Today Gallery Alma Blou in Landhuis Habaai is the oldest and largest gallery on Curaçao, featuring local and Caribbean art.
The mansion has an ideal layout: A large main gallery, the heart, is flanked by a front and a back gallery. The building is situated in a way that makes daylight filter through it beautifully, enhancing the artworks beauty. Collections of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry and dolls are exhibited in different spaces in such a way that their quality stands out even more.
Themes and materials vary widely, but all art has a Caribbean character and Curaçaoan flair. Artists are inspired by the colors, the architecture, the people, the underwater life, the wind, mythology, the sea or the landscape. In short by all Curaçao and the Caribbean with their diversity has to offer and triggers the artists imagination.
Former Plantation House ´Landhuis Habaai` (Habaai Mansion) as it shows now, was build at the second half of the 18th century ( +/- 1752 ); The plantation exist much earlier. It is also one of the oldest on the island.
Brazil was a Dutch colony until 1654, when it became Portuguese. At that time the Dutch Colonial Council granted a large contingent of Jews living in Brazil, permission to relocate to Curaçao where they were given a large piece of land on the northwest shore of the Schottegat. This district soon came to be known as the Jewish quarter, because of the various Jewish mansions that arose here. Landhuis Habaai is one of the few to remain.
The ‘ Landhuis ’ was first owned by Protestants, Catholics and by Jewish families. Although the mansion started out as a plantation and was subsequently turned into a country residence and later on a boarding school, its architecture
To complete your experience in this 300-year-old plantation house, you can now also enjoy a special selection of tea traditions, representing the multi-cultural population of Curaçao. Each tea is accompanied by local treats.
Take your time to visit our Gallery, the Gift Shop and then relax on the terrace with free Wi-Fi, reading a book or in the company of friends while your tea is served.
The Alma Blou Tea Garden is open on weekdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Every second Saturday of the month the handcraft market ‘Marshe di Artesania’ is held at Gallery Alma Blou, ‘Landhuis’ Habaai.
There are many talented local artisans who make high quality, beautiful and artistic souvenirs and artifacts.
At the ‘Marshe di Artesania’ you and the artisans come together in a cozy meeting place, the historical courtyard of ‘Landhuis’ Habaai, enjoying the artistic atmosphere while having a delicious local snack and/or local fruit juice.
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On April 18, 2006 we opened Gallery Alma Blou in Landhuis Habaai. You are cordially invited to celebrate this milestone with us on April 18, 2016 at 6 PM.
Our monthly handcraft market was combined with a Meet the Artists and demonstration by the Suriname artists featured in the current exhibition Tri Murni. The exhibition will remain on display until April 23.
On a warm afternoon, Gallery Alma Blou presented the exhibition Tri Murni. With paintings of Soeki and Sri Irodikromo and sculptures by Kim Sontosoemarto, this promised to be a kaleidoscope of rioting colors and culture from Suriname. Opening words were done by Hellen Chirino who urged those present to strike up a conversation with the visiting artists from our neighbor country. Digital catalog: http://galleryalmablou.wix.com/trimurni
Our Marshe di Artesania in February was a celebration of love, where the participants brought their creations especially for Valentine's Day. Meanwhile, Martie Genger met and chatted with our visitors interested in her exposition 'In de Beginne.'
Gallery Alma Blou has the honor to present a retrospective exhibition by the unique artist Martie Genger. It was an interesting afternoon to all who attended.
Gallery Alma Blou heralded the New Year with a fresh new beginning! Our artisans brought new products at the monthly handcraft market, we had a new menu, fresh dance music, a 2ndLife was given to recycled material and many visitors on the patio. Meanwhile inside the Gallery, painter Didi Dometilie welcomed guests who came to take a last look at his exhibition.
For our last exhibition of 2015, we had the pleasure of showing Didi Dometilie's surrealist paintings. This policeman is inspired by his interpretation of the world around him and his childhood memories growing up in Curaçao. Opening words were done by Lusette Verboom, curator and owner of Gallery Alma Blou. Digital catalog: http://galleryalmablou.wix.com/dometilie
The National Library of Curacao organized a Siman di Ban Lesa (Week of Reading) in December 2015. Many schoolchildren were invited to different location to meet and interact with local authors. Landhuis Habaai was most happy to host.
't Was the day before Christmas at Landhuis Habaai! Our last Handcraft Market of the year was transformed in a festive holiday event with music, ayaka's and many, many beautiful handmade items by local artisans.
It was a balmy Sunday morning when Gallery Alma Blou presented the latest exhibition by José Maria Capricorne. Un Dia den Sirko (A Day at the Circus) playfully shows the view of the artist on politics. Opening words were conducted by Josée Thissen-Rojer, art historian, who expertly painted in words what the artist used as his inspiration. The exhibition will remain on display until September 20, 2015. Digital catalog: http://galleryalmablou.wix.com/capricorne
Fascination at Gallery Alma Blou Susan Rudolf showed her mosaic & driftwood pieces last Saturday at Gallery Alma Blou. It was a wonderful morning, where visitors could talk to the artist and browse our gallery. These pieces will remain on display until the end of August 2015.
Op zondag 12 januari 2014 hadden we heel gezellige zondagochtend opening van de expositie van de bekende naive kunstenaar Fred Breebaart.
March 15 was the presentation of the monograph of the life and work of one of Curacao most talented artists Yubi Kirindongo. It was a very special happening with the presence of the Governor of Curacao rs. Lucille Wout and husband, the writer of the book Thomas Meyer zu Slochteren, the editor Ron de Wit and other guests. Nicole Henriquez and Rene Metch were the god mother and father. 21 musicians were blowing the horn in a very special way to make this day a special one.
On June 7 Roland Colastica opened the exhibition of Anton Heyboer. Together with Roderick on the conga, they brought formed a dynamic duo, to present the very special life and body of work of Anton Heyboer to the visitors.
On Sunday, June 8, 2014 the last 2 exhibitions to commemorate 150 Years Abolition of Slavery, organized by Arte \'99 Foundation opened: Swinging Through History curated by Lusette Verboom on the Queen Emma Bridge and Tula 2.0 in the Renaissance Mall, curated by Daisy Casimiri of Mon Art Gallery. These exhibitions are sponsored by Mondriaan Funds, PBCF, Maduro & Curiel`s Bank, Spigt and D-Sign. The picture of Daisy Casimiri and Lusette Verboom is taken by Persburo Curacao.
On October 18, 2014 we had the very exciting opening of Slave of Love. This exhibition featured sculptures and paintings by Philippe Zanolino. Curator Lusette Verboom herself picked out the paintings - dating from the 90s - to compliment the breathtaking sculptures. The central piece `Slave of Love` towers over 2 meters and dominates the room with its presence, radiating an atmosphere of peace of love. This would be indeed the message the artist wanted to bring with his work, as the making of these sculptures were a spiritual journey for him.
As usual, the last `Marshe di Artesania` of the year dresses up for the holidays. We moved the time to the evening hours, put up Christmas lights and arranged for soulful steel pan music. we had delicious snacks and natural juices as is our custom. Even with the record number of participants, we still didn`t expect so many visitors. They browsed to their heart`s content through beautiful and creative Christmas gifts. We are looking forward to next year when we will continue to offer local artisans a place to showcase their products.
On November 15, 2014 we had the opening of Kanti Playa, oil paintings by Bianca Berends. She is one of the best portrait painters of Holland and loves the beaches of Curacao. This collection depicted several scenes of our very own local beaches. Opening words were spoken by Ron Gomes Casseres who had lovely words to say about the artist.
We open 2015 with an exciting exhibition of Angel Luis de la Rosa. Preludio y un Recuerdo takes us on a journey through sculptures, mostly made out of one solid block of mahogany. The additional work in metal and mixed media also speak to you directly. Born in Cuba, the exiled artist has quickly become part of our local art scene. This is his second exhibition at Gallery Alma Blou. The opening was done by Inchi Witteveen, who has a special place in her heart for the Cuban community. Digital catalog: http://galleryalmablou.wix.com/delarosa
The Gallery and the Gift Shop are completely separated from each other.
While visiting Landhuis Habaai, you will first go through the different exhibition areas of the Gallery before you get to the Gift Shop.
We carry a very interesting variety of locally handmade products like driftwood, calabash, coconut and other materials.
Curaçao is proud to have so many artisans presenting their souvenirs and other items to our visitors, as well as a collection of books and music showcasing the myriad of artistic flavors of the island.
In our daily dealings with art, we do all the framing ourselves.
We demand a high standard of quality of work, which is why we are comfortable offering exceptional framing to our clientele as well.
On a very professional way we advise on the best ways to have their artwork framed. We only use acid free materials as this is very important, especially in the tropics, to protect the art.
We give a unique service based on knowledge, skills and talent to produce a one-of-a-kind product.