Art Around the Island
This tour takes you around the island through St Martin's/St Maarten's most charming local districts to visit the island's own elite group of talented artists. At the gated community of Les Jardins d’ Orient Bay, you will enter the home and studio of Francis Eck, where nature, and particularly the sea, are his inexhaustible sources of inspiration. Francis is always searching for a way to reach the profound essence of this subject. His powerful colors and harmonious shapes shift the borders between the abstract and the figurative. Your tour then continues on to another gated community in French Cul-de-Sac, where you will meet the painter Antoine Chapon in his picturesque home/gallery. Famous for the luminosity and transparency of his watercolors and oils, the painter welcomes you to his breezy veranda to take in breathtaking views of the bay. In 2006, he received an award of excellence at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut. Continue on to O'Reilly Hill, overlooking Grand Case, where you will enter the home and studio of Minguet, whose lithographs, oils and watercolors burst forth in explosions of incredible colors. At Concordia, a suburb of Marigot, you enter Akinom’s Art Studio. The Creole house is nestled in a delightful tropical garden and opened as a gallery in 1992. Akinom invites you to a journey through time and space to discover the original and unique paintings. Jazz rhythms, vibrations, and colors are connected in abstract line and space, punctuated by pallet knife and brushes in oil paintings and mixed media. Painting and music are, to Akinom, the universal spiritual language of mankind. The latest addition to the tour is Maximilian's Art in the Garden Gallery, located in Midtown Philipsburg. This gallery, in a garden setting, is a unique feature on the island where original paintings (and prints) by Maximilian are displayed among plants and flowers. From realism to abstract, you will find original works in oil, pastel and/or acrylic. Considered one of the most successful artists on Dutch St Maarten, with numerous exhibitions locally as well as in Washington DC, New York, and Cuba, Maximilian creates work that has been the target of international collectors as well as local patrons.
Tour operator reserves the right to visit alternative artists/galleries in the event an individual is not available.