By: Kristin Bourne
Bright, colorful and conveniently located at main road's edge in South Hill, Tanya Clark's Anguilla art gallery, Phoenix Gallery, sure catches and pleases the eye. And, it just gets better when you go inside.
The Phoenix Gallery and Frame Shoppe in South Hill, Anguilla
I recently met Tanya Clark, as I had a gorgeous Lynne Bernbaum print to frame that my parents had given me as a house-warming gift.
Lynne had recommended Tanya for true high-quality framing.
Already having seen Tanya's beautiful gallery from the road, I knew it well despite never having visited the shop.
Now I had a reason.
My regret is that I hadn't stopped in sooner...
Genuine, knowledgeable and interesting, a conversation with Tanya is worth the visit alone!
A Canadian by birth, Tanya, an artist, printmaker and framer, now calls Anguilla home.
Prior to opening the Phoenix Gallery, she studied lithography, etching and painting in Vancouver. She then moved to Tokyo to study the ancient art form of woodblock printing under the world renowned Toshi Yoshida.
I learned that woodblock printmaking is quite complex and takes a high level of very specialized skills to accomplish effectivelty, and each print is an original.
Tanya holds a rare title as she was awarded the top prize by the Nihonhangakia Exhibition for her woodblock printmaking as a non-Japanese woman (the first in fact!).
Tanya Clark woodblock prints in the Phoenix Gallery
While her passion is woodblock printmaking and painting, she's also passionate and skilled at framing.
As I discussed options with her for framing Lynne's painting, as well as a Haitian original by P.L. Riche, which I obtained from the Pineapple Gallery in Anguilla, I could easily see how Tanya knew what she was talking about and knew what she was doing.
Whether you're an Anguillian resident with framing needs or a visitor who appreciates different art and different forms of art, drop by, meet Tanya and take in the Phoenix Gallery. After all, it's not every day you can browse Canadian-made Japanese woodblock prints on a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea!
Gorgeous original paintings by Tanya Clark