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Follow the Sun
The reputation of Bermuda as an artistic destination grew during the first decades of the 20th century, especially on the Eastern seacoast of the United States.
The tradition of painting the landscape and the ocean served as a natural inspiration for the many artists who followed. The romance of sea travel- invigorating salt air, the limitless horizon and its inherent perils (not to mention seasickness) only enhanced the exotic tropic shores and genial population which greeted the traveler. When they finally disembarked, the artist was free to explore the island and revel in the pristine light and flower-strewn vistas.
Groups of artists in North America, many of whom had recently returned from studying in Europe, were influenced by the Barbizon School and the impressionism style of outdoor painting. Artistic colonies were thus established in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Old Lyme Connecticut, as well as Boston and the Tri-State region of N.Y., N.J. and Pennsylvania to name a few.
The clarion call of the tourist brochures and posters “60 hours from Frost to Flowers” was heard and responded to.
The exhibit is open to the public on January 31st, all are welcome.
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