May 24, 2017 11:36 am Last modified: 8:34 am

Mongoose Junction to Host ‘First Friday’ Arts and Culture Event

Explore the arts, culture and history of the Virgin Islands in the charming courtyards of Mongoose Junction. On Friday, April 7, the Mongoose Junction Merchants Association will present another “First Friday,” a monthly event that features live music, featured artists, art exhibits, cultural performances, sale specials, contests and more, from 6-9 p.m. April will feature:

St John’s own Visions Reggae will perform from 6-9 p.m. in the Mongoose Junction courtyard.

Throughout the evening, the Mascilyn Bamboula Dancers will perform ancestral dances, and Cooper Penn will provide mocko jumbie performances.

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St John Scoops will offer free face painting for kids from 6-8 p.m.

Bamboula Boutique and Magic Tree Henna will present henna body painting from 5-7 p.m.

Caravan Gallery will honor the Virgin Islands Transfer Centennial by offering a free, sterling silver petroglyph charm with each purchase of a locally made hook bracelet. Discover the St. John hook bracelet and learn more about this local tradition.

R&I Patton Goldsmithing will be donating sales in the shop to their scholarship fund, which supports the tuition needs of their employees’ children.

St. John Experience Gallery will be offering 40-60 percent off selected items.

St. John Brewers Tap Room will be hosting their famous $5 All You Can Drink Summer Ale Can Party, and its Brewtique will be offering a free pint glass with the purchase of three T-shirts or hats (or any combination thereof).

The Friends of the Park Store will host author Cynthia Moulton from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. She will be signing copies of her book “Interconnected.” St. Johnian Sharelle Francis will also be in the shop, from 5-8:30 p.m. with her homemade jellies and jams.

VIVA Cantina will feature artist Kimberly Boulon, and it will also host its inaugural “First Friday Draw & Dine” art competition. Show off your drawing skills for the chance to win a $175 gift certificate to VIVA. The competition will run from 6-9 p.m.; art supplies will be provided.

The Gri Gri Project at Bajo El Sol Gallery will be hosting the opening of its Transfer Centennial Celebration Reflection Exhibition: “100 Years Of…”. The curators aim to spur reflection on how we Virgin Islanders live our histories daily. The exhibit will feature:

New works by St. Croix artist La Vaughn Belle, who is currently involved in multiple residency and exhibition projects in Denmark;

A video and installation work, “Colere,” by St. John’s Joan Farrenkopf, that explores the processes of relocation and adaptation;

St. Johnian artist Karen Samuel’s latest work in the medium of quilting;

2-D and 3-D works from Janet Cook-Rutnik’s long running investigation of the U.S. Virgin Islands transfer from Denmark to the United States;

Figurative, expressionist sculptures by St. Thomas artist Edney Freeman;

Thematic audiovisual collages by Eric Browne of St. Thomas;

New paintings and ceramics by Lisa Etre of St John;

New paintings exploring elements of V.I. history and contemporary life by Kristen Maize of St John;

New jewelry made from Colonial-era chaney ceramic shards by Monika Wendland of St Thomas;

Vintage V.I. photographs from the internationally-renowned, mid-20th century photographer Fritz Henle, who relocated to St. Croix in the 1950’s;

Commemorative V.I. history card collections by Valerie Sims;

And the St. John debut of Elizabeth Rezende and Anne Walbom’s new book — a compilation of vintage St. Thomas and St. John photographs.

For more information about Mongoose Junction, First Friday, the Mongoose Junction Merchants Association or any of the individual merchants or activities, contact Meaghan Enright at or (804) 337-5314. Additional information about Mongoose Junction’s shops and history can also be found at

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