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WINE DOWN TO SHOWCASE FOUR ARTISTS' WORK

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Oct. 23, 2002 – Artwork by four Virgin Islanders represented by the Camille Pissarro Gallery will be featured on Friday evening at the October Da Da Wine Down at Café Amici in Riise's Alley.
The artists are Jane Aiken, Cathy Carlson, Paul Lafaille and Leah Norton.
Aiken, who has a degree in fine arts and worked as an artist and interior designer for more than 30 years, moved to St. Croix in 1998 to take up painting full time. Her watercolors depict larger-than-life flora that reflect her passion and spirit via the brilliant colors and light of the Caribbean. She offers classes in several mediums at her studio in Christiansted.
Carlson studied at the Art Students League in New York but did not pursue her artistic interests full time until she retired after 25 years of teaching math. The light, air, sea and people of the islands attracted her back many times after her first visit in the early 1970s and led her to take up permanent residence in 1991 and embark on her second career. She had worked earlier in oil, pen and ink, and water media, but decided to focus on the oil medium here.
Lafaille, a longtime island resident, is originally from California, where he studied art. He works in a variety of mediums — pastel, acrylic and wood — producing not only beautiful paintings but sculpted pieces as well.
Norton moved to St. Thomas in 1979 and made hair ornaments with shells and silk flowers at the old MountainTop. In 1988, she moved to California, where she studied wire wrapping; in August, she returned to St. Thomas with a reputation as one of the top wire wrappers in the nation, known for her corkscrew earrings. Her fun jewelry items made with precious metal wire and semiprecious stones include ear sliders, ear cuffs and a golf bag pendant.
The month's wine tasting will be of Concannon wines, presented by West Indies Corp.
Open to the public, each Wine Down, typically held on the final Friday of the month, combines the exhibition of local art (with an opportunity to meet the artists), the sampling of fine wines (with a seminar in their appreciation) and good old-fashioned socializing with free finger food, a cash bar and door prizes of artwork, wine and dining certificates.
Wine Down hours are 5 to 8 p.m.
There is a $10 fee for the optional wine tasting and seminar, which will be in progress throughout the evening as long as supplies are available. For more information, call Café Amici at 776-5670.

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