Vicki Norman, “Afternoon Glow,” 2017, oil, (Best in Show)

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.

All participating artists from Plein Air Bermuda 2017
The setting for Plein Air Bermuda is about as good as it gets!
Artist Eli Cedrone at work during Plein Air Bermuda 2017

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 Cheryl Hasting (Winner, Best Acrylic)
Artist Eli Cedrone (Winner, Best Oil), with sponsors and judges
Steve Conway’s “Reeve Court” (Winner, Quick Draw)
Artist Poppy Balser (Winner, Best Watercolor), with sponsors and judges

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.

Wendy Jones’ “On the Slip” (Winner, Best Pastel)
Ed Flax and Deidra Silva, Soilver Brush Limited, Official Sponsor of Brushes
The beautiful works in the gallery

Honorable mentions included Eisa Luis Grill, Charles Knights, Chris Marson, Vivienne Gardener, and Joshua Adam.

To learn more, visit Plein Air Bermuda.

This article was featured in PleinAir Today, a weekly e-newsletter from PleinAir magazine. To start receiving PleinAir Today for free, click here.

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Andrew Webster
Andrew, who worked for Streamline Publishing as an editor and more, graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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