By Andrew Webster
Beautiful Bermuda once again played host to Plein Air Bermuda, a vibrant plein air competition and show that continues to rise the ranks as a must-attend for painters. Who basked in the sun and glory?
Although it’s nearly impossible to find a reason not to go to Bermuda, the annual Plein Air Bermuda festival is certainly another feather in the cap of the paradise island. The 2017 edition of the festival recently wrapped up with some fantastic results courtesy the 67 talented participating artists.
Each year, the competition is organized by the Plein Air Painters of Bermuda, which comes under the umbrella of the Bermuda Arts Center at Dockyard, a working gallery with four studio artists located at the far western end of the island. In 2017, the festival took place between November 11 and 20 and featured a Welcome Party at Coco Reef Hotel, Paint Outs around the island, a Quick Paint/Draw, Dinner Banquet, and Awards Ceremony.
Artist Vicki Norman was the Best Painting in Show winner this year for her beautiful work titled “Afternoon Glow”, which earned the artist a $2,500 vale by Armadilio Art and Craft and $2,500 in cash. Eli Cedrone’s “Coral Beach” earned Best Oil honors; Poppy Balser’s “Night Life of Scooters” was deemed the Best Watercolor; “Stationery” by Cheryle Hastings took Best Acrylic; and Wendy Jones’ “On the Slip” was the Best Pastel. During the Quick Draw, artist Steve Conway’s “Reeve Court” took First Place.
Honorable mentions included Eisa Luis Grill, Charles Knights, Chris Marson, Vivienne Gardener, and Joshua Adam.
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