The beautiful setting of the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay was the venue for the March 15 multi-artist annual art show. The art display was complimented by a wine and cheese tasting, so there was a great turn-out of visitors.
The artists had been given the use of two rooms and space outside under the gazebo. Artists also set up on the terrace or in any protected spot they could find, as a strong wind was blowing that day. It was the perfect day for surfing, as the waves rolled over the reefs towards the beach below in a splash of turquoise and white.
By late morning approximately twenty artists had set up. Mary Balzac had displayed her water colour art pieces on a table and on the fireplace mantel. David A Lowe’s Art Tile featured larger paintings of fish and seascape as well as several smaller pieces of local fauna.
An array of photographs of local landscapes brightened the corner of Kevin P. Carroll. The large painting of a Bahamian woman with a bowl of bananas on her head signaled the booth of Kim Rody, who also had china dishes decorated with prints of her works as well as many prints and postcards. David Morley had come from Nassau for the occasion with several pieces of fellow artists besides his own. Pine needle work and semi- precious stone jewelry by Alphalyra Creations completed the number of artists showing in that room.
Guests, eating their meals on tables near windows by the sea, could walk to the other side of the dining room while waiting for their next dish to arrive and browse the tables featuring Androsia Fabrics linens, bags and covers for phones and tablets by Vanda Bethel, pine needles basket by Christine Sawyer, paintings by Johnny Cash and creative craft work by his wife.
Two tables displaying jewelry, one by Julia’s Jewels framed the door to the outside. And on the other side of that door one could admire at oil paintings of seascapes and portraits by well-known couple, Ritchie Eyma and Roshanne Minnis-Eyma.
The bright color of Papillon’s art work decorated the gazebo while art glass jewelry by Marlee Mason attracted the on-lookers who started to arrive around noon.
More sea-glass jewelry by Sea Glass Design was shown on the South-side patio as well as ceramic pieces by an artist from Man-O-War. Back in the bar area, art pieces by Anna Edels completed the show. In all, the show was a very varied and eye-catching combination of artistic creations.
To add to the laid-back and relaxing atmosphere, Garnell Limperes played an assortment of classical music pieces on the keyboard throughout the afternoon.
By early afternoon, a crowd gathered around the wine tasting table. White wine, such as Santa Christina Pinot Grigio, Patch Block Sauvignon Blanc and Palo Alto Rose were featured as well as Hankel Reisling, compliment of Bristol Cellars. An assortment of cheese and crackers offered by the Abaco Inn kept artists and guests coming back for more.
Many artists had sales. As usual, the event was a great success for the resort as well.