The 01st of July is celebrated as Emancipation day a public holiday on St. Maarten. The organization VOICES used the moment to present a “Keeping our Culture Alive” ancestral day celebration at Emilio Wilson Park. Persons from the community who have had long standing contribution to keeping our culture alive, were honored in a ceremony attended by dignitaries such as His Excellency Governor Holiday, Chair lady of Parliament Sarah Wescott Williams and Minister of Culture Wycliffe Smith.
The day was observed with a gathering of a mixture of culturally minded St. Maarten citizens and Cultural preservers who were invited to be recognized for their valuable contribution in keeping our culture alive. Ruby Bute is one of those honored as a long standing Artist known for her cultural paintings and teaching others the craft of painting. The Self-taught painter told cmoorejournal.com she has been painting for over 60 years and she love what she does like a devotion. The older she gets, she admitted, the more refined and dedicated she has become. When asked what surface she loves painting on she replied that she would paint on any surface she gets her hands on. She has become so knowledgeable about the Art that she is able to apply any and all techniques to painting on any surface.
Ruby acknowledges that she cannot forget the experimental stages of her life from the use of mixing of kerosene to create her colors to the modern day technique of painting on paper canvas or even pastel paper. Ruby’s wish is to one day write a book on painting techniques Ruby’s way, for the children to benefit and learn from.