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Mango Tango Gallery Presents “New Signatures” Featuring Four Artists

Mango Tango Seaside Art Gallery at Yacht Haven Grande will present the artwork of four painters from St. John, St. Croix and California. The public is invited to a free opening reception 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, of "New Signatures" to meet the artists and view their work. There will be live blues and rock ‘n’ roll music performed by 2 Blue Shoes at the rum punch celebration.

Andrea Anderson's "Reclining Nude"

This is Andrea Anderson’s second show at the gallery. As a maverick from the beginning of her artistic journey, she studied at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Connecticut. Her talent was well suited for receiving her BFA in a school that the New York Times has praised: “many in the art world believe the [Lyme] Academy has contributed to the renaissance of representational art in the United States." The St. John artist excels in composition and the use of dramatic light in her plein air works. After years of the gallery searching for an artist to offer soulful portraiture grounded in realism, Mango Tango presents Andrea Anderson.
Kathy Carlson's "P1200100"
Kathy Carlson’s stylized, figurative paintings depict the rural gentility of the West Indies. The former St. Thomas artist now lives in California. Gallery co-owner Jane Coombes refers to her new paintings as folk art although Carlson is classically trained. She has been known for a decade for her poignant representation of the people of the Caribbean. A couple of years ago one of those paintings of a scratch band was reproduced on the cover of the phone book. The current canvasses are bright and colorful with a pronounced use of whimsy. Her cheerful subject matter and upbeat themes of island life are visual expressions of her attitude toward painting.
Lisa Etre -- Leaves Heated Up
Artist Lisa Etre is from three Virgin Islands. She grew up on St. Croix, has been teaching art at Eudora Kean High School in Red Hook, St. Thomas, for over 20 years, and makes St. John her home. She has been working with the gallery since it opened 21 years ago. Gallery co-owner Smokey Pratt says, "She is our most versatile artist. She makes a point of traveling every summer to study new media and art processes. For this show, she has created scenic watercolors, engaging collage works and watercolors of patterns in nature."
Judith King -- Cafe Busted

Judith King has been recording her observations of island life and nature for almost 40 years on St. Croix in a variety of media, including batik, oil paint, watercolor, serigraph and natural materials. She was one of the first artists asked to exhibit in Mango Tango two decades ago. For the current show, she painted in oil encaustic, an oil in wax medium. She says it enhances each painting by adding light and textural effect. When asked for her artist’s statement, she laughed and said, "Look at my work." The artist’s lighthearted approach celebrates the beauty and the unique qualities of the folks, flora and fauna around her.
Gallery co-owner Jane Coombes explains the show’s title, "New Signatures." Over the last 21 years many artists have called her extremely demanding, "Of the many names hurled at me, rooted not in anger but in frustration, I cherish ‘You are one tough coach.’ And so it is. Mango Tango’s artists are not expected to make a name for themselves in just one medium and style. They need to continually experiment. My husband and I encourage them to take risks. All four artists shine in new signature styles for this show."
The show will continue for one week. For more information, call 715-2789.
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