The Artists of St Maarten and St Martin
We have 10 artists partaking in our Around the Island Art Tour, 4 of whom were born in the Caribbean. The others have come from overseas – some already decades ago – to settle in our balmy bays and paint our vibrant local scenery, taking advantage of the bright Caribbean light. The various backgrounds of our artists have created a wonderful palette of styles and techniques which can be enjoyed during our St Martin Art Tour.
The St Martin Art Tour is a unique opportunity to meet the artist, to admire his or her work (most artists can normally only be visited by appointment) and to buy originals or reproductions if you wish so.
FYI: Seagrape Tours supports the artists and does not charge the artist for the visit nor do we take commission on any art sales.
Take Your Pick
Please let us know which 4 artists from the listing below you would prefer to visit. Our St Martin Art Tour has a maximum of 6 guests per tour, so chances to see at least some of your favorite artists are pretty good.
For more practical info and bookings go to Art Tour St Martin.
Carla Templeton – This Raku artist is born in Mozambique and on St Maarten since the 1980s. In her homemade kiln Carla creates the most wonderful Caribbean inspired ceramic pieces with Raku clay and techniques. Carla’s work is displayed at Zdenka’s art gallery, Carla will meet us there if she’s available.
Zdenka – Originally from Croatia this powerful woman who sailed across the Atlantic by herself in 1995, designs and handcrafts fine jewelry on St Maarten. The pieces are in silver and gold, with gems and freshwater or South Sea pearls. Each piece is unique and easy to wear.
Zdenka runs The Art Box Gallery and next to her own work she displays the fine arts and crafts of more than a dozen other St Maarten and Caribbean artists.
Christiane Ladéon – This great watercolorist only discovered her talent in 2015 when writing her first novel on the subject of endometriosis, a chronic illness she is enduring.
Christiane started taking art classes and was inspired by her teacher to develop her talent and expose her work.
Painting now offers her an escape from her pain and illness and has given her new meaning to life.
Tess Verheij – Dutch artist and art teacher, with her own gallery and arts and crafts studio where she teaches art. She provides scholarships for local children, funded by selling her own wonderful art which she creates on different mediums with a fascinating variation in materials, such as metal and local sand.
The waste factory Tess opened in 2018 next to her gallery will also be part of the visit.
You can take part in an art class with Tess at her Art Craft Café in Philipsburg, right after the tour. Minimum of 4 persons, booked in advance.