Hello everyone and happy Friday! We have such happy news to share with you all today. We’re a tad late on sharing this story, but nonetheless, it’s a great one and timeless in our eyes. Sloop Jones is once again creating his unique art here on St. John… How fantastic is that??!
Sloop has created hand-painted clothes and art out of his home and studio on St. John’s East End for the past 30 years. His art is very recognizable, as it has a tie-dye look of sorts. Like many, Sloop’s home sustained significant damage during Hurricane Irma. His art studio was completely destroyed, so Sloop was forced to put his artwork on hold while repairs were made. For 20 months, Sloop did not create any art at all with the exception of jazzing up a satellite dish or two here and there. (Sloop’s side business is satellite installation. You can see one of his painted dishes atop Skinny Legs in Coral Bay.)
Back in April, Sloop was finally able to return to his art, signaling yet another step to normalcy for our island residents. Sloop is continuing to operate out of his house, and has even started his painting workshops once again. For $125 per person (Or $100 per person for groups of two or more), Sloop will teach you painting techniques and guide you in creating your own wearable piece of art. He isn’t keeping set hours at his store on the East End (located on the same property as his home), but it is available by appointment. Sloop sells everything from t-shirts and rash guards to signs and pillowcases for your home. Prices range from $9 and up.
For more information or to schedule a workshop, please visit Sloop’s website at www.sloopjones.com
And we would like to send out a special thanks to Liliana Martinez, a senior at Gifft Hill School. Liliana interviewed Sloop for this article and took the photographs. Liliana graduates today, so please join me in extending her a HUGE congratulations on that! And congrats to all of the Gifft Hill students who are graduating today!