Published On: Fri, Mar 8th, 2013

Lusette Verboom honored during International Day of the Women Event

Lusette VerboomWILLEMSTAD - This year the American Women’s Club celebrated the creativity of the women of Curacao with a special coffee/tea event at Gallery Alma Blou in Landhuis Habaai. This event took place on Friday March 8, 2013.

Lusette Verboom of Galery Alma Blou was honored this year for her achievements in the world of art and creativity on Curacao.

A little bit about Lusette Verboom in her own words: “In 1987 I graduated as a speech therapist at the Instituto Venezolano de la Audicion y Lenguage IVAL, in Venezuela. For 8 years I worked at the Myrna Dovale School in Curacao. I had a second job at the Seducal, teaching speech to mentally retarded children. After getting a degree in Papiamento I worked at the Sede di Papiamentu for 4 years.

In 1991 I opend a Craft shop selling local handmade souvenirs and in 1996 we expand the business to a new location. Kas di Alma Blou, Gallery and Gift shop, with art exhibitions of local artists. In the year 2005 we bought Landhuis Habaai and moved the gallery and gift shop to this monumental building.

We not only hold exhibitions of well known local and Caribbean artists, but organize every second Saturday of the month a Craft market where local artesians get the oportunity to show their products.

Specialties:As a member of the Rotary I directed a programm to produce 15 children books in Papiamentu. I published 2 books about the artist Elis Juliana. Together with Nicole Henriquez and Renske van der Zee we published the book: The Govenor's House of the Netherlands Antilles ( 2008 ).
As chair woman of the Foundation Arte '99 we organized in the year 2010 the exhibition Curacao Classics, Art from 1900 - 2010. Together with KIT we published a book about this important exhibtion ( 2012 ).”

Plantation House Habaai

Former Plantation House 'Landhuis Habaai' (Habaai Mansion) is one of the most beautiful of the Curaçao 'Landhouses'.

Build at the beginning of the 18th century, it is also one of the oldest on the island.

Brazil was a Dutch colony until 1654, when it became Portuguese.

At that time the Dutch Colonial Council granted a large contingent of Jews, living in Brazil, permission to relocate to Curaçao where they were given a large piece of land on the northwest shore of the Schottegat. This district soon came to be known as the Jewish quarter, because of the various Jewish mansions that arose here. Landhuis Habaai was also established in that period and is one of the few to remain.

Although the mansion started out as a plantation and was subsequently turned into a country residence and later on a boarding school, its architecture has remained intact. The central part is flanked by front and back galleries. Above both the central part and the galleries is a complete second floor, crowned by an attic. The northeastern wing was added in the 19th century.

And now, in the 21st century, Habaai Mansion serves a new purpose: Art Gallery and Cultural Center.

The terrace is used to host cultural events such as concerts, book and poetry readings, presentations and receptions. During gallery opening hours art lovers may enjoy a cup of coffee on the terrace.

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