Julian’s @ Quintessence

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Oh me.  Oh my.  Words barely begin to describe the beauty and luxury of Quintessence Boutique Hotel on Long Bay, here on Anguilla.  Their restaurant, Julian’s, dazzles as well.  Dominique Thevenet (formerly at CoveCastles) is their chef, and lunch today was superb.  A great salade ni├žoise is always appreciated, but in this version, the tuna is seasoned with lavender.  Outrageous!   


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”.


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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.