Finding creative holiday gifts for loved ones with discerning tastes can sometimes be a challenge. For art lovers and those shopping for art lovers who crave unique artistic gifts, a cultural event is taking place just in time for holiday shopping.
Atizana Extravaganza provides an opportunity for shoppers to get their hands on a variety of arts and crafts made in Haiti that make great Christmas gifts. Renee Bazile and her husband, Yvon Andre, are the proprietors of the artistic items and hosts of the event that includes dinner, live music and exquisite artwork available for purchase.
Bazile travels frequently to Haiti to hand pick the items, which include metal art by Ronald Jeudy and Jacques Eugene; ceramic designs by Pierrot Leonard and Donald Henry; glass and copper jewelry by Belinda; cow horn and bone jewelry by Queteline, original paintings by Ghesilhome and hand-painted designs by Dominique Rice.
Also included is work created by the brother and sister artistic team, Mirielle and Wilter Delice, “who make these gorgeous beaded handbags. She makes the most amazing handbags and her brother makes sequins handbags,” Bazile said of the siblings.
“Our country is still alive where arts are concerned, Haitian art is still alive,” she said.
The event takes place at Kasa Chanpet, “a Haitian restaurant with a really nice, cozy atmosphere,” Bazile said of the event that will also include a cash bar.
The prices range from $15 to $500 and include, “recycled or repurposed metal, done completely by hand by actual artists in Haiti that are so awesome.” Artist Jacques Eugene creates what Bazile calls “jazzy stuff, I call it the ‘bling bling’ of metal.”
While the majority of the artwork is created by Haitian artists, Bazile said, “I also have painted glass items that are hand painted by a French woman, Dominique Rice, totally awesome.”
Bazile, an avid art collector, said the event offers a nice variety of art.
“I travel to Haiti to select every piece of art I sell; I have direct contact with the artists. Every selection is carefully done.”
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Atizana Extravaganza
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 22 from 2 pm to 7 pm
WHERE: Kasa Chanpet, 7920 Pines Blvd Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
COST: Artwork prices range from $15 to $500; The restaurant will be open for dinner and will have a cash bar.
CONTACT: For more information, call 305-321-6933.