2017 BERMUDA PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
AND WE’RE OFF !
What an amazing show last evening, as some 300 plus pieces of art hung on the walls of BSoA – all for sale !
An incredible turn out ! Thank you again to the volunteers that hung, organised and worked this event to make it all happen. And a big thank you to every artist that worked so hard all week to be in this show. A lot of fun, but also many toils and hurdles to get over .. we know.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS !!!!
At the end of it all, the bus returned to Coco Reef for the last time, where a week long of laughs and memories were shared.
Most of our visiting artists (and new friends) are leaving the Island today, so hugs and well wishes were given as the night ended.
We’ll miss everyone ! Come back and see us….
but most of all KEEP ON PAINTING !
The Last Supper
The Plein Air Festival ended a long fun week of painting and came together on the hills of Vivienne Gardner’s beautiful home. The setting was magical, the view spectacular and the food and wine perfect. (except for maybe running out of red… and Grahame Rendell’s threats to run down the hill and bring back a case)
Laughs were had, friendships made firm, and then we all ran down the hill to try and frame our paintings for the BIG EVENT today !
DAY 4 OF PAINTING
What would a hard day painting be without a good cup of tea at the end of it all !
A HUGE THANK YOU to Marlene Jantzen for organising and a BIG THANK YOU to everyone that jumped in to give us a hand to make this such a successful event ! All goodies and tea accessories kindly donated by our Artists !
THE PLEIN AIR PAINTERS ROCK !!!
DAY 2 OF PAINTING
DAY 1 – LOCATION: CORAL BEACH CLUB
Coral Beach Club was built in three stages. The earliest part was comprised of summer cottages. In the days before air conditioning, many Bermudians would seek out places on the shore to spend their summers. AB Smith and his brother Philip Blackburn Smith bought the Coral Beach property in 1905 from the British War Department which no longer required it for defence. ‘AB’ built his cottage, Wheel House, near the top of today’s tennis courts and ‘PB’ and their mother constructed Crow’s Nest, high up and the west of Wheel House. Interestingly, both houses were moved from HM Dockyard and located to catch the sea breezes.
Bermuda’s Plein Air Festival got off to a great start yesterday morning with a water colour workshop featuring skies and water by Poppy Balser.
Poppy Balser won “Best Watercolour” award from our last Plein Air Festival.
The group was looking for some dramatic skies, and we certainly couldn’t have asked for a better day ! Dark Skies, with slashes of sunlit, glowing seas. It was perfect.
Poppy Balser. Thank you for an amazing morning !
The festival began with registration night at Coco Reef last night. Such a great team and guests. See those in the bright pink shirts ? They are the volunteers that have and will keep this festival running smoothly.
BLESS THE VOLUNTEERS !!! And a big thank you goes to Judith Davidson for beating the volunteers into shape !
Yay Judi !!
AND WE’RE OFF !
11TH – 18TH NOVEMBER, 2017
One week in Bermuda will inspire you for a lifetime! Presented by the Plein Air Painters of Bermuda, the BERMUDA PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL pays homage to the spirit and innovation of the great French Impressionists whose paintings were based on the belief that “you should trust your eyes” to capture the beauty that surrounds you. As with the old masters, contemporary plein air artists paint from life in the out-of-doors (en plein air), capturing moments in time that reflect the ever-changing colors, light and shadows, temperature and shifting elements. The art form requires that artists have stamina, focus, and the ability to be completely absorbed in the work regardless of what Mother Nature is throwing at them. There is no setting more perfect than BERMUDA – it is truly an artist’s paradise!