Visit the Art Box Gallery
Zdenka – Originally from Croatia this powerful woman who sailed across the Atlantic 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.
Location: Simpson Bay
Take a class at the Art Craft Café
Tessel Verheij was born in The Netherlands, she lived, studied and worked in Holland for 31 years before travelling. Tess has been fascinated with art since a young age; including the history of art. She has been especially influenced by Surrealism and the Arts and Crafts movement (art nouveau, Jugendstil) and artists such as Gustav Klimt and Mucha. Her travels ended in Sint Maarten where she opened her own art gallery to share her artwork with locals and tourists but also to teach art classes daily, sharing her knowledge to groups differing from young to old.
Attend a show at Axum Art Café
Unique café featuring artists from all over the Caribbean. Check out their schedule on their website or Facebook page, from the art gallery to the stage.
Sir Roland Richardson – Impressionist with oils and also creates detailed engravings. You will both admire his paintings of St Martin’s national tree the red flowering Flamboyant, as well as this artist’s flamboyant character. Roland Richardson’s Art Gallery is not open on Sundays and the master himself can only be met on Thursdays. Do not miss the garden in the back of the gallery!
December 2020 update: While in Marigot, stop by the POP UP SHOP of ESPA next to La Boite à Thé store.
Meet with Ruby Bute
Dame Ruby Bute – Born in the Dutch Caribbean and a wonderful story teller, poet and painter. Her colourful paintings depict life on St Martin as she remembers it from when she was small. Ruby Bute is always happy to share the story behind whichever painting you prefer, in the Silk Cotton Grove Art gallery next to her home. The gallery houses a permanent exhibition original art works, books, prints, ceramic art souvenirs and art jewelry.
Location: Friar’s Bay
Visit Minguet Gallery
Alexandre Minguet – The vibrant watercolor paintings and handmade lithographs of the late Alexandre Minguet are shown in his former studio, by his daughter Catherine. Postcards of his most famous paintings are available, easy to bring back in your suitcases!
Location: Rambaud Hill
Buy a souvenir at Busco
Art and craft store featuring local artisans, some of them creating their pieces live in the store.
Location: Grand Case
Visit Tropismes Gallery
Antoine Chapon – Light and airy watercolors of St Martin seascapes in different hues of blue are Antoine Chapon’s trademark. Antoine was born in France in 1952 and sailed to St Martin in 1981, he’s lived at the foot of the hills in Colombier and now creates his wonderful works at his home in the bay of the French Cul de Sac. This Art Gallery also displays other artists like Paul Elliott Thuleau.
Location: Grand Case
Attend an exhibition at Noco Art Studio
The artists Corinna Trimborn, Mark Tempelton and Norma Trimborn showcase their latest artworks in this magnificent art gallery and studio. Together with the surrounding sculpture garden it stands as a testimony of the artists chosen media of paint, wood and metal. Check out their Facebook page for events.
Location: Terres Basses
Drive around the island: Street Art
After hurricane Irma hit the island, many local artists brought some joy on the walls of SXM. You can find their art along the roads, especially in Marigot, Philipsburg and Mullet Bay. Some of them can offer an art tour, contact @mashinart
Eat at Hommage
Hommage hotel (former Mercure Hotel) pays tribute to local and international artists in an exceptional museum garden and all over the property. You cannot miss it when you drive in Nettle Bay, the wall of the property is covered of beautiful murals. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant and take this opportunity to visit the garden! You will discover the new art pieces from Luís Guerreiro et Virginie Planques. These 2 artists were present on the island for the SXM Music Festival when the lockdown started. They established their residency at the hotel and during 5 months they upcycled materials to transformed them into amazing sculptures.
Location: Nettle Bay