Island Expressions: Hanne Rasmussen and Art@TopHat in St. Croix


Hanne Rasmussen says her goal is to let people know that high quality art is being produced on St. Croix. Her gallery, Art@TopHat—located at at 52 Company Street in Christiansted—will be showing a new exhibition entitled “2Tribal Renegades & Trudi Gilliam.” The exhibition—opening on February 2, from 5:00 to 8:00pm—will feature St. Croix artists Roy Lawaetz, Trudi Gilliam, and Nii Ahene-La. The St. Croix Source reports:

Walking through the spacious three-rooms of her gallery – Art@TopHat – at 52 Company Street in Christiansted, it would appear she is successful. The gallery presents diverse fine art from diverse local artists as well as handcrafted jewelry, local pottery, and antiques.

Presently in the gallery are works by Brianne Casal, Lucien Downs and Cindy Male. Casal, who presently has some dramatic, large-scale water colors on display, “has exceeded herself in producing the work for this exhibition,” Rasmussen said.

She is also excited by a new exhibition to open Feb. 2 at her gallery, with an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The featured artists are Roy Lawaetz and Trudi Gilliam, both of St. Croix, and former Crucian Nii Ahene-La. The exhibit is titled “2Tribal Renegades & Trudi Gilliam.”

Lawaetz first met Nii Ahene-La in the early ’90s when Nii Ahene-La was the designated art curator at Fort Frederik Museum in Frederiksted. There he curated a Lawaetz exhibition. Their artistic friendship converged again professionally, according to a press release, in 2008 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Paris, where both had works selected by an international jury panel for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Gilliam sculpts subjects such as owls, wild flowers, tropical fish, pelicans and other sea life in copper. [. . .]

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