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 other local gifts.
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 picture is cut out and then mounted on a quality card, or matte board or framed by a local frame maker 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 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 and writes for other sites who use the information as an international resource about Barbuda, and we often host visiting travel writers.
We have a small volunteering programme through Wwoof Caribbean for people looking to visit Barbuda and work here on short-term projects.