The Ladies of the Island Art Studio present an ART EXHIBITION & SALE OF RECENT WORK

By Cathy O'Gara on 4th April, 2016

Island Art Studio

The Ladies of the
Island Art Studio present an
Friday, April 8, 2016 –5pm to 8:30pm
Kongens Gade 5-6 – Education Street, across from The White House

The public is invited to enjoy the work of six distinctive artists and
mingle with friends at this St. Thomas art studio.

Caryn Conaway, Susan Hancock, Kim Holdsworth, Denise Kurg, Pam Larsen and Cathy O’Gara comprise the Island Art Studio, formerly the Underwater Group, now located on Kongens Gade in the historic Upstreet area of Charlotte Amalie.

This is the group’s fourth exhibition. Works presented are in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, charcoal and pencil. Buyers will have the added advantage of direct-sale pricing on work from this diverse group of artists.

Light refreshments will be provided.
Artists’ biographies are below.

Representatives of the media are encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact:
Cathy O’Gara
(340) 776-5702

Caryn Conway

Caryn Conaway spent 20 years as a textile designer with her business, WovenArt, Inc., developing weaves and palettes for a wide variety of products and became the first company in the country to produce woven photos. Caryn has recently begun to explore her lifelong dream of painting and investigating the relationship between the mediums of paint and tapestry. Always deeply touched by human emotion, her work captures it in many ways.  Caryn lived most of her life in the mountains of North Carolina, but followed her heart to the Caribbean 4 years ago, where she now resides and operates her business. She hopes to spend many years here, continuing to grow and learn, and further develop her paintings and painted tapestries. (828) 817-1562



Susan Hancock

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Susan Howard Hancock left an early career as lead dancer with Oregon’s Portland Dance Theater to attend Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. A career in graphic arts led to a job in the private jet industry and she became director of international marketing and global fuel negotiations with a major company. Several years ago, Susan and her husband purchased St. Thomas Jet Center and relocated to the Virgin Islands. Today, Susan is moving toward semi-retirement and to her creative roots through her involvement with the Underwater Art Studio. Hancock’s elegant paintings and drawings express a facility with her medium and insight into her subject, be it an exceptional face, an animal or a landscape. (340) 998-7243


kim Holdsworth

Kim Holdsworth first realized that art could take you far when, in first grade, the drawings in her self-authored storybook landed her in the principal’s office. Her college degree in political history was followed by two years of art training at Chicago’s American Academy of Art. After a career as graphic designer in Chicago and then in St. Thomas where she had an advertising company, she worked as editor of “St. Thomas This Week” and, since 2004, produced the annual KIDS COUNT Data Report, documenting children and families’ well-being in the US Virgin Islands. Kim resumed painting in 2003, and has been a studio member since 2008. (340) 777-6741.


Denise Kurg

Denise Ellison Kurg who has lived in the Virgin Islands for many years, is a Polynesian, born in the land of the long white cloud. She has been a tropics traveler most of her life; flying and sailing have provided a constant backdrop of blue ocean, sky and clouds. Denise’s art is self-taught and painting, from watercolors to oils, is her passion. Her paintings, often larger than life, tackle a variety of subjects. Inspired by her native culture and sensual nature, Denise’s canvases capture her evocative Caribbean surroundings and the daily insight of the unexpected. (340) 998.4423


Pam Larsen

Pam Larsen, an oil painter and water colorist who has lived in the Virgin Islands since 1980, has always been interested in creating artful things. Her love of her Caribbean home with its vibrant colors and exotic flavors are some of her favorite subjects. Pam says: “It has been wonderful and inspiring being part of the Island Art Studio and the incredibly creative atmosphere that lies within.” To contact Pam, please call 340-998-0135 or 340-775-1087. Website:


Cathy O

Cathy O’Gara is a native New Yorker. She studied at The Art Students League and graduated from The Cooper Union, majoring in painting. Life brought her to St. Thomas where she discovered a talent for advertising and graphic arts and she has operated her own successful company, AdPro, for over 30 years. In 2002 she was appointed editor of Destination/USVI, a magazine distributed to passengers boarding direct flights to the island. In 2011 the Advertising Club of the Virgin Islands honored Cathy with a Lifetime Achievement Award. By returning to painting she is challenging herself to re-discover the joy of interpreting the visual world.

(340) 776-5702