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St Martin/St Maarten / Art Galleries

By Nigel Tisdall

If you're interested in seeing the work of local artists the best opportunities are in St Martin – some recommended galleries are below. The Art Lovers Assocation in Mont Vernon, t 590 690 54 22 22, produces “The Artists Map” listing artists and galleries in the country. It also organises an open studio weekend every April.

St Martin

Antoine Chapon Art Gallery, Marigot - Born in Bordeaux, Antoine Chapon's ethereal watercolours draw inspiration from the sea, sky and maritime themes. This gallery is in Marina Port La Royale and sells original works as well as less expensive giclées (high quality digital prints). Closed Sunday.

Galerie Gingerbread, Baie de la Potence - Simone Seitre is a lifelong collector of Haitian art and has built up a formidable portfolio of uplifting and animated paintings from that island, some of which are for sale. By appointment only.

Roland Richardson Gallery, Marigot - Sir Roland Richardson is St Martin's best known artist and a charming character. “My focus is always on colour” he says, and that's very evident from his paintings that relish the vivid flora, homes and people of the Caribbean. This large gallery is in the house where he was born in 1944 and has a delightful garden at the back. The artist is usually there on Thursday mornings when visitors are treated to a free introduction to his work. More paintings can be seen at La Samanna resort in Long Bay, t 590 590 87 64 00, where he is the resident artist and gives a masterclass to guests on Wednesday mornings. Closed Sunday.

Tropismes Gallery, Grand-Case - This small gallery showcases a range of Caribbean-based artists including the colourful, contemplative daily scenes painted by its director, Paul Elliot Thuleau.

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