On Oct 1st, '09 my first exposition in Curaçao titeled 'Greatings from Curaçao' was opened by the president of Pink Ribbon Foundation Curaçao.There were 12 paintings,dipicting cultural activities throughout the year on my island,these where published in a calender which proceeds went directly to the foundation.

dated 2010 until 2010 (click on an image to enlarge an artwork)
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January

2010

Chita is very busy putting the last finishing touches to her carnival costumes while her daughter fools around in the back with the clothes. Her trusted old singer sewing Machine really puts in the hours this month.

February

2010

Lots of P’s. The princess of the Pink Peacock group poses with the "Prins i Pancho". The prince bears the key of the city during this period and Pancho is his helper.

March

2010

"Kuaresma" or the 40 days of fasting after Ash Wednesday gives bloom to fishery on the island. Especially on Friday no meat is allowed on the table but fish is much obliged. Here, Ye and Bebe bring in the catch of the day.

April

2010

"Seu" is the second biggest cultural event of Curacao and is celebrated this month. These 4 friends in traditional costume do the "wapa" or Harvest dance. It is done to give thanks for a good harvest.

May

2010

Mothers day. Love shines here through the window. Momzi loves her "Bolo di kashupete" (Cashew cake) and is given one while also receiving a bouquet of Bougainville flowers.

June

2010

Catching up on old tunes with traditional instruments. These to celebrate here, father’s day, singing the most popular song of that day, "Tantu bal bo tei ò lag’i tei."….:)

July

2010

In 2009 when this calendar was first published, our flag turned 25 years. Here young and old proudly celebrate and display our beautiful flag in various ways.

August

2010

Last vacation month. Jenny is helping her "Tanchi" (aunt) prepare the wood burning oven to make "Pan sera" bread. During summer vacation lots of kids head down to the west side of the island to spend time with families where old traditions still flourish.

September

2010

"Siman di kultura" 2009 was declared the year of our culture. Each year September is the month of cultural awareness. Chapè and Pacheco perform here on the "Kaha di orgel ku raspu". Various traditional songs are performed on this nail barreled organ while folkloric groups perform there beautiful dances.

October

2010

"Victorious Woman". Strong ladies overcoming incredible odds in the fight against a horrible disease.
It depicts different ladies, from different race overcoming the mutual disease of breast cancer. In their blue dresses (color of victory) they symbolically stab the "cancer" dead. Social status cannot be depicted here between them, just as cancer does not discriminate between the rich, poor, black or white.

November

2010

November 20th is Worlds Children Day. Tan Dika(aunt) and her famous glass box with traditional island sweets has a nice surprise for these 2 lucky kids. What will it be? Kokada, pan seiku, dushi di lechi?…hmmmmm

December

2010

Native cactus takes here the role of the Christmas tree, assimilating the world wide tradition with a local touch. One can notice 3 types of headscarf design in this painting.