October 2016: After Haiti was hit by the catastrophic earthquake of 2010, the Gallery of West Indian Art participated in three separate fundraising efforts, which were conceived & organized & held by other private parties. Two of these fundraisers were held in the United States, and one in Poland.
Our contribution, at the time, was to offer to each fundraiser a sizable selection of between 20 to 40 of our Haitian paintings, at our cost price, for charity auction. Each painting carried a reserve - its cost price - which, in the event of a successful auction sale, was due to be paid to us. Any and all monies raised by auctioning paintings above this reserve were used for earthquake relief efforts.
Much as we should have liked to donate our paintings outright, the small size of our business & the large number of paintings we contributed simply did not permit this…we did have to at least recover our own costs. However, we did not require up-front payment for our works of art; rather, operating on a good-faith basis, we shipped the paintings to the organizers (at our expense) and were later compensated only for those paintings for which the reserve price was met & which thus were actually sold. Any unsold paintings were to be returned to us, at the organizer’s expense.
In the event, not a single painting was returned to us - they were all successfully sold at auction.
Now that poor Haiti has once more been dealt a terrible blow by Nature, we would very much like to again extend a helping hand to our island neighbors by offering a similar arrangement to anyone willing to partner with us in this endeavor. We have already contacted some of our Haitian friends & acquaintances, to find out if they can put us in touch with suitable persons who might be interested in tackling this project with us. We, for our part, are completely open & honest as to what we can & what we cannot afford to do, to help Haiti. In turn, we will examine any potential partners closely, to ensure that they are trustworthy & reliable.
The more contacts we can find, the better the chances that such fundraising efforts will actually happen. So, please, if you yourself are interested in this, or if you know of anyone who might be, do get in touch with us. Thank you!
August 2015: If you are looking for a place to stay in Montego Bay, why don't you stay with us at The Wharf House? We have recently converted this beautiful and historic 18th century family property into a 4-bedroom B&B.
The Wharf House is nestled amidst lush tropical gardens and sits against the shores of the Montego Bay Lagoon, a large saltwater inlet of the Caribbean Sea. It has a large seaside dock, a swimming pool, and a small private pebble beach. Our location and accommodations are stunning, and our rates are very reasonable. For more information, please visit The Wharf House website.
May 2015: Well, it only took us four long years to do it, but we have finally completed our new website. We apologize to our many existing customers for neglecting our old website for such a long time & hope that you will find the new site exciting, inviting, and easy to use.
February 2015: For the second year in a row we were proud participants in the Sugar Cane Ball, an annual event hosted by Round Hill Hotel & Villas in aid of Hanover Charities. We exhibited & sold our Jamaican, Haitian and Cuban Art in Round Hill's beautiful Pineapple Room. 30% of our sales were donated to Hanover Charities.
Left to right: Stephanie Stevens, Nicky deLisser, Sharon Feanny, Caroline deLisser, Josef Forstmayr (Managing Director, Round Hill Hotel & Villas), Katrin Casserly (Chairman, Hanover Charities)
The 2015 Sugar Cane Ball was the most successful ever...as you can read in the email below:
"Dear Friends and Supporters of Hanover Charities,
This email comes with a heart full of gratitude--
- For the 300-plus people who brought their great energy to the Sugar Cane Ball on February 14,
- For the generous stores, hotels, jewelers, and donors who contributed to our raffle and the silent and live auction this year,
- For the fundraising committee, a most creative and fun group of women,
- For the hundreds of people who bought raffle tickets,
- For every donation, large and small, that we received, and
- For sculptor Basil Watson, the Gallery of West Indian Art, and Anna Henriques for their donations of proceeds from sales.
Next comes the wonderful part where we distribute the funds to promising scholars and to much-needed services in our Parish. Stay tuned!
Katrin Casserly Jennifer Flanagan
Chair, Hanover Charities Vice Chair, Hanover Charities
Now for the big news:
The 2015 Sugar Cane Ball raised US$233,478 (net) in our weekend of fundraising! While it's a new record and we are justifiably proud, the most important outcome is that we can support our many scholars and we can continue to help services that do so much good in our Parish--feeding the hungry through the Soup Kitchen in Lucea, providing tablets and equipment for our Parish Library, donating much-needed supplies to Westhaven Home for Children, improving living conditions at the Hanover Infirmary.
And we do so much more! Please visit our web site to read more about our mission, projects, and accomplishments."