This tour offers a fascinating insight into the world of some of the Caribbean's most brilliant artistic minds. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the homes and galleries of the island artists who have earned local, national, and international recognition.
- Visit the homes, studios and galleries and enjoy viewing the works of some of the island’s best artists.
This tour takes you around the island through St. Martin's / St. Maarten's most charming local districts to visit our island's own elite
group of talented artists.
Your tour will begin in the gated community of Les Jardins d’Orient Bay. You will then enter the home and studio of, Francis Eck, where nature and particularly the sea are his inexhaustible source of inspiration. Francis is always searching for a way to reach the profound essence of this subject. His powerful colors and harmonious shapes shift the borders between the abstract and the figurative.
Your tour then heads to another gated community in French Cul-de-Sac where you will meet the painter Antoine Chapon in his picturesque home/gallery. Famous for the luminosity and transparency of his watercolors and oils, the painter welcomes you to his breezy veranda, with breathtaking views of the bay. In 2006, he received an award of excellence at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at The Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut. The tour then heads to O'Reilly Hill overlooking Grand Case, where you will enter the home and studio of Minguet, whose lithographs, oils and watercolors burst forth in explosions of incredible colors.
Your tour then proceeds to Concordia, a suburb of Marigot, where you enter AKinom’s Art Studio; where the Creole house is nestled in a delightful tropical garden. In this charming place since 1992, AKinom invites you to a journey through time and space to discover the original and unique paintings. Jazz rhythms, vibrations, and colors are connected in abstract line and space, punctuated by pallet knife and brushes in oil paintings and mixed media. Forever, painting and music are to, AKinom, the universal language of man to spiritual rise.
Our latest addition to the tour is "Maximilian's Art in the Garden Gallery", located in Midtown Philipsburg, Dutch Sint Maarten. This gallery in a garden setting is a unique feature on the island whereby original paintings (and prints) by artist, Maximilian, are being displayed amongst plants and flowers. From realism to abstract, you will find original works in oil, pastel and/or acrylic. Considered one of the most successful artists on Dutch St. Maarten, with numerous exhibitions locally as well as in Washington DC, New York, and Cuba, his work has been the target of international collectors as well as local patrons. This is an opportunity you don't want to miss.
Please note artists may vary. Tours are available 365 days a year.
What to Bring:
- You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
- Money for artwork / other shopping (prices range extensively from a few dollars for a set of postcards or prints to thousands of dollars for a single oil painting).
What to Wear:
- Recommend wearing light clothing and comfortable shoes.