Kim Workman – new work

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It’s always a pleasure to open cartons of Kim Workman paintings. I’ve already seen the pics by email, but the originals never do the work justice. The painting of the shirt, “Island Casual”, is the companion piece to a painting which was exhibited earlier in the year at the Customs House Museum in Key West, The Bumpus Gallery, as part of the exhibition “From a Woman’s Hand – an art exhibit featuring women artists of the florida keys”. The museum serves the Key West Art and Historical Society.

Honey Mule

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This rather lovely Honey Mule prefaced a rather perfect Sunday lunch at Zemi Beach Resort yesterday.  Great and fun day which prefaced a rather perfect Sunday nap…..

The best of the anthropomorphic paintings by the late great Haitian master Jasmin Joseph have an almost magical sense of humour to them.  Joseph (1924 – 2005) committed a lifetime to painting these really quite marvelous stories, all of which paint a fantastic story in the mind’s eye.  The work, dated 1991, reminds me of my youth!

The meeting of great minds

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Today.  Out back of the gallery…..

Kim Workman – new gyotaku

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The artist Kim Workman continues to astound and delight.  Absolutely gorgeous new paintings arrived at the gallery yesterday, and today was installation day, when I like to “get to know” recent arrivals.  SO beautiful – remember, the origin of each work is an actual fish rubbing.  Then, the surface is built up with paint and collage.

Dinner at Quintessence

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Julian’s restaurant at Quntessence Hotel continues to delight.  The hotel itself pleases all the senses, and Chef Dominique continues to work his magic.  Last night’s starter was a rather lovely caesar salad, served with lobster.  Great flavour combination.  Main course was a devine veal tenderloin with mushroom sauce – perfect wild rice and asparagus as sides.  I thought I was done, but our host insisted (nominal arm twisting) we all try this chocolate tower.  Oh me.  Oh my…..

I’m so pleased to be exhibiting the work of Antoine Chapon, based out of St. Martin.  These oil on carboard gems are all based on Anguillian landscapes.  Their etheral quality is exquisite.

The Island lost SO many beautiful mature trees during Hurricane Irma.  I wanted to hug them all where they lay.  We have to thank Anguilla’s own Jo-Anne Mason, for portraying in her art some of the storm survivors.  Very beautiful paintings paying tribute to these sturdy and strong ones.

It was SO nice to drop by this afternoon, and have a Ti Punch (or 2) at the newly rebuilt Straw Hat.  The place looks great, and it was wonderful to be greeted so warmly by Anne, Peter and their crew!

The Art @ Quintessence

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The interior design at Quintessence Hotel is spectacular (Ausberg Interiors in Birmingham Michigan), and it helps to showcase this magnifacent collection of Haitian art.  Curated with a very fine and discerning eye through many years, the collection has a strong focus on a handful of Haitian masters, Henri Robert Bresil, Jasmin Joseph, Serge Jolimeau and Roland Blain.  As I often do, I’ll let these pics do the talking….