Five artisans drew the crowds at the Little Harbour Art and Craft show held at Pete’s Pub and Gallery on May 18. A steady stream of customers all day kept them busy and ensured them a very successful day. All of the stall holders were very pleased at the amount of business from locals, second home owners and visitors to the island. Many people stayed to enjoy one of the delicious lunches served at Pete’s Pub and to spend the day socializing with friends. The atmosphere was very festive thanks to the lively music of ‘Fire and the Goat Peppers Band’.
Two persons displayed their paintings, two displayed jewelry and one exhibited her fabric crafts. A table was also set up by the Abaco Cancer Society with items such as mugs, caps, pens, T shirts and bags for sale in aid of the society’s work.
Ginny Warner displayed a large and varied selection of her beautiful sea glass jewelry. All of the sea glass with which she makes her jewelry pieces is collected from the beaches of Abaco. Ms. Warner has recently begun enhancing her sea glass pieces with beadwork as she says that she is always trying to do something different. Some of her most striking pieces are formed from black glass over 200 years old and also from light lavender glass which is also old and rare. She has enhanced the black glass with gold beadwork making it very eye catching. Ms. Warner has been crafting her sea glass jewelry for 15 years and her trademark clasp is a tiny limpet shell.
Peter Bradley, of Conch Pearl Gallery fame, is a Master Jeweler /Appraiser and a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America. He had a large selection of sterling and pure silver pieces on display including earrings, pendants, bracelets and rings, all of which were very popular with buyers. These pieces are perfect replicas of Bahamian sea life such as shells, starfish, sand dollars and sea biscuits which are made using the lost wax method. Mr. Bradley also makes custom pieces from precious metals such as gold and platinum and enhances special pieces with the conch pearl.
Peter and JoAnn Bradley are a very talented husband/wife team. Ms. Bradley has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting and drawing. She paints land and seascapes of Abaco using the mediums of watercolours, acrylics and oils. She had a variety of these land and seascapes on display including a painting of the quaint Pete’s Pub which sold quickly to one lucky person wanting to take home a souvenir of that popular meeting place.
The other artist with her work on display was Marjolein Scott whose work makes quite a contrast to Ms. Bradley’s. Ms. Scott is well-known for her vivid and whimsical watercolour on silk paintings, though it did appear today that she has now also branched into acrylic on canvas. She has a great love of mermaids and these appear in almost all her pictures. Her mermaids were in full force not only in her paintings but also incorporated into jewellery boxes and tiles.
Vonda Bethel is very creative with fabrics and is always coming up with new innovative ideas. Her stall showed a large colourful array of quilts, placemats, pencil cases, glasses cases and phone cases along with decorative key rings and notebooks. Her latest offering was a selection of very cute colourful bikini bottoms for small children.
Mini massages were offered in the studio by ‘Continuo’ so altogether it was a very nice relaxing and well-rounded day of perusing interesting items, shopping, eating and drinking, merrymaking and cooling off in the sea.