25 Artists To Visit For Bermuda Plein Air Festival

November 12, 2015

Twenty-five visiting artists will join the local art community for Bermuda’s first-ever Plein Air Festival, and the public will see artists across the island beginning Sunday as they paint Bermuda’s landscapes in both private and public locations during the weeklong festival.

Plein Air Festival organisers were successful applicants in the Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA] Experiences Investment process.

“The Bermuda Plein Air Festival aligns perfectly with our strategy to position the November to March period as the peak season for arts, culture and sports,” said Pat Phillip-Fairn, the BTA’s chief product and experiences development officer.

“We are very excited to welcome these artists who fit the profile of our target visitor, especially at this time of year.  We hope the art they create next week will inspire those who see it to visit Bermuda in the future.”

Plein Air_on the beach Bermuda November 2015

In addition to painting, the artists will visit the Bermuda National Gallery and Masterworks where they will learn about the rich history of the world famous artists who have made Bermuda their winter playground.

Following the arrivals of 25 visiting painters and their guests on Saturday, the festival will run November 15th to 21st.

A highlight of the festival is the “Quick Art Competition” on Thursday when artists will be painting throughout the City of Hamilton between the hours of 9:30 am and 1:30 pm.

In addition to the above competition, artists will be submitting their best painting of the week to compete for the Festival’s Best in Show prize, and three Best in Category prizes for oils, watercolour/gouache or pastels/acrylic.  Three international judges will judge the completed works.

Plein Air Bermuda Festival Art Exhibition November 2015

These entries, together with an additional four paintings per artist, will be exhibited at the Bermuda Society of Arts Gallery in City Hall on Saturday, November 21st.

This one day Festival Exhibition will be open to the public from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Cash and product prizes worth $15,000 will be awarded at 5:00 pm. All artwork will be available for purchase.

The sales commissions from art sales will be shared among the Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard, Masterworks, The Bermuda National Gallery, and the Bermuda Society of Arts.

The full artist schedule can be found on the Bermuda Plein Air Festival website or on its Facebook page.

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  1. Onion juice says:

    Well I guess if we cant get tourist to come here, plan B.
    Hold it I think we’re on plan E.

    • Spectator says:

      Thanks for offering such a warm, Bermudian welcome to our visitors.

    • Cup Of Tea Anyone? says:

      the most binfordest binford of all binfords in binfordom.

      what a blank


    • Ann says:

      Because im sure you’ve come up with some real winning ideas to attract tourists?

  2. Legalgal says:

    A good initiative but very low (visiting) numbers and a shame they closed signup so soon. A few tried to sign up just after the date and were turned away. Why?

    • Because there was a deadline..and it has to be followed because meals, transport to locations, payments, name badges, hotel contracts, home owners and properties and a display area need to be confirmed, agreed and arranged.with real numbers. Graphics, promotions tone done, art supplies and prizes to be found and confirmed, numbers are need to ship in additional art supplies and frames etc by vendors so they have enough time to get them here.. pre orders and confirmations and payments received.. This is a first time event.. 58 local and international artists is wonderful.. each of the international guest has a friend or family member with them….IF each artist submits 6 paintings..that is 348 paintings to display…! The hope is.. by these small seeds ..this event will take its place, as it should, on the international circuit as a “must go” event for plein air painters. We will become part of a world wide movement. Every painter takes memory back with them of our stunning island.. they will be back.. and with friends….

  3. Curious says:

    I wish them success as Bermuda has been inspiring artists for generations and this has all the elements of building significant, meaningful relationships with locals and visitors – the essence of tourism. Start small and nurture your success to grow much larger.