A typically stunning scene in Bermuda

If Bermuda in November sounds good, start making plans now to attend Bermuda Plein Air Festival. Here’s the scoop. 

Registration isn’t due until October 14, but space is limited, so interested artists may want to get things in motion. Aside from Bermuda’s obvious beauty — a place compelling enough to draw Winslow Homer — the island is an excellent place to sell paintings. “It’s a very wealthy community,” says artist Chris Marson, a Bermuda painter who is helping organize the event. “It’s not just the tourists. Much of the high-end art sales are to locals.”

A painter finds a nook with a view in Bermuda.

This is the first year for the event, but Plein Air Painters of Bermuda, the group behind the festival, has already done much preparation and legwork, and the Bermuda Tourism Authority is strongly behind their efforts. Plein Air Painters of Bermuda has been around for a dozen years, and based on what Bermuda Plein Air Festival chairperson Margaret Potts says, they haven’t become desensitized to the beauty of the British overseas territory. “It’s so stunningly beautiful,” says Potts. “So colorful and full of texture, and Bermuda has a rich visual history. You see it in the architecture.”

Adds Marson, “The color of the ocean is stunning. In fairly shallow water, the pinkish white sand — that color because it’s composed of broken down coral — colors the water from underneath and gives it a pink sheen.” 

The event is scheduled for Nov. 14-21. For more information, visit Bermuda Plein Air.


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