The dream of one Dominican artist to promote the island’s rich artistic culture has led to the creation of a new gallery. Tiffany Burnett-Biscombe has now opened Tiffany’s at Canefield, comprising of a studio, cafe, gift shop and gallery. She also teaches art classes here to the island’s young people.
“Dominica has such talent when it comes to art and its vital that the rest of the world sees it, “explains Miss Burnett-Biscombe. “There is such a rich variety of styles from abstract and fine painting to wood carving, prints, photography, candle and soap making and jewellery. We should be showcasing Dominica’s art,” she said.
It took Miss Burnett-Biscombe just two months to complete the renovation work to get the gallery open. It has dining inside and outside in the well-kept garden, where there is shade for those wanting to avoid the sun.
The gallery now exhibits work by some of Dominica’s most well-known artists, including Earl Etienne, Annika Wide, Louis Desire and Ellingworth Moses.
Tiffany Burnett-Biscombe, who trained at the Chelsea and City and Guild Art Schools in London, also exhibits her own art here and has now branched out to make a range of handmade soaps and body scrubs using natural Dominican ingredients. She also makes handmade candles and jewellery.
Four times a week she teaches art classes to the island’s youth and has plans to extend this to adults.
Miss Burnett-Biscombe said,“Eveywhere you look you can see the creative side of Dominica. I feel its very important to nurture young, upcoming talent like Ray Francis and Aaron Hamilton as well as to support and showcase well established artists. Art classes are run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. I’ve also just hosted our fouth art summer school here.”
The cafe side of Tiffany’s is influenced by Miss Burnett-Biscombe’s years of experience in the restaurant trade at La Robe Creole. Food here is made using the freshest, local ingredients and the mouthwatering menu includes roti, salads, sandwiches, bagels, fresh juices and unique deserts. There is also WIFI access so you can surf and stay up to date while at lunch.
Monthly event nights are held one Thursday every month to showcase Dominican music.
Tiffany’s can be also used to host events, such as the recent launch of “One Room Shack” by up and coming Dominican poet Delroy Williams.
Tiffany’s is located on the left after the Old Mill Cultural Centre in Canefield. It is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm.