Honeymoon Guide: Bahamas, The Out Islands

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Haynes Avenue
Governor’s Harbor, Eleuthera
Tel: 242-332-2932, 242-332-6351

Retired teacher and church organist Dorothy Rahming is now an artisan who takes her inspiration—and materials—from the sea. So the neat stuff lining her stone gallery (which started life as the town’s first bank) includes sand-filled candles, painting on canvas and driftwood of island and nature scenes, as well as wreaths, Christmas ornaments and other crafts made from seashells, starfish and sand dollars. (Check out the painted sand-dollar ornaments.) There are also a few other crafty-type items, such as straw baskets, gel candles and handpainted place mats. For creative, evocative island souvenirs, this stuff beats T-shirts hands down. The gallery’s name, by the way, combines the names of Dorothy and her daughter, Nell.

At various hotels; house/hotel calls by appointment
Great Exuma
Tel: 242-336-2207, cell 242-357-0786

Fadora, Isadora, Mildred and Betty Ann Lloyd are a crafts dynasty around these parts, turning out lovely sand jewelry (beaded bracelets, earrings and necklaces); straw pieces (including handbags, baskets and portfolios); and shellwork (such as figurines, magnets, holiday ornaments and necklaces). It’s great stuff—they’ve won awards from the country’s Ministry of Tourism. The thing is, they don’t have a shop; they display their work at various hotels (especially the Four Seasons) and will come to yours if you ask them. The ladies also teach craft classes, so ask them where they’re teaching the week you’re here.

Little Harbour
Mangrove Cay, Andros
Tel: 242-369-0829, 242-369-0366

Selling out of a shop at the corner of a Bahamian eatery called Four Kids Bakery and Restaurant, Androsian Rosa Bastian turns found items (dried coconuts, fish scales, pine cones, sponges, shells) into cool crafts—beaded necklaces and other jewelry, wall plaques and dolls of "Andros leather" (a.k.a. coconut shag, a fibrous bark from way up the coconut tree). She also carries the inevitable Androsia batik and plenty of straw items, including bags, clutches, wallets, place mats and the like. And she’s great with visitors, offering a fascinating little Andros History and Culture 101 talk.

Princess Street
Harbour Island, Eleuthera
Tel: 242-333-2788

Nassau-born Charles Carey gave up accounting in New York City to come back home to the Bahamas, where he started a gallery in his late aunt’s Victorian cottage. His roster of nearly 20 Harbour Island artists makes for an evocative raft of watercolors and oils from realist to impressionist to abstract. Look for Florida-born Stephen Scott Young’s plaintive portraits, Exuman Amos Ferguson’s cheerful primitives and Welsh expat Teleri Jones’s almost Mirò-like extrapolations of organic island elements, from waves to leaves to frog prints. There’s some excellent photography too—Lang Fincher’s artistic black-and-whites of local kids are definitely keepers.

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