Blogging away 4 decades

Visual creative arts,writing&coaching

Senior established creative coach/Founder Funark promote art culture Bandabou

Asyla resides on the north coast of the island of Curaçao in the countryside Bandabou (lowlands) in the area of Tera Kora (born in Cher Asiel -Willemstad in 1953).

Her soul-creative practice is Art, Creative Writing, and coaches diverse techniques in healing included self-help stretching beside her Art-programs. She expresses direct from her heart and includes her prose issues in metaphor and metaphysical form. Besides this, she is an Academical female, now a senior.

In past (’60s) Asyla was the only child in a family showing interest in Yoga-techniques during sessions in family meetings, also sketching. Her interest grew for body works while staying in Holland (’69-’81) with family. Afterward living there with her partner, she took Egyptian Stretching Exercises incorporated with Gland, Breathing techniques, and balanced nutrition from the Mazdaznan philosophy. In between long performing as a singing-duet as a hobby in Eindhoven, Asyla would involve herself with Visual Arts classes at Centrum Voor Schone Kunsten -now Academy of Visual Arts in Eindhoven.

When back home in Curacao in 1981 Arts continued to be a favored subject in her daily life. With dissatisfactory relationships in the following years, Asyla decided to peddle back and forth to Bonaire island and found herself staying there and involved herself in giving kids programs and doing installation works like Flamingos coral stones on sidewalks in the main town.

Also, a chance to visit Manhattan NY took place at Art Student League to enhance her skills in portraits/figurative art. Not until 1990 had the Holistic part been meaningful again and so Asyla ran off to the Netherlands again and repeated her visits to her former Art Center but also took ‘Meridian studies’ as her interest and joined group sessions at ‘Touch for Health’-center Hof van Axen in Drenthe.

When in Europe Asyla got many chances for Exhibitions which included Eindhoven, The Hague, Berlin, and Bremen. An ultimate study became reality in 1999 and 2000 at Fontys-Tilburg for Conceptual Art included Textile, Performing, Photography, and Art History. Back to Curacao, a function was offered to her as an Art teacher at American Preparatory school which endured 4 years and also Certified Therapy occupations from 2001 until 2018.  

A chance to benefit another practicing therapy skill when settling back in Curacao was becoming Reiki Master and Certified Massage Therapist.

Her self-supportive life had been maintained with offer Arts/Craft-classes in Curaçao and Bonaire, doing paintings, Jewelry, and producing poetry, Exhibits were at Galleries, Curaçao Museum, World Trade Center in Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Barbados, Suriname, Holland, and Germany. during 42 years of time.

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Rastro Group Exhibit 3 Aru/Anti and Essays islands/culture trips
prose book- tales/paintings

Back to the Prose writings, it started in 1981 while in Bonaire. Influential uplifting instincts were rhythmically stimulated in her favorite English language from rooted parents from upper wind islands. As immigrants they came to the lower part where Asyla was born – the native tongue is Papiamentu. Then years later the Prose writing grew and to catch up with a new form, fundraising was created to travel so Asyla could attend the Renaissance style in the USA in 2012 with Creative writing workshops organized by Callalloo in Rhode Island. An Arts/Cultural trip beforehand resulted in Ghana in 2011/2012. From acquainted experiences within Diaspora, produced essays followed like “Gana through sunglasses’ and also 2013 when at Suriname Carifesta, (“an essay on Visual Arts’). Practices in Batik and Sculpture works were also taken while in 2017 her produced book ‘Enliven Emotions’ in the US got polished in Suriname and a first launching.

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‘Direction’ Oil painting 2017

Today Asyla fuses Healing with Arts and Poetry and organizes, launches, fundraises campaigns with help from her founding Funark non-profit. She started with giving interviews to other artists and writers and offered a platform with articles in local papers along with Art Markets, Gift Craft shows, next to her Solo and Group exhibits. Recently, starting in 2018, Asyla commits herself to Community in Bandabou rural area with Kids Arts Cultural Programs while continuing blogging and writing.

An honoree award was received in 2015 through diaspora entities for her dedication to the community – an event in Dallas with the mission of ‘Heal the World Inc. Also, a cultural token was given in 2019 from Suriname.

Asylas’ ultimate wish is to realize Projects via her In-residence with Funark Foundation and invite artists/writers and researchers for Project planning in Dutch Antilles and Community Programs.

Her website is http://www.asylaholt.com and for Funark activities https://funart88.art/

Info: atenholt002@gmail.com or funartseela@gmail.com

Donations are always welcome: via Western union to address: Asyla ten Holt-Curacao-CW/Dutch Antilles – +599 9 5268813 ( app): Kaya Piedra Machu 37 atenholt002@gmail.com or

On-line banking:

Maduro & Curiel’s Bank, Plasa Jojo Correa 2-4 Willemstad, Curaçao. Swiftcode: MCBKCWCU account: 332208810 Asyla ten Holt– Kaya Piedra Machu 37, Tera Korra, Curacao

Also see post: 2021 Creativity Kids Program on https://funart88.art/ for Fund campaign

https://www.buzzsprout.com/737531/episodes/9228200-art-culture-in-residence-in-uplift-countryside-curacao