Artists and Artisans of SVG
Recently, the Frangipani Hotel on the exquisite grenadine island of Bequia hosted a visual art exhibition that featured the work of two gifted artists who are proud to call this country their home.
Paintings by the renown artist, Cécile Comblen, and handmade crafts by Merle Gellizeau were on display for two days, February 24th and 25th.
Cécile Comblen studied Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She has been living in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the past twenty or so years, and finds inspiration for many of her finest work from observing and interacting with the citizens of her adopted home.
Cecile fervently expresses her love for these islands, and this emotion is evident in her work. She is passionate about art, and has always been eager and willing to share her skills as a teacher of people of any age, ranging from preschoolers to the elderly. A few years ago she was very determined to start an Art Therapy Programme for patients at the Mental Health Centre; unfortunately, it never came to fruition, to her disappointment.
She has been a dedicated member of the Youlou Arts Foundation, and readily teams up with other artists to promote the arts in SVG.
Her recent works on canvas and watercolours are titled “Inhabited landscapes”. She disclosed that these are inspired by “local landscapes, memories, and people, real or imaginary, in a colourful and poetic way.”
Merle Gellizeau creates crafts such as baskets, hats, and table mats, which are made from natural fibers found growing in the wild on the islands.
She is a skilled artisan and acts as one of the keepers of the Vincentian tradition of basket-weaving. She is presently the director of the St. Vincent Craft Center in Frenches, Kingstown.
You are invited to meet Cécile and Merle, as they join other artists to host the Youlou Arts Foundation’s third annual Art Show and Sale on Saturday March 4th at the Art Centre, in Villa. See Poster below for further details.