Heleen Conet will exibit in Saba’s Five Squares Art Gallery. The opening will be performed by Lt. Governor Mr. Jonathan Johnson on March 24 at 5 pm .
*Heleen Cornet* was born in Holland. She obtained a degree in education and a master’s degree in fine arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Amersfoort (Holland). After having lived for a couple of years in Norway she moved in 1975 to Bonaire. There she taught fine arts at the high school for nine years. After living for one year in Curacao and a year in St. Maarten she moved in 1986 to Saba were she has been an art teacher at the Saba Comprehensive School. Together with her husband Tom van‘t Hof and family she has made Saba her residence ever since.
Heleen published several books together with her husband marine biologist Tom van‘t Hof for the marine parks of Bonaire, Curacao and Saba for which she did the illustrations. The books Saban Cottages and Echoes of the Past, illustrated with watercolors of the picturesque historical houses on the Caribbean islands Saba and Sint Eustatius were later published by herself.
Heleen could be found regularly on the top of Mount Scenery were she made drawings of the dramatic rain forest. She camped on the mountain for more than four weeks. These drawings have resulted in big oil and watercolor on canvas paintings. Lately she made a series of gold leaf paintings that are exhibited at this exhibition for the first time.
Heleen also did the mural in the Sacred Heart Church in the Bottom on Saba This time she combined rain forest scenes with religious symbols.
Cornet was asked for prestigious exhibits where she participated with installations of rain forests, for example at the Fundatie in Zwolle, the: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Biennial, Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana and the 23rd Bienal International, at San Paulo, Brazil.
Painting in the Clouds – Heleen Cornet