Last Weekend of Phenomenal Haitian Art Sale

“Last Weekend of Phenomenal Haitian Art Sale”

This is the last weekend of my annual 2006 Haitian Art Sale at my home in Plantation, which is located in western Broward County. Both Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. is the time to come and enjoy fantastic craft items ridiculously low-priced, including a painted metal palm tree leaf plate (perfect for croissants or mangos), a smiling sun face that would look great on a kitchen wall, and a snazzy lizard to perk up a child’s room.

Master painters abound in this show including Prospere Pierre Louis, Andre Pierre, Pierre Joseph Valcin, Stivenson Magloire, Etienne Chavannes, Gelin Buteau, Levoy Exil, Louisiane Saint Fleurant, Amerlin Delinois, Gerard Valcin, Georges Liautaud, and many more. Gorgeous Vodou flags including works by geniuses and pioneers of the medium like Clotaire Bazile, creating medium-size treasures priced at less than $350, and the always-creative Georges Valris, who made a Marassa of arms-linked females that is to die for, are also part of this year’s mix. It’s quite a show!

Guests this year have included author-scholar Paula Harper, who is a University of Miami art professor, gallery owner Berenice Steinbaum of the Berenice Steinbaum Gallery in Miami’s Design District, artists Leigh Walker and Nancy Edelstein, photographer Reynolds Rolles and his wife Margareth, and George Bolge, executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art and his wife Marguerite, among many others. Some of the wonderful Haitian art items that were purchased this year include a museum-quality Vodou flag of a mermaid by Mireille Delice, the cousin of Myrlande Constant, miniature painted metal horses (all gone by second weekend), hand-painted tiles with Vodou symbolism, a mixed-media sculpture of an angel by Lionel Saint Eloi, and a fantastic painting by Phelix Brochette, whose style is like Colombian artist Fernando Botero in that he paints people of extra poundage.

Who knows who will come and what will be sold this weekend? If you’re in the South Florida region, please stop by and have a glass of champagne as you enjoy the sale in a comfortable home setting.

–Candice Russell