Last month there was a terrific art walk in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. It featured over a dozen artisans, shops and art galleries. Customers strolled through Main Street popping into jewelry stores to ogle over locally made jewelry; sample drinks made from island sourced fruits; and enjoy wonderful paintings, pottery and photographs. The event was organized by Downtown Revitalization Inc. under the guidance of Ruth Prager. It was the first “Art on the Town” event and by the enthusiasm of attendees – a successful one!
Ruth Prager, a potter, is the owner of Gallery St. Thomas. Her gallery has garnered yearly reader’s choice awards in the local newspaper’s poll for best local art. “Presenting the unique talents of Caribbean inspired artists and providing them with a fabulous showcase is what it’s all about”, says Ruth. The gallery boasts the artworks of over 30 artists. Art mediums include paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic, pottery, turned wood, metal sculpture and jewelry.
This season Gallery St. Thomas will host monthly Art Openings featuring one or two artists. They are two day events, Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 8pm. Make an evening of it! Head downtown to enjoy the art at Gallery St. Thomas and then have dinner or cocktails. Gallery St. Thomas is located in Palm Passage, Charlotte Amalie. There are restaurants and bars nearby. Of course you can also stop by during the day, the artwork featured during the art openings will continue to hang for one month.
2016 Season of Art Openings at Gallery St. Thomas
January 15 & 16: Art Opening for Painters Ronni Harris and Teri Jones
February 12: Art Exhibition Multi Media Collage Artist, Aimee Trayser; and Wood Turner, Avelino Samuel.
March 11: Art Exhibition for Oil Painter Aphrodite.
April 8: Art Opening for Metal Sculpture Artist Trudi Gilliam.
May 13: Art Opening for Caribbean Painter Rae Kehoe.
See photos of the art work at Gallery St. Thomas on their website at: http://gallerystthomas.com/.
ST. JOHN OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Includes 200 full color photos
St. John off the Beaten Track is your guide to the beaches, trails and hidden attractions of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Find quiet beaches, the best snorkeling spots and abandoned sugar estates. Learn about the islands history, geology, culture, people, ecology, plants and animals. National Park trails include detailed maps, information on historic ruins, and description on natural environment along the trails. Off trail adventures are also explored including secluded shorelines, pristine seasonal streams in the mountains (also known on island as guts), fresh water pools, seasonal waterfalls and more.
This is a must have book for every visitor going to St. John, and also for every resident. The information is excellent; you will learn, laugh and be intrigued by the wealth of details shared on the treasures and secrets of exploring St. John.