More Happened in SN

SN was action packed last Friday evening.

Our first stop was The Box, a very cute bar and barber shop combo, by self-style entrepreneur Dwight Kock.

Dwight reports he started as a barber in neighboring Cura Cabay, and over time decided to be his own boss, by breathing new life into the defunct Old Barber Shop, adjacent to the gas station, at the head of main street,  SN.

He was his own architect, and designed a side entrance to a new barbershop with four classic barber chairs, rented out to four professionals, his friends who followed him from Cura Cabay to SN.

The front of the house is a bar, with a small lounge area, a friendly bartender and a bar menu. We had the quesadillas, the Johnny Cake and the chicken wings already, during Climate Meets Fashion, the week before, and can attest to the fact that the Box’s kitchen serves tasty food.

I was pleased to see the place, in its new incarnation. We used to love the Old Barber Shop many years ago, and travelled often for the broodje shoarma speciaal, from Oranjestad

From The Box, we crossed the street and went into the first art gallery, out of three, showing the curated collection of Art Fair 2022.

I already wrote about most artists, but here goes the next batch. Of the three Art Fair galleries, at least one is permanent, so there is always something to see in SN, besides more than 30 murals.

Artist Suelyn Dankerlui, self-described as a local emerging artist, hung a number of calming, pensive abstracts, which I understand sold well.

Loes Praagmas‘ Grumpy Grandpa, was an accurate, quirky depiction of the subject-matter

Maya Lepsanovic, a charming driftwood artist, scored big with an ornamental oversize elephant, which sold immediately. It was an exceptionally creative piece.

Katty Lugo works with glass, which is a different mixed media technique.

In photography, Cado de Lannot shot a cunucu house, in white, and framed it ornately, in white — it was quite striking. He titled the work, “Capturing what I can’t put into words.” Fernando Vermeer showed some pieces borrowed from his successful solo exhibition at Checkpoint Color, Oranjestad.

Desiree Sporkslede, delivered an assemblage of plastic and Lego pieces, chocolate wrappers and an old bathing suit top,  questioning “What’s Forever.” Her anti-plastic messaging, was one of the few protest pieces in the Art Fair.

Classically trained Gustave Nouel showed a number of small charming pieces on wood, local dancers, solo and together, very unlike his usual monumental, didactic images.

Nati, Natascha dela Fuente featured a striking portrait of beloved Reggae artist Bob Marley.

Miriam De L’Isla became very graphic, interpreting local landscapes in terms of geometrical forms, in primary colors.

Ilene Peterson in B/W was quite surprising, the mesh background and the faces within faces reminded me a bit of Mo Mohammed’s dark, spiritual Caribbean art.

Most fantastic work by Christian Albarracin, who created three-D figures from paper cuttings. I couldn’t take my eyes off it.

Lorena Roses’ dresses, one in b/w and one in color, oil on canvas, were solemn and whimsical at the same time.

Susan Van Spall is an Objet trouvé artist. She creates 3-D collages from a variety of discarded materials stringing Moments Lost together.

From Fundacion Padu Lampe an extraordinary glass mosaic, on loan, by artist Clara Rivas Gonsalez, a portrait of Padu, just astonishing.

I was happy to see Diana Hopman among participants, always cheerful, and Yahira Maduro’s, Aruba’s answer to pointillism.

The show had an Evelino Fingal on display from the 70s’ or 80s’, he designed the Aruba florin in 1986, an old Stan Kuiperi and a landscape that could have been by Cezanne by Erna Giesel from 1968, wrapped up my list of favorites!


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November 17, 2022
Rona Coster