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IMAGES OF FLAMENCO ON DISPLAY AT ALEXANDER'S

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May 8, 2002 – The imagery of "Flamenco USVI!" as interpreted by St. Thomas artist Madeleine I.E. Meehan can be seen at Alexander's Cafe in Frenchtown through May 16.
The fine art exhibition consists of works in aquarelle on paper created by Meehan. The series captures the music and dance of two flamenco artists, guitarist Teye and his dancer wife Belen Oliva Bermudez, who performed at various venues on St. Thomas during a visit in January.
Teye, who was born in The Netherlands and now lives in Austin, Texas, pronounces his name "Ty-yah" and calls himself "The Punky Gypsy." He's one of the few non-Spaniards ever to release a solo flamenco guitar CD. Belen is from the Spanish cradle of flamenco, Seville.
Meehan is known for capturing performing artists at work — notably for her "Mostly Music Art" pen-and-ink drawings that seem to flow from her pen spontaneously at concerts and recitals.
"Flamenco USVI!" demonstrates Meehan's facility in translating movement and music to a two-dimensional medium. According to a release, working in aquarelle on paper allows her to capture the rapid rhythm and interplay between dancer and guitarist "without losing the elegance and grace that Flamenco dance is known for worldwide." All of the pieces on display are for sale.
Meehan is a fine arts graduate of New York's High School of Music and Art and Cornell University and studied at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Fontainebleau, France. A life member of the Art Students League of New York, she has participated in more than a hundred solo and juried exhibitions. She says she feels honored to have "played" with major orchestras of London, New York and Minnesota and to have been the official artist for the 1995 Istanbul Jazz Festival.
Art shows are a regular feature at Alexander's Cafe, where a new exhibition opens each month with a meet-the-artist reception.

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