Bajo 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.
“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.”
As 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 www.bajoelsolgallery.com or call (340) 693-7070.
By Jamie Elliot
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!
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
Mongoose Junction is having a contest. All participating stores are decorating their doors for the holiday and the competition is fierce! Everyone is invited to come to Mongoose Junction and look at the decorations and vote for their favorites! Vote as many times as you’d like to see your favorite store win! Ballots are available in all participating stores. This should get you in the spirit!
If looking at doors and decorations doesn’t there’s always the shopping, restaurants and bars to help you find that holiday cheer!
So come have fun at Mongoose!
Contest officially begins Monday Dec2 and the winner will be announced Monday December 23rd
Yes it is that time of year again! Turkey day is over everyone had a great time at Evening in the Courtyard! Now its time to start thinking about Christmas on St. John! Everyone is talking about the one event of the year where the whole island dresses up in their finest. Island Prom is coming up Saturday, December 14th 2013. This is the one event everyone on St. John talks about. Music, dancing, food, shopping it is a St. John tradition so don’t miss out!