman!  This video is wonderful to watch, as she explains her process.

I’ve known the very talented artist Tanya Clarke for about 20 years now, so I was delighted to attend the opening of her exhibition “Straight Outta Africa” at her Phoenix Gallery in South Hill.  These new paintings were inspired by her travels through Africa in 2015, and are absolutely gorgeous.  Her safari adventures come to life in these new works.  Congrats!

Bravo to Marc Alvarez, new executive chef at Malliouhana Hotel!   Dinner last night was rather spectacular.  Started with “Little Gem lettuce and fine herb salad” – those oranges slices combined with a perfect vinaigrette peaked my appetite.  My “Seafood Spaghetti” was a decadent bowl of delights, with clams, mussels, snapper and calimari all heaped on lovely spaghetti with a gorgeous sauce.  I was absolutely too full for dessert till the dessert menu came.  Oh me, oh my, the Valrhona Chocolate Semifreddo was astounding.  I love a dessert who sends me to Google…..  That “tongue” of a cookie was made with caramel and sea salt……

Pierre-Louis Riche, is a well-known Haitian painter, known mostly for his Botero-like interpretations of his Haitian countrymen (and women).  I love those, and exhibit them, in fact.  These still life paintings, dating from the 1990’s are a completely different genre, and are absolutely captivating in their beauty.  I particularly love the way the bounty of the harvest is portrayed, and the extraordinary light that seems to eminate from the surface of the paintings.

No, that’s not the title, but her recent “An Elegant Start – Drinks at Zemi” really whets the palette for great art and great cocktails!  The artist just brought it in today, and it’s a painting of a custom-made drink made for her by Vincent, their gracious bartender.  Zemi Beach Resort is a gorgeous addition to Shoal Bay East, about to celebrate their first anniversary on Anguilla.  The gallery will be there with a pop-up gallery in their boutique on December 24!  Drop by and say howdy……….mason-zemi

Zowie Victor!  This mahogany masterpieve dazzles!  As you know, Victor Hempel is a devoted environmentalist, and would never dream of cutting down a tree for his sculptures.  This beauty, started life as a mahogany tree stump, floating in the sea near Rum Cay, in the Bahamas.  Three years later, after much artistic deliberation and mountains of wood dust coating the 2016-11-29-10-54-252016-11-29-10-53-18artist and his boat, “Mahogany Bowl” now graces the gallery’s front desk.