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Art Scene by Karen Joslin
"Caribbean art," and the most likely images which come to mind are vibrant
tropical scenes and soothing ocean vistas. But in the case of Guadeloupe's
contemporary art scene, you may be surprised to discover a wealth of originality.
While Guadeloupe's artists do call upon island influences in creating their
works, the results are often far from expected.
Truck with Spice Signs, Basse-Terre, Guadaloupe, Caribbean
Meaning "the Caribbean colors,"
Koukara began in 1988. Still Guadeloupe's major art movement today, Koukara
emphasizes the unity of the Caribbean people. Founded by art professors
Klodi Cancelier, Lucien Léogane, and Jacques Lampécinado,
its avant-garde aesthetic tends to be abstract or surreal, often with indigenous
The most distinctive characteristic
of the movement, the Fibressences method is employed by artists in making
mixed media pieces. Fibressences incorporates natural materials in artworks,
such as bits of wood, coconut fibers, sugar cane, and sand. These elements
add an interesting three-dimensional quality to the work, as well as creating
a close connection to the environment. Paintings in vibrant and deep hues
make up the majority of pieces, but there are some exceptions. Karine Gabon
paints on hanging fabrics and other materials, with an earth-toned color
palette that enhances her primitive motifs; she also creates abstract sculptures.
And Klodi Cancelier's paper series juxtaposed pieces of handmade papers
painted with different colors and symbols.
Since its birth, the Koukara
group has continued to grow. With many of Guadeloupe's artists taking part
in the movement, its style and ideals will likely remain strong in the
Cane Road and Old Windmills on Marie-Galante Island, Guadaloupe, Caribbean
Other Contemporary Art
Although Koukara is the predominant
genre, other styles of art are displayed on Guadeloupe, too. Thierry Bergame's
surreal pop art displays a singular style and sense of humor. On the other
hand, Déglas paints scenes with lighter tones and in a more naturalistic
style, though he often includes fantastic elements like anthropomorphic
animals and skeletons. Jean-Marc Hunt mainly uses objects like tools, pieces
of wood, and even a sewing machine to create his sculptures. And while
his paintings share a similar style with the Koukara group, his subject
matter is generally quite different.
International acclaim has
shone a spotlight on Guadeloupe's contemporary art scene. Its artists have
participated in exhibits throughout the Caribbean, France, the U.S., Canada,
and Costa Rica. In spite of its relatively small size, this island nation
cultivates big talent.
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HOTELS & BEACH RESORTS IN GUADELOUPE:
de la Vieille Tour - Mgallery Collection, Le Gosier
This Le Gosier hotel is
situated near the beach, close to Plage de Gosier. The hotel has a private
beach, an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and tennis courts. This 4.0-star
Le Gosier property features a hair salon and beauty services. Business
amenities at this 4.0-star property include wireless Internet access and
meeting rooms for small groups. There are 3 restaurants as well as a bar/lounge
and a poolside bar. 24-hour room service is available. This property provides
an airport shuttle (surcharge). The staff can arrange dry cleaning/ laundry
services. Additional amenities include multilingual staff, gift shops/newsstands,
and laundry facilities.
Eden Palm, Ste Anne
This Ste. Anne hotel is
close to Ste-Anne Beach and Plage Caravelle. Hotel Eden Palm has tennis
courts, an outdoor pool, a steam room, and a fitness facility. This 4.0-star
Ste. Anne property features beauty services. Business amenities at this
4.0-star property include a business center and wireless Internet access.
Hotel Eden Palm has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar. Guests
are served a complimentary breakfast each morning. Room service is available
during limited hours. Additional amenities include laundry facilities,
multilingual staff, and a library.
Beach Resort Gosier - Clipper
This Le Gosier resort is
situated near the beach, close to Plage de Gosier and Place de la Victoire.
Karibea Beach Resort Gosier - Clipper has tennis courts, an outdoor pool,
and a children's pool. Business amenities at this 3.0-star property include
business services and audio-visual equipment. Karibea Beach Resort Gosier
- Clipper has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar. Guests are
served a complimentary breakfast each morning. The staff can arrange dry
cleaning/laundry services, tour assistance, and currency exchange. Additional
amenities include a nightclub, laundry facilities, and a children's club.
Cocoteraie, St Francois
This St. Francois hotel
is situated near the beach. La Cocoteraie has a private beach and an outdoor
pool. This 4.0-star St. Francois property features massage and treatment
rooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas.
La Cocoteraie has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available
during limited hours. Event facilities include conference rooms. Additional
amenities include laundry facilities, self parking, and a safe deposit
box at the front desk. Televisions are equipped with satellite television
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Plantation Resort & Spa, St. Francois
This hotel is located in
St. Francois. La Plantation Resort & Spa has an outdoor pool. The property
offers meeting rooms for small groups. La Plantation Resort & Spa has
a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Additional amenities include air conditioning
in public areas, self parking, and a safe deposit box at the front desk.
Televisions are equipped with satellite television channels.
Golf Marine, St Francois
This St. Francois hotel
is situated in the entertainment district. Le Golf Marine has an outdoor
pool. Le Golf Marine has a bar/lounge. The staff can arrange tour assistance.
Le Golf Marine has 61 guestrooms. Guestrooms have televisions. Guestrooms
provide direct-dial phones. A fireplace is featured in every room. Bathrooms
offer hair dryers. Additional amenities include air conditioning and wake-up
calls. Balconies are featured in guestrooms.
John Perse, Pointe-a-Pitre
This Pointe-a-Pitre hotel
is conveniently close to the airport, near Basilica of St Peter and St
Paul and Place de la Victoire. Business amenities at this 2.0-star property
include complimentary wireless Internet access, business services, and
secretarial services. A Buffet breakfast is complimentary to guests. The
front desk is open 24 hours a day. Additional amenities include laundry
facilities, multilingual staff, and air conditioning in public areas. Saint
John Perse has 41 guestrooms.
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