If you taking a trip down Kaya GF Betico Croes, make sure you stop off at house number six for a whimsical Caribbean art experience.
Here you will find “Yenny’s art museum” the residence of artist Jenny Reina-Bernabela. Her artistic career began at a later age in her life, she started by painting vases and washed up driftwood and also experimented with other works of art whilst specialising in making life-sized dolls.
The life-sized dolls which she creates, or Belua, were used historically as scare-crows to protect crops and today Jenny uses these “Belua” as a form of artwork. She has created this open air museum, titled “Museu di Belua”, to showcase her doll creations and other artwork. The museum also contains other hand-crafted designs such as furniture, wall decorations and utensils that supplement the art in the garden.
Jenny’s house is designed in style of a traditional Bonaire town, which contains her life-sized dolls and skeletons of all her dead pets. There is also a craft store where you can purchase some of her other hand-made souvenirs made out of driftwood, clay and shells. If you are renting in Kralendijk, you can even take a morning stroll down to Yenny’s Art Museum, it’s located fairly centrally and is a stone’s throw away from Wilhemina Plaza or the main shopping street of Kaya Grandi.
Author : A.A Bierman