Meeting Ruby Is Meeting Island Culture Itself
Ruby Bute is the mother figure of the arts in St. Martin. She has been painting since she was a child and has always followed her passion. Born in Aruba from parents originally from St. Maarten, she arrived on the island in the 70s and organized her first exhibition in the 80s.
The Soul of the Island
Ruby has tried all sorts of techniques: watercolors, acrylics, oil paints, and pastel. Her subjects are everyday life, women, and flowers. She is inspired by what’s real as well as by the rhythms and abundance of nature. Her paintings are always colorful, bright, and joyful, reflecting the soul of St. Martin. They depict historical and cultural aspects of the island like carnival and Emancipation Day, along with themes related to cooking, family homes, the waterfront, and tropical gardens.
In her workshop she sells paintings, personalized cards, books, and original artwork. All her works have a special story behind them, and Ruby likes to take her time to share those tales with visitors. She also believes in making art accessible to as many people as possible, so she keeps her prices reasonable. The most important thing for her is to transmit her passion to others.
An Accomplished Artist
Ruby is also a poet and a writer, and she enjoys reciting her poems. This accomplished artist flourishes in transmitting her craft, and takes young artists under her wing to share her perspective and what she has learned. Living her life as a free and optimistic woman, Ruby is naturally generous and philosophical. Her workshop “Silk Cotton Grove Gallery” located in Friar’s Bay is a rite of passage for those curious and interested in all things beautiful and real. She welcomes visitors in a humble, authentic manner.
Ruby exhibits regularly on several Caribbean islands like Saba, Aruba, Curaçao, as well as in Amsterdam. In 2005 she was decorated by her majesty Beatrix, queen of the Netherlands. Since then, she is an honorable member of the House of Orange-Nassau.