March 27, 2003 – The artwork of Pamela T. Sullivan and Cyndee Poole and wines of Kobrand will be featured on Friday at this month's Da Da Wine Down, which once again will take place at JKay's restaurant in Tillett Gardens.
Sullivan and Poole will be on hand to discuss their work, and a representative of West Indies Corp. will be present to conduct an ongoing wine tasting seminar between 5 and 8 p.m.
The public is invited. Admission is free. There will be a complementary buffet and a cash bar. There's a $10 fee for the optional wine tasting, which will comprise two of Kobrand's California wines, St. Francis Chardonnay and Joseph Phelps Pastiche Red; and two of its French offerings, Louis Jadot Macon-Villages Blanc and Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages.
Sullivan, a South Carolina native who has lived on St. Thomas for the last three years, is a fine arts graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She was founder of the Artists Workshop in Denver, South Carolina, and won multiple awards during a 25-year career in graphic arts from which she is retired.
As a fine artist, Sullivan says, she is comfortable working in any medium from gouache to oil. On St. Thomas, in addition to painting, she has started a company called Brush Strokes which specializes in faux finishes, painted furniture, decorative painting and interiors. She also has designed sets for Pistarckle Theater for three seasons and for the current State of Grace Production show, "Ain't Misbehavin.'" On Friday, she will be exhibiting her fine art on St. Thomas for the first time.
Poole is a recent St. Thomas arrival, having moved to the island from Ponce Inlet, Florida. A painter from childhood, she says her talent is a gift from God and that he has something to say through her artwork. "When I paint, I go to that place," she says. "My paintings are a love of this planet that we all share … I hope that I can give people a sense of the importance of respecting our fragile ecosystem."
Her most recent series of acrylic paintings depicts island locales including Hull Bay, Magens Bay and Hans Lollick. She has also done Tropical, Retro, Surfing and Moonlight Series. The Moonlight Series consists of paintings of the full moon as seen "from Florida to the Caribbean," she says. "The Retro art is a series of my spiritual paintings that have a message for all."
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