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Four Places to Find Local Art in Bonaire

by Maia Muttoo Oct 7, 2019

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Are you an art lover living in or visiting Bonaire? Here’s where you can get your next fix of creativity.

Jan Art Gallery

Image courtesy of Janice Huckaby Baillie.

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.

To learn more about Janice, read our interview with her or visit her website.

G.N. Art Gallery

Image via 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.

Her atelier gallery is on Kaya Onix in Kralendijk, but her work can also be found at several stores in Bonaire. To learn more about G.N. Art, visit Nijdam’s website.

Terramar Museum

Image via Info Bonaire.

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

Image via henkroozendaal.com

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.

Sources: Henk Roozendaal, Jan Art Bonaire, In Your Pocket, Info Bonaire, Terramar Museum and G.N. Art Gallery.