Four Places to Find Local Art in Bonaire
by Maia Muttoo Oct 7, 2019
Are you an art lover living in or visiting Bonaire? Here’s where you can get your next fix of creativity.
Jan Art Gallery
The Jan Art gallery is run by artist Janice Huckaby Baillie and her husband, Larry. Located centrally in Kralendijk, the gallery features primarily oil and acrylic paintings inspired by Bonaire’s natural environment. Baillie’s work ranges in style from realism to impressionism.
G.N. Art Gallery
Germaine Nijdam creates artwork using what she calls ‘houtzee’, Dutch for ‘wood from the ocean’. These driftwood pieces include signs, trays, totems, furniture and wind chimes.
She also creates vibrantly-coloured acrylic abstract paintings and often combines driftwood and acrylics into multi-dimensional mixed-media works.
If you like your art with a side of history, visit the Terramar Museum.
In their fixed exhibitions, you’ll find examples of early Bonaire arts including figurines, ritual objects, personal adornments and ceramic vessels. Their central room also has a 20-metre long timeline with artistic renderings of important dates in the island’s history.
To learn more about Terramar Museum, check out their website.
Henk Roozendaal Murals
Henk Roozendaal was born in the Netherlands in 1947. He moved to Bonaire in 1999 and has been painting vibrant, realistic islands portraits ever since.
His mural work can be found on walls around Bonaire, including outside the Cultimara Supermarket. He was also commissioned by the government of Bonaire to create murals for the new jail in 2017.
Find out more about Henk Roozendaal at his website.
If you love art, look no further than these four hotspots in Bonaire.