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Laurel Heuser, a frequent Bonaire visitor, shows how to make the best use of quarantine and other COVID-19 restrictions.

Like many loyal visitors who call Bonaire their home away from home, Laurel Heuser and her husband, Aaron, were caught up in the craze of closed borders last March when the global COVID-19 pandemic circled the world.  They were heartbroken when their planned trip was canceled, but they kept trying.

They rebooked and rebooked, hoping against hope that one would be the charm, and they could again spend some time on Bonaire.  Their tenacity worked, and, last August, they finally made their way to Bonaire, via Aruba, but had to remain in 14 days of quarantine upon arrival here on the island.

The Silver Pods Collection.

With 14 days of enforced quarantine, Laurel had nowhere to go and nothing to do, so she looked outside her window for inspiration.  Seeing the fallen seedpods of the Flamboyan tree (Royal Poinciana), she collected 14, one for each day of the quarantine, and began work.

First, she gave each seedpod a silver background, and then each day she created a unique decoration on top.  When all 14 are displayed together, they show how quiet solitude can translate into beauty.

When cleaning the beaches around Bonaire, Laurel and Aaron found many pieces of tangled fishing line.  Knowing how dangerous it can be to wildlife, they collected it, but instead of adding to the amount of trash in Bonaire’s landfill, Laurel re-purposed it into the perfect solution for hanging the Silver Pods Collection–the fishing line provided a transparent and robust filament, perfect for hanging.

The Silver Pod Collection, by Laurel Heuser.

The On Little Wings Collection.

After being released from quarantine, Laurel did not stop her artwork.  Although she and her husband were busy with normal vacation activities, Laurel was able to create 11 original hand-painted canvases, including one diptych. The On Little Wings Collection showcases some of the winged creatures that call Bonaire home and includes some familiar sights, such as flamingos, parrots, and parakeets.  Even Bonaire’s flying fish are represented!

 

On Little Wings, exhibit by Laurel Heuser.

Although the Silver Pods Collection has been permanently donated to Bonaire, Laurel planned to bring the paintings home with her.  She and Aaron were scheduled to head back home this month, but they once again got caught up in flight cancellations and have had to extend their stay until the end of March.  This provided the perfect opportunity to add her paintings to the exhibit.

How to view Laurel’s art exhibit.

Those on Bonaire can view Laurel’s work now through March 15, 2021, at the offices of the Tourism Corporation Bonaire, located at Kaya Grandi 2, in Kralendijk.  The offices are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 to 5:00 PM and on Fridays from 8:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 to 4:30 PM.

 

About Laurel Heuser.

Laurel Heuser

Laurel, along with her husband Aaron, hail from the cold clime of northern Michigan in the United States.  However, they prefer Bonaire’s much milder winters, without all the cold and snow.

Since their first visit in 2017, the couple has returned numerous times, and Laurel feels incredibly lucky to be able to call Bonaire her home away from home.

Laurel hopes that her Silver Pods Collection and the On Little Wings Collection encourage others to tap into their own creativity and take a closer look at the many forms of inspiration found on Bonaire.

Those interested in learning more about Laurel’s art may email her.

 

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)


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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, a certified bird guide, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


 

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