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Aug. 6, 2002 – Most artists in the Virgin Islands don't depend entirely on the marketing of their art to make a living. Some, nonetheless, are recognized first and foremost as artists, while others are better known for their accomplishments in their "day" jobs.
The next art exhibition opening at Alexander's Cafe in Frenchtown shines the spotlight on the latter group. The showing of works by five artists is collectively titled "Discover the Artist! — Artwork of Career Professionals within Our Community."
Featured will be oil paintings by Brooks Reid Brown, watercolors by Ensor Colon, pen and ink work by John Foster, oils by Pam Murnan and oils by Brian Murphy.
Brown is a partner in Caribbean Travel Agency and heads its Tropic Tours division.
Colon is a network engineer with Cingular Wireless.
Foster is the founder of John Foster Real Estate.
Murnan is the office manager in the Law Offices of Robert J. Murnan.
Murphy is the chef at the St. Thomas Yacht Club.
"These artists spend most of their time as career professionals" in other fields, "yet share a passion for expressing themselves creatively through their art," publicity for the exhibition states. "Staying true to their artistic expression can sometimes be a challenge because of the demands of their careers." Their artistic backgrounds range from being self taught to having a degree in fine art.
All five "have been quietly displaying their work, yet are continuing to be discovered," the publicity states. "Knowing that their professional careers can pull at their creative time, each of the artists deeply appreciates the time [he or she] spends creatively."
The public is invited to meet the artists and view their work at the opening reception, on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alexander's. Complimentary champagne and appetizers will be served and everyone will get a chance at the door prize of a drawing by one of the artists.
The "Discovering the Artist" exhibit will hang through Sept. 9. Selected works are available for purchase on opening night and throughout the duration of the show.
Anyone wishing to stay for dinner at Alexander's Café following the reception is asked to reserve ahead. To do so, call 774-4349.

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