The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Inc. (CMCA) will hold the opening of an exhibit of paintings by Crucian-born artist Carlos “Tuna” Garcia. One of CMCA’s missions is to promote Caribbean art and culture. The show, titled “Memories of St. Croix—The Art of Carlos Garcia,” will run Nov. 27 through Dec. 7. The opening reception will take place from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, No. 10 Strand St., downtown Frederiksted, St. Croix.
Carlos “Tuna” Garcia is a self-taught artist, who is rediscovering his artwork in his golden years. Before dedicating his talents to his artwork, Garcia was a taxi driver, carpenter, Hess refinery worker, commercial fisherman and shark oil distiller.
“I have always enjoyed painting. I started when I was 10, sketching by the light of a kerosene lamp,” Garcia said. “But, I have always had to work other jobs to support my family. A few years ago when I had health problems that forced me to retire, I went back to painting. It’s been great therapy for me.” Using his school-of-life experiences and passion for his surroundings, he captures the spirit of St. Croix’s wildlife, plants and architecture—all of which are shown in his art exhibit. Long-time St. Croix
residents, he and his wife, Andrea, live in Estate Two Brothers, Frederiksted.