The Mongoose Junction Merchants Association (MJMA) will host a special event, “Evening in the Courtyard,” from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28. All are invited to kick off the holiday season in style, amid the beautiful courtyards and terraces that will be decorated for the season. Mix and mingle with and new friends and enjoy the sounds of Steel Pan a DJ sending out some lively beats. The attractions of the evening will include a raffle with two $500 shopping spree prizes, plus more gifts and discounts from the merchants and restaurants in Mongoose Junction.
The winner of the “Glen Speer Visionary Award” will be announced. Started last year by the MJMA, the award recognizes a member of the St. John community for his or her contribution to the aesthetic visual appeal or to the quality of life on the island.
The fabulous Bamboula fashion show, scheduled for 6 p.m., will feature the latest in tropical style, dancing, drumming and 20 percent off items featured during the show.
Portico will host a Message in a Bottle: uncork the savings from 10 to 50 percent off their purchase.
R&I PATTON will show new opal and gold designs by Kabana. A raffle will be held for a piece of Kabana jewelry (on display in the shop). The winner must be present at the time of drawing.
“Bling” in the holiday season at Caravan Gallery with a glass of bubbly, while shopping for brand new, classy fashion jewelry and fabulous gifts. To kick off the holiday spirit of giving, the gallery will give one raffle winner a $100 donation to a St. John charity of their choice.
Stop by to say hello to the new owners of Fabric Mill and enjoy a store-wide 20 percent discount, a double-your-money gift certificate and a gift bag.
At Bougainvillea, receive a free gift with a $25 purchase.
Island Fancy will feature new tropical Christmas ornaments.
Just Beach shoppers will enjoy a 20 percent discount after 5 p.m.
Nest will be offering 10 percent off all purchases store-wide, including home furnishings and more.
Best of Both Worlds will invite everyone to come in and preview its latest artwork and jewelry, new for the season, and take part in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate.
St. John Scoops will be offering a free homemade waffle cone with the purchase of an ice cream or sorbet.
Bajo el Sol Gallery, the location for artwork by St. John artists, welcomes back Paula Myles for the upcoming season; stop by, say hello and enjoy a 20 percent discount on purchases of $100.
Big Planet has just completed a beautiful remodel and will host a Black Friday sale with special deals and discounts.
At Sugarbirds’ Chef Jim will be demonstrating his wonderful spice blends, all made on island; and there will be gifts with purchases of $25 or more.
The Tap Room will be extending its Happy Hour all night and will serve half price appetizers all night. Visit its Brewtique, which has great gifts — spend $50 or more and receive a free tote bag.
The Sun Dog Cafe will be offering all guests a complimentary dessert and fresh baked on premise.
Virgin Fire Grill and Bar will host an after party from 9 p.m. with Vision Entertainment’s DJ FOG — club atmosphere and a genuine parquet dance floor.
It will all happen in one ‘Evening in the Courtyard.’
For more information, contact Michael Barry at 777-8612.
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!
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS’ “FRIDAY NIGHT FÊTES” CONTINUE
WITH HANDCRAFTED LEATHER, WATERCOLORS AND LIVE MUSIC
complemented by WINE TASTING AT ISLAND CORK
CRUZ BAY, St. John, Virgin Islands, March 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 with the next event featuring handcrafted leather work by Tracey Keating, Watercolors by Jennifer Robinsonand Seta Grace on Harp and Flute, Friday, 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 http://virginfirevi.com/first-run-movies!.html
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!