April 26, 2002 – The first Thursday of May is just the second day of the new month, but the collaborating galleries and artisan jewelry emporiums of Christiansted are ready for it.
For the monthly Art Thursday, that is.
From 5 till 9 p.m. on May 2, eight galleries and shops — all but one in the downtown area — will welcome shoppers. And throughout the evening, seven restaurants are offering dessert and drink specials for folks to sit back and talk after their walk about the objets d'art they've just acquired or are thinking about going back for later.
At least, that's what the gallery and shop owners would like to see happen. Encouraging island visitors and residents not only to see what they have to offer but also to take home some treasures as a result is why they started Art Thursday six months ago and have kept it going since. (That's not to say "just looking" visitors are unwelcome, however!)
A special attraction for the May art walk is the exhibition of posters by Manor School students at Gallery Gia. At other stops, walk participants will see old and new works at Campen Gallery and Frame, the art of Sue Snow at Christiansted Gallery, the work of Leslie Andryc at Danica Art Gallery, "Night Works" paintings and etchings at Marie Henle Studio and a variety of original works at Mark Austin's Fine Art Gallery. Another Art Thursday participant, Taller Larjas, is closed for the summer.
Among the original craft offerings, IB Designs is showing new chaney — jewelry incorporating found pieces of broken crockery — for Mother's Day, Iona Skye Gallery and Studio is featuring creations by St. Thomas artists, and Jewelweed is displaying new found-object designs.
Art Thursday is a self-guided walking tour, and those joining in can make their stops in any order. The galleries are located within a few blocks of one another in the downtown Christiansted area except for the Campen, which is in Gallows Bay. It's suggested that participants visit this one first or last, by car, and otherwise do the tour on foot.
The participating restaurants are Bacchus, Bombay Club, Indies, Kendricks, Rum Runners, Savant, and Tutto Bene.
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