Today on One Happy Podcast I have a very special treat for you all. I am being joined by a guest who is originally from South America but has been living in Aruba for the past 13 years. Over the course of that time she has gone on a journey that has included getting married, raising a family and setting up a business of her own. Many of you are probably familiar with this business as it’s brought joy to so many of our lives. Of course I am talking about Gaby of Aruba’s Hand’s by Gaby.
If any of you have had the pleasure of meeting Gaby you would know that despite not being from Aruba she is the living embodiment of everything we love about the island. This spirit that Gaby possesses comes through in the artwork she sells as jewelry on the island. Gaby’s warmth, joy and happiness is directly translated to everything she makes. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that every piece of jewelry contains just a bit of Gaby inside.
This interview which lasts about 50 minutes talks all about Gaby’s relationship with the island of Aruba. Additionally we learn all about Aruba’s Hands and why the art she produces is so much more than just a souvenir. You will learn about Gaby’s introduction to the island, how she met her husband and also about her family. We talk about Aruba’s Hands and what that name means and why it is important. In every civilization throughout history art has played such an important role in the identity of a culture… Aruba is no different. On this 46th episode of One Happy Podcast Gaby does a fantastic job of explaining why if you love Aruba you owe it to yourself to take a piece of that art and culture home with you after vacation is over.
On This Episode of One Happy Podcast You Will Learn:
- How love at first sight altered the course of Gaby’s life
- How Gaby started working with glass
- The role of the Aruban artist in how Tourism and Culture intersect
- The origin of the name “Aruba’s Hands”
- How to tell if a piece of art is 100% Aruban
- What you are taking home in addition to a piece of jewelry when you purchase something from Aruba’s Hands by Gaby
Contacting Gaby – So maybe you want to see some of Gaby’s work the next time you are on island. Currently there are a number of ways to make this happen. Gaby does shows 5 days a week at a number of the hotels in both the high rise and low rise section. Below is her schedule as of 4/5/2016. As mentioned in the episode you can also get in contact with her for better guidance.
- Sunday Bucuti 5-7pm
- Monday The Divi Phoenix 5-6pm
- Tuesday Marriott hosts a “Taste of Aruba” craft market 6:30-8:30pm where you can see and eat things native to Aruba
- Wednesday Tamarijn craft show 5-9pm
- Thursday Divi Phoenix 9am-noon at the beachside pool
As mentioned you can also contact her via her Facebook Page Aruba’s Hands by Gaby
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