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.

Many thanks to the artist Kim Workman for sending 3 new gyotaku-based pieces into the gallery.  I especially love “Tortuga Sunset”,  with  turtle shell rubbing from the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park in Key Largo.    Please read a short story recently publushed by Ms Workman in  http://islandjanemagazine.com

She is very much aware of the plight and beauty of these magical sea creatures.

Thankgiving at Jacala

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SUCH a wonderful evening last night with great friends at Jacala.  We all started with a warm pumpkin soup, with a heavenly cloud of goat cheese slowly melting into this silky bowl of deliciousness.  The turkey with stuffing was clasically prepared, and extra gravy was lovingly ladled onto our plates if desired.  Alas, there was an amazing tarte au tartin served for dessert, but I pounced and devoured before I remembered the pic!20161124_190953-120161124_193723-1

Super Moon!

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Brace yourselves loyal blog readers, for my Sunday lunch tour extravaganza started today.  And it started with a fabulous bang!  Four Seasons Anguilla (nee Viceroy) looks great.  Fresh, lean and clean, with a lot more organic surfaces to soften its look.  I landed up at Sunset Lounge today – always my favorite and was delighted.  The rum punch went down well, and it came with won ton chips and a bowl of spicy mixed nuts (there were more in each bowl before I stopped stuffing my face and took the pic).  SUCH a nice touch to offer a nibble – it’s always appreciated.   I asked my charming and lovely server to recommend something new of their menu, and was steered (pardon the pun) to the “12-hour Braised Korean Short Ribs, Gochujang Korean Scallion Pancakes, Sesame Seeds”.  Absolutely fabulous.  Such amazing and purely delicious flavors.  I can’t wait to see what the other restos do in the resort!fs1fs2fs3

Sunrise this Morning

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Glad I grabbed the camera as I headed out the door with the dogs this morning.  Just thought I’d share a particularly beautiful sunrise!sunrise

I recently hung this quite wonderful painting by Trinidad-based artist, Shastri Maharaj.  I bought it during the early days of the gallery, almost 20 years ago, and still love it.  Maharaj’s works are influenced by his Hindu roots, with an emphasis on mythology.  He lives and works in Chaguanas, Trinidad, and teaches visual art at the Valsayn Teachers College.  This painting, 18 x 24″, is titled “Homage”.  The painterly qualities  of the background and the women’s dresses are SO beautiful.maharaj

But first, I savored the sights, sounds and smells of beautiful Rendezvous Bay this morning.  The morning light, and slightly cloudy sky made for some gorgeousr1r2r3 shots.  I’m back at the gallery tomorrow, after a quite wonderful six weeks off.  Believe it or not, the gallery celebrates its’ 20th anniversary next month!  A very special thank you to all the friends of the gallery through these great years…..

Spice of India

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I had an amazingly good dinner last night, out with a group of friendssi1si2si3 at Spice of India.  It’s located in the old Geraud’s Bakery in the South Hill Plaza.  I’ve always LOVED great Indian cuisine, and this place serves in up quite perfectly.  We all started with a plate of samosas for the table, but alas, they were eaten before I could get a pic!  We then all savoured a plate of mixed tandoori vegetables, once again, split up among our gang – SO delicious.  The mains then arrived, and I absolutely loved my lamb dish, which had been recommended by the owner.  Served with perfect basmati rice and grilled veggies.  I’ll definitely be back.  This place serves wonderful food!