BATI BLEKI BUZZ, November 21st, 2015

Starbucks Aruba offers more than just new and interesting ways to drink coffee and more than free WIFI connectivity. Your home away from home on the island is now an art gallery.  On Thursday evening, Starbucks Paseo Herencia inaugurated its Art Wall, a small exhibition by three immensely popular and extremely talented local artists. According to the Starbucks management team, Shakira Arrindell and Maartje Dolfing the empty wall just asked for it, and the three selected artists were happy to comply, Armando Goedgedrag with paintings of the island’s wild nature, Cado de Lannoy with photographs of abandoned historical structures and Luis Mesquita with original, colorful driftwood art pieces. The opening of the exhibition, at the Starbucks Coffee at Paseo Herencia attracted a crowd of art loving coffee aficionados, who also enjoyed the super cool jazz band,  Live Xpressions, with Jeanoir Koolman on guitar, Pierre Koolman on drums, Milly Hernandez on bass and backup vocals and the lovely Gyslaine Helder, supplying the vocals. The Art Wall will be on view for a week, and management is considering making the wall a permanent exhibition place. Shakira also reports that they are experimenting at Starbucks in Curacao with offering wine and beer in the evening hours, to help the café morph into a friendly bar-lounge, after office hours. Joey Koevermans, Suelyn Dankerlui, and Ashlin Ahlip contributed to the artistic buzz, over a delicious selection of wines and cheese.