A treasure trove of island-style
gifts, including statement jewellery, kitchenware, souvenirs and artwork is the
best description of Pure Art Gallery and Gifts, which now has a two-room art
gallery to showcase the work of local artists. Owned and operated by artist
Debbie van der Bol, the gallery was recently created to highlight the diversity
and wealth of artistic talent in Cayman.
The in-store space, to the back of
the century-old premises, will hold its opening exhibition at the end of
November and will feature original mixed media paintings and sculpture from
established and emerging artists, including Maureen Lazarus, Dawn McTaggart,
Mark Frasier, Ivan McLean, Lorna Griggs and John Broad.
“Each group show will feature new
pieces which will be for sale,” said Ms van der Bol. “The gallery, like the
rest of Pure Art, is an intimate space – an ideal environment to display
The owner also said she hoped that
the commercial gallery would entice inward investment by local businesses.
“Corporate Cayman should always consider Cayman art when looking for pieces to
add beauty and interest to professional spaces like boardrooms and reception
“The local community tries, where
possible, to support local businesses, and so it is encouraging when local
businesses invest in the work and vision of local and resident artists. By
representing local artists, Pure Art can help foster that relationship,” she
As well as the gallery, with its
pastel walls and wooden floors, Pure Art carries many crafted items that range
from handmade aluminium serve-ware, children’s furniture, steel drum art, soaps
and tropical signs to thatchwork bags, fans and sun hats.
Now boasting more stock than ever –
the store, a long-favoured haunt by locals and tourists – continues to increase
its product lines.
“We’re very excited to have brought
in a new line by Beatriz Ball,” said Ms van der Bol.
“Each piece made by artisans from
recycled aluminium, and sold as Mexican silver, is very beautiful as well as
functional and can be used straight from the fridge, to the oven and to the
table without tarnishing.”
Another new line is a range of
sturdy glass vessels and vases in a number of sizes in Caribbean-inspired
cobalt blue, aubergine and grass green.
“I’m always trying to source the
best in island-style art. That sensibility and commitment is what keeps Pure
Art going year in year out and is found in big things like our relationship
with our local artists and in incidentals like or our new sand garden, which
runs along the entry.”