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.
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 gorgeous 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…..
I had an amazingly good dinner last night, out with a group of friends 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!
The Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF) is an amazing organization here on Anguilla. They run the shelter which gets hundreds of kittens and puppies adopted annually, and also get into the schools here to facilitate education on animal care. I pretty much love everything they get up to. The group has just moved it’s fabulous charity shop and thrift store to the Mega Savers mall, heading east. Heading east out of the Valley towards Proctor’s Supermarket (now selling fresh sushi from Cha Cha San in their deli case, but don’t get me started on how good THAT is), continue past Proctors for about 1 minute till you reach a big store called Mega Savers. Park and shop. So easy. It was the opening day of the new shop today, and I got the opportunity to take a pic of all the volunteers together. Best wishes for this wonderful venture!! aarf.ai
Almost as good as Breakfast at Tiffany’s! Seriously though, I was running some errands in the west this morning, and thought I’d treat myself to a nice breakfast. I did not. I treated myself to a great breakfast! The views were pretty as always up there, and I thought the food was outstanding. Without asking, they started me off with a tray holding a rather perfect combination of a corn muffin, scone and small croissant. All fresh and delicious, I thought as I inhaled them. I landing up ordering the egg white, smoked salmon and goat cheese omelette. Absolute perfection. Kudos!
I meet the most interesting people at the gallery! Earlier in the summer, I had the pleasure of meeting a couple from New York, and the lady owns Lazyjack Press, an on-line purveyor of luxury men’s accessories. Bought some socks on line, and delighted when I received these very beautiful and comfortable Pima cotton socks from Peru! Check out www.lazyjackpress.com Lots of lovely things to consider, especially with the holidays around the corner…..
Please see my June 23rd posting for the introduction of Kim Workman’s gyotaku-based paintings. They continue to dazzle me, and I believe this group of new work is sensational. I love the gold rubbing of a sliced nautilus shell in the vertical blue “Tarpon”, and I think both the “Heron” and “Basket of Fruit” are created with wonderful layers of interesting materials. For pics of individual works with sizes and prices. click on the Artists at the top of this page, then click again on Kim Workman’s name.
As promised, an astounding group of recent sculptures. This artists’ imagination blows my mind.
Fantastic new metal sculptures from Haiti arrived in the gallery today, including an array of new work by the ever-talented Eugene Jacques. I’ll have a slide show up within a day or two, but thought I’d whet your appetite with these three….. First time ever I’ve received free-standing works from this artist!
Victor was kind enough to send another box of goodies this week from Grenada to Anguilla. Two new Nature Boards, including the rather amazing “Octopus”, along with four new “Red Fish”. The faces on these guys are wonderful and amazing. Loving the surfaces of them too.