The Journey of a Sculptor


The Journey of a Sculptor
From Clay to Stone

By Hortence Brouwn

Date: December 19, 2020  till January 30, 2021.

The Journey of a Sculptor - From Clay to Stone
With the exhibition 'The Journey of a Sculptor - from Clay to Stone' Hortence allows the public to discover the creative journey she has gone through as an artist. For more than half a century, numerous works of art have been created by Hortence. She has exhibited locally and internationally. Her work is on display at public places and much of her work has been purchased by private collectors around the world. Although she has an outside workshop in the garden and has exhibited at several occasions in group shows, this is her first solo at Landhuis Bloemhof.
Her work varies in shape, material, and style. Over the years she has worked in clay, cement, and a variety of stones from different countries and the 'Tafelberg'. "When working with clay you work from the inside out and when working with stone you work from the outside in".

About Hortence Brouwn (1937, Surinam)
Hortence Brouwn grew up in Paramaribo, Surinam in a loving family. She studied mathematics and worked as a math teacher. During this period, she also took courses at the art academy in Paramaribo.
In 1963 Hortence moved to the Netherlands to continue with her mathematics education and to study sculpture more closely. Ten years later she moved to Curaçao.

Extra activities
A tour along the various artworks of Hortence in public places on the island is in the planning depending of the government measures regarding the COVID-19.

The exhibition 'The Journey of a Sculptor - From Clay to Stone' can be seen until January 30, 2021. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 09:00 am to 1:00 pm she works in her open workplace in the garden of Bloemhof. If you want to make sure you meet Hortence during your visit, feel free to make an appointment with her tel. 5404863. You will then be personally guided by her.


Tree of Hope


Tree of hope

Bloemhof Christmas Tree of Hope decoration workshop



Dates: December 8th – December 18th
(Tuesdays to Fridays)
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Price: 5 ANG

In many respects, 2020 was a year of crisis. A year in which even the simplest acts of human kindness - a touch, an embrace, suddenly came to feel like precious forbidden fruits. 

This December, Landhuis Bloemhof invites you to participate in a collaborative art project. Coached by artist and Terramar museum (Bonaire) Director Jude Finies you can help create this year's ornaments and other decorations for our Christmas Tree of Hope. 

The tree will be installed in Bloemhof's central courtyard, and together we'll transform the area to create a vibrant, colorful space and a Christmas tree to suit the shift we all crave. A joint expression of hope, of a shift towards new and better days. Let’s embrace each other through this joint expression of art. 

Tree of Life


Tree of life

Tree of life workshop



Date: Friday December 11 and 18
From: 09:00 am – 12:00 pm
Price: 35 ANG (including materials and refreshments)

A tree is a very powerful symbol for life. A tree grows no matter the circumstances and will hold on to its leaves and branches through good times and bad ones. For as long as it can. Trees root and make the best of the place they were planted.
The Tree of life workshop invites you to create your own tree on canvas adorned with buttons and other recycled materials. This workshop will be guided by Natalie van Tol and Alexine Heijde. Both will handle a group of 4. 

You can book your own group (max 4) or just sign up individually.
Want to do this on another date…? Mail us and ask for the possibilities.

Vision Boarding


Vision boarding workshop

Vision boarding workshop



Date: Wednesday December 9, 16, 23 and 30
Saturday December 12 and 19
From 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Price: 25 ANG (including materials and refreshments)

What are your dreams and goals for 2021? This is the central question for the creation of your visionboard for 2021. With that in mind you will put your hands to work with paper, glue, scissors, paint and old magazines. Whether you approach this workshop focused or intuitively, what unfolds on your personal poster always surprises. Enjoy a fun morning where you put yourself as your most important priority. Your coaches are Pien Ackermans or Elodie Heloise.

You can book your own group (max 4) or just sign up individually.
Want to do this on another date…? Mail us and ask for the possibilities.

Wintertuinen Festival 2020


Wintertuin Curaçao Festival

Wintertuin Curaçao Festival

Saturday November 14
6.00 - 9.30 pm

Sunday November 15
10.30 am - 12.00 pm

The second edition of the Wintertuin Curaçao Festival is here! This year we will do without an audience but with live streaming. This means that you can enjoy poetry, stories, music, theater, rap and dance from your own home for two days.

The festival starts the first day, Saturday 14, we present an evening full of storytelling, poetry, music, rap and much more around the theme: Autonomy.

On the second day of Wintertuin Curaçao Festival, Sunday 15, we present the exclusive premiere of 'Pòpi the musical', an allstar presentation for kids age 3 and above.




By Gwen Garcia

Date: November 7 till December 5

Profundo is all about Gwen Garcia’s close encounters with himself, expressed in wooden sculptures. "My emotions, my pride and my identity … all I am is in this exhibition."
As a sculptor Gwen has a style that is not so typical. Gwen combines different types of wood and seeks a connection between them through the growth rings of each piece. Creating a new unity.

For Gwen the growth rings symbolize the Garcia family's deeply rooted relationship with art and with each other. His mother always assisted his father, painter Wilson Garcia, with setting up his exhibitions. She was the driving force behind his father, but also behind Gwen. “You have to do something with your drawings, etchings and paintings,” mom said. She apparently saw much more than I did or wanted to see at the time. She never gave up trying to get through to me.”

After Gwen’s mom died in 2018, Gwen embraced his passion for sculpting and decided that it was time to show his work to the world. The influence of Gwen’s father can also be traced in Gwen’s sculptures. Subtle undertones and hidden layers invite the observer to come closer, take a second and a third look just to discover yet again something new.

‘Profundo’ is an ode to Gwen's parents. Some paintings by his father Wilson Garcia will also be part of the exhibition. And the very first sculpture Gwen made titled ‘Huntu pa semper’ will only be on display during the opening day. This sculpture is dedicated to the memory of Gwen’s mother. The exhibition 'Profundo' can be seen from November 7 to December 5, 2020 and is supported by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribbean Area.

About the artist
Gwen Garcia (Curaçao 1964) left for the Netherlands after finishing high school at Radulphus College to study General Subjects at the Conservatory in Utrecht. After a year he switched to history and drawing at the Stichting Leraren Opleiding. For the past thirty years Gwen made a living working in ICT as a Technical Consultant Unix / Linux. He will soon start a new challenge with training as a furniture maker / (ship) interior builder.

Workshop Woodworking





Saturdays 14, 21 or 28 November
9.00 am - 12 pm
Price: 50,00 ANG pp (Materials and tools included)

On Saturdays 14, 21 and 28 Gwen Garcia will give a woodworking course. This is a one-day workshop, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. After a short introduction, the participants will work on a piece of wood to make a sculpture. The workshop costs 50, - ang per person. Participants must bring safety glasses. Materials, tools including wood are included. You can register via

Landhuis Bloemhof is located at Santa Rosaweg 6, next to café 'Tap Maar In' and is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 9:00 and 14:00 non-stop. For more information, please contact,, like us on Facebook. Landhuis Bloemhof is wheelchair friendly. The applicable rules regarding hygiene and social distance are also observed at Bloemhof.

Bloemhof Tours





Wednesdays and Saturdays
Start 9.00 am and 10.00 am
Special Price: 10 ANG pp (Residents only)

These guided tours will take you to the heart of Bloemhof. Discover what our mondi has to offer, get to know the story behind the Bloemhof art scene or better yet.... take the combi tour and enjoy it all.

Register your booking via

Temp’i mi Ten


Temp'i mi Ten
Selebrando Bida

By Saida Hernandez

Date: September 18 till October 31

The exhibition Temp’i mi ten - selebrando bida (From my time - celebrate life) shows a nostalgic collection of stories captured on canvas. These detailed stories of Curaçao in years gone by may be considered as a unique and original contribution to the preservation of our cultural heritage. Chandeliers, rocking chairs, Thonet wicker furniture, side tables, crocheted tablecloths, balconies with wooden shutters and nostalgic vistas. Everything delicately finished with the warm, cheerful colors that are so typical of Saida’s personality and her work.

Saida Hernandez (Curaçao, 1935)
Temp’i mi ten - selebrando bida is Saida's sixth solo exhibition. She has participated in several group exhibitions. In 1981 she held her first exhibition at the Curaçao Museum and again in 2005 and this marks her 4th solo at Landhuis Bloemhof.

Saida Hernandez was one of Telecuraçao's first female newscasters and program makers. She is best known for her cooking show ‘Kushina di Oro’ and the various cookbooks she has published.

‘Temp’i mi ten – selebrando bida’ can be seen until October 31, 2020. Landhuis Bloemhof is located at Santa Rosaweg 6, next to café 'Tap Maar In' and is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 9:00 and 14: 00 hours non-stop,, Like us on Facebook. Landhuis Bloemhof is wheelchair friendly and the guidelines regarding hygiene and social distancing are applied at Bloemhof.