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Charlotte Amalie
Thursday, July 18, 2024


April 1, 2002 – This week's Art Thursday gallery walk-about in Christiansted and nearby Gallows Bay has a couple of claims to fame.
For one, it was just last week that a film crew shooting a documentary about St. Croix for an Italian travel channel called "Marco Polo" called on a number of the art galleries.
For another, the Danica Art Gallery, one of the walk participants, is celebrating its first anniversary starting this Thursday. Owner Danica David is hosting a celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. that's part of the Art Thursday event. The gallery, located across from Government House, is showcasing art by the owner, Ginelle Encarnacion, John Jones and Judith King. There will be door prizes.
David has utilized her gallery as a venue for community exposure as well as a showplace for professional art. Works created by children last summer in a six-week art program that she conducted were displayed there afterward. In October, the gallery hosted a two-week exhibition marking the centennial of J. Antonio Jarvis's birth. The Danica anniversary exhibition will be up through the month of April, available for viewing during regular business hours, daily except Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The overall Art Thursday hours are also from 5 to 9 p.m. For this fifth monthly art walk, here's what's currently being featured at the participating galleries:
Campen Gallery — works by seven new artists.
Christiansted Gallery — paintings by Dino di Natale.
Danica Art Gallery — first anniversary exhibition as described above.
Gallery Gia — works by four St. John artists, Les Anderson, Kimberly Boulon, Deborah St.
Clair and Aimee Trayser.
Maria Henle Studio — Nocturnes.
Mark Austin Gallery — fine art and artisan work by Mark Austin.
Taller Larjas — a duo show of works by Barbara Gelardi and Stephanie Shoyer titled "Mermaids, Faeries and Jumbies."
Also keeping their doors open after hours for the art walk are three artisan shops:
I.B. Designs — introducing the new Karma design.
Iona Skye Gallery — showing Sara Cole's Polaroid transfers.
Jewelweed — featuring fine handmade jewelry.
"Come out and support Christiansted's art galleries," is the motto of the business owners who have banded together to host the open house "walks" on the first Thursday evening of each month. They are happy to welcome newcomers and greet old friends, one gallery owner noted, but what will make their efforts worth while is the purchase of art by those who drop by.
All of the galleries and shops are located in the downtown Christiansted district except for the Campen, which is in Gallows Bay. It's suggested that those doing the art walk make this one the first or last stop by car, while parking in town and strolling from place to place to see the others.
The galleries offer visitors making the rounds a complimentary wine sip.
And to satisfy after-walk appetites, seven in-town restaurants offer wine and dessert specials on Art Thursday evenings. They are Bacchus, the Bombay Club, Kendrick's, Indies, Rum Runners, Savant and Tutto Bene.

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