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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Bonaire’s Visitors Continue to be Inspired by the Island

Irwin Spector, pictured at left, a frequent visitor to Bonaire for more than thirty years, explains his Bonaire inspired woodcarvings to his surgeon Dr. Steven Falowski. Mr. Spector was asked to exhibit his artwork by Dr. Falowski at the Polka for Parkinson event at the ArtsQuest Center located at Steel Stack in Bethlehem, PA on April 27, 2014. The theme of the event was “The Art of Living with Parkinson’s Disease” and featured artists who were dealing with the disease. Mr. Spector was diagnosed with Parkinson’s more than twenty years ago. 

Mr. Spector was introduced to wood carving about six years ago. Over the past few years his tremors increased and, along with the stiffening of his hands, made it difficult to use his chisels, gouges and knives for his woodcarvings. These problems were a major factor him deciding to go through with a Deep Brain Stimulator (DBS) operation last spring. During the operation Dr. Falowski inserted a stimulator, similar to a pacemaker, that sends electronic signals to an area in the brain that controls movement. Since the operation Mr. Spector’s tremors are either very minimal or non-existent. Prior to the operation he required taking up to twenty pills a day. He is now down to one pill a day.

The operation has allowed Mr. Spector to continue depicting the underwater beauty of Bonaire in his woodcarvings without the limitations Parkinson’s was imposing. In 2012, he donated one of his lionfish carvings to the CIEE Research Station here in Bonaire. (Source: Alan Zale, image by Alan Zale)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 05, 2014 at 10:18am AST


Wednesday, July 03, 2013

21st Annual Dia di Arte (Art Day) Will Take Place on Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Running for the 21st consecutive year, this year’s event promises to be the best yet!  This Sunday, anyone who is lucky enough to be visiting Bonaire should be sure to wander into Wilhelmina Park to enjoy Bonaire’s annual Dia di Arte, or Art Day, from 11:00 AM until 11:00 PM.

This is wonderful opportunity to get to personally know Bonairean artists, musicians, and writers, as well enjoy various exhibitions.  Throughout the day, there will be local dance exhibitions, painting activities for the little ones, live bands, and delicious creole dishes, seafood, home-made lemon and tamarind juice, and of course, chocolates, candies, and cakes.

Booths will be set up where one can purchase CDs from the local musicians, and, of course, art and handicrafts.  Come visit and enjoy the ambiance, the music, food, and--don’t forget-- the art of dushi Boneiru! (Source:  Bonaire Insider reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 03, 2013 at 3:21pm AST
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Third Annual Kaminda di Arte Kicks Off This Weekend

The 2012/2013 season of Kaminda di Arte, (Art Tour) will begin with a festive kick-off this Saturday, November 17, 2012.  All eleven participating artists will be present between 3:00 and 5:00 PM at Boudoir Restaurant at the Royal Palm Galleries in Kralendijk.  Live music will be provided by Back on Track.

The kick-off event will be a great time to mingle with the artists and have the opportunity to talk with them about their work.  The annual Kaminda di Arte Tour offers a wide variety in the types of art offered by Bonaire’s local artisans and painters.

There are three new artists in the exhibition.  Helen Dovale is one of the new participants, and, although born in America, she’s lived on Curaçao for many years and for twenty years now on Bonaire. Her specialty is wood collages and one of her works of art with African warriors won a first prize at an art festival in Orlando, Florida.  She graduated from the famous Pratt Institute, and her collages and larger wooden statues can be seen at the courthouse, the museum, the Maduro & Curiel’s Bank, and in many residences on the island. Helen signs her work as Elena.

Margreet Faassen-Pijpers is also participating this year. She’s been living on Bonaire for ten years. After studying at the Graphic School and Window-Dressing School, in Utrecht she completed her study in art history and drawing/painting at the Crabeth College in Gouda. She’s held expositions in Gouda and Oudekerk a/d IJssel with landscapes and still life in the aquarelle technique, and she works with acrylic paints on marine-plywood.

Entirely new on Bonaire is Alexandra Jansen, who emigrated from the Netherlands in April of this year. The beautiful nature and friendly people are a wonderful inspiration to her. After attending the art academy in Belgium, she mainly worked with abstract paintings, but she’s also skilled with the airbrush to make realistic pictures.

Then, starting on Sunday, November 18th, the Kaminda begins, when all artists participating open their homes, studios, and workshops from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM, every third Sunday of the month, through March, 2013.  A flyer for the event, highlighting the artists and their addresses is available by clicking here (in PDF format).  This year, the following artists are presenting:  Wolmoet Jansen, Alejandra Riquelme, Janis Huckaby Baillie, Ans Klein Heerenbrink, Fred v.d. Broek, Luz Aida Franco-Wesselius, Jose Smit, Henk Roozendaal, Alexandra Jansen, Helen Dovale, and Margreet Faassen-Pijpers.  (Source:  Kaminda di Arte)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 12, 2012 at 1:24pm AST


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bonaire’s 20th Annual Dia di Arte (Art Day) Will Take Place on Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Join in the fun from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Sunday, July 8th, for the island’s 20th annual Dia di Arte in Wilhelmina Park. 

This popular annual event provides a great opportunity to meet and get to know many of Bonaire’s local artists, musicians, and writers, along with even some international stars.  After the official opening, there will be an exhibition of local dancing and also painting activities for the children.

Live bands will be playing all day long, and if you hear your favorites, CDs are available for purchase.  There’s paintings and handicrafts by many of the island’s local artists as well. 

And one can’t live on art alone, so plan to enjoy the delicious krioyo dishes featuring seafood, home-made lemon and tamarind juices, fruit punch, chocolate, candy, and cakes.  A well stocked bar will keep you cool and refreshed all day.  So come and mingle with the locals for the day--become an honorary “Bonairean!” (Source:  Fundashon pa Arte i Kultura Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 21, 2012 at 11:28am AST


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Kas Di Arte Announces New Exhibit

Those looking to see some new art while on Bonaire should consider attending a new exhibit by Josephine Ebing which will be opening soon.

The exhibit opens February 18 at 5:00 PM and will run through March 6, 2012. It will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Kas Di Arte is located at Kaya J.N.E Craane 34, on the seaside boulevard and all are welcome to attend. (Source: Kas Di Arte Bonaire)

Posted by Ann Johnson on February 14, 2012 at 8:36am AST


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Insider Review--Bonaire’s Kaminda di Arte (or Bonaire Art Tour)

The 2011/2012 winter season brought the second annual Kaminda di Arte to Bonaire for its residents and visitors.  The Art Tour is held the third Sunday of each month, now through March, 2012, and includes many of the island’s galleries or ateliers showcasing anything from fine art through craft items made with items found on Bonaire’s shorelines.

I had the opportunity to follow the tour this past Sunday, and I can highly recommend it to anyone wishing a leisurely day to enjoy Bonaire’s neighborhoods, as well as scope out the latest in true Bonairean souvenirs.  The tour itself features fourteen artists who open up their ateliers or galleries for the day from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  I didn’t quite manage to make all stops on the tour, but did manage to visit the majority of artists.

To follow the tour route, download and print the brochure available by clicking here (available in Dutch, in PDF).  The first page of this brochure lists the artists who are part of the tour, as well as small maps showing their locations.  Be sure to look for the Kaminda di Arte signs once you are close to their homes.

There’s a wide variety of art and crafts to view, from fine art showcasing some famous Bonaire sites or personalities, to driftwood sculptures, to watercolors, jewelry, and other handicrafts made from items found on Bonaire’s shorelines.  On the reverse side of the brochure, a short biography of each artist is available, as well as a description of the type of artwork they provide.

The last two dates for this season’s Kaminda di Arte will be Sunday, February 19th, 2012 and Sunday, March 18, 2012.  I can highly recommend the tour for a relaxing day and to view a different side of Bonaire.  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 18, 2012 at 2:05pm AST


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Several New Stores Open on Bonaire

Shopping on Bonaire now offers more variety with the recent addition of three new stores, Blokker, Le Garage and the new Jan Art Gallery.

Blokker offers household items including needs for the kitchen like dishes, pots and pans, cooking utensils and more. It also has household decorative items like vases and candles, cleaning items, small appliances and other household items. It is located in the middle of town on Kaya L.D. Gerharts.

The Antillean Wine Company has added a new business in their store, called Le Garage, featuring household items from IKEA. Products include kitchen items like dishes, glassware, pots and pans, cooking utensils, dish drains, towels, floor mats, chair cushions and more. They are located at Kaya Industria #23.

Jan Art Gallery has expanded to add a new gallery in town featuring fine art of Bonaire with original art and prints, hand finished coffee cups and tiles, art supplies for artists and hobbyists and custom framing by appointment. The gallery is located at Kaya Grandi #14. (Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Ann Johnson on May 17, 2011 at 7:28am AST


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cas Cadushy Announces Grand Opening This Weekend

Cadushy of Bonaire Liqueur is a combination of Awa di Lamoenchi (water with lime) and cactus and is one of Bonaire’s unique products. This weekend will be the grand opening of Cas Cadushy, the home of the Cadushy liqueur, and all are invited to attend. The event will also feature Bonaire artist, Nochi Coffie, in his first of eleven upcoming expositions. The event runs Friday, January 28 through Sunday, January 30, 2011 and will be held at Cas Cadushy in Rincon, which is located in Plasa Diego at Kaya C.D. Crestian. 

The activity gets underway when the doors open on Friday at 5:00 PM, followed by the official opening at 6:00 PM with music by Munje Winklaar, Tica Sealy, and Tipico Clasiko and Dance. Join in the fun at 8:00 PM with the Happy Friday Dance Party.

The exposition will open Saturday at 11:00 AM and at 6:00 PM there will be a performance by Ritmo Lokal with Nel i su Grupo and Tipico Clasiko. On Sunday, the exposition will again open at 11:00 AM with The Silver Bullet Steelband providing entertainment starting at 6:00 PM. Entrance is free, so come prepared to dance and enjoy. (Source: Cadushy of Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 27, 2011 at 4:19pm AST
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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Kaminda di Arte (Bonaire Art Tour) To Begin Soon

November 21, 2010 will mark the beginning of the Kaminda de Arte. Artists participating in the tour have committed to open their studios, galleries or homes to the public every third Sunday of the month from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

An opening ceremony to announce the tour will be held Sunday November 14, 2010 with Lieutenant Governor Glenn Thode. Each of the participating artists will display a small exhibit of their work and music, snacks and drinks will be provided. The ceremony will be held at Mangazina di Rei in Rincon from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM.

Nineteen artists from Bonaire will be participating in the tour, which will be held on November 21 and December 19 in 2010, and January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15 and June 19 in 2011. A map featuring the location of each artist is currently being produced and will be available by clicking here. The tour provides visitors and locals alike with a great opportunity to view the works of Bonaire’s local talented artists. (Source: BonaireArt)

Posted by Ann Johnson on November 09, 2010 at 10:48am AST


Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The 2011 Richter Art Gallery Calendar is Now for Sale

The 2011 calendar is an art wall calendar with a Bonaire theme. There are six images of Linda Richter’s oil paintings and six images of Jake Richter’s digital paintings, with each month’s image protected by a gloss finish.

The calendar features scenes from Bonaire and two mini-calendars have been added at the back showing January and February 2012, for planning purposes. The calendar has saddle stitch binding, full brilliant color, gloss varnish to all of the artwork, and is only 6x6 inches when folded for easy mailing, and 12x6 inches when opened for display.

The Richter Art Gallery Calendar is now available for sale for FL 12.44 (US$ 6.95) at the Richter Art Gallery on Bonaire. The calendar is also available on-line for those who would like to order from North America or Holland. Click here to find out more. (Source: Richter Art Gallery)

Posted by Ann Johnson on November 02, 2010 at 11:38am AST


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