I love Caribbean art. So when I heard about a gallery opening on Eleuthera, I raced there with my press group. Eleuthera is a tiny island and everyone turns out for any kind of festive event. Everybody means families with children, teens and Lenny Kravitz, who was on the island celebrating his daughter Zoe's birthday. I was enthralled by the vibrant images popping off the gallery's walls, like the striking painting above, called "Junkanoo Lionfish."
And this one, fashioned from old car parts to create a vivid turtle shell. I was interviewing the owner, Ann, who was supposed to have been my masseuse on the beach that afternoon but her opening forced her to cancel, when I glimpsed Lenny in a plaid shirt out of the corner of my eye. I was still busy taking photos when one of my journalist buddies grabbed me. The whole group was expecting me to be the one to get the scoop on where Lenny was playing. He was standing near the door and I was eyeing some whimsical nude drawings nearby. When he came to look at them, I said, "so you like the naked ladies don't you?" Lenny looked shocked and taken aback. So was I. In my defense, I had just come from scuba diving on the rough Atlantic side of the island and had been knocked against a boulder by a huge wave. I was not in my right mind.
Lennie looked at me with an expression that said "you must be a crazy stalker" and muttered "what?" Then he quickly left. I cannot explain what prompted me (besides the scuba accident) to make such a presumptuous statement to somebody I had never met before. All I can say is that a very hypnotic vibe floats around Eleuthera and you might find yourself doing things you've never done before.