Monthly Archives: October 2007

International Caribbean Art Fair – New York City

October 29, 2007

For people in the New York City area or visiting there this week, it might be worthwhile to visit the International Caribbean Art Fair held from November 1st to 4th at the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street in New York City. Forty artists and/or gallery owners from all over the Caribbean will be represented at the art fair, including people from Aruba, Jamaica and Cuba. But of course we’re most interested in the art from Haiti, with at least two galleries coming directly from the island’s capital of Port-au-Prince — Galerie Marassa and Galerie Bourbon-Lally, owned by Christiane and Reynald Lally, who have superb taste as well as a button on the most cutting-edge, contemporary art.

With a lecture and workshop component at the art fair, the event promises to educate its visitors, whether they’re collectors, browsers, academics or museum curators. As of Monday afternoon, announcement of details about lectures and workshops hadn’t been announced. Guided art tours are offered daily for $25, a price that includes show admission.

This event is sponsored by the Haitian Art Education and Appraisal Society, a non-profit, professional organization that exists to establish appraisal standards for Haitian artists and to advance the arts through education, archiving, advocacy and scholarship. To learn more about the art fair, telephone the toll free number 1-877-319-6478 or 301/637-4934 or 301/651-6919. If you attend the event and want to let me know how it was, please email me at:

–Candice Russell

A New Newsletter

October 19, 2007

It is with great pleasure that I am announcing the birth of a new publication of interest to Haitian art collectors, museum curators and scholars: a quarterly newsletter titled “Haitian Art Views.” The publishers are Reynolds Rolles, a veteran collector, photographer, and graphic designer, and Emile Viard, an author and Haitian art dealer — both hail from Haiti. I am the editor.

Printed on heavy stock paper in full color for the photos, the first issue includes a “Tribute to Tiga” (1935 – 2006), the innovative artist and teacher who spearheaded the start of the Saint Soleil movement of Haitian avant-garde art. It was his careful tutelage that led Prospere Pierre Louis, Levoy Exil, Denis Smith, Dieuseul Paul and Louisiane Saint Fleurant to work in the same meticulous style of small dabs or dots of paint and philosophical reverence for the cosmos, women, and peace. Each artist developed his or her own particular way of painting and typical symbolism. Tiga’s own technique of working called “soleil brulee” or “burnt sun” involved a mixture of inks, acrylic and acids lending his canvases a raw, primal feeling.

An interview with Carole Cleaver, the widow of author Selden Rodman, is also found in the “Collector’s Corner” of “Haitian Art Views.” She talks about the first piece of Haitian art she bought, when and why she began collecting, and her adventures along the way. She is the co-author with her late husband of the book “Spirits of the Night: The Vaudun Gods of Haiti” in addition to numerous newspaper and magazine articles about Haiti. A key portion of the interview is devoted to what she plans to do with her massive collection. Others can take their cues from her experience.

This season’s “Artist Interview” is with Arijac, a contemporary painter known for his portraits and landscapes. Now a resident of North Miami, Florida, the artist reflects on his output, sources of inspiration, method of working, and hoped-for legacy.

A section for classified ads will allow collectors and others to communicate their wish to buy, sell or trade Haitian art and related items. Rolles, Viard and myself are hopeful that “Haitian Art Views” will prompt letter-writing on the part of readers who agree with or object to the opinions stated in the pages of our newsletter. We hope it will serve as a place for intelligent dialogue and debate among well-informed people. We are also open to suggestion in terms of what our readers want to see in future issues. It’s an exciting time for us and we hope other people agree, so please pass on the information about “Haitian Art Views” to interested parties.

The first issue is out and available for free to anyone who asks, so please email me at both and copy the email to Yearly subscriptions, beginning with the January, 2008 issue, are $20.

Our first-ever full-color wall calendar is soon coming off the presses. It features people and places in Haiti from a variety of photographers including Rolles and myself. The price is $20. Please email me for more information.

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