The ArtCafe is a cafe and art gallery on the road to Two Foot Bay, where you can relax over refreshments or buy crafts and souvenirs including Claire Frank's silk paintings and hand painted T-shirts. Claire has many Caribbean guide books that can be borrowed and a large archive of fascinating information about Barbuda that she has collected over 25 years. You can also buy maps, postcards and gifts.
The ArtCafe does lunch and supper to order - call in or phone to see what we have available and book a meal with us. Our sample menu is here and more pictures and reviews are on our facebook page (button link top right) We serve fresh fish, lobster, deer meat (venison) local lamb and pork, guinea fowl and a good selection of vegetarian food. We only do food to order so please book first, you can bring your own drinks with you or try our selection of Barbuda cocktails and specialist Caribbean rums. Telephone 268) 717 4451 if you are already here or email us on the email button on this page (button link top right). We do gift certificates too, so you can buy someone a romantic meal as a present while they are here. Note - we don't work on Sundays, we go to the beach.
Silk painting is a technique similar to batik; hot wax is used to draw a picture and gold gutta adds to the final decoration. The pictures and cards are cut out and then mounted on quality card or matte board or framed by a local frame-maker in Antigua, who creates beautiful hand-made frames to suit each individual picture. All of Claire's work is original and her art is also sold online through her website and in Antigua through Harmony Hall.
Claire has been published with various articles about Barbuda and by Penguin in an anthology called “The Map of Me - True Tales of Mixed Heritage experience”. Claire's piece, “In the Middle of Nowhere” is told from the perspective of her daughter, and is the view of a young person growing up on Barbuda, having to leave the island after Hurricane Luis, and their experience of life in the English countryside. That anthology was a limited edition but you can still buy a copy of this and Claire's other Barbuda stories at lulu.com Claire has also contributed information about Barbuda to several guide books on the Caribbean region, in particular the Footprint, Rough Guide, Dorling Kindersley and Lonely Planet guides. She writes this website which is a well used international resource for people wanting information about Barbuda and we often host visiting travel writers.
We have a useful written Village and Beach guide to help you find your way round, or read the twelve page history of Barbuda in One Fat Sheep - a complete history of Barbuda to the present day. Order them in an email to this website and we will invoice you by paypal then send it to you as an attachment - they are US$10 each.
We have a small volunteering programme through Wwoof Caribbean for people looking to visit Barbuda and work here on short-term projects.