Take a walk through the vibrant Christiansted art community! As a Caribbean Island, St. Croix offers beauty in the most direct form – being in the warm tropical climate, swimming in the clear blue sea and absorbing the sights, sounds and local flavors. In addition to the natural beauty that surrounds visitors and locals alike, St. Croix offers a wide variety of art venues to explore. Art Thursday is an event in Christiansted that takes place one Thursday of every month from November-May. It involves art galleries, jewelry studios and fine retail stores that all stay open late for a relaxing time on the town.
The variety of art shown spans from paintings and sculpture, to jewelry, photography, fine carpentry, textile arts, glass and furniture. Stroll the charming streets of Christiansted and enjoy the art on display and for sale. Bring home a slice of St. Croix with an original work, a token to remind you of the island. Then, stop into one of Christiansted’s fine restaurants for a bite. Or, enjoy the sunset on the boardwalk at one of the open-air bars and restaurants with gorgeous views of the harbor.
3rd Thursday of each month from November – May, 10am until 8pm. Please visit our Calendar of Events for specific dates.
Admission is FREE; but, bring some money to shop for unique art, jewelry, and more!
St. Croix Artist Maria Henle brought the idea of a joint art opening event to fruition when she decided to schedule the Art Thursdays with other local artists and shops. Maria wanted an event that would promote Christiansted galleries and give the community a chance to view, appreciate, and support local artist. She recognized that the restaurants would benefit as well, with art lovers ‘making a night of it’. Maria Henle was well known on St. Croix for her etchings and large oil paintings of scenic landscapes, realistically executed with wonderful detail and color. Maria passed away in February 2007, but her gallery is still a landmark for the St. Croix art world. Maria’s sister and brother, Tina and Martin Henle, keep the doors open, and show a variety of work, including Maria’s.
‘It makes it a bit more appealing and convenient when the gallery down the street is open and featuring an art show you didn’t want to miss, along with the other art venues in town,’ says Therese Trudeau, owner and artist at Maufe Gallery and Crucian Gold. ‘The galleries and jewelry studios all have the same objective, to get people into Christiansted town in the evening, to stroll and view a variety of artists’ work. We are not some huge city that has major competition and large scale openings, we are artists, supporting and working within a small town. We all know each other, and if we can combine the opening event that means your audience comes though my space and mine through yours, they might even see something a little different and exciting. There are a surprising number of artists and jewelers on St. Croix, all with varying styles, and with the Art Thursday event many get to show work and gain interest from the community.’