Black Pony Gallery To Open At Hotel

April 10, 2023

Black Pony Gallery will debut a new art collection at the Cambridge Beaches hotel.

A spokesperson said, “Black Pony Gallery will debut a new art collection at the storied hotel, Cambridge Beaches, in celebration of the property’s centennial anniversary. Opening to the public on April 22nd, Bermudian residents and hotel guests alike can enjoy contemporary artwork by local and Atlantic World artists in the hotel’s reimagined reception with items also available to purchase.

“In partnership with Cambridge Beaches’ owners, Dovetail + Co., Black Pony Gallery has been a collaborator in the curation of the existing artwork in each of the hotel’s guest rooms. Black Pony Gallery exclusively presents artwork of emerging and established artists of the Caribbean mid-Atlantic region and in honour of Cambridge Beaches’ anniversary and centennial programming, the gallery’s first exhibition will feature original paintings and limited-edition prints by five Bermudian artists including Meredith Andrews, James Cooper, Graham Foster, Teresa Kirby Smith, and Charles Zuill, as well as work from Cayman artist, Nasaria Chollette, and Cuban artist, Osmeivy Ortega.”

Nasaria Chollette Oshun Rising acrylic and collage on wood panel

“I am honoured to work with a hotel partner who appreciates the visual art talent on island and who respects my mission to present artwork from the mid-Atlantic region. Together, we are inching along the narrative on how this region produces fine art and, we hope, shifting perspective that our island cultures are much more than beaches. This is as much about engagement with guests and residents, as it is a conversation on investment. This region is on the edge of expansion within the context of the global art market and for all savvy investors, this is the time to buy. Beyond that, this is also time to lean in and support our creatives while beautifying our spaces and enriching our lives,” said Lisa Howie, Black Pony Gallery

The spokesperson said, “Recently reimagined, guests and locals alike to Cambridge Beaches will have the opportunity to discover original artwork as well as experience the new refined perspective of the hotel in its new chapter. Art lovers and collectors can also consider investing in featured artwork. Similar to Black Pony Gallery’s operation as an online entity, interested buyers will work directly with gallery owner, Lisa Howie, for purchasing.”

“We’re excited to be continuing our partnership with Black Pony Gallery to provide a dedicated space celebrating local art, culture and creative talent of Bermuda and the surrounding region at Cambridge Beaches,” said Phil Hospod, CEO and Founder of Dovetail + Co.

“At Dovetail + Co., partnering with local organizations in destinations we operate to offer enriching and memorable experiences is at the core of our hospitality mission. The opportunity for a Black Pony Gallery exhibit for the centennial season was the perfect alignment and we’re looking forward to having visitors to the hotel to see the artwork on display.

Black Pony Gallery at Cambridge Beaches Bermuda April 2023

Artists Featured in Black Pony Gallery Exhibition at Cambridge Beaches | April 2023

Meredith Andrews

“Contemporary portrait, travel and lifestyle photographer Meredith Andrews has shot for editorial, advertising, and private clients all over the world. Based in Bermuda, her work has been featured in dozens of international exhibitions such as the 2009 and 2019 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at National Portrait Gallery in London, UK, Portrait of Humanity 2020, OpenWalls Arles 2020 and several Bermuda National Gallery Biennial exhibitions. Andrews’ clients include: Conde Nast Traveler, The New York Times, Lonely Planet, New York Magazine, Travel & Leisure, AirBnB, Getty Images, JMcLaughlin, HERE magazine, Der Spiegel, Nylon Magazine, The Coveteur, Levis, BET, Delta Airlines, Easyjet, SAS, Amnesty International, The Financial Times, Bermuda Tourism Authority and Fortune magazine.

James Cooper

“A photographer for over 25 years, James Cooper was discovered by New York artist and curator Tim Barber in 2008. Subsequently, he has worked on many local and international projects and publications including Juxtapoz, Dear Dave magazine, ARC magazine, See Me Here anthology, Pictures from Paradise photography from the Caribbean, and more. In addition to being featured in several Bermuda National Gallery Biennials and having several solo exhibitions in Bermuda, Cooper has exhibited at Alice Yard [Trinidad], National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, National Gallery of Jamaica, the Ghetto Biennial [Haiti], Brighton UK Photo Festival, New York Photo Festival, Toronto Photo Festival and the Fondation Clement. His work is in the permanent collection of Bermuda National Gallery and the private collection of Kenneth Montague [Toronto] and many others worldwide.

Graham Foster

“Graham Foster has been a professional artist since 1995. Educated at the Bermuda College and the Museum School of Fine Arts [Boston], his paintings are often inspired by Bermuda’s natural environment, architecture, and people. He tends to paint in a surreal style, tapping dreams and the subconscious. He is also a talented sculptor, working in welded and forged steel, and these works tend to reference the tribal arts of Africa and the Pacific. Foster’s artwork has been collected widely and can be found in the permanent collections of the Bermuda National Gallery and Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. His tour de force is the 1000 square foot mural that depicts five centuries of Bermuda’s history in the Commissioner’s House at the Bermuda National Museum. Foster has won several awards for his artwork, including the Grand Prize of the 2009 Charman Show at Masterworks.

Teresa Kirby Smith

“Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Panama and Argentina, Teresa Kirby Smith studied at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, and received an MA in Photography and Fine Arts Administration from New York University. She is primarily a night photographer, using a twin-lens reflex camera to shoot rolls of black and white film that she develops in the traditional darkroom. Recently, she started to explore abstract color imagery created during daylight hours using a digital camera, photographing light thrown onto a wall or light that has passed through various props, like glass bricks or containers of dyed water. Kirby Smith’s work has been shown in Bermuda and the United States and has appeared in online exhibitions. In 2013 she won the Grand Prize of the Charman Show at Masterworks and has been a frequent participant in the Bermuda National Gallery Biennial exhibitions.

Osmeivy Ortega

“Born in Havana, Cuba, Osmeivy Ortega graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro [2003] in the specialty of Engraving, The Royal Institute of Art [Kungliga Konsthögskolan] Stockholm, Sweden [2009], and the Higher Institute of Art, ISA [2005]. He has been awarded many international artist residences, including Documenta, Kassel, Germany. He is a member of the Union of Artists and Writers of Cuba and of the Experimental Graphic Workshop of Havana, and Professor in the Engraving Specialty from 2003 to 2015 at the San Alejandro Academy and ISA. He has had solo exhibitions in Cuba, New Zealand and the United States and has participated in more than 100 group shows. His works are in public collections belonging to the Cuban Fund of Cultural Assets; AMBA Collection, Paris; Rockefeller Foundation, New York; and his work can be found in private collections in Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Portugal, Turkey, the United States, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Nasaria Chollette

“Nasaria Chollette grew up in George Town, Grand Cayman without television, where play came purely out of imagination and books. This was where she learned to express emotions through storytelling, playacting and art. She holds a BFA in Theatre from Howard University and a MFA in Theatre Education from New York University. Chollette is a founding member of Native Sons Artists Collective, who seek to develop an authentic Caymanian art aesthetic. Her influences are Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Tessa Mars and Frida Kahlo. She won the McCoy Price for her work “Maiden Plum” in 2006, and the Bendel Hydes Award in the 1st Cayman Islands Biennial with an art installation entitled, “Becoming Again”. She has collectors worldwide, and has exhibited extensively in the Cayman Islands, including her most recent solo exhibition, “All the Coals we Left in the Fire” in 2022. @suckoochollette

Charles Zuill

“Charles Zuill grew up on a dairy farm in Bermuda and this is where his love of nature and science developed. He approaches art as a scientific process of experimentation. He holds a BA in Fine Art from Atlantic Union College, an MFA in painting and printmaking from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Critical Studies from New York University. In addition, he studied drawing and painting at The Byam Shaw School of Art, London, drawing and sculpture at The Heatherley School of Fine Art, London, and conducted research at the Bauhaus Archive. His influences include Paul Klee and Josef Albers. His artwork has been included in each Bermuda National Gallery Biennial since 1994, he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions locally and overseas, and his artwork can be found in the permanent collection of the Bermuda National Gallery, of which he is a founding trustee.

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