Our Chief Executive is blessed with an incredibly talented family, especially when it comes to the arts. Niall’s wife Aine, who is an accomplished artist, has spent the past months depicting a variety of representations of Napoleon’s time here on St Helena.
The showing of these paintings was held at the St Helena Museum and had all the trappings of a Bond Street event. The location was perfect with lighting to highlight the paintings, it soon became packed full of jolly folk, glasses of wine in hand, mulling over the merits of one picture over another.
Aine was for sure the star of the evening, gracefully moving from group to group, smiling modestly as if these were just a few scribbles that she had knocked up the night before. The praise for her efforts was unanimous and many of the works sold within the first hour of the event. Anyone who was there will remember it as a fabulous evening and one which should be repeated more often.
The heading to this Blog is taken from the island of Maui, part of the Hawaiian Islands where I have spent many happy hours wondering around the town of Lahaina where every Friday they have Art Night. Lahaina has many Art Galleries and they all open their doors each Friday to anyone who wishes to just meander around absorbing the atmosphere and the paintings. And what paintings I have seen, Picassos, Warhols, Norman Rockwells, Ronnie Wood of Rolling Stones fame to name just a few.
Islands are great places for art galleries (and jewellers) as security can be managed more easily than in a city. If anyone is reading this who has such a business, please consider St Helena as we are one of the safest places on the planet and open for business!