New Era art gallery hosts exhibition

POSTED: 06/28/16 7:52 PM


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Leola Cotton. Photo contributed

St. Maarten News – Leola Cotton opened the New Era art gallery and school in November of last year at the Royal Palm Plaza on Front Street (between the Methodist Church and L’Escargot Restaurant).

This upcoming Sunday, the gallery will bring Front Street to life from 5 to 8 p.m. with riveting poetry, an art exhibition of diverse media, music by DJ CD Rankin & Connis Vanterpool; art auction and sale. Artists participating in this art explosion are: Mervin Hous; Kenneth Samson; Lucinda Audain; Randolf Scott; Kerwan Celestine; Mr. Kelly; and Leola Cotton.

Your taste buds will be enticed with a mixture of Nepalese/Indian cuisine and drinks from Newa Chopstix Bar & Restaurant also located at The Royal Palm Plaza.

This Masterpiece Art & Poetry Soiree will be followed up with an Art & Craft Summer Camp from July 11 to 22 at the same location for children aged 7 to 12.

Leola Cotton was born in Philipsburg to a rich cultural heritage. From an early age she took an interest in sketching cartoon characters. For a short time she took lessons from Lady Ruby Bute. During her teens, Mr. Roberto Celestino Arrindell was her mentor for a short stint as well. For a period of time, Cotton had abandoned her passion for art; however five years ago she resumed her love for drawing; but this time she took it to another level and began experimenting with acrylics.

Art is freedom. It is a place to go to for rejuvenation, to tap into my inner feelings and express them on the canvas. In so doing, the daily struggles, joys and surprises of life are replaced by a sense of well-being,” the artist says.

Cotton’s paintings are inspired by her emotions, time of the day, whatever is happening around her at the moment, inner inspiration, the beauty of nature, or even a dream she actually had. She admires the female anatomy and likes to exaggerate it, which can be seen in many of her paintings. Cotton has also started dabbling in 3D art.

Her predominant painting style is abstract, but some of her art are abstract impressionism and lyrical abstraction. She also does murals, and tattoo images upon requests.

For details contact Leola Cotton at 1-721- 522-2750.

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