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Butterflyfishes and Turtle by MotHaiBaPhoto

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June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month. It is estimated there are over 3 million Americans who have Caribbean or West Indian ancestry. The culture is rich with color, dance, music and visual arts. Here, we love celebrating color and pattern wherever we find it, so what better way to pay tribute to our fellow Americans who have Caribbean ancestry than to display some Caribbean-themed art? Whether you have Caribbean ancestry, you love visiting the area, or you love the beautiful colors and textures of West Indian art, there is sure to be a piece in our collection you will love.

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Caribbean Landscapes

Some of the most beautiful scenery in the world comes from the Caribbean islands. Here, you will find thousands of beautiful landscapes in a travel poster design format. Some of the photographs displayed are of Caribbean beaches on St. John’s, South Florida, Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago. In addition to photographs of Caribbean landscapes from all over the West Indies, you can also find artists’ paintings of seaside, mountain dwellings in St. Martin, Port of Spain, Tortola and Puerto Rico.

Some of the artists chose to photograph specific objects within a landscape, such as the aqua colored ocean against the white sugar sand of the beaches. Or perhaps the shadows of palm trees as they loom against the ocean at night or against either a sunrise or a sunset. Ships sailing in the sea are also prominently featured here.

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Caribbean Images

In addition to the imagery that is everywhere along the Caribbean islands, many artists and photographers have chosen to highlight particular images of the Caribbean. For example, several artists have done works that envision sea turtles swimming in the ocean or dolphins playing offshore. Other works of art, such as the ones shown here, use themes from Caribbean life as a representation of Caribbean culture. Examples of representations of the culture include men and women dancing, the making and playing of different types of drums and the use of other natural made instruments to form small bands of musicians. In addition, other artists have portrayed Caribbean culture in the small cafes and restaurants where people sit and talk while they eat. Artists have also painted or drawn children at play amongst brightly colored houses, running along the beach or fishing. Cars and bicycles as well as many different types of boats are also painted as representations of Caribbean culture and Caribbean living.

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If you are dreaming of a beautiful Caribbean getaway, where you can do as little as you want during the day — from lying in a hammock to fishing for your dinner that can be cooked up for you on the shore–and spend your evenings sipping rum and listening to music, you can find a symbol of all that the Caribbean represents here. The Caribbean is a proud heritage for many Americans, as well as a lovely area to visit bursting with life, food, music, dance and art. A piece from the Caribbean collection will make a wonderful reminder of a recent visit, a desired location for a vacation or a proud reminder of your heritage.

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