Pottery Nomad | Pixel Explorer

Exhibition

POTTERY NOMAD
PIXEL EXPLORER

Haruko Greenberg
Mariette Arkenbout

Opening Saturday June 5
10.00 AM- 2.00 PM
Exhibition till July 10.

Haruko Greenberg and Mariëtte Arkenbout have a special position in our community as they are the spouses of the American consul general Allen Greenberg and the Dutch representative Erwin Arkenbout. These ‘spouses of’ also happen to be remarkable creative women who share their uniqueness through their art with others wherever they are -or rather wherever the jobs of their husbands take them.

Haruko Greenberg connects to where she is through clay. She literally discovers the new country by working with her hands creating pottery pieces as a personal salute to the place she has been welcomed to. The strong sun of Curaçao, colorful buildings of Willemstad, and beautiful nature of the island inspired her to make pottery with vibrant colors and natural texture. “My pottery is a sum of all the places where I lived and the experiences I have had there with people.  As I travel from one place to another, my creations have spread in various parts of the world.  What a joy and privilege to imagine my piece can be in someone’s hand, holding a warm cup of coffee, spending a happy little moment of someone’s life somewhere!”

With Mariëtte Arkenbout it's all about movement, light, and colors as they are caught on film and in photographs. She is a storyteller who no longer needs words. She uses images and works on them with a variety of techniques and materials to play out her story and see where it leads to. A sewing machine being one of her tools. This artist is a professional photographer who seems no longer interested in the final result of a picture. The end result for her is the starting point to explore and study the infinite possibilities of what could happen with a photograph or a still after its final version. “Exploring the visual world of images is my passion. Whereas I started my career in writing, sometimes taking pictures for magazines and street photography, I discovered that the storytelling fashion and dance world where your imagination can run wild was more my cup of tea. Usually, I choose a series of pics and start exploring. I use ribbons, paint, and a sewing machine to create my collages. “

MEET THE ARTISTS Di muraya pa muraya

Event

Meet the Artists Di muraya pa muraya
Arte di muralista kontemporaneo
From wall to wall
Art by contemporary muralists

Saturday May 29
10.00 AM- 2.00 PM

Participating artists: Avantia Damberg, Francis Sling, Garrick Marchena, Jhomar Loaiza, Johanna Franco Zapata and Sander van Beusekom

You are cordially invited to come by and meet all six artists, have a chat, listen to what they have been up to and what is coming up next in their careers.
In the past years, especially the city center of Curaçao has seen a large number of murals appear on her walls.  They are expressions of a positive outlook. In addition to being bold and colorful, they convey a message to the viewer and empower the youth and neighborhoods, allowing everybody to see the hidden beauty of their own ‘bario’ with renewed hope.
Avantia Damberg, Francis Sling, Garrick Marchena, Jhomar Loaiza, Johanna Franco Zapata and Sander van Beusekom are some of the many muralists who contributed to this development on the island.
You can meet all six of them on this last day of the exhibition.

Catalogue Di muraya pa muraya

Catalogue

Di muraya pa muraya
Arte di muralista kontemporaneo
From wall to wall
Art by contemporary muralists

Participants: Avantia Damberg, Francis Sling, Garrick Marchena, Jhomar Loaiza, Johanna Franco Zapata and Sander van Beusekom

Digital Catalogue
Enjoy our current exhibition by clicking on this link  Catalogue Di muraya pa muraya - Arte di muralista kontemporáneo.
Scroll through the catalogue to experience the diversity of their work from the comfort of your home.  See something you like? Contact us via info@bloemhof.cw.

ART TALK ‘MURALISTANAN DI PASADO’

Event

ART TALK
'MURALISTANAN DI PASADO'
by GARRICK MARCHENA

Wednesday March 24
7.00- 8.30 PM
Via ZOOM. Please register in advance at info@bloemhof.cw

During his development as a muralist, Garrick Marchena sought information from several muralists from before his time. Who were they. What have they painted. Why did they choose to paint those works and why in that place. “It is important for me to understand the development that muralism has gone through in order to be so respectful of what others have done for me. It's a process and I don't know everything yet,” says Garrick.

Wednesday, March 24, 7 p.m. Garrick will share his knowledge and experiences with the public.

Di muraya pa muraya

Exhibition

Di muraya pa muraya
Arte di muralista kontemporaneo
From wall to wall
Art by contemporary muralists

Participants: Avantia Damberg, Francis Sling, Garrick Marchena, Jhomar Loaiza, Johanna Franco Zapata and Sander van Beusekom

February 13 to May 29, 2021

In the past years, especially the city center of Curaçao has seen a large number of murals appear on her walls.  They are expressions of a positive outlook often used to cover up crumbling dwellings.
In addition to being bold and colorful, they convey a message to the viewer and empower the youth and neighborhoods, allowing everybody to see the hidden beauty of their own ‘bario’ with renewed hope.
Avantia Damberg, Francis Sling, Garrick Marchena, Jhomar Loaiza, Johanna Franco Zapata and Sander van Beusekom are some of the many muralists who contributed to this development on the island.

Avantia Damberg is a multidisciplinary visual artist who started her artistic career with video art and animation and now focuses on collages in the broadest sense. She has painted several murals in Punda such as the 'Pundawings' and the tribute to our ‘Hidden Heroes’. In Otrobanda 'Colorful Steps' and the 'OTC tiles stairs' in collaboration with the Kaya Kaya artists are her showstoppers.  She recently finished a tribute to the immigrant population of Suffisant at the Odulio Willems Stadion.

Francis Sling is a graphic designer with a passion for music, sculpture and poetry. His paintings can be regarded as a poetic expression in color. Francis' very first mural in 2014 is the 360 ° rendition of the underwater world at the Dolphin Academy. Besides a growing number of murals in Curaçao, Francis also painted several in Aruba and in the 'International Youth Hostel Mandala' in Xining, China.

Garrick Marchena studied civil engineering and started painting in the area of Saliña in 2003. In 2009 he made his first street mural called 'Urban Angel' under the alias 'Zigski'. In recent years Garrick has painted several murals in both Curaçao, Cuba and his native island Aruba. His well-known 'Angelito Negro' was for many a first encounter with his work and for fellow artists a push to make murals in the city center.

Jhomar Loaiza is a Venezuelan artist inspired by the African roots of the Caribbean. He studied art in Coro.  In 2013 he participated in ‘The Longest Painting Festival’ here and was noticed. His first mural in Curaçao covers the doors of Ashley Mauricia's studio at Plaza Piar in Punda. He since moved to Curaçao and now has work scattered all over the island. His striking use of color and expression stand out from far.

Johanna Franco Zapata started her art education at the Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) and then went on to study Visual Arts in the Netherlands.  Art does not stand still and has different perspectives and in this process the Colombian artist takes up the challenge of constantly rediscovering herself. Her first mural, ‘Franco & Zapata’ was painted in the gardens of the IBB in 2014. One of her most recent public art projects is the revamping of the guardhouse on the way to ‘Grote Knip’ Beach.

Sander van Beusekom studied Art Direction at the Junior Academy in Amsterdam. Together with his sister Nicole, he runs the graphic design agency BLEND Creative Imaging. He is co-founder of Street Art Skalo which aims to refurbish and beautify neighborhoods, and to promote local talent. In 2019 he was commissioned by CTB to make the mural 'Tickle Me Curaçao' in Wynwood, Miami, in anticipation of the Art Basel Art Fair.

Duets

Event

A preview:

Corsen and Dibo D.
'Duets' concert at Landhuis Bloemhof

Sunday February 28
Extra Concert 1: 4.00 PM
Extra Concert 2: 6.00 PM

With 'Duets' the well-known musical duo Randal Corsen and Dibo D will take the audience on an adventurous trip of both swinging and melancholic Antillean classics plus a number of their own compositions. Even Dibo's winning carnival tumba from 2019 'Kòrsou Ta Den Su Gloria' will be performed with a jazzy twist.

Randal Corsen and Dibo D started a special musical collaboration in 2016. Concerts followed in Curaçao, Aruba, the Netherlands and Colombia. They challenge each other to make innovative music and scored hits on the charts of Curaçao.

About Randal Corsen made a name for himself as a pianist, composer and arranger in the Dutch jazz and Latin scene; he won an Edison jazz award, composed an opera for Tania Kross, was musical director for Izaline Calister for many years, and has also worked with greats such as Roy Hargrove and Paquito D'Rivera.

 About Dibo D is one of the most successful young singer-songwriters of Antillean popular music, known in Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire as well as among the Antillean public in the Netherlands. He also made a name for himself in the Dutch urban scene for a number of years.

Landhuis Bloemhof is pleased to announce this concert, of course with the necessary precautions related to Covid-19. The concert 'Duets' will therefore be played twice on Saturday 27 February. The first one starts at 6:00 PM, the second concert at 8:00 PM. Tickets cost 50 guilders (including a drink). There are only 35 tickets available per concert. Your ticket is for sale at Landhuis Bloemhof. Due to the limited number of seats we encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance.

Duets

Event

A preview:

Corsen and Dibo D.
'Duets' concert at Landhuis Bloemhof

Saturday February 27
Concert 1: 6.00 PM
Concert 2: 8.00 PM

With 'Duets' the well-known musical duo Randal Corsen and Dibo D will take the audience on an adventurous trip of both swinging and melancholic Antillean classics plus a number of their own compositions. Even Dibo's winning carnival tumba from 2019 'Kòrsou Ta Den Su Gloria' will be performed with a jazzy twist.

Randal Corsen and Dibo D started a special musical collaboration in 2016. Concerts followed in Curaçao, Aruba, the Netherlands and Colombia. They challenge each other to make innovative music and scored hits on the charts of Curaçao.

About Randal Corsen made a name for himself as a pianist, composer and arranger in the Dutch jazz and Latin scene; he won an Edison jazz award, composed an opera for Tania Kross, was musical director for Izaline Calister for many years, and has also worked with greats such as Roy Hargrove and Paquito D'Rivera.

 About Dibo D is one of the most successful young singer-songwriters of Antillean popular music, known in Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire as well as among the Antillean public in the Netherlands. He also made a name for himself in the Dutch urban scene for a number of years.

Landhuis Bloemhof is pleased to announce this concert, of course with the necessary precautions related to Covid-19. The concert 'Duets' will therefore be played twice on Saturday 27 February. The first one starts at 6:00 PM, the second concert at 8:00 PM. Tickets cost 50 guilders (including a drink). There are only 35 tickets available per concert. Your ticket is for sale at Landhuis Bloemhof. Due to the limited number of seats we encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance.

De Afvalkoningin

Workshop

The Waste Queen

WORKSHOP KIDS
The Waste Queen of The Material World is looking for ambassadors

 

 

For KIDS 6 – 12 years
Dates: February 8, 13, 15 or 16
Time: 9 am- 12 pm
Price: nafl 20,- per day (beverage included)
Materials: Bring some waste materials from home to recycle

NOTE: A mini parade will be held with all participants on Tuesday 16th of February from 1 to 2 pm.

The Waste Queen of The Material World is presently in Curaçao and is looking for helpers to make this world a better and cleaner place. She is calling on kids from 6 to 12 years old who want to become ambassadors for her cause. The Queen (Frouwkje Smit) invites kids to join a workshop to create their own special costume made of recycled waste materials. And of course to make plans for a better and cleaner world.

Want to sign up? Start collecting materials at home and send an email to info@bloemhof.cw.
Per day only 12 kids can participate.
Waste materials may include: plastic bottles, plastic bags, egg cartons, screw tops, boxes, corks, clothing, shoes and anything else that can be recycled. On behalf of the Waste Queen of The Material World we hope to see you very soon. Artist Frouwkje Smit is known for community art projects in Curaçao, Bonaire and The Netherlands. More info www.frouwkjesmit.nl

The Journey of a Sculptor

Exhibition

The Journey of a Sculptor
From Clay to Stone

By Hortence Brouwn

Date: December 19, 2020 . Extended till February 6

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.

Visits
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

Workshop

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.