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  1. Support Gabriel Bien-Aimé: Brilliant Talent of Metalwork from Haiti

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    by Laurie Ahner

    Dear friends and clients,

    I am appealing to you on behalf of our wonderful and talented artist from Haiti, Gabriel Bien-Aimé.

    I’ll be frank: he needs money to travel to Haiti to create artwork for the Santa Fe Folk Art Market in July 2023. This longstanding art fair showcases incredible folk artists from around the world, bringing thousands of visitors each year. Gabriel was one of the finest artists selected to exhibit this year. However, the current dire sociopolitical circumstances in Haiti prevented him from participating. Gabriel has been stuck in Boston, working manual labor at a restaurant to make ends meet. He hasn’t been able to make his art there; he needs to be at his studio in Haiti with his metal supplies and workers to help.

    Haiti, Gabriel’s home country that he loves deeply, is currently in a dangerous state. Gang violence and poverty are rising at an alarming level. Although going into such a difficult situation would be risky for Gabriel, he wants to go nevertheless. He has his family there, and that’s where he creates his masterpieces. His family depends on his income from making and selling his art. Because Gabriel has not been able to go to Haiti for a year due to the dangers, he missed out on participating in the Market this year. Last year in 2021, Gabriel sold 39 works of art! That money has already been spent as he needed every dime.

    Please support Gabriel by purchasing his artwork at our full price or making a fair offer! I promise that all the funds will go to Gabriel to help his trip to Haiti. 

    Thank you for your continued generosity and purchases from Galerie Bonheur over the years!

    Laurie Ahner
    314-409-6057 (call/text)
    galerieonheur@gmail.com

    See art by Gabriel Bien-Aime here

    Young Gabriel making art from discarded metal in Haiti.
  2. Curt Whiticar

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    Curt Whiticar (1911 – 2017) was a fisherman and boat builder by trade. His family moved to Stuart, Florida when he was 6 years old. A self-taught painter, at a young age he was paid to paint lettering on boats and local signage, which included some scenery. Around 1950 a house fire destroyed most of his 25-30 personal paintings, and it was not until his retirement in 1986 that he dedicated his time to painting. Over the next 31 years, Whiticar produced nearly 2,000 works, with oil his favorite medium. Vibrant and ethereal Florida landscapes, seascapes, and local historical scenes were common themes. Whiticar also cut and stretched his own canvas, and built his frames from scratch.

  3. curt whiticar draft

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    Curt Whiticar (1911 – 2017) was a fisherman and boat builder by trade. His family moved to Stuart, Florida when he was 6 years old. A self-taught painter, at a young age he was paid to paint lettering on boats and local signage, which included some scenery. Around 1950 a house fire destroyed most of his 25-30 personal paintings, and it was not until his retirement in 1986 that he dedicated his time to painting. Over the next 31 years Whiticar produced nearly 2,000 works, with oil his favorite medium. Vibrant and ethereal Florida landscapes, seascapes, and local historical scenes were common themes. Whiticar also cut and stretched his own canvas, and built his frames from scratch.

  4. Cincinho

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    Cincinho was born Inocêncio Alves dos Santos in 1907. He was raised in Muritiba, a state of Bahia, Brazil. Having a barber as a father and cigar maker as a mother, Cincinho learned craftsmanship through his parents. He worked as a decorative wall painter in Cachoeira for many years throughout his adult life. In 1973 at the age of 66, he began to paint. He primarily used wax crayons on paper, delicately depicting the rural scenes and landscapes he remembered from wandering through the Recôncavo in his youth. His skilled use of gradations of pastel colors adds subtle luminosity and poetic nuances. Cincinho painted in the dining room of his home, where he always warmly welcomed family and friends. Since 1977, his work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums around the globe, including Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, Museum of Primitive Art in Assisi in São Paulo, Musée D’Art Naif de L’lle de France in Paris among others.

  5. Recent Acquisition: Amos Ferguson

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    We had recently acquired two wonderful vintage paintings by Amos Ferguson. These are in excellent condition, and from great provenance.

    Please inquire at info@galeriebonheur.com or 314.409.6057 (call or text).

    Amos Ferguson, Bahamas
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    Enamel on paperboard
    19 x 15-3/4 inches
    1970
    Amos Ferguson, Bahamas
    Good Catch
    Enamel on board
    29-1/2 x 34-1/2 inches
    1969

    Amos Ferguson (the Bahamas, 1920 – 2009) was a house painter by profession who began painting when he was a boy. He received a vision from God in a dream; God told him to paint the beauty of His world, to celebrate the Bible and nature, and to show off his native Bahamas. Amos followed God’s commands and painted prolifically for many years. Amos Ferguson claimed to, “Paint by Faith, Not by Sight.”

    See more Amos Ferguson here

  6. Spring Blossom

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    Happy first day of Spring!
    We hope you find yourselves healthy and happy.

    “If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.”— Audra Foveo   Art has always been a source of self-expression and joy in the most difficult times. We hope to continue to bring comfort and cheer to your home while we all weather the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19.

    Galerie Bonheur would be happy to creatively assist you with your purchase during these trying times, for suggestions and inquiries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    All the best,
    Laurie & staff
    info@galeriebonheur.com
    314.409.6057 (call or text)

    (image above: Amos, Ferguson (Bahamas), Orange White and Red Flowers on Green and Blue, 1982. Enamel on paperboard, 29 x 28 inches. Please inquire.)

    Amos Ferguson
    Red Flower on Yellow
    1980’s
    Enamel on paperboard
    19 x 15 inches
    Please inquire.
    Amos Ferguson
    Red Flowers in Yellow Vase
    Enamel on paperboard
    38 x 21 inches
    1980’s
    Please inquire.

    Amos Ferguson (Bahamas, 1920 – 2009) was a house painter by profession who began painting when he was a boy. He received a vision from God in a dream; God told him to paint the beauty of His world, to celebrate the Bible and nature, and to show off his native Bahamas. Amos followed God’s commands and painted prolifically for many years. Amos Ferguson claimed to, “Paint by Faith, Not by Sight.”

    See more Amos Ferguson here

  7. Art from the South: Mary Whitfield and Janice Kennedy

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    by Laurie Ahner

     

    Mary Frances Whitfield (b. 1947, Alabama) focuses her rich paintings on the historical and modern plight of African-Americans, and the cruelty and injustice they have experienced. The powerful works contain little detail; the figures have no facial features. Instead, the drama of their gestures or body language conveys the feeling of the painting.

    Mary Frances Whitfield, Children Picking Eggs With Mother. Watercolor and Gouache on Arches Paper, 18 3/4 x 24 1/2 inches, Framed. Please contact Laurie Ahner for any inquiry. info@galeriebonheur.com or 314.409.6057 (call or text)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mary Whitfield, Chasing Chickens. Watercolor and gouache on Arches paper. 13-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches; 22-1/2 x 28 inches, framed. Please inquire.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Click here to see more art by Mary Whitfield

     

    Janice Yvonne Kennedy was born fourth of six children, in 1941, in Harbins Community, Georgia. Until the age of fifteen, she worked in the fields as a sharecropper. Janice never went past the ninth grade. Her dad made her stay home to work in the fields. By the age of ten, she could pick one hundred pounds of cotton a day. Janice is a self-taught artist and born-again Christian. When she starts a painting, she asks, “Lord, what would you have me paint today?”

    Miss Daisy with Orange Flower
    Acrylic on board
    image – 11 x 13-1/2 inches
    framed – 15 x 19 inches
    Was $550, SALE $495

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     

    Mountain Majesty, North Carolina
    Acrylic on board
    29 x 23 inches, framed
    $850

     

     

     

     

     

  8. Anonymous & Misc. Vietnamese Art

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    Galerie Bonheur presents Anonymous & Misc. Vietnamese Art.

  9. Anonymous & Misc. Panamanian Art

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    Galerie Bonheur presents Anonymous & Misc. Panamanian Art.