March 3, 2003 – For the March ArtThursday gallery tour, Maria Henle Studio will open an exhibition of color photography by Tina Henle taken last September during a four-week stay on the island of Bali, and Danica Art Gallery will show recent works by New York artist Keesje Fischer.
The downtown Christiansted gallery and craft shop walkabout takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday.
Maria Henle Studio
Collectively titled "A Sojourn in Bali," the photographs were taken just a few weeks before the terrorist bombing of a nightclub on Oct. 13 that claimed at least 190 lives and devastated the Indonesian island community.
Gallery owner Maria Henle describes her sister's experiences: "From her base in the town of Ubud, she roamed with her camera, photographing the landscape and people of this legendary idyllic island: Ritual ceremonies of the deeply religious Hindu population, where the temples are the center of social and daily activity; the imposing volcano at the center of the island, venerated by Balinese as the navel of the world; the daily activities of the marketplace; the renowned arts and crafts produced by Balinese hands; the serene faces of the people, young and old; all are captured in her strong color images.
"The taint of the terrorist bombing last October has perhaps forever colored our once- romantic perceptions of Bali. Tina's photographs, taken in the few weeks before the tragedy, remind us of a gentle, deeply spiritual people persevering with their beliefs and traditional culture, a small and peaceful island in a larger world spiraling increasingly away from these values."
Maria Henle Studio is at 55 Company Street. For more information, call 773-7376.
Danica Art Gallery
An exhibition of recent works by New York artist Keesje (pronounced Kay-shaw) Fischer collectively called "Moving Forward" will open at Danica Art Gallery with a reception on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. as part of this month's ArtThursday offerings.
Fischer has been drawing and painting since childhood. Her projects have taken her from California to Europe to the Caribbean. She studied at the School of Fine Art in Utrecht, Holland, and her work has been shown at European as well as stateside galleries. She has received grants and commissions from S.F. Arts Commission for public performance, Chrysler Corp. and the Marcus Foster Foundation among others.
In 1998, IDtv, a Dutch television production company, featured her work with the elderly as part of a one-hour special. The Netherland-America Foundation awarded her a fellowship to complete what she calls her "Grandmother Series."
Her recent works are realistic focused scenes of older women. and images of everyday objects. "Whether working in her studio or on a public project," gallery owner Danica David says, "Keesje expresses curiosity about others and her interconnectedness, joining their stories with hers."
Danica Art Gallery is on 54 King Street across from Government House. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fischer's work will be on display through April 1. For more information, call 719-6000.
What else is where
The public is invited to take in both of these openings as well new and ongoing shows at other participating galleries and shops on Thursday evening. The full ArtThursday lineup:
Christiansted Gallery — new work by Sue Snows
Correa Studios — original etchings by Jimena Correa
Danica Art Gallery — Keesje Fischer, "Moving Forward "
Gallery Gia — Rick Novak solo show
Maria Henle Studio — Tina Henle, "A Sojourn in Bali"
ib Designs – wearable art
Iona Skye Gallery — new watercolors by Jane Aiken
Jewelweed — the jeweler's drawings
ArtThursday is held the first Thursday of each month during season. All venues are located within comfortable walking distance of one another in downtown Christiansted.
Bellows International sponsors ArtThursday. On Thursday evening, nine town restaurants invite gallery goers to stop by and enjoy wine specials at the beginning or end of their foray, or along the way: Bombay Club, Indies, Kendrick's, Paradise Café, Restaurant Bacchus, Tannins, Tivoli Gardens, Top Hat and Tutto Bene.

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