Eli Cedrone, “Ely’s Harbour, Bermuda,” oil on panel, 16 x 8 in.
Eli Cedrone, “Ely’s Harbour, Bermuda,” oil on panel, 16 x 8 in.

Congratulations to Boston-based artist Eli Cedrone, whose painting recently won Best in Oils at the 2019 Bermuda Plein Air Festival. The award was given by Michael Harding of Michael Harding Oil Paints.

“I’ve always been influenced by the power of images to express ideas and emotions. Ultimately my concerns are with the expressive qualities of light captured with paint.”

Artist Eli Cedrone with judge Michael Harding
Artist Eli Cedrone with judge Michael Harding

The Bermuda Plein Air Festival is held by Bermuda Society of the Arts (BSoA). BSoA is the oldest arts society in the island, formed in 1952 and located in City Hall Gallery, Hamilton, Bermuda.

Sixty local and international artists participated in a week of intense painting at locations island-wide. The festival concluded with an exhibition on November 2, 2019, at BSoA, City Hall Gallery in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Historically Bermuda has been a popular plein air destination; Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, and Georgia O’Keeffe all found inspiration here. The festival is organized by the Plein Air Painters of Bermuda and supported by a number of organizations such as the Bermuda Arts Center at Dockyard and the Bermuda Department of Tourism.

Born in 1956 in Boston, MA, award-winning artist Eli Cedrone has spent her lifetime painting and teaching. Cedrone’s landmark works are widely considered to be her figures and interior scenes, but over the past several years she has been painting landscapes in Bermuda. They represent her artistic vision in terms of light and space.

A graduate of the School of Art and Design (Suffolk University), she also studied in Florence, Italy; at the Museum of Fine Arts School; and the Academy of Realist Art, Boston. She is the recipient of several residencies and fellowships and has participated in juried invitational events and teaches workshops in the U.S., Bermuda, and Europe. Cedrone is represented by Cecil Byrne Gallery, Charleston, SC, and Gallery Antonia on Cape Cod.

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