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The Artists Guild of St. Croix Will Kick Off “The Art Show 2024” at CMCARTS Saturday

“The Art Show 2024” exhibit will kick off at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts in downtown Frederiksted on Jan. 20, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Patrons will be treated to live music, appetizers and a cash bar at the opening reception. The exhibit will run through Feb. 10.

The Artists Guild supports the visual arts and artists of St. Croix and the artists who live and work on the island. The annual exhibit has fulfilled the mission of the group since its inception in 2013.

The nonprofit organization boasts 30 members and a board of directors that includes Matt Jarvis, president; Cathy Booth, vice president; Jean Bishop, secretary; and Waldemar Brodhurst, George Graham and Shaunna Morrison, members-at-large. 

The Artists Guild Pop-Up Artist Market event was held on Art Thursday, November 2023, at the Comanche Hotel downstairs gallery. The Hotel’s garden was the venue for membership meetings, with thanks to owner Jack Pickel for his gracious offerings. 

“The Art Show 2024” will showcase paintings, sculptures, photography and mixed media art by 20 local artists. 

Matt Jarvis paints landscapes and portraits in oil.

“Morning Sail.” Oil on canvas by Matt Jarvis (Photo courtesy Matt Jarvis)
“Spirits Soar.” Oil on canvas by Matt Jarvis (Photo courtesy Matt Jarvis)

Cathy Booth works in colored pencils and is also known for her lifesize mosaic tile murals. Booth shares her mosaic creations in a framed format. 

“Pink Jelly.” Mosaic by Cathy Booth (Photo courtesy Cathy Booth)
Parrotfish mosaic by Cathy Booth (Photo courtesy Cathy Booth)

Joyce Hickok credits her longtime Artists Guild membership with the support and inspiration she receives from other artists. 

“It got me started in mask making by participating in the Guild’s mask exhibit. Since then, I’ve created over 60 masks that have found homes for their distinctive personalities,” she said.

“Happy Harry” Mask. Mixed media by Joyce Hickok (Photo courtesy Joyce Hickok)

One of Hickok’s patrons has nine of her masks that found a home with him. Several people on St. Croix support her art by collecting seed pods and other natural materials for use in her mask-making.

“Mr. Flame T. Flamboyant” Mask, originally from Madagascar but known throughout the world. Mixed media by Joyce Hickok (Photo courtesy Joyce Hickok)

“I believe that people like my masks because they explore the African/Caribbean heritage of the Virgin Islands and the love of nature that so many of us enjoy living on a beautiful island. The Artists Guild provides me with the opportunity to sell my masks so I don’t have 60 personalities inhabiting my small apartment,” Hickok said with a chuckle.

“Too Much Bubbly” Mask. Mixed media by Joyce Hickok (Photo courtesy Joyce Hickok)

The Artists Guild invites the art community to become members. 

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