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Portico: Store Wide Sale!

October 5, 2014
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Portico is holding it’s annual store wide sale on October 9,10 and 11th.  Expect big savings! Everything through out the store will be 20-50% off!

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SunFire Friday Happy Hour!

June 10, 2014
Virgin Fire Restaurant St. John

SunFire Friday

Every Friday 5pm-8pm up until Carnival!
Enjoy the luscious reggae sounds of St. John’s Inner Visions while enjoying drink specials and half off appetizers. Only at Virgin Fire and Sun Dog Cafe!


March 19, 2014



CRUZ BAY, St. John, Virgin Islands, March 14, 2014 – The Best of ImageBoth Worlds Fine Art and Craft Gallery is pleased to invite the public to a series of Friday Night Fêtes with the next event featuring handcrafted leather work by Tracey KeatingWatercolors by Jennifer Robinsonand Seta Grace on Harp and FluteFriday, March 21, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Mongoose Junction, St. John. Paul Tsakeres of Island Cork will be offering a wine tasting, Virgin Fire will feature a first run movie, and other shops and restaurants will be open so come for the art, music and fun.

Tracey Keating has been the sole owner/operator/crafts-person at Awl Made Here since 1994. Her main focus is one-of-a-kind, one-at-a-time, handcrafted leatherwork.  For 17 years all of her work was produced in her small shop next to Skinny Legs in Coral Bay. She now works out of a private home studio on the south side of the island. Along with her online & custom orders, Tracey’s leatherwork, and works in fabric/leather combinations, can be found in a number of stores across the island of St. John.

Look for it: Awl Made Here.

Jennifer Robinson moved to St. John from New England more than 25 years ago. It was after hurricane Marilyn a friend encouraged her to take a watercolor class for something fun to do. Always enthralled with the medium, but never dabbling in the visual arts other than photography, she jumped at the opportunity to learn. A few more classes then weekly painting sessions with a group of artist friends and she was moving forward with her craft. “There are always new challenges with subject matter, techniques, color mixing or composition to help me improve and grow. I look at some of my first attempts and laugh out loud!”

Jennifer paints when she’s not working at the Lime Inn Restaurant or instructing kids in the KIDS AND THE SEA “KATS” program.

Seta Grace has been moved by music since infancy. She started playing piano at the age of four and attended a music school where she also began to play violin at the age of six. By the age of 7 she was playing piano, violin and also playing in a string ensemble at the music school. She participated in the NJ state Auditions for the music educators association of New Jersey, where she had outstanding scores on both instruments. She began studying the harp the summer of 2012 with well-known harpist, Aideen O’Donnell. Seta is a very natural and talented musician. She is also studying the Flute with flutist Kim Sammartano. If you attended the last two Fêtes you made have heard her playing duets with Kim on the Harp as well as the flute. She will be playing both instruments this Friday, March 21st. She will be playing solo, but who knows what surprise guests will show up to play with her!

Be sure to make reservations at Virgin Fire for after the Fête. They are showing first run Movies on their in-house movie screen with surround sound. Friday’s movie will be “The Wolf of Wall Street” beginning at 9:00 pm. They will be serving a Late Night Supper Menu consisting of their best appetizers, salads, desserts and coffees and the bar will be open as well. With seating of only about 45 for movies, reservations are a good idea.  General Admission is $15. For reservations and more information, visit!.html

For more information on the Fêtes, please contact Best of Both Worlds at 340-693-7005 or by e-mail at

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Art Opening March 7th Bajo El Sol Gallery

March 7, 2014

ImageBajo el Sol Gallery in Mongoose Junction is hosting an opening reception featuring new work by of Love City’s most talented and well-established artists on Friday, March 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Don’t miss the chance to see new wood sculptures by the imitable St. Johnian Avelino Samuel and the latest paintings by long-time Ivanna Eudora Kean High School art instructor Lisa Etre.
Samuel imbues his pieces with grace, and whether carving burning or coloring the wood he’s using, the sculptor allows the material to speak through the work.
“I try to create object that showcase the beauty of wood through different shapes, finishes and surfaces,” said Samuel. “Sometimes, this is experienced by allowing the material to be the dominant voice.”
Other times, Samuel tweaks the wood’s natural hue to make a certain character more pronounced, he added.
AvelinoSamuel_art“In other instances, the material (wood) is worked to accent its character,” said the artist. “This may take the form of carving, burning or coloring, all in an effort to create an object that appeals to the eye and tactile senses.”
For Etre, her newest paintings have been all about change, she explained.
“This exhibit represents a ‘transitional time’ in my life,” said Etre. “With the loss of both parents and my retirement from 30 years teaching art, my future physical and emotional location was an unknown. Painting provides what I know for sure, now.”
Although enjoying the comfort of her well-honed art work, Etre also took the opportunity to push herself to new locations, finding new inspiration along the way.
“Painting continues to challenge, frustrate, and humble me,” said the painter. “Striving to capture light, color, and the astonishing beauty of St. John on canvas, I traversed to new venues for inspiration and composition.”
LisaEtre_artAs she travels down her path of transition, Etre continues to seek the answer to a few guiding questions, she added.
“Do they pull me back or keep me present,” questioned Etre. “Do they aid in going forward?”
Join Bajo el Sol on Friday evening, March 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. to enjoy balletic new wood sculptures by Samuel and breath-taking paintings by Etre at this month’s opening reception. The evening will also feature live classical guitar music by David Laabs. Both artists’ work also will be featured throughout the month of March.
Bajo el Sol is located up the stairs at Mongoose Junction and regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information about the show or Bajo el Sol check out or call (340) 693-7070.

By Jamie Elliot

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February 21, 2014

CRUZ BAY, St. John, Virgin Islands, February 14, 2014 – The Best of Both Worlds Fine Art and Craft Gallery is pleased to invite the public to a series of Friday Night Fêtes beginning Friday, February 21. The first Fêtes will feature the artwork and music of T. Breeze Verdant on February 21 and February 28, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Mongoose Junction, St. John. Paul Tsakeres of Island Cork will be offering a wine tasting of his favorites from around the world and other shops and restaurants will be open so come for the art, music and fun.

Claiming “Geographical Addiction” as an ailment that forces “Breeze” to seek “the cure”, he returns yearly to revel in St. John’s healing environment. An inlay artist who creates jewelry from exquisite woods, shells and metal, “Breeze” aims to display “maximum beauty with minimum consumption”. He uses unusual woods that have already lived a previous life, such as ebony from piano keys that get intercepted on the way to the dump. In this lucky case, he has made some beautiful earrings and pendants from a stump of the gorgeous dalbergia genus species, Tulipwood, which he was given during a previous visit to St. John. This rare wood is a true rosewood with its famous cousins being Brazilian Rosewood, Kingwood, Indian Rosewood and Blackwood to name a few. Bright scarlet streaks blend with cream-colored sapwood on these pieces that Breeze dowsed with alcohol and peroxide to create unusual and captivating effects.

“What is hope without birds in your trees?” is a line from the song “Love Song For The Earth” written By T. Breeze Verdant. I know trees, I’ve been climbing in them since I was young, and… don’t let my age fool you, because I still climb them! When I’m not writing or performing environmental tunes, I can be found still working with trees in the form of marquetry and inlay. “My aim is to display the maximal beauty of wood while consuming the minimal amount of it”. My work began by building my own log cabin and home out of my own trees and recycled wood. I now work in finer detail integrating as many scraps as possible. Mystery wood shows up outside my door because the word is out! I use green finishes from boiled twigs (shellac) and dairy protein. Thanks, and may your heart be light!

For more information, please contact Best of Both Worlds at 340-693-7005 or by e-mail at

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The Charm of Italy at Mongoose Junction!

January 9, 2014

Italian Wine St. John US Virgin IslandsTHE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS & ISLAND CORK BRING THE “CHARM OF ITALY” TO MONGOOSE JUNCTION Cruz Bay, St. John, Virgin Islands January 10, 2014 from 6-9 P.M.

The Best of Both Worlds and Island Cork are hosting an evening of Italy! There will be a variety of newest designs from Milan and Venice brought straight to The Best of Both Worlds handmade, soft leather handbags, decorative masks, Murano glass jewelry to please every palette and budget! Some of these one of a kind pieces are not to be missed! While your senses fill with the beautiful things in the gallery you’ll be enjoying the sounds of David Laabs as he plays some wonderful classical guitar to set the mood.

You can choose to begin or end your journey of Italy with a wonderful tour of Italian Wines as Paul from Island Cork treats you to a tasting of the best in Italian wines. Enjoy his fine selection as well as his vast knowledge of the different wines he’ll be serving along with some fine cheeses and chacouterie. Don’t miss this wonderful evening!

For more information call:

The Best of Both Worlds 340.693.7005 –  Island Cork 340.228.2090

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