Visitors to Bequia may be surprised to find such a wide variety of local arts and crafts on such a small island. There are several artists located around the island engaging in media as diverse as scrimshaw, woodcarving, model boat making, stained glass, ceramics, pottery, painting, photography, silk work, jewelry making and crochet. Many artists display their work in the boutiques of Port Elizabeth; most are more than happy to invite you into their studios to discuss their work.
The work of local and visiting artists, including names like Julie Savage Lea, L.D. Lucy and Pinky, is featured on a weekly basis. Ask about the “Meet the Artist” mornings.
If the arts are of interest to you, below you will find a few places you may enjoy visiting. For a full listing please see the Bequia Tourism Association’s Bequia Arts & Crafts page.
- Claude Victorine’s Art Studio in Lower Bay displays her handmade silk creations as well as paintings by her daughter. Claude creates superb fabrics, cushion covers and wall hangings. Closed on Fridays. Tel: 784-458-3150. Website: Click here
- The Boathouse overlooking Friendship Bay on the airport road, features model boats-that-sail, paintings, prints and island souvenirs. Tel: 457-3896.|
- Jacob Scott’s workshop at Hope Beach displays hats and baskets.
- Jacob Scott at Hope Beach is another celebrated local talent who scours Bequia’s shores for coral, shells, flotsam and recyclable refuse, which he turns into surprisingly stylish jewelry and fashion accessories. Tel: 401-848-9360.
- The Arts and Crafts Cafe (part bar, part studio and part hairdressing salon) is run by Emma and PQ, a Bequia artist and sculptor. Sculptures, painted calabash and macramé jewelry are among the items on sale. Emma, a top professional hairdresser from the UK, carries out her craft in the shade of a tree at reasonable prices. Tel: 457-3948 for an appointment.