Each month, Caribbean Queen at the Palm Beach Plaza Mall honors one local female artist who lives and creates here. The Caribbean Queen program was launched when the store opened in late 2011, and has been running successfully ever since. For the month of March 2016, local artist Marcha Hoost is the boutique's celebrated Caribbean Queen, showcasing her charming artwork in the store.
Marcha recalls that when she took her first lampworking workshop at Terrafuse in 2006, she immediately fell in love with making glass beads. In the following years, she participated in several other workshops by renowed artists. Although Marcha designs various objects, she prefers glass bead necklaces with a combination of warm tropical colors and recurring patterns over anything else she creates.
“Lampworking gives me infinite possibilities to combine colors and textures,” she shares. “My inspiration comes from a variety of sources, such as antique Venetian and African glass beads and nature itself. Animals and flowers are such great designers; all you have to do is observe and learn,” she adds.
Caribbean Queen earmarks a percentage of all sales for its Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World) program. The collected funds are given annually to local not-for-profit organizations in an ongoing effort to serve the community. All the foundations served with donations from Caribbean Queen are dedicated to the promotion of art and artisan education on the island.
Marcha’s unique collection is on display throughout the month of March, and you are invited to drop in to witness a live demonstration of her craft at the store on the third Thursday of the month in the evening hours.