Georges S. Nader made a huge impact on Haitian art – and for Georges Jr, it’s important that every day and every exhibit honors this legacy and keeps the momentum going. Nader Snr promoted of Haitian Art through exhibits and participated in art auctions.
By Violet Kadzura
We explore a gallery and visual sanctuary that honors the Caribbean with every piece.
The backbone of the art industry is the precious talent found in the creative ability of artists and the works they bring forth. The success of this talent is however, reliant on something secondary – an assembly line of stakeholders, players and practitioners that make sure the art is experienced by as many appreciative people as possible. No player is as instrumental in this regard as the art gallery – a long serving sanctuary that gives artists a chance at exposure and awareness. Galleries therefore have a great responsibility not only to the artists they exhibit but also to the survival and success of the art industry as a whole. It’s therefore possible to posit that the achievement, glory and power of art is shared by the artists, and everyone who ensures that the art is seen, including galleries. In Haiti, Galerie Nader is a name that’s synonymous with the achievements of the Haitian art industry and the achievements of Caribbean art also. Since its opening in 1966, the gallery’s regional and international impact is as incredible and undeniable as the works that have graced its walls, floors and plinths. Founder Georges S. Nader set a powerful precedent and a lasting impression on art connoisseurs and enthusiasts. With his retirement he left the gallery to Georges Jr, who has dedicated his time to the continued success of the gallery and the promotion of beautiful Haiti. What’s it like running one of the most renowned galleries on the planet – we find out!
Georges S. Nader made a huge impact on Haitian art – and for Georges Jr, it’s important that every day and every exhibit honors this legacy and keeps the momentum going. Nader Snr promoted of Haitian Art through exhibits and participated in art auctions. “He focused mostly on the native and primitive artists from 1960-1992 and from 1992 to today. We keep the momentum going by promoting modern art and new talent, publications of art books, over 100 exhibits, education, art consulting private and commercial, crafts, custom framing and expertise.”
Art galleries go beyond the simple viewing of works of art – they are also about creating unique and emotive visual experiences that transcend normal life and inform the public about the world beyond the artwork. Galerie Nader has the largest collection and selection of Haitian art in the world which gives visitors the unique opportunity to leave it understanding the importance of art in Haiti and having a good understanding of the different styles and schools of art.
Aside from continuing to set the standard and educate people on Haitian and Caribbean art, the Nader name has also tapped into creating cultural experiences with Haiti Cherie an initiative that aims to “offer a one stop shop for main Haitian products within the French Quarter which is in the process of being built.”
“We have come up with a concept to offer Haitian paintings, handcrafts, coffee, beer, rum and music which all represent the deepest roots of the Haitian Culture. Thus, by combining these products into a single concept, a single location, a single business, we will be able to offer our customers some of the best local products that Haiti has to offer.”
The province of Jacmel has been ranked by CNN as one of the Caribbean’s top destinations. Jacmel is a small town located about two hours from Port-au-Prince and it has a lot to offer – beautiful beaches, welcoming locals and a keen Haitian culture engraved in all the residents as well as the architecture of the town’s buildings.
For these reasons many projects have sprung up to turn Jacmel into a prime tourist destination by providing not only accommodation such as resorts but also an entertainment incentive that will have tourists wanting to experience more of Haiti. There is a plan in place to have Cruise Ships dock in Jacmel, giving passengers the chance to explore. For decades, Galerie Nader has used the power of art to enlighten people with the beauty of Haitian and Caribbean culture. To this very day, every exhibition, project and initiative the gallery takes on builds on the hard work and dedication that was started all those years ago