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Charlotte Amalie
Saturday, April 13, 2024


Courtney Devonish, owner of Devonish Art Gallery in Anguilla, will be exhibiting his new works in wood and ceramics at Danica Art Gallery in Christiansted. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 1, from 5 to 9 p.m. Devonish’s work will be on display through May 5th.
Devonish is well known internationally for his wood sculptures and ceramic work. Most of his pieces are mahogany and several are in umbue, a South American wood.
Devonish graduate from secondary school in Barbados, his birthplace, and eventually immigrated to England where he attended Birmingham University School of Education from 1964 to 1967. While there he represented the university as the top sprinter and long jumper. Devonish was very active as a member of the college chess team, chairman of the Charities Committee, chairman of the Overseas Student Association and editor of its Interact Magazine. In addition, he was a member of the Coventry Race Relations Board in England. Devonish was a primary school teacher in Coventry before returning to Barbados in 1969.
After returning to Barbados, he became involved in several business ventures including an art gallery, restaurant, record shop and gift store. Devonish also worked as a ceramic consultant for the Canadian Training Awards program, which took him to islands throughout the Caribbean, including Anguilla.
Devonish settled in Anguilla in 1988 and established the Devonish Art Gallery, the longest-running gallery on the island. He also developed the Anguilla International Arts Festival, which promotes the island as an arts destination.
Highly respected in the community, Devonish is the current president of the Rotary Club of Anguilla and also serves on the board of the Anguilla Chamber of Commerce.
He continues to pursue his studio work while training apprentices and teaching at and operating Devonish Art Gallery with his wife, Carolle, a bead artist.
Devonish has exhibited throughout the Caribbean, the United States and Europe. Recently he was featured in American Style magazine in an article promoting the arts in Anguilla. The article states in part: "Devonish aims to create a thing of beauty using simple bold semi-abstract forms including the female form, birds and fish as sources of inspiration."
"I am pleased to be able to show my work at Danica Art Gallery. It is exciting to be able to meet people throughout the Caribbean and to share my new works in wood and ceramics. This is my first show on St. Croix, and we are delighted to bring some of the Devonish Art Gallery work here on island," Devonish said.
The gallery is located on 54 King Street, Christiansted, directly across the street from Government House. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, please contact Ms. David at 719-6000.

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