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Thursday, May 30, 2024


Oct. 31, 2001 – Gallery Gia, opening this week in Christiansted, promises to be an interesting and innovative addition to the art community on St. Croix. With an emphasis on the work of Caribbean artists, Gallery Gia hopes to introduce to St. Croix new talent not typically represented here.
Galley Gia offers a new venue for local artists to show their work, as well as a place for people to see exciting and unfamiliar paintings, pottery, sculpture, and glasswork.
Three friends, all full-time residents of St. Croix, conceived the idea for Gallery Gia. Wendy Solomon’s interest in cultural activities on St. Croix, and her fond reminiscences of afternoons spent at art museums and galleries back in New York City, led her to approach boyfriend Tom Rodenhaver with the idea of opening a gallery.
Tom, who agreed there were many more artists than exhibit spaces available, supplied the perfect venue: An 18th century Danish townhouse in the heart of downtown Christiansted.
Their friend, artist Deborah Broad, having for years admired the building with the same vision, came aboard enthusiastically.
It was their collective feeling that the gallery would complement other local venues by introducing new paintings, sculpture and craftwork. Deborah’s painting studio shares the space and as resident artist, she will manage the gallery as well.
Throughout the season, Gallery Gia hopes to collaborate with other galleries and artists for ongoing shows and events that will invigorate and strengthen the presence of Caribbean art in the Virgin Islands. A great local resource is the new directory, "St. Croix Art & Artists," a free brochure available at Gallery Gia and many other locations throughout the island.
Gallery Gia opens for business on Nov. 1. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10-5, and Sundays 10-2. A grand opening reception is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. All are welcome. For more information, log onto www.gallerygia.com or call the gallery at 340-713-9880. Gallery Gia is located at 5A King Street, Christiansted, across from the library and above the Bombay Club restaurant.

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