The nineteenth Abaco Inn Art Show and Wine Tasting was held this year on March 26. The beautiful setting of the Abaco Inn, located on Elbow Cay, is always a popular spot for visitors, but even more so this day. Some of the finest artists and crafters of Abaco had their best work on display and for sale. Visitors were also treated to a tasting of several nice wines, donated by Bristol Cellars.
The weather was balmy – the sun rays cooled by a light wind. It was the perfect day to browse through the displays of many tables set inside and outside, to sit and have lunch watching the surf, or have a drink with old friends and develop new acquaintances.
This year, fourteen artists from different parts of Abaco participated in the show. A few less than last year, according to organizer Livingston Beckford, but they still offered a large variety of media, styles and subjects.
Pens crafted of local hard woods by Leo Bethel made easy to carry souvenirs or gifts. Quilts sewn in brightly coloured Androsia fabrics by Wanda Bethel caught the attention of many. Julie Sawyer’s sea glass and semi-precious stone jewelry found a few buyers as well as the collages on wood and other materials designed by Francoise Hedden. Christine Sawyer had taken advantage of locally found pine needles and drift woods to create artistic items that could highlight any home decor.
The natural resources found on the island’s beaches were also utilized in jewelry and other objects at Brenda Shell Crafts.
Another use of beach-combing troves could be seen at Two Islands Chicks’ table, where jewelry created with a mix of shells, drift wood and semi-precious stones gathered a crowd of buyers and on-lookers.
Mary Balzac illustrated the flora and fauna of the island on paintings of various sizes, while Kim Rody had extended to her followers the opportunity to buy reproductions of some of her paintings on china and home decorating items.
Jean White displayed an assortment of sewn items made by a group of Canadian ladies to which she belongs. The group specifically produces them during the year with the intention to offer them for sale at the Abaco Inn Art Show, the proceeds to be donated to Every Child Counts.
Sea Glass Design, represented by Bruce and Gail Barton, offered more sea-glass jewelry delicately crafted. Mr. Barton had a very interesting personal collection of sea-glass items such as bottle stoppers or various pieces of old bottles found on local beaches.
The Plant Lady, Laine Snow, had brought enough orchids and bromeliads arrangements to satisfy all the gardeners browsing by. Tiny air-plants arranged in urchins’ shell were very popular with many people. Still-life art in oil and acrylic as well as small pine needle baskets and turquoise jewelry were offered by Alphalyra Creations.
On the terrace, a tent had been set for the wine tasting. Standing behind a table loaded with cheese and fruit platters, Thomas Hazel, the resort’s famous General Manager, poured the wine and shared good cheer. A good crowd hung around eager to try the New Zealand Matua Sauvignon Blanc or the Louis Maxx Chardonnay, two very nice white wines. The Cupcake Prosecco, a sparkling wine from Italy, light and not too sweet was very popular. For those who preferred red wine, a delicate Merlot by Round Hill or a Red Diamond Pinot Noir, both from California were good selections.
Most of the artists were ready to leave by 4 pm, but the crowd still hung around to enjoy the rest of the afternoon.