Transforming the ordinary into the unexpected
THE HeART OF TURTLES
Handmade wooden sculptures created from salvaged wood found here on the island.
Unique: materials are salvaged from our hurricanes
Embellished: created by artistic imagination of local artists
Displayed: at various sites around St. Croix until Summer 2021
Auctioned :at one or more major community events
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PURCHASE A TURTLE
Slam Dunk the Junk
Slam Dunk the Junk is a Sports, Parks & Recreation sponsored project managed by St. Croix Walls Project, Inc. Children from the Caribbean Center for Boys and Girls and home-schooled students participated in the design and painting of 21 barrels. Adult artists contributed another nine barrels. These 30 artistic eye-catching garbage cans will be seen around the island and hopefully help address the anti-littering effort.
Putting Art Into Recovery
Saint Croix Walls Project was established in 2016 by Glenda Smith. After visiting St, Croix for many years, Glenda moved on island
full-time in 2015. The concept for a “walls project” had been percolating for years after her first viewing of the old Hovensa oil
refinery in the 1980s. She knew back then that the idea of an unexpected combination of an industrial complex and an “outdoor art
gallery” could work. Although the current Limetree Bay facility is out of reach, the VI Waste Management Authority recognized the
transformative potential of the concept and authorized Smith to place art at its facility at Cotton Valley and the Williams Delight pump
station. The transformation was amazing. In addition, an old rusty water tower on the East End became St. Croix’s first “urban
skyscape” and a defunct industrial blockhouse on the South Shore turned into a colorful “island lighthouse”. Smith has plans for
many more exciting installations across the island.
The Saint Croix Walls Project mission was expanded after the devastating 2017 hurricane season. At this crucial turning point on St.
Croix, PAIR offers an outlet for artists to express their representation of the effects of the storms and gives them a way to contribute to
recovery of the island through art. Locals and visitors will see how our community is bouncing back, beyond new power lines and
waste removal, by presenting art as a beautiful expression of our spirit.
PAIR is a post hurricane endeavor to bring color, positivity, beauty and heART to St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. St.
Croix Walls Project received a Care Fund Grant from the St. Croix Foundation to support PAIR as part of the recovery effort after
Irma and Maria. St. Croix Walls Project has secured sites to serve as diverse “canvasses” across the island. In the first weeks of the
project, blank walls at Sunshine Mall are being transformed by local art students and professional artists.
About the PAIR Artists
Tamara Michael was born and raised in a small town in Ontario Canada. She says that during her childhood she was blessed with
living in a “rich artistic atmosphere in Canada”. After graduating from Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology in Barrie,
Ontario with an fine art, degree she moved to Florida where she met and married her husband Jay. After 30+ years in Central Florida
they pulled up stakes and moved to St. Croix to find adventure. Tamara enjoys painting murals, portraits and landscapes, as well as
assembling sculptures from “lost and found” objects.
Vitale Lopez was born in 1997 in the Dominican Republic. When she was 17, the family moved to St. Croix where she finished high
school at the Complex. While on St. Croix she was a part of the Association of Art of St. Croix. Vitaly is now studying fine art with an
additional concentration on production of TV and radio at the Pontifical University Catholic of Puerto Rico (PUCPR). Her work has
been exhibited at the law library at PUCPR and she has exhibited her work at various museums and theaters in Puerto Rico. Currently
she is exhibiting at the municipal library in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She is a returning artist to St. Croix Walls Project. Vitaly’s first
outdoor mural was painted in Cotton Valley, St. Croix US Virgin Island. Vitale also created a 12’ x 20’ out door mural in
Annie Bao is a Manhattan-based Contemporary Surrealist painter who specializes in oil portraits of people and animals. Her work
depicts a fascination with the complexity of the human condition and is a careful negotiation between real life and the fantastic. She
aims to redefine chronicling contemporary life through pictorial satire and evocative whimsy.
Annie learned the fundamentals of painting as a child from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing where she earned a
place to study Piano Performance at the Central Conservatory of Music. She continued to draw and paint after her family moved to
California when she was 12. Annie went on to study Political Science and graduated from Columbia University with a Masters degree
in International Affairs. She began pursuing painting seriously after graduate school and has since studied under Cornelia Foss and
Robert Cenedella at the Art Students League of New York.
In 2012, Annie left her job as a political analyst to pursue her painting business, Annie Bao Art, full-time. The business has since
flourished, selling both commissioned portraits and non-commissioned paintings to private collectors and clients.
These young high school students are also LIT members (Leaders in training) at the Caribbean centers for Boys & Girls Club, VI.
They all are living in the F’sted area and are great students. Emmanuella Perez-Cassius the F’sted Unit Director for Boys and Girls
Club, goes by “ Ms. Bella”. Through her supervision and guidance she exudes everything a director of our youth should possess.