Design Anguilla Issue 07 - Art-centric

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DEPARTMENTS 22 Culture Shock The Curators Art Gallery List

26 Community Chest The Anguilla Community Action Network (ACAN) West India Committee Dark Sky Tourism

30 Interview Lynne Bernbaum

34 Interview Canita Ruan

36 Interview Courtney Devonish

40 Fashion The Artist Muse

66 Real Estate The Collectors Setting the Stage

70 Nature's Design A Revolution in Time

74 Island Explorer Summer Body

76 Wine & Dine Shawn "Fresh" Hodge Taste Test: Ocean Echo Spice Of Life Shacking Up

90 Last Word May Day






50 The Mentors

14 Editor’s Note

Art Teachers in Anguilla

54 Flower Child Susan Croft

58 Artisanal Intrigue Wesley House

16 Contributors 18 Bits & Pieces 20 Event Calendar 84 Island Map 86 Advertisers' Directory 88 Hotels & Restaurants

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DESIGN ANGUILLA ISSUE 07 May 2014 Contributors Crispin Brooks Shellecia Brooks-Johnson Andy Connor Sarah Harrison Trudy Nixon Associate Editor Ellen Fishbein Fashion Editor Charla Hobson

Cover shoot credits Framed Art: Orrett H. Wynter Model: Rachel Haskins Brodie

Bits and Bobs Shanicia V Richardson. Charcoal on Paper

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art is life The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. – Pablo Picasso


he purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. Pablo Picasso Art is the lifeblood of civilization. More than just decoration, society’s capacity for intellectual, spiritual, emotional, technological as well as economic growth is spurred on by the need for artists to creatively express themselves. Without art, we would lack the imagination to tackle, and creativity to solve, our biggest problems. Our 7th issue takes an art journey that, refreshingly, shows the growth of the arts in Anguilla. The urge for self-expression through music and other performing arts, as well as visual arts has seemingly taken root at every level. We look at the mentors: the teachers sowing the seeds of creativity and nurturing the blossoming talent that exists. We also focus on the galleries – the curators of expression, and the important role they play in ultimately making the connection between the collectors those who appreciate art and those making art: the creators.


Photography Susan Croft Photography Christian Gomez Josveek Huligar Orrett H. Wynter

Inside, artist Susan Croft chronicles her three decade-old love affair with the island. We go inside a home that doubles as a very personal art collection of some of the most exotic art pieces from around the world. Our epicurean jaunt takes us behind the story of a chef who got his start washing dishes, to exploring our favourite beach shacks for casual dining as well as going out for a few drinks concocted by some of the most creative bartenders on the island. In recognition of the importance of the month of May to the island’s history, we go back in time for a brief look at some of the events that led to the Anguillian Revolution, which have given rise to the upcoming Anguilla Day celebrations we now enjoy. As usual, we hope you enjoy this issue just as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you. Orrett H. Wynter Editor

e-mail: web: Advertising Inquiries Read Online Other Photo Credits Bits and Bobs, pg. 14: Shanicia V Richardson

Crispin Brooks portrait, pg. 16: Keiroy Browne Sarah Harrison portrait, pg. 16: Rene Guinto British Dependency, pg. 18: Davon Carty Stars in the Night Sky, pg. 29: Wiktoria Pawlak / Shutterstock Cocktail with Cinnamon, pg. 80: svry / Shutterstock Anguilla Revolution, pg. 90: Courtesy: Heritage Collection Museum

Calendar of events supplied by The Anguilla Tourist Board. Contact them for more information on upcoming events.

Design Anguilla Magazine is published four times a year by DO Media Ltd., and is distributed at hotels, villas, restaurants and ports of entry in Anguilla. This publication has been compiled and reproduced with the utmost care to ensure that the information is up to date and accurate. However, the information may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. The publisher accepts no responsibility for such typographical or other errors. No part of Design Anguilla Magazine may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written consent. The views expressed by the contributors are not necessarily those of Design Anguilla Magazine.


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Born and raised in beautiful Anguilla, Andy is best known as the owner of Andy’s Car Rentals (www.andyrentals. com), but he is also a licensed seaman, and author of the monthly tourist publication, Let’s Talk About Anguilla. A self-proclaimed “Beach Hunter” of Anguilla’s pristine beaches, p Shellecia Brooks Johnson

Passionately Anguillian and wholeheartedly optimistic. Shellecia loves working with young people, dancing under the stars with her hubby, teaching

both exposed and hidden, Andy is also an avid cyclist and water-lover; fishing and sailboat racing at every opportunity. Andy journeys through Anguilla's history with a trip to Sandy Hill Bay in Nature’s Design on page 70; and recounts the events of Anguilla's revolution in May Day on page 90.

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reading, traveling, and blogging. She puts

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of international flair and Caribbean

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flavour. Passionate about art, beauty and style, she shares her

Shellecia gets in shape in Island Explorer,

enthusiasm and expertise as a Stylist and Visual Arts Teacher.

on page 74.

She styles our model who goes from being the subject to being the artist in The Artist Muse, on page 38. t TRUDY NIXON

UK-born Trudy Nixon has lived and worked in Anguilla for 10 years. She is the joint Editor of visitor magazine True Anguilla. She has never let go of her “inner tourist” and can regularly be spotted out and about enjoying the

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beaches, bars and restaurants that Anguilla has to offer.

Crispin Brooks has a BA in Journalism

Trudy does our Taste Test on page 78, then shares her best bar

from Howard University and studied

recommendations for a cocktail in Fancy a Drink on page 80.

film at the Masters level at American University. His love for all things visual


allowed him to develop a passion for

Sarah Harrison spent four happy years on

homes and properties in Anguilla,

Anguilla, leaving (reluctantly) returning

coupling his media and sales skills to

to live in the UK. She is now working as

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layers, and trying to fix up an old house Crispin takes cues from movies sets to stage homes for sale in our Real Estate feature on page 68.

that is in constant need of attention. Sarah speaks to the director of the West India Committee and its proposed projects for Anguilla on page 28.

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FESTIVAL DEL MAR 2014 For the 7th year, Island Harbour played host to Festival Del Mar on Easter weekend. The event, a weekend celebrating all things of the sea, included boat racing, swimming races, fishing competitions, live entertainment and the opportunity for patrons to enjoy plenty of seafood.

MOONSPLASH 2014 Bankie Banx annual music festival held at the Dune Preserve on Rendezvous Bay had its 24th staging, welcoming a range of international and local music talent. Headliners for the event included Reggae artists Chronixx, Daville, as well as Bankie, himself. Other artists performing at the 3-day event included Omari Banks, Gershwin Lake and Parables, Lateef Banks and others.

BRITISH DEPENDENCY TOURS THE US British Dependency joined Bob Marley's legendary band, The Wailers for a 12-city, east coast US tour in January and February. The band continued with a multi-venue tour on the west coast. The band teamed up with Anguilla Tourist Board to market the island by wrapping the tour bus with Anguilla's message: Tranquility wrapped in Blue.

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ANGUILLA FASHION EXPO 2014 The island's first fashion expo was held on Rendezvous Bay featuring designs from local and international designers. The day/night event featured fashion shows and live performances. Along with international and regional designers, local designers showcasing at the event included TheoChris Designs, Feelo'Je, and 16-year old swimwear designer Donilia Reid.

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MAY 25 MAY 22-24 3rd Annual Anguilla Lit Fest: A Literary Jollification Celebrate the literary heritage of Anguilla and find inspiration in three days of informative workshops, seminars and literary presentations by leading authors from America, Canada, the Caribbean and host nation Anguilla, all against the backdrop of Anguilla’s splendid white sand beaches and tranquil turquoise waters.

The Underground Spoken Word Finale Young independent Anguillian poets performing with regional and international spoken word Artistes, Venue to be announced.

MAY 30 Anguilla Day Celebrations The most significant holiday on the Anguillian calendar of events, and culmination of the month long celebrations to commemorate Anguilla Day and the round the Island boatrace.

JUN 9 Whit Monday Welches Fest Welches Fest takes place in the ball field in Welches Village. Starting around 5:30 am you can have an old fashioned breakfast of flour pap to start your day. All things at this fest are of yesteryear including food, toys and games and music.


JUL 6 John T. Memorial Cycling Race Annual Race held over a two day period with participation from regional and international cyclists. (10:00 am – until).

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Phoenix gallery Artist, and owner Tanya Clark

savannah gallery Contemporary Caribbean Art

uhuru art gallery African art

the curators For Anguilla’s fledgling art community, the local galleries play an important role in promoting and supporting artists. Photos by Josveek Huligar / Anguilla Access


rt galleries are about exposure – there, collectors, appreciators and creators meet. The first local art gallery, Pineapple Gallery, opened just 30 years ago in 1984 in Sandy Ground. Since then, others have come and gone. There are two main types of art galleries in Anguilla. The first, the dealerowned gallery, carries works by different artists and may be country-specific (e.g. Pineapple Gallery, which features Haitian art) or region-specific (Uhuru Art Gallery predominantly showcases pieces from Africa). Frank Costin, art dealer and owner of


Savannah Art Gallery, sees the dealer gallery as a channel to convey the artists’ ideas and intent to collectors and provide expert opinion. “I have people who come every year to Anguilla, and they like to see what's new. They like to know what my interpretation is,” he explains. “So I act as a sort of interpreter between the artist and the collector.” The second type of gallery, the artistowned gallery, gives artists more control over how their art is displayed and sold. It also allows them to meet interested collectors and art lovers in person.

Tanya Clark, artist and owner of the Phoenix Gallery and Frame Shoppe agrees, but she adds that owning a gallery comes with its own challenges. “I still find it difficult to talk about my own work,” she explains. “An agent can sing my praises without coming across as arrogant. If I talk about my work [in the same way], I’ll seem like a braggart.” She adds, “So, many artists are quite comfortable putting their work in the hands of a gallery and letting somebody else do the selling. It gives them more time in the studio.” Today and in the past, artists and galleries have struggled due to the realities of the global economy, but Frank doesn’t think people’s attitudes or appreciation for art have changed. “I don't think it's changed for a thousand years,” he argues. “People who want to buy [or look at] art will continue to do so.” Still, even in the best of times, selling art can be challenging, so it comes as no surprise that many local galleries double as souvenir shops, stocking token keepsakes such as crafts and key chains. Secondary businesses keep art galleries afloat and give artists the freedom to continue creating. As an artist-owner, Tanya supports the gallery’s income by providing custom framing. “By offering a quality service as opposed to a strictly retail environment, I can pay for my wall space and the opportunity to showcase my work,” she explains. Going forward, is there a future for artists and art galleries in Anguilla? “I think the best thing is that art is being so studiously taught and promoted in school,” Frank says. “I think that's where it starts. You have to get kids interested in looking at and making art. It will foster in time.” The local art community may face some challenges, but it can come to flourish because it cares not only for artists and their work but for everyone around it.

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anguilla art galleries local galleries offer a diverse range of artwork including local, regional and international pieces

Check us out at:

Alak Art Gallery, Shoal Bay East Original paintings, local paintings, wood craft, local craft, souvenirs and gift items. Anacaona Hotel and Art Gallery, West End Mixed media paintings, Multi-media installations, poetry vocals, live performances Anguilla Art and Craft Gallery, George Hill Original paintings from local artists, pottery and a variety of gift items. Art Cafe Island Harbour International Contemporary Art - Paintings, Photography, Antique Maps Cheddie’s Carving Studio, West End Original sculptures from driftwood, mahogany, walnut, coral and stone. Devonish Art Gallery, West End Sculptures, pottery, Bead art and jewelry, local paintings Estate Hope Art Studio, Crocus Hill Beautiful handmade quilts, throws and wall hangers Henri Art Studio, Shoal Bay Painted fish coconut craft, Scenery paintings, multi-media art, painted beach objects. Heritage Collection Museum, East End Replicas of historical artifacts, Museum mementos, gifts and souvenirs Hibernia Gallery/Restaurant, Island Harbour Contemporary fine art; paintings, wood carvings and stone carvings from South East Asia and Eastern Europe Joanne Mason, Shoal Bay Kids book illustrations, Traditional art on canvas, wood or paper, digital art, La Petite Art Gallery, Lower South Hill Original works of four artists. Oil, watercolor and acrylic depicting colorful and restful scenes, local structures, waterscapes, flora, roosters and the people of Anguilla.

Lynne Bernbaum Art Studio, Sandy Ground Original oil and watercolor paintings and prints, abstract art, Caribbean and International genre. Phoenix Gallery, South Hill Works of Tanya Clark using oil paintings, woodblock prints, giclee printing and multimedia. Pineapple Gallery, Sandy Ground Caribbean art including exclusive Haitian artists, Museum quality European and Caribbean antiques. Savannah Gallery, Crocus Hill Wood marquetry, Caribbean paintings, oil, water color and acrylic paintings, metal sculptures from Haiti, driftwood sculptures, gourd carvings. Sea Spray, South Hill Original art work, “Anguilla” prints, hand painted and personalized items. Stone Cellar Art Gallery, The Valley Traditional and Contemporary paintings from Local and other Caribbean Artists, Giclees, Plein Air Impressionist Art. The Galleria at World Art and Antiques, West End West Indian paintings; antiques, handicrafts, jewelry and collectibles from all over the world. Uhuru Art Gallery, West End Afro-Caribbean paintings, portrait painting, wooden sculptures, soapstone, coral art, stone carvings, metal sculptures, bone carvings, antiques, jewelry, vases, souvenirs and gifts. Zion Art Gallery, West End Local craft, local paintings, souvenir and gift items.

To find out more, pick up a copy of the Anguilla Art Map at most art galleries or at the Anguilla Tourist Board office in the Valley and take a self-guided tour of the island's galleries and artist's studios.


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John Lake at the 2013 Optimist Club's Race Against AIDS

a source of em'pow'erment Anguilla Community Action Network (ACAN) FOUNDER jOHN LAKE works to eliminate the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS while helping to support persons living with the disease.


n World AIDS day, December 1, 2006, The Anguilla Community Action Network (ACAN) was born. For founder John Lake, ACAN is part of a personal journey. John, affectionately known as ‘Pow’, was living in Tortola when he was diagnosed with HIV 20 years ago. He took the news hard. “All I thought about was death,” he remembers. “I started drinking a lot. I had no hope, because at the time, almost everyone diagnosed with HIV was dying.” His watershed moment came in 2003 after he traveled to Washington, D.C. for an HIV workshop, a trip funded by the Optimist Club of Anguilla. “I met a lot of people living with HIV. We became our own support group by sharing our stories,” he says. “When I came home, I thought it was time to 26

publicly disclose my status.” The negative reactions that came were expected, but John’s move of honesty lifted a weight off his shoulders and was his way of coming to terms with reality. “My partner was not honest about telling me their status,” he says, “but I have since forgiven them.” His experience showed him the ugly face of discrimination, possibly one of ACAN’s biggest challenges. Stigmatization of HIV-postive people can prevent people from admitting their status and seeking treatment and counselling. “I remember, years ago, there were pastors whose view was that HIV was God’s punishment,” he recalls. “It was quite sad.” Support from his family proved a saving grace in a time of need. “They all embraced me.

It meant a lot, because it showed me that I am still one of God’s children and that I am a human being,” he remembers. ACAN is focused on community outreach, but its leaders know that their work must also pre-emptively help stop new infections. Their cause draws welcome support from the government as well as the local community; the Optimist Club’s annual Race Against AIDS has become a notable fundraising event. In 2012, ACAN launched Project H.O.P.E (Helping Our People Elevate), a five-year action plan that has been funded by the Office of the Governor. Project H.O.P.E aims to empower those affected by HIV/AIDS and other lifethreatening diseases to live healthy, long and productive lives. H.O.P.E. provides access to treatment, support, care and preventative education; it also promotes a positive image, helping people live free of discrimination and

stigma. Though more must still be done, Anguilla is not as it was in the 90s: the public has become more educated, tolerant, and caring, which has reduced new infections. The tide has changed, and John is encouraged by it. “It is better,” he asserts. “There was blatant discrimination against me and others, but people have begun to accept us. My hope for ACAN is to ultimately break discrimination,” he says. “It’s already starting to happen,” he continues, “People don’t treat me any different, and I like that. I have felt so loved.” His efforts have not gone unnoticed, “This year, I will be awarded a badge of honour and a certificate from Her Majesty, the Queen for being an HIV/AIDS advocate in Anguilla,” he says proudly. “I just want to encourage people to learn to empower themselves; no matter what they are going through, there is always hope—and always put God first.”

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a historical connection From its colonial origins three hundred years ago, the London-based West India Committee now works to develop prosperity and growth for Anguilla. It is run by Blondel Cluff, a Chief Executive with a personal tie to the island.


londel Cluff was born in the UK to Anguillian parents, Joseph and Cora Hodge. In the 1950s her parents said farewell to their families in the East End and Farrington and moved to the UK in response to the British call for Commonwealth citizens to rebuild the 'mother country' after World War II. It was an exciting and challenging adventure that has resulted in today’s successful Anguillian UK diaspora of about 3,000. Blondel's parents settled near Slough Trading Estate, then the biggest trading estate in Europe and one


of the leading employers in Britain. They raised their children on a rich diet of education and extra-curricular activities, including courses at local institutions, the Guides and Scouts, and the Territorial Army. It was a classic, oldfashioned upbringing, the kind books are written about, paid for by two hard-working parents who made sure their children had a good start in life. They understood that success lay in hard work, and there were no short cuts. As a child, Blondel returned to Anguilla to visit her grandparents and remembers a proud, loyal community. She

says, "People worked hard, enjoying the simple things in life. Anguillians had a great sense of humor, which helped them overcome the difficult hand that nature dealt them. Despite hurricane or drought, there was still laughter and camaraderie." Her parents' hard work paid off. Blondel became a successful lawyer and was later appointed Chief Executive of the West India Committee (WIC), which contributes to development across the Caribbean. As Blondel explains, "The WIC is active in Anguilla not because of my heritage but because the island needs support. Anguilla has become an associate member of UNESCO and receives support from the Commonwealth Secretariat. These relationships provide vital safety mechanisms to protect our projects from

being politicized, increasing the chances of success." She continues, "The WIC is developing Anguilla's heritage sites and cultural/heritage tourism product, providing guidance on agriculture, trade and industry. Our aim is to diversify the economy and create sustainable prosperity enabling Anguillians to improve their role in, and share of, the country’s economy." The WIC devised a series of business plans for Anguilla based on the heritage and skills of the island. These strategies benefit Anguilla by developing global relationships through which knowledge and skills are transferred to Anguillians. The WIC’s numerous projects on the island apply Anguilla's many historical and natural resources to enrich the tourism product and the lives of the local community. For example, the Dark-Sky tourism initiative, being developed with the Royal Astronomical Society, will introduce urban tourists to Anguilla’s splendid, unpolluted nights. For another, the WIC will work with the Museum of London, one of the world's leading urban museums, to determine Wallblake House's potential to enhance the island's museum offering and stimulate development of local enterprise. Other WIC initiatives include whale watching, as well as salt, and coffee production. Anguilla benefits from Blondel's tireless efforts, and we all watch with interest as the WIC's work bears fruit.

what is dark-sky tourism?


ight pollution has obliterated the wonders of the night sky for most of the world’s population. As awareness of it grows, so does the potential for astrotourism. A dark sky is an asset just like beautiful scenery, and Dark-Sky tourists are a small, but growing group of people looking for a big, dark sky. While some visitors merely marvel briefly at the celestial show above their heads, increasing numbers choose their destinations with stargazing in mind. No telescope? No problem; experts say it's best to start with a naked-eye view of the full night sky. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is a US-based non-profit organization seeking "to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies." The IDA’s international Dark Sky Places program aims "to protect locations of exceptional nighttime visages for future generations." Dark Sky Parks are found across Europe, Africa, the USA and Canada. With low levels of light pollution and a latitudinal position ensuring a dense concentration of the Milky Way, Anguilla is well placed to develop a dark-sky tourism industry.

In 1735, the West India Committee (WIC) was formed to promote commerce with the West Indies. The WIC boasts impressive milestones—it founded the first police force in the world, commissioned the Captain Bligh and the HMS Bounty expeditions, sponsored the first West Indies cricket team to play England, built the chapel of the University of the West Indies, and built West India Quay (the first purpose-built dock in London). The WIC aims to: Increase Caribbean welfare through awareness and understanding of the region. Encourage socially and ecologically responsible agriculture, trade and manufacturing. Create and nurture international, regional and domestic networks. To donate, or get involved, send email to: Input is welcome from the diaspora as well as those in Anguilla, especially students.

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abstracting reality From Landscape Architect to Artist, Lynne Bernbaum shares her story. Interview by Orrett H. Wynter

How did you end up here? I was living in the San Francisco Bay area, and for I don’t know how many years before that I started travelling to the Caribbean. I visited different islands, ended up on Tortola first and loved it. After that, I wanted to stay there for a few months. 30

I loved it, [but] I needed to be a little bit more busy. I took a watercolour class so that I would have something to do. I was doing [architectural] illustration at the time so I took my paints, and I painted all summer. Then I realised, “I love this.” So I kept painting and taking classes, and at

the same time, I kept coming back to the Caribbean over and over again. After a while, my body of work was full of Caribbean subjects. I wanted to display it—I went around to different islands, including Anguilla, where I met Courtney Devonish. That was 1994. I’ve been here since 1995, but I’m

originally from Dallas, Texas. So where's that Texan accent? [Laughs] I left it there—I think, when I went off to college. You studied landscape architecture, right? Yes, at The University of Arizona. Afterwards, I worked in a few offices for a few years. continued on page 32


continued from page 30 I just wasn’t getting excited about the work, so I took a few turns, and I ended up finding a way to do architectural illustrations, which was related. I realised that even in University, I had enjoyed the design and the presentation work, so that’s what really led me to illustration. What’s your typical day like? It all depends. I try to get up early and get straight to painting before the day starts. It depends on what else is going on, but I get my painting time in really early or right after breakfast. Some days, I just paint. Then I run errands—I try to keep that separate. It gets mixed up with exercise and social stuff. You recently separated your gallery from the studio. How is that working out? It’s different. I have my studio at home now. When I had my gallery on George Hill, and even before that, I was working there with people stopping in while I was working. So I was showing and working at the same time, which worked pretty well. I was just ready to separate and to change. Now, it’s kind of nice because I get to work without being interrupted. In the evenings, I get to come here [the gallery]; like my friend says, I can come here and “schmooze.” I come here with my computer—I never use my computer at the studio. I kept that separate. I come here to check my emails and correspondences. Describe your style. Well, it changes depending 32

on what the subject is. It’s in between realism and abstract. I coined a name for it: stylised realism. I mean, most of the pictures are recognisable subjects and objects. I just add my own style, abstract them a little bit. I play around a lot with shapes and geometry. Does your architecture background show in your work? It does. All those things I learnt play a part in how I compose or how I play with tones, shades and colour. Career highlights? Last year, I had a really great celebrity come into the gallery—Robert Downey Jr. He was staying at Viceroy, and he’d asked about art, so they sent him here. In the end, he picked up a few paintings. He picked a special one for his wife and asked me to sign the back. It was a really special encounter. First A-list celebrity client? Yes. Is he taller in person? He wasn’t! [laughs] He was super pleasant. It was fun.

Anything you haven’t done yet that you want to do, career-wise? I’m always looking for a new series. I am happy with the latest series, because it's more universal and it has a lot of elements that I think a lot of people could relate to. What about different media? I've been using watercolour, oil, and acrylic—I am kind of happy playing with all of those. I think I can still do plenty. One project I’d like to see happen one of these days is a big installation with my domino series. The entire set of 28 domino tiles, with composition wrapping around the room in a museum. What's Lynne doing in 20 years? 20 years? Wow! I think I will always be painting. I don’t think I’ll stop, because it’s kind of my sanity. It has been my go-to thing that I always enjoy. It’s fulfilling. It's therapeutic? Yes. It’s kind of my own world. It’s fun to imagine and create something within not

that much time—to finish something, and then I can look at it and it’s done, it’s there. Then, other people enjoy the work. That’s satisfying. I need an audience, definitely. What, for you, makes Anguilla special? I think it’s just such a sweet place. I don’t know—it’s like a chilling space. You can move about, go anywhere, and feel comfortable. It’s inviting in so many ways. If not painting, landscape architecture, or architectural visualisation, what would you be doing? Well, the things I love are exercise and travelling. So maybe it would be some fitness thing. A travelling personal trainer [laughs]. What's your philosophy? There's a quote by Andy Warhol that I think is very inspirational: Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.

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What got you into art? As a child, I was interested in local artwork. I also loved colouring and tracing images, especially Archie comics. I’ve also done a few courses with different teachers on the island; in particular Lynne Bernbaum and Juan Romero. I've visited a lot of art galleries, here and in St. Kitts. I especially like Caribelle Batik [in St. Kitts]. They do a lot of batik art work and a lot of my inspiration came from that. What about it inspired you? I love the vibrant designs; the blending of colors to create realistic scenes. As soon as I saw the technique I wanted to try it. For my CXC and CAPE exams, I depicted Caribbean 34

art through two media— batik, as well as my main concentration, acrylic painting. My batik work was exhibited in CXC's magazine The Caribbean Examiner [Vol. 10, No2]. The only problem was the works was credited to someone else. What do you do besides charcoal drawings? I do face painting—my dream is to be a body artist. Recently, I got the gift of a body art airbrush. I like paint, because you can be [more expressive]. Have you considered tattoos? I thought about it, but I've seen a tattoo artist and thought, “no way!” Why? The pain that the people go through... and the blood. I

don’t want to put anybody through that much pain. Maybe I'd design the tattoo, but not actually do the work. Tried any other media? I’ve tried acrylic and water paint, but I still love body paint. I use acrylics when I am doing my personal artwork. I haven’t tried oil paint yet. Is any of your personal work in galleries? I just paint and keep them. Just lying around the house? I see your mom sighing and shaking her head over there. [Laughs] I only have about 10 paintings at home. Think you’ll someday like to have your own gallery? I haven’t thought about it. I suppose I could put my work in someone else’s gallery. Have you sold any pieces? One. Last month. It was the one called ‘Indomitable Will.’ Why the name? I have an anonymous friend who names my work [laughs]. Is that the only one you sold? Yes. It was at an exhibition

titled ‘Heroes, Villains, Myths and Legends’ at Ray’s Contemporary Gallery in New York. It sold within two hours. Has your work improved since starting at Ani? My shading has improved; control of the pencil and stuff like that. I’m better at rendering different shapes and making them look realistic. Will you keep your career here, or have you thought about going abroad? I wouldn’t mind going overseas; if I stay [in Anguilla], I would market myself regionally. St. Martin has a body art company, so I might try there. I may try it here, but maybe Anguilla [population] might be too small. What are your plans to take your skills further? In May, I’m travelling to Fort Lauderdale for the Face and Body Art International Convention. There'll be over 120 courses in body art. I’ll do as many as I can. After that, we'll see what happens.

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What’s your art story? I was working as a student teacher in England while applying for teachers’ college. Anyway, I hated the winter, so I made a deal with the art teacher to swap Physical Education classes, especially during the winter (although I 36

was an athlete at that time). An athlete? I was a sprinter—a good sprinter, too, at the university level. Funnily, the year Lynn Davies [CBE] won the Olympic long jump, I beat him in a meet. I was the number-one sprinter and a top long jumper.

So, I was teaching art, but I wasn’t into it at that time. The school I attended in Barbados had only focused on the academics. But you had an interest? I come from a family of potters—in Barbados, the name Devonish is synonymous with pottery. In the village I grew up, I would go in and watch the potters, sometimes take a piece of clay and play with it. When they first asked me to

teach art, I said, “The only thing I know about art is clay. Get me some clay, and I’ll work with the kids.” At the time, I had applied to do history and religious education at the Birmingham University School of Education. The headmaster said, “You’re crazy! You should do art.” I tried to change, but my original application had already been accepted. Anyway, I made a deal: I’d do art for the first year, along with the other two subjects, to see how I would do. The first year, I impressed the art teacher and was allowed to switch. I dropped history and continued with religious education, but I wish I had continued history instead. Why? Studying religion academically can challenge your faith, especially for me. I think it’s a problem for a lot of Christians. When did you start sculpting? In college, we studied a lot of disciplines in the first two years: ceramics, weaving, batik, fabric printing. In the final year, you’re required to specialize. I loved the human figure... the female figure. So I was more interested in sculpture. When was your first visit? In 1988, I was working for the Canadian government as a consultant in ceramic technology. I did assignments in a few Caribbean islands, and one was Anguilla. I researched materials, taught classes, and advised government on the development of handicrafts. I came back about three times, and then I met Linda [Banks]. We got married and had our continued on page 38


continued from page 36 daughter Olufunmike [Miss Anguilla 2011]. You opened your gallery right away? Yes. It was at the cotton gin [The Old Factory Complex]. Years later, I sold the lease to Nik Douglas. We've come full circle, as my gallery is now in Nik’s building [The Galleria at World Art & Antiques]. It’s interesting how we met, too. He used to be a producer for Bankie Banks and I had a record store when I was in Barbados and used to sell Bankie’s music, but I didn’t know it was from Anguilla. Nik marketed the music through an English company. Bankie’s Prince of Darkness was number one for weeks. It was funny, too, because it was people in the church who bought it; they thought it was a religious song [laughs]. 38

I mean, it does have some spirituality to it. When I moved here, Linda introduced us: “Meet my brother, Bankie.” Everything’s connected in this small place. Career highlight? There’s my first exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry. Then, I was invited as a resident artist to Lincoln University in the States. I also did one at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. I went to teach students, experiment with my own work, and generate publicity. I was also the first black Caribbean person to be awarded the Organization of the American States (OAS) fellowship, allowing me to study ceramic technology at the art institute in Castelli, Italy. They had the most brilliant professors. Most of what I do now I learned there.

The tutors were Italian? Yes. And none of them spoke English! The first day, I almost cried, because I was sitting in this room with 17 South Americans—sixteen Spanishspeaking and one Portuguese. They understood each other and understood the teacher. The first day, this guy stood and lectured for half an hour... in Italian. I’m sitting there dumbfounded. A Peruvian lady tapped me and said, “Don’t worry; I speak a little English. Later I’ll tell you what he said.” We became friends. To this day, we’re still friends. Have you experimented with other media? I like glass blowing, but I can’t take the heat. I’ve also looked at fiber printing and tried staining glass. Once, I invited an artist to teach a course in stained glass. I still have all the equipment from that time.

You’ve had some health scares recently. How are you doing now? There are still challenges. Sometimes, my hand gets tired, as my ability to control the tools wears down with age. I’ve been developing number puzzles to keep my mind sharp... help with cognitive skills and creative thinking. Do you think you might be scaling back on art? Yes. When I’m feeling a lot better, I would like to train a few students [in pottery]. If you could, would you go back and do it differently? I wouldn’t want to change it, but I could have continued teaching part time. I miss the stimulation from the kids— you learn a lot from them. What’s next for you? Get my health back. That’s my number-one priority now.

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mentors THREE TEACHERS Speak about nurturing the island’s budding artistic talent at various levels. by Orrett H. Wynter; Photos by Josveek Huligar / Anguilla Access



hough reluctant at first, Charla Hobson has come to love what she does. After completing her degree in fashion at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Charla returned to Anguilla as an art teacher. She has grown to love the challenge of getting primary school children interested in art. She admits that, at their age, she “hated art in primary school.” With her memories in mind, she takes a different approach, focusing less on the finished product and more on the process. “I start with the basics: line, shape, color, texture, form,” Charla explains. “They then see these elements in everything that exists. I don’t have rigid expectations; I prefer to walk them through the steps, and then they can produce their interpretation at their level of ability.” She admits that she struggled in her early fashion school days; now, she uses the advice that she received then to encourage her students. “I teach them that everyone's capable of drawing once they can move a pencil,” she says. “To look at the shape of things, to break it down [into individual elements]. Now, students who may have had a fear of drawing are fascinated by what they’ve been able to do.” The results seem to support her approach. Seeing a combination of an improvement in their own work and the new ability to relate art to everyday life has made her students more receptive to it. To create even more engagement, she’s tapped into her fashion background, allowing her students to flex their creative muscles and become mini fashion designers themselves. “We put on a fashion show every May, with work designed by the students,” she explains. “[The older students] design

outfits… they draw them, and then we have a tailor or seamstress make it for display at the fashion show. That's something they really look forward to.” Her students are rewarded for good work, receiving certificates or trips to art galleries. Though her teaching career is still young, Charla is mindful of leaving a legacy. “I want to instil in them an appreciation for art,” she concludes. “That appreciation will help if they decide on a design [career]. But even if they don’t, it will allow them to appreciate the small things in life, to see the beauty in everything.”



avene Mairyshaw has always been around art; her mom worked at the Devonish Gallery, and when Navene grew up, she left Anguilla to study at Miami International University of Art & Design. It seemed only natural for her to become the head of the Visual Arts Department at the Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School, having been involved in teaching art for the last 14 years. Being a teacher at the high school level puts her in contact with students who are at a tipping point: she sees them progress from being casual dabblers to more interested and dedicated practitioners. At the high school, students take art for the first three years, after which they can choose whether to continue and complete the subject at the CXC O’ Level. “The older students are a bit more mature,” she points out. “At this point, they’ve made the decision to do visual art, so they are more focused.” She encourages freedom of expression, which she thinks has led to more engagement and a general improvement in their level of work. “I try to push my students to explore,” she explains. “I motivate them by letting them do what they believe in as a way of expressing themselves.” A number of her students have expressed a desire to become career artists. “Some have already started the Ani Art Academy,” she says. “We have a lot of very talented students here.” She adds that students don’t always realize the benefits art has in other areas, but she helps connect the dots. She works with teachers in other fields to contextualize art education. “It’s important for them to see how integral it is in other areas,” she says. “It will help them become critical thinkers.” Recognizing the need to challenge students more, the school is considering curriculum changes, including collaboration with the Ani Art Academy. “Art in our school is changing,” she explains. “We want to bring senior students to a more advanced level, exposing them to a wider variety of techniques early on.” The options available at the high school have improved since she was a student, and is something that both excites and challenges her. “I was exposed mainly to painting and sculpting,” she recalls. “We now explore other disciplines. I have learned a lot from the research I’ve done and from my students.”

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timothy jahn Instructor at Ani Art Academies, Anguilla

t 25, Tim Jahn fell in love with teaching art at his alma mater, duCret School of Art in New Jersey. When offered the chance by Tim Reynolds, owner of Ani Villas and benefactor of the Ani Art Academies, to spearhead the expansion of the Academies outside the United States, he jumped at the opportunity. The school, opened in 2012, follows a curriculum developed by the renowned Trompe L'Oeil artist Anthony Waichulis. It welcomes Anguillian residents free of charge, currently training 23 students (with space for two more). Many studied art at the local high school or with private instructors before enrolling. “It’s a bit easier to teach people who have reached a level of maturity,” Tim explains. “They’re more excited about where the information can take them and what they can achieve.” Most fields encourage—or require—formal training, but the same rigor is rare in art. For Tim, that’s a serious mistake. “The biggest misconception is that traditional training will stifle an artist’s creativity,” he says. “God-given talent will only take somebody so far. In the history of artists, there was always a teacher or a coach, [taking] talented people and bringing out the best of them.” With a lack of focus on formal training, art education has long been synonymous with free-spirited experimentation. The Ani Academy takes a structured, methodical approach; students progress through the curriculum sequentially, and each new skill builds on the one preceding. Skipping steps is not allowed. Tim, a former Waichulis apprentice, lauds this approach. “Our curriculum is structured and focused on certain key skills,” he explains. “Those key skills allow an apprentice to push the limits of his or her capabilities. They’re no longer limited by what they can’t do; they’re empowered by what they can.” In the long run, Tim sees art, as well as the art school, as a source of inspiration and problem solving for the wider community. “I think it’s our obligation [as artists] to show people what they can’t see, whether in song, or dance, or theatre,” he reflects. “If I teach you how to use a pencil or paintbrush… it’s not just about making pictures. It unlocks parts of your brain, allowing you to think creatively.” He continues, “Once your brain opens up, it attacks [problems] in a different way: that’s your creativity. That can extend itself into every aspect of life on this island.” issueseven





Susan Croft looks back on three decades of living and creating art in Anguilla as well as ahead to the next challenge. by Orrett H. Wynter; Photos by Susan Croft


’ve been an artist my whole life.” If you’ve ever met Susan Croft, that makes sense to you. Sitting around the island in the kitchen of her eclectic home overlooking Sandy Ground, we’re paging through some of her older pieces (which she discovered in a box earlier today). It is impossible to separate her personality from the house: a hodge-podge of garage sale scores and reclaimed or salvaged pieces, all tied together with her own photographs and paintings. Every piece has a story—stories she’s quite willing to share, given half a chance. “I should write a book,” she chuckles. Susan’s Anguilla story began 30 years ago, when she packed her bags and left Oregon bound for a place she’d never


been and about which she knew little. That kind of maverick behaviour is what you might expect of someone who confesses to have been a hippy. “When you’re young, you’re immortal; you’re fearless,” she smiles. “You jump off high buildings without your cape and land on your feet.” Her first Caribbean trip was to Negril, Jamaica in 1978 with some friends. They felt right at home among the Rastafarians who were, and still are, a big part of the local tourist scene. At the time, Negril was also popular among the beatnik crowd, which shared many of the same values—peace, love and oneness with the earth. A few years later, Susan felt she needed a life change and briefly considered rejoining the Rastas in Jamaica, but her then-boyfriend convinced her to try Anguilla.

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this page, left Her Great Dane, 'Magnolia' watches over the lush backyard. this page, top right View of Sandy Ground from the upper floor verandah. this page, bottom right Susan on the verandah of the wooden cottage that doubles as her studio.

So, in 1983, she moved to Anguilla with her “paintbrushes, Nikon camera, 10-speed baby blue Schwinn bike, dreams and talent… and never left.” She settled into the “very sleepy” seaside village of Sandy Ground; the sounds of turtle doves and the fireflies at night bringing back memories of “my grandmother’s house back in Kansas.” Susan remembers, “I just felt like I was home, and I said, ‘Okay. I’m here.’ I never thought about leaving.” That feeling of being home quickly gave way to the reality of bills. Her first local commission was to design the logo for Johnno’s Beach Stop in Sandy Ground—one still in use today. “I did everything by hand,” she says proudly. “No projector, nothing like that. Everything was hand done.” Screen-printed t-shirts followed, which Susan took to the beach and sold to the few tourists who would be there. Today, her portfolio of art and photography is particularly impressive, not least because it is a compilation of over 30 years of work almost flawlessly preserved, that read like a scrapbook of an Anguilla through the years. It includes logos and signage for 56

Picante and Tasty's Restaurants. She fondly remembers her first cottage in Anguilla, which inspired her to build one of her own to double as her studio. Just weeks before the cottage was complete, Hurricane Lenny struck, which proved to be fortuitous. “We didn’t have the windows on. That was a good thing, because the wind went right through it.” Years later, Susan moved the cottage to its current location in her backyard, where it served as her temporary residence while she built her current home. She drew the plans herself, of course by hand, convincing her inner artist that it was also an inner architect. After a few disappointing experiences, she became her own contractor. Her petite frame belies a tough consternation: “I’m not a frou-frou, always-doing-my-nails kind of girl,” she jokes. Mostly gluten-free and vegetarian, she confesses to be partial to the odd Corona or two. In a series of events that is quintessentially Anguillian, she moved in before the house was fully complete. Yet again, a

top row Her decor is a mix of pieces of her work juxtaposed beside reclaimed and natural pieces, each of with its own unique story.

hurricane—this time, Earl—arrived before it was complete. This time, the cottage sustained some damage. “I realized that I wouldn’t be safe in the cottage; the storm was too intense,” she said. “I started moving important things from the cottage, but then I thought, ‘I might as well move.’” Nary an inch of the new house is artless: it’s covered with old signs and logos, drawings, paintings and countless photos of her family (mainly her daughter, grandchildren, and generations of great Danes, each almost as big as the artist is). Deliberate design decisions fill the home: the window sills, framed with traditional wooden shutters, host colourful bottles and vases hung with starfish. As with her art, the pieces that make up Susan’s décor also carry their own stories. These days, she spends most of her creative energy shooting weddings in her now trademark style—natural light and natural settings. When she finds a few free hours, she

bottom row The turqouise painted shutters stand out in the view of the house from the road. In the evening, the setting sun paints intriguing patterns on the walls from the nearby palm trees.

takes up a new project at the house. “Soon, the yard will be landscaped and nicely done,” she says. “I’m happy with it. There’s always something that never got finished because I moved in during a hurricane.” She finds liberation in the fact that she’s growing older. In fact, she feels on the cusp of a new chapter. “I feel like I’m in my prime right now,” she explains. “I see people, they’re 90 and 95 and still active in their lives. It gives me more incentive to work out harder, do more projects and not become docile.” “I used to have this poster in my room as a teenager. It said, ‘What you think and feel, you bring into form. What you meditate upon, you become. Life was meant to be lived joyously.’” Perfectly in line with her very bohemian, flower child persona. issueseven




intrigue Local materials and local artisans combine to create one of Anguilla’s more unique homes Text and Photos by Orrett H, Wynter


t’s not common to see a villa on Anguilla made almost exclusively of wood, but Wesley House is. Built almost two decades ago, the house was a showpiece for the then owner of Anguilla Post and Beam, a carpenter named Luke Thomas. Sited on a bluff overlooking Savannah [Junk’s Hole] Bay, the house was designed by Thomas and then handed


over to Carl Richards, local architect, for finishing touches. “Luke was a carpenter and could do most of the work, but I made it functional and fine-tuned it. We designed the structure to survive hurricanes, because we knew the winds would be very strong.” As fate would have it, Ted lucked into getting the house

this page On approach, the façade is almost completely camouflaged by plants that grow up on the shingle-sided building.

when searching for one for himself and his wife, a divorce lawyer and gourmet cook. The couple’s Caribbean love affair began with their honeymoon in next-door St. Maarten, which led to regular visits to the region over the next 20 years, “all the way from Bonaire up to Turks and Caicos,” according to Ted. On the advice of a Swedish Merchant Marine they met in St. Barths, they finally decided to try Anguilla.

“We liked Anguilla. We thought about buying a place, but weren’t absolutely convinced,” explains Ted. After their search took them to St. Kitts/Nevis and back to St. Barths, the two realized that their first instinct had been right all along. The property search was anything but straightforward. “This was sixteen years ago, before the [property] boom. issueseven



this page and opposite The view of Savannah Bay is a constant feature throughout the transition from inside, to the trellised patio and on to the added pool deck.

There were houses for sale, but they weren’t priced to move. Then, we saw the Wesley house.” It wasn’t quite what they wanted at the time, but the design and location intrigued them. It helped that the owner was preparing to move back to the US (and so was a willing seller). The house was 90% complete when they bought it; the pool and deck were added, along with the purpleheart pergola and deck that encircle the house. “Landscaping is somewhat a passion of mine, but it wasn’t landscaped at all. We’ve had the house [for] sixteen years, and 60

we’ve just kept making changes and upgrading,” says Ted. Telephone pole columns invite the vines to climb to the weathered-grey purpleheart pergola. Handmade concrete flower pots, made by the property’s caretaker, Larry Lee, line the front and rear decks. Filled with an array of tropical plants, they combine with the vines to create a dense lushness that at once recalls the rainforest. Climbing plants aren’t restricted to the rear deck; the entry façade is almost completely camouflaged by plants that grow up of the shingle-sided building.

“Anguilla...has the creature comforts, and I find the people to be very can’t say that about all the islands” —ted greenlee

Stepping into the living area immediately presents a view through wood and glass double doors to the Bay beyond the rear deck. With both sets of doors open, sea breezes fill the house. “People joke about it,” Ted remarks. “No matter how hot it gets in the Valley, we almost always have a breeze up here.” Hanging above the bar in the kitchen is arguably the house’s artisanal masterpiece: a large, sheet metal wall ornament of a stylized triggerfish. “I hired a Rockford, Illinois artist to create a logo for me,”

Ted explains. “She did some research and determined that the triggerfish is common in Anguilla.” Ted, who scuba dives, is used to running into triggerfish underwater. “We had a local guy cut that out with a laser,” Ted says. “We let it rust naturally, then applied a clear coat so it wouldn’t rust further.” The triggerfish reappears on the entry gates, embroidered throw pillows, a stone entry sign, and in the infinity pool. On the dining table, a bright green fish-shaped metal candleholder continues the fish motif, and in the kitchen, issueseven



this page, top and bottom Vibrant colours in the master bedroom contrast with the more calming neutrals of the living room. bottom, right A hand-made stone planter in the middle of room makes for an interesting focal point in the open, wood-panelled master bathroom.

this image and right The stylized triggerfish has a recurring role in different forms throughout the house.

Ted built his own 3-foot wooden light fixture shaped like a barracuda to place above the kitchen sink. Ted, an implant dentist, is particularly proud of its teeth, which he carved individually. To the east, the master suite sits on the windward side, maintaining the home’s openness with large double doors that open from the front patio, through the master bath, through the bedroom and onto the rear patio overlooking the concrete pool deck . A pair of unique wood and metal security screen doors hangs just inside. Like just about all the other details in the house, the doors have an artisanal background. “I designed them myself. A local artist in our community in Illinois, Aesthetic Metals, cut the metal out with a laser,” Ted says, smiling. “We shipped it down there, and then Larry and Kenneth Maynard built the doors. It’s interesting, because it’s all local materials and local artisans who have done the work.” The couple spends a few months each year at their home, which Ted hopes they will soon increase. “We spend about a quarter of a year here. I recently sold my practice, so I [should have] more time.” “Among the reasons we chose Anguilla is that while the island is quiet, it has the creature comforts, and I find the people to be very friendly,” Ted remarks. “You just can’t say that about all the islands.”



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collecting memories Art and property go hand in hand. This art-collecting couple use art from their travels to give their home a very unique personality. photos by Christian Gomez


eople have always collected art and for different reasons: for a few, it is a store of wealth. Others like having nice things to look at. Increasingly, buyers use art to give their properties character. Melody and Jon, owners of the Bird of Paradise villa, collect for other reasons. “Whenever we travel,” Melody explains, “we always try to stimulate the local economy and help local people.” “And if there’s a carving or something that was made specially,” Jon adds, “we’ll take a picture of the person who made it.” Through their travels, the two have built an impressive collection of the places and people they have visited. Their home is a curated journey through Africa, Southeast Asia, and Oceana that has come to represent the symbiosis between art and property and the way art helps define a place. The works range from miniature to grandiose, and their materials run the gamut of wood, stone, bone, hair, metal and others. Stylistically, most are abstracted interpretations of realistic 66

objects, with a heavy dose of symbolism, including ethereal representations of c, and animals. As beautiful as they are, it’s simplistic to consider the collection’s pieces merely “art”: many are cultural artifacts, suggesting that Melody and Jon are as much anthropologists as they are art collectors, preserving cultures that modern life is quickly extinguishing. “In the minds of the makers, many of the pieces are not artwork—they are utilitarian,” Melody says. “Statues from Papua New Guinea protect homes from evil spirits, and in the old days, crosses from Mali were like passports.” In addition to the more exotic pieces, the collection is completed by local and regional work. A large plein air landscape by famed painter Sir Roland Richardson overlooks the dining table. In one of the bedroom suites, paintings by local artist Lynne Bernbaum grace the walls. There’s undisputed value in the collection, and the Dills find themselves in good company. The reopened Michael C. Rockefeller Wing at the Metropolitan

Museum of Art in New York features Oceanic art quite similar to that displayed at the Bird. Would they ever entertain the thought of selling their collection? “Someday, possibly,” Melody responds. But in some ways, dismantling the collection into galleries around the world would take away much of its meaning. “The thing we hear over and over again,” Jon mentions, “is because it is a rather personal collection, people very much appreciate that they are in a home. Seeing a collection of pieces that the owners have collected on their travels is personal.” The couple point out that the Bird of Paradise was meant, first and foremost, as a home. Walking through, the villa is not just a showcase for Jon and Melody’s collection; it is a home furnished with memories, inviting its owners to reminisce about the people they have met. “It’s all about the memories of the cultures that were kind to us,” Jon explains, “and showed us welcome and hospitality. Those trips enrich our lives, and the things we bring back continue to enrich our lives.”



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set the stage There’s a lot that can be learned from the movies about staging homes for sale. by Crispin Brooks


n the 1982 film “Annie”, the titular character is taken from an orphanage and moved into millionaire Oliver Warbucks’ mansion. As she walks through the doors, the sheer delight on her face is priceless. That’s what every realtor waits for when opening the doors of a property to a potential buyer. Like a film and television set, your home should be carefully crafted to appeal to the largest possible audience. Whether for sale, a dinner party or simply to enjoy, people often overlook the staging of a home. After spending ten years in film and television, I learned the importance of staging a set for a certain mood and story. As a homeowner, you must decide what story you are trying to tell your audience. While owning your home, you can decorate or create your living spaces flexibly. The mood, feel, textures and colours are entirely up to you. However, if you decide to sell the home, here are a few things to keep in mind to appeal to and evoke emotion from the largest possible buying audience. First, everyone accumulates trinkets and ornaments over the years. There are the porcelain animals poised so proudly on the wall unit in the living room. There’s that thing that you got from your aunt for Christmas in 20… well, whatever Christmas that was. More importantly, you can’t remember what it’s supposed to do to what type of food. The point is, pack these things away, far from the eyes of a potential buyer. Remember, just as you critique living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms on your favorite TV shows and films, so too do your viewers critique you. 68

If possible, create a different look in each room to keep the tour interesting and lively, de-cluttering along the way. Potential buyers will be delighted with your attention to detail. Next, although you may be in love with the bright fuchsia loveseat that you bought at a clearance sale, not every potential buyer will be a fan. Step aside and allow the neutral you to come in and look at each room. Invite friends and family whose opinions you trust; they might have ideas you didn’t consider. The key is to arrange the house to make buyers feel like they belong there. Kitchens and living rooms are important, but bedrooms and bathrooms sell the house. When decorating, match drapes to furniture or bedspreads. Don’t be afraid to use art, but if you do, make sure that it hangs at eye level and matches the theme or colors in that particular room. Choose neutral colors and textures over items that may be strange to some buyers. Finally, as in anything on camera, light is extremely important. Turn the lights on in every room, even during the day. A well-staged interior evokes the emotion that drives a buyer to the finish line. Once, two days after a showing, a potential buyer said to me, “Mr. Brooks, I am having dreams of leaving work at 4:00 p.m. and pulling up into that driveway. I want that house.” Homes that are laid out like film or television sets (or better) will give you that reaction every time. Now, go and tell your story. Action!

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a revolution in time far removed from its current idyllic nature, sandy hill bay has seen its fair share of conflict and has played a major role in anguilla's history. by Andy Connor


elcome Sandy Hill—the best (though not the highest) bird’s eye view of St. Martin, Saba, St. Barths, and occasionally St. Kitts, which is almost 60 miles away. Today, we appreciate Sandy Hill for snorkeling, beach picnics, sea turtles, line fishing and the view, but its history can go unmentioned. Thanks to a great man and ambassador of the island, Mr. Colville Petty, we can take a glimpse into the past. Sandy Hill Bay was one of three places, including Savannah Bay and Sile Bay, where the Arawaks established large settlements on Anguilla. Can you imagine that in 900 AD, more than two thousand years ago, Arawak Indians were some of the first to discover the beautiful beaches you and I enjoy today? The white sand and clear waters we now enjoy was once the site of a fierce battle for the ownership of the island. In 1796, the old fort at the top of Sandy Hill was where the colonists and the British took their final stand against the invading French forces. The French landed, 400 strong, from two warships (Le Desius and La Vaillante) at Rendezvous Bay. They advanced eastward, where they eventually laid siege to the


Sandy Hill Fort, but the Anguilla militia kept them at bay. It was only when the French saw the British frigate charging between the channel of St. Martin and Anguilla that the French quickly abandoned their siege of the fort. When they tried to flee, the naval battle that followed destroyed two French ships. The French were defeated; the British owned Anguilla. In 1868, Sandy Hill Bay was one of the two lawful ports of entry to the country. From the port, salt that was reaped at the nearby Long Pond was exported, and sugar, manufactured at the Sandy Hill and Copes factories, was shipped. Sandy Hill’s cemetery holds the remains of Deputy Governor John Richardson, one of the leading planters on Anguilla in the 1700’s. It is believed that his tombstone is the oldest in Anguilla. Before today’s ferries, sailing fortress vessels like the Slipping Tiger, Ocean Queen, Advent Herald and The Comfort would all voyage down from Sandy Hill Bay to the Forest Bay, collecting passengers and cargo before making their way over to St. Martin in the 1940s and 60s. Boat building and the launching of large vessels became a popular Sandy Hill attraction. continued on page 72

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During the 1967 battle for Anguilla, Anguillians spent sleepless, tireless days and nights on Sandy Hill looking out for the invading forces of the St. Kitts & Nevis government. Today, Sandy Hill Bay’s rocky, shallow and crystal-clear waters seduce snorkelers and line fishermen from around the world. The beach is often fished only by the locals, rowing small boats or freestyle diving in and out of the rich coral reefs to put food on the table or sell their catch at the market. The beach is also popular among locals for family picnics. Among the Bay’s permanent residents are sea turtles, now on the list of protected endangered animals— you can be arrested if caught with any part of this animal. Thanks to this law, the sea turtle, once one of the rarest animals in Anguilla’s waters, enjoys a rising population. Lucky for you, getting up close and personal with this wonderful animal is now very possible. After more than 200 years of wars,

battles and occupation of this little Hill and Bay, the fight for Sandy Hill did pay off. No longer armed with shipcrushing weapons or marked by the hardships of the reaping and export of salt and sugar, it is now a Hill of luxury and natural beauty, host to lush private homes, luxury villas—many of them are unseen from the main road—the vegetation shielding them from sight. Sandy Hill residents and property owners have done a great job of preserving much of the natural environment. Property owners have found a way to use only the land necessary to build on and not interfere with nature and the wildlife that surrounds this historical beauty. This journey into the life of Sandy Hill and Sandy Hill Bay takes us beyond our time to that of our earliest ancestors. They’re the ones who paved the way for what we have today. It’s impossible to have the present without a past. Our history—your history—is everything we have today, and without it we are going nowhere.

Special thanks to Colville Petty for assisting with our research. Mr. Petty volunteers his time and experience as Anguilla’s certified historian and can usually be found at the Heritage Collection Museum in the East End Village. The Museum plays a major part in preserving our history, so we may understand the present and the future.



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summer body No blood, but lots of sweat and a few tears at Big Joe’s Boot Camp. by Shellecia Brooks-Johnson


smiled as I read the words ‘Big Joe’s Summer Body Boot Camp 2014.’At the price of US$100 for four months, I knew the camp would be filled to capacity. Fitness, for many Anguillians, becomes a priority in the months leading up to Anguilla’s Summer Festival. We all want that perfect summer body, right? The term ‘boot camp’ evoked demanding instructors and participants determined to achieve their fitness goals. I knew I was already in decent shape, but the question 74

plagued me—was I in bootcamp shape? To satisfy my curiosity, I had to join. I groaned when my alarm went off at 4:30am. With just over four hours of sleep, I headed to the meeting point, La Severine Fitness Gym in the Valley. Our first activity was to run around the block. Running is part of my weekly workout, so being one of the quickest two campers was easy. I caught my breath and waited for the other participants (mostly women with a few men sprinkled in) to finish. I realized that the

“campers” all had different levels of fitness and different motivations to participate. Many wanted to lose weight; others wanted to tone, and some simply wanted to be challenged. Some were giving it their all; others had a more relaxed attitude. Our leaders, Joseph ‘Big Joe’ Pradel and Nigel Linton, were quick to remind us that results require real effort and participation. I was semi-relieved to learn that the remainder of the session would be more theoretical. Nigel spoke about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, stretching before and after exercise and wearing the right shoes. Joe then demonstrated the correct technique for squats,

lunges, tire lifts, pushups and sit-ups. Both emphasized the importance preventing injuries through proper form. I left the first day of boot camp feeling limber and pleased with the leaders’ care and attention. My second day of boot camp was a public holiday, so I groaned less when my alarm rang at 4:30am. The group met at Crocus Bay, and the workout (complete with cross-training methods) soon got underway. We walked, ran, and did pushups, sit-ups and squats on the beach. I struggled as we squatted to lift and turn a big black tractor tire. I definitely have to work on my upper-body strength, I thought. I knew that it was a great workout because I wasn’t distracted by the




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sunrise or the gorgeous view of the Bay. Energy and enthusiasm was high. Laughter and encouragement came from the leaders, and campers cheered each other on. I loved the motivational vibe of the boot camp, and I wished everyone immense success as they aimed for their fitness goals. For a few minutes after my workout, I chatted with Big Joe. I learned that he’s been engaging in boot-camp-like activities since 2008, when he launched his own fitness company, La Severine Total Fitness and Massage Services. He hopes that he can inspire people to engage in fitness not simply to look good for



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keeping it fresh From dishwasher to chef, Shawn "Fresh" Hodge charts his culinary journey. Interview by Orrett H. Wynter

At what age did you start? Probably between 18 and 19. Tell us the story. I started at Cinnamon Reef. I can’t even remember what year that was – it was a long time. I started washing dishes. George Reid and Vernon Hughes were there at the same time. Both of them trained me; they would take over washing the dishes and have me make a salad or something. Then, it was just working up from there. I worked at Reefside Restaurant (formerly Happy Jack’s) at Shoal Bay Villas. There I worked under “Smoke” [Leonard Sharplis], the executive chef here at Smokey’s. Ended up at Cap Juluca, again with George [Reid]. I was at Tasty’s with Dale Carty as well, then the Dune Preserve, where I was the head chef. I remember once, a few chefs 76

went to New York with the Tourist Board to showcase local Anguillian cuisine… fried fish, Johnny cakes. We got to go to the Hamptons, which was a great experience. Afterwards, I was at Anacaona for a few years. I also do catering every now and again, through my Three Fs Catering – Fresh Fine Foods. How long have you been at Smokey’s? This is my third year. What do you like most about being in the kitchen? I love the challenge, but you have to put your heart into it. It’s always good to have guests say, “You cooked my food today? It was great.” Favourite thing to make? I love to make pastas. Seafood or chicken, usually. Do you cook at home? All the time. My wife doesn’t have to cook at all. I try out my cuisines at home, actually.

Oh, is she the guinea pig? [Laughs] Yeah. She and my son. He’s 16, and he does little things at home, too. Think he might be a chef too? I hope so. I teach him a few things… nothing too hard, though. He loves cooking. Favourite ingredient? Garlic. Can’t beat the flavour from garlic. Kitchen tool you must have? Knives. I got to have my knives, and I can’t use anyone else’s, either. I get accustomed to my own. I have a set here [at Smokey’s], and they stay here. I also have another set that I use when I cater events. Worst kitchen experience? I got burned in the face. Whoa! How’d that happen? I came in just before the

lunch rush. I went to light the stove, but someone had come in before me, tried to light it, couldn’t, and left the gas on. I checked, it wasn’t lit, so I when I went to light it... Poof! [Laughs]. It knocked me back onto a table; I couldn’t see for about ten minutes. Fortunately, I didn’t get badly hurt – just intense heat. If you weren't a chef, what would you be doing? I don’t know, because I love cooking. Was there ever anything else? No. All my life, I’ve been in the kitchen. My entire family… everybody cooks. Grandma, aunts, uncles, cousins. Even the food van next to the school, that’s my godfather. It’s a family thing.

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taste test: ocean echo bartender dillon serves up some of his signature cocktails for us to sample. by Trudy Nixon

rumzie Their signature rum punch: The Rumzie is a delicious, sweet, fruity concoction that goes down easy but delivers a hefty kick. The barman will not divulge the ingredients and the rum ‘bit’ is premixed and served from a pretty cut glass decanter! Only thing we know for sure is that the dark rum float on the top is Gosling’s Black Seal. 78

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A new take on a ‘classic’: The Sunset Tequilla Margarita – is a colourful blend of strawberry puree and frozen Mango, Tequilla and Triple Sec. Sweeter and fruitier than your average Margarita it’s a good way to sample this classic coctail for the first time and an awfully pretty drink to watch the sun go down with.

One to ask for: The CocoBango is a truly indulgent cocktail made out of Mango, Baileys, Cream of Coconut and Myers Rum. It’s not on the menu but has become a huge ‘word of mouth’ hit at the bar and if you love creamy, frozen drinks this is a must.

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fancy a drink? Recommendations by Trudy Nixon

Some of my favourite bars and their signature drinks. Visit alone or as a party - these are great spots enjoy a well mixed drink or two. The Lobby Bar at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa Currently, my favourite cocktail in Anguilla is the Spicy Blood Orange Rumtini. This Lobby Bar classic stars a spectacular homemade spiced rum shaken with yummy blood orange juice. Ace barman Jamal makes sure the chilled martini glass is rimmed with tasty cinnamon sugar for an extra burst of flavour. SandBar New owners Darren and Alecia have maintained the “Cool Cocktails and Tasty Tapas” formula that made SandBar a success - and they’ve added a few new items which I predict will become classics too – try Alecia’s Alcoholic Lemonade with thyme – deceptively

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strong and very refreshing. The Bar at Ocean Echo Ahhh the CocoBango. This creamy, fruity, yummy frozen drink is an absolute treat. The large open plan bar at this elegant beachfront restaurant offers a wide selection of classic cocktails with a twist – all specially created by resident barman Dillon.

Ginger "Zing", "kick", "bite", "lift" are words often associated with the flavour you get from adding ginger to your cocktail (or anything else for that matter), and with good reason. Just a little bit of grated fresh ginger will wake up your taste buds. nutmeg Probably one of the most subdued of the spices you could add to your drink, nutmeg might go undetected by many. Many of us might remember nutmeg as something added to cakes and cookies and eggnog at holiday time. In cocktails, it adds a nice "finish" to the taste. cinnamon Equal parts aromatic, as well as flavourful, cinnamon will add life to any drink. A "warm" spice, it will add depth even to a frozen cocktail. As with using any other spice in your cocktails, a little goes a long way. Angostura bitters No bar is complete without a bottle of this distillation of roots, fruits, herbs and spices. The name might make you hesitate, but any mixologist will tell you that a few drops are enough to liven the taste of just about any cocktail. Too much will ruin your drink, though, so a light touch is needed. 80

The Ferry Boat Inn Famous for ‘wings night’ this friendly, family-owned bar and restaurant is also a great place to grab a reasonably priced cocktail. Resident mixologist Christian makes a deliciously tangy Bloody Caesar (with Clamato and a little pickle juice) that is just the thing to kick start your day (or night) and he’s always happy to mix up a something special just for you. Got a sweet tooth? Ask him for “Chocolate Cake” but don’t expect to eat it! The Pumphouse This Sandy Ground staple has been consistently serving great drinks for many, many years. The bar at the Pumphouse is an institution. Wonderful staff including the charming Shani make this a friendly spot for bar hanging and listening to live music. Their classic Rum Punch is sweet and sharp and made with fresh lime and if you want to try a shot – their B52 is legendary.

A short stroll down Meads Bay beach, The seaview is astonishing, the staff warm and friendly! Situated on picturesque Meads Bay Beach, on the western end of the island is the beautiful Ocean Echo. The newest restaurant on Meads Bay offering fusion cooking with a local flair. Dillon, our bartender, with his knowledge and experience of a variety of exotic drinks, welcomes you with his signature drink RUMZIE. Visit us and enjoy the fresh catch of the day. Our delicious smoothies are the best. 264-498-5454 264-498-5455

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Johnno's Live Jazz on a Sunday afternoon

shacking up What’s an island destination without a beach shack? We look at a few of our favourites.


hat’s a beach destination without a beach shack? I don’t know either. There’s something inherently fun about beach shacks (or, to be politically correct, ‘beach restaurants’). Maybe it’s the sound of the waves on the shore close by, the seemingly endless rum punches, Johnno’s

Dune Preserve

A Sandy Ground institution, Johnno’s is still a favourite of many,

The Dune, a mish-mash concoction of driftwood and old boats, makes

with its famous steamed whole fresh snapper always living up to its

the list because of its architect, owner, and resident raconteur, Bankie

reputation. It’s the ideal spot to round off a weekend with live jazz on

Banx. The musical icon is always around (he lives on the property) and

Sunday afternoons.

always has a story or two to share. Live music a few times a week and

Gorgeous Scilly Cay

several unique cocktails make this a must-try.

Not only is this a beach shack, but it’s beach shack sitting on its own

Gwen's Reggae Grill

tiny island. The fun starts with the trip across; just stand on the jetty in

Sure, the food’s great, as you’d expect of just about any Anguilla

Island Harbour and wave—they’ll come get you. The menu is simple:

eatery. The rum punches are quite nice, too. But what makes Gwen’s

crayfish, lobster, chicken… and they’re all good alongside one of

the ultimate beach shack? Hammocks. Countless diners have found

owner Eudoxie “Gorgeous” Wallace’s rum punches.

themselves snoozing under the palm trees after a meal.

Sunshine Shack

The Place

One of the few ‘shacks’ that remain faithful to the name, the Sunshine

What is it with Rednezvous and beach shacks? Smaller sibling to

Shack is the epitome of simplicity, pairing a simple grilled menu with

Smokey’s at the Cove, The Place sports a more distilled—but still

a coveted Rendezvous Bay location. Tasty rum punches pair well with

effective—menu in a great location.

the whole snapper or the grilled combo (chicken and ribs) platters.


or the fact that you’re more than likely wearing flip-flops… or even going barefoot. It could simply be the fact that eating at a beach shack is arguably the most relaxed and laid-back dining experience you could ever have. Anguilla obliges with more than a few beach eateries. Here are a few we enjoy.

Valley Bistro At the Historic Old Factory

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Irie Life South Hill. 264.497.6526 or 264.476.6526 Island Dream Properties George Hill. 264.498.3200 or 264.235.6555 Jamie’s Villa and Apartments Sea Rocks. 264.497.2934 / 4233 Janvel’s Boutique/Ooh la la Salon Blowing Point. 264.497.6221 or 264.476.2639 Jewels By Love Marigot, St. Martin. 590-590-87-25-50 Kenurs Air Conditioning The Valley. 264.584.7304 Kobbe Design The Valley. 264.497.0814 or 497.3772 Lime Anguilla The Valley. 264.235.7771 or 264.235.5984 Lloyd’s Bed & Breakfast Crocus Hill. 264.497.2351 Lucian Vibes Pool Bar The Valley. 264.584.9329 Luxury Lifestyle Professional (LLP) West End. 264.476.1115 or 584.1115 Lynne Bernbaum Art Studio Sandy Ground. 264.497.5211 or 476.5211 MAICO Anguilla The Valley. 264.497.3712-3 Maurice & Sons Taxi Services Rey Hill. 264.235.2676 or 582-2399 N’Vie Boutique. Tomac Plaza George Hill. 264.584.5275 Ocean Echo Meads Bay. 264.498.5454 Office World Phillipsburg, St. Maarten. 721.542.2765 / 721. 542.4050 Paramount Pharmacy South Hill. 264.498.2366 Water Swamp. 264.497.2366 Pat Ban Import/Export Rock Farm. 264.297.7152 Petals Boutique at the Frangipani Beach Resort Meads Bay. 264.497.6442 Ryan Landscaping The Valley. 264-729-3516 or 264.235.2660 S&S Electrical South Hill. 264.498.6717




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SandBar Sandy Ground. 264.498.0171 Sandcastle Pointe Shoal Bay. Skyline Dry Clean Plus The Valley. 264.498.4124 Sotheby’s International Realty The Valley. 264.498.0123 Straw Hat Restaurant Meads Bay. 264.497.8300 Sunset Homes Caul's Bottom. 264.497.3666 264.235.7667 / 3666 Tradewind Aviation Oxford, Connecticut. 800.367.7922 True Communications 264-476-8783 Unique Landscapes Cove Road. 264.497.3609 Valley Bistro The Valley. 264.498.5100 V Architecture & Design Studio Rock Farm. 264.584.0065 Vanterpool Services Welches. 264.476.7543 or 264.235.7543 Villa at Barnes Bay Barnes Bay. Villa Paradise Blowing Point. 615.550.9950


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hotels & villas Airport Guest House The Valley. 264.497.5827 Alcyon Villa Sea Feathers. 806.233.4008 Allamanda Beach Club Shoal Bay East. 264.497.5217 Altamer Resort Shoal Bay West. 264.498.4000 Anacaona Boutique Hotel Meads Bay. 264.497.6827 Ananke Villa Cul De Sac, Blowing Point. 264.498.8600 Anguilla Definitive Villa South Hill. 264.497.2300 Anguilla Great House Rendezvous Bay. 264.497.6061 Ani Villas Little Bay Village. 264.497.7888 Arawak Beach Inn Island Harbour. 264.497.4888 BeachCourt Villa Shoal Bay East. 264.497.3666 Beach Escape Villa Blowing Point. 264.498.2741 Bellavista Back Street, South Hill. 264.497.5161 Bird of Paradise Sandy Hill Bay. 414.791.9461 Callaloo Club Peninsula Cul De Sac. 264.498.8600 Cap Juluca Hotel Maundays Bay. 264.497.6666 Caribbean Sea View Long Path. 264.497.4662 Caribella Beach Resort Barnes Bay. 264.497.8929 Caribera Villa Cul De Sac. 264.498.8600 Carimar Beach Club Meads Bay. 264.497.6881 Cerulean Barnes Bay. 264.497.8840 Country Cottage Anguilla Shoal Bay East at Welches. 264.497.0242 Cove Castles Villa Resort Shoal Bay West. 264.497.6801 Cuisinart Resort & Spa Rendezvous Bay West. 264.498.2000 Elodias Beach Resort Shoal Bay East. 264.497.3363 The Ferryboat Inn Blowing Point. 264.497.6613 Fletch’s Cove Little Harbour. 610.420.4753 Frangipani Beach Resort Meads Bay. 264.497.6442 Indigo Reef West End. 264.497.4866 Island Viewpoint Villa Cul de Sac. 264.498.2741 Kokoon Villas South Hill. 264.497.7888 La Palma Guest House Sandy Ground. 264.497.3260


La Vue Anguilla Back Street, South Hill. 264.462.6623 Little Butterfly Little Harbour. 264.497.3666 Little Harbour Estates Little Harbour. 264.497.0357 Lloyd’s Bed & Breakfast Crocus Hill. 264.497.2351 Madeariman Beach Club Shoal Bay East. 264.497.1555 Masara Resort Katouche Bay. 264.497.3200 Meads Bay Beach Villas Meads Bay. 264.497.0271 Miles Away Seafeathers Bay. 264.497.4076 Moonraker Villa Junks Hole Bay. 264.498.3200 Ocean Breeze Long Path Box 288. 264.729.7376 Palm Shores Villa Corito Point. 703.759.3733 Paradise Cove Resort The Cove. 264.497.6603 Poinciana Villas Sandy Ground. 264.497.6593 Royal Palms Holiday Suites South Hill. 264.497.6484 Sea Grape Beach Club South Hill. 264.497.2495 Serenity Cottages Shoal Bay East. 264.497.3328 Sheriton Estates West End. 264.498.9898 Shoal Bay Beach Hotel Shoal Bay East. 264.497.2016 Shoal Bay Villas Shoal Bay East. 264.497.2051 Spyglass Hill Villa North Hill. 264.497.3666 Sur La Plage Beach Front Villas Meads Bay. 264.497.6598 Sweet Return Villa Isaac’s Cliff. 264.498.2741 Tequila Sunrise Villa Dropsey Bay. 973.994.4449 Three Dolphins Lockrum Bay. 264.476.7927 Topaz Villa Back Street, South Hill. 264.729.2049 Tortue Villa Shoal Bay East. 264.498.3003 Twin Palms Villas Meads Bay. 264.498.2741 Ultimacy Villa Retreat Island Harbour. 264.497.4832 Viceroy-West End Barns Bay/Meads Bay. 264.498.5555 Villa Black Pearl Shoal Bay. 264.235.4615 Villa Coyaba Lockrum Estates. 264.497.3400 Villa Gardenia Sandy Hill Bay. 264.497.2544 Yacht Club Villas Blowing Point. 264.498.8600

restaurants Andy’s Restaurant & Bar Lower Airport Road. 264.498.2639 AXA Seafood House South Hill. 264.497.7979 Aquarium Bar & Restaurant South Hill. 264.497.2720 Barrel Stay Sandy Ground. 264.497.2831 Blanchards Restaurant Meads Bay. 264.497.6100 Blue Restaurant Cap Juluca. 264.497.6666 Bonjour Cafe Sandy Ground. 264.461.3200 Ciao Café Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport. 264.497.7777 The Clubhouse Grill CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. 264.498.2000 Covecastles Restaurant Shoal Bay West. 264.498.6801 da’ Vida Restaurant & Spa Crocus Bay. 264.498.5433 Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant & Bar Sandy Ground. 264.497.8668 Eclipse Restaurant Maundays Bay. 264.497.8007 Elite Beach Restaurant & Bar Island Harbour. 264.498.5178 Elvis Restaurant & Bar Sandy Ground. 264.498.0101 English Rose The Valley. 264.497.5353 E’s Oven & Valv’s Catering South Hill. 264.498.8258 Ferryboat Inn Restaurant Blowing Point. 264.497.6613 Fire Fly Restaurant and Bar Anacaona Hotel. 264.497.6827 Flavours Restaurant Back Street, South Hill. 264.462.6623 Geraud’s South Hill. 264.497.5559 Gorgeous Scilly Cay Island Harbour. 264.497.5123 Gwen’s Reggae Grill Shoal Bay. 264.497.2120 Hibernia Restaurant Island Harbour. 264.497.4290 Italia CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. 264.498.2000 Jacala Restaurant Meads Bay. 264.498.5888 La Palma Restaurant Sandy Ground. 264.497.3260 Le Bistro at Santorini CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. 264.498.2000

Lisa’s Restaurant The Valley. 264.498.3057 Lucy’s At Long Bay The Valley. 264.497.8875 Mac-Donna’s QFC Restaurant Water Swamp. 264.497.5464 Café Mediterraneo CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. 264.498.2000 Mango’s Restaurant Barnes Bay. 264.497.6479 Nico’s Restaurant The Valley. 264.497.2844 Ocean Echo Bar & Restaurant Meads Bay. 264.498.5454 Old Caribe Restaraunt Anguilla Great House. 264.497.6061 Oliver’s Seaside Grill Long Bay. 264.497.8780 On Da Rocks Seafood Grill & Bar Island Harbour. 264.498.0011 Picante Restaurant West End. 264.498.1616 Pimms Restaurant Cap Juluca. 264.497.6666 Pumphouse Sandy Ground. 264.497.5438 Pricky Pear Restaurant Prickly Pear Island. 264.497.5864 Ripples Restaurant Sandy Ground. 264.497.3380 Roy’s BaySide Grill Sandy Ground. 264.497.2470 SandBar Sandy Ground. 264.498.0171 Sandy Island Restaurant Sandy Island. 264.476.6534 Smokey’s at The Cove Cove Bay. 264.497.6582 Spice Cap Juluca. 264.497.6666 Straw Hat Restaurant Frangipani Resort. 264.497.8300 Tasty’s Restaurant South Hill. 264.497.2737 The Place Rendezvous Bay. 264.584.6501 Tokyo Bay CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. 264.498.2000 Trattoria Tramonto Shoal Bay West. 264.497.8819 Tropical Sunset Shoal Bay. 264.497.2076 Uncle Ernie’s Beach Bar Shoal Bay. 264.497.3907 Valley Bistro The Valley. 264.498.5100 Veya Restaurant Sandy Ground Road. 264.498.8392 (VEYA)

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THIS PAGE British forces land on Anguilla

may day On May 30, we celebrate Anguilla Day: it reminds us of who we are, why we’re here and where we’re going. But why? Let’s go back to where and how it all began. by Andy Connor; Photos courtesy Heritage Collection Museum


bout six years ago, a gentleman came up to me and asked, “Are you Andy?” I said, “Yes, I am. How can I help you?” He said, “I’d like to rent a car, if you have one available.” I replied, “Sorry, sir. I don’t have one car. I have two cars; would you like to rent them?” “No, thank you,” he said. “Just one.” A couple months later, he came back: “Andy, I heard you sell cars.” “Yes, I do, but I don’t have one car to sell. I have three; would you like to buy them?“ “You bugger,” he said. “You did this to me last time. No, thank you, Andy. I only need


one car.” So I sold Mr. Simon Hemans a car. Go back with me for a moment: it’s 1825. Britain has pushed Anguilla into a union with St. Kitts-Nevis. After failed separations in 1872 and 1958, the Anguilla Revolution began in 1966 with a small scuffle at the Valley Secondary School. The big gang came on May 30, 1967: a large group of Anguillians stormed the police headquarters, captured the thirteen-man contingent of St. Kitts’ policemen and packed them all back to St. Kitts, two by boat and the rest by air. That June, eighteen brave Anguillians (including three American mercenaries) took a handful of guns and the

greatest of revolutionary weapons, their hearts, to St. Kitts. They set out to overthrow Mr. Bradshaw, the then Prime Minster of St. Kitts-Nevis. They failed, and five were captured. In January 1968, the British sent adviser Tony Lee, to negotiate peace. Anguillians would accept nothing short of complete separation. Futile negotiations dragged on for a year. On May 11, 1969, the British envoy William Whitlock arrived in Anguilla, and just like the Kittitians’, his stay was short. He was expelled to England the same day. One week later, in the early hours of March 19, the British came like thieves in the night. Anguillians were sound asleep, only to be awakened not by the smiling sun but, for many, by guns at their doors. The invaders had the entire island under military rule by sunrise, looking for

weapons, gangster elements, and our revolutionary leader, Ronald Webster. They had come to shoot first and ask questions later—but there were no fighting rebels in Anguilla. The British, who had come for war, instead got a vacation in paradise. In all, not one shot was fired and no blood was shed. The invasion was the turning point in Anguilla’s fight for freedom and a blessing to Anguillians. In this account of Anguilla’s fight for freedom, one important name was not mentioned. In March of 1969, Simon Hemans was Deputy Commissioner of Anguilla. From the moment he arrived, his heart was with Anguilla. He was one of the first to notice that the Anguillian people’s intentions were only good— never a threat to his men or to the British. He also knew that what St. Kitts was doing to Anguilla was unjustified. Even then, this man also knew that he’d be returning to the island time and time again. To this day, Simon Hemans spends several months every year at his beautiful home in Shoal Bay with his lovely family. Simon and I became good friends, but the name never clicked in my mind. Then, one day, as we nursed our drinks at the bar, it hit me. Simon Hemans! I looked at him and said, “Simon Hemans? From the 1969 invasion?” “That’s me,” he replied. I am having a drink with someone who could have been an enemy, but now is a best friend.

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