Bajo El Sol Gallery will host a book signing at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 16, for Danica M. David, whose book is titled “Creative Callaloo: Art, Poems and Recipes Inspired by the Virgin Islands.” Attendees will also be able to sample one of her delicious recipes.
In this vibrantly illustrated book, St. Croix artist Danica M. David, poet Winifred “Oyoko” Loving and chef Mark E. Davis serve up a delicious and nourishing blend of recipes, poetry, art, history and more. It is a unique and satisfying Caribbean book with the colors and flavors of the Virgin Islands on every page.
Danica M. David is a St. Croix-born contemporary artist, visual art educator and author. She is the owner of Danica Art Studio, teaches at the St. Croix Educational Complex High School and is an adjunct professor at the University of the Virgin Islands. Her awards include the Crucian Cultural Heritage Award and The Teacher of the Year Award.
Her artwork hangs on the walls of patrons in the Caribbean, Europe and the mainland. Her first book, “Creative Callaloo: Art, Poems, and Recipes Inspired by the Virgin Islands,” was released in December of 2018. Danica’s artwork is also published in Carol Mitchell’s book “’Round My Christmas Tree,” Apple Gidley’s novel “Fireburn” and Charlene Abramson’s children’s book “The Vienna Cake Mystery.”
The book is a gorgeous hardcover edition where art, poetry and recipes create a real eclectic mix of colors, words and flavors. The vibrantly illustrated book also showcases the culture and history of the territory.
“I joined forces with poet Winifred “Oyoko” Loving and chef Mark E. Davis to create this very original book for all tastes and ages. Scrumptious nutritional recipes from Chef Mark and passionate poems from “Oyoko” surround my art and photography,” said David.
This is her first book where she shares fond memories of her late grandmothers. “Creative Callaloo” book is also a retrospective of her 20-year career as an artist, and has given the author a chance to celebrate her home and passion, while sharing V.I. culture.
Bajo El Sol’s new, expanded location is on the ground floor of Mongoose Junction across from Little Switzerland and next to Made in St. John.