The ornately carved pieces hewn from tropical timber and the rainforest-themed painting make this Suriname in a snapshot.
Gorgeous work by Overdo Berghout. The top painting is one of my favorites, as it captures so beautifully the gaiety and freedom of Surinamese celebrations like Owru Yari and Holi Pagwa.
Beautiful portraiture by Jona Giovanni.
My offerings: two originals and two prints.
A very tropical collection by Frankie Martodikromo (also a member of Suriname’s Ministry of Defense.)
A macaw taking flight, again by Overdo Berghout.
For my artist’s placards, I prefer the term “handwritten chic” to “unprofessional” or “home-made.”
Our new addition: “let me feel,” by Doro Nuyken.
Check it out–that’s my name! To SIS, I’d like to say: Thanks for having me!
Because no gala is complete without a few gorgeous floral arrangements.
That red “sold” dot is ours! The artist generously dropped the price a wee bit… but it was still an expensive night for our household!
My “Birds of Suriname” series. With some 700+ species in Suriname to choose from, I may be adding a few more fowl to this flock in the future.
An atmospheric painting of a white lotus by Soeris Dipai.
Close-up of one of my paintings: “Mallards at Dawn.”
My first art exhibit! Hence my taking everything but the kitchen sink. You know: Just in case….
A gala tickets: Cutest event name!
Another work by Soeris Dipai.
A series by Doro Nuyken.
On this blog, I’ve mentioned a time or two that I paint. But it’s purely for my own enjoyment (and the occasional gift-giving to family and friends). I make no claim to being a professional artist. Let’s be honest: trying to make it in the arts can be a heartbreaking business. Attempting to carve out a writing career is artistic excitement enough for me.
So I imagine how honored I felt when one of my dear friends in the Embassy community invited me to participate as an artist in the gala she was throwing to raise funds for one of Suriname’s international schools and a cause it supports: a local home for underprivileged children. Internally, I balked a little at being labelled one of “seven of local artists” (I’m not an artist! I just happen to have a few tubes of paint lying around my house!). But the idea of getting to showcase a few pieces was pretty exhilarating stuff. Continue reading “Art, Auctions, & Wine: Oh My!”