The cliché beauty is in the eye of the beholder is never more true than when viewing art. A collorary to that could be art helps the beholder remember the beauty. That is why art galleries located in many scenic destinations are full of works for visitors to purchase in order to remember their trip.
LDB and I kick ourselves for not purchasing a work by Guy Buffet in Maui on our honeymoon. Young and newly employed, that was not meant to be. After bJl told me about her favorite Bermudian artist, Alfred Birdsey, whom
she and her husband had found on their honeymoon, serendipity ensured that I visit
his studio now run by his daughter during our recent visit to Bermuda.
On the first morning at my sister-in-law’s home we sat around the kitchen table talking about how to spend the day. A parallel conversation was underway in which mLb was telling us about eMoo.bm (the local equivalent of Craigslist.org). At the precise point I found Birdsey’s name on my phone, mLb said using eMoo was how she found her Birdseys while pointing to them on the wall. Needless to say I was beyond excited! I had been admiring them and promptly photographed the pair (pardon the reflection in the glass).
Alfred Birdsey (1912-1996) painted impressionistic watercolors of Hamiton, St. George’s, sailboats, water views and other memorable scenes from Bermuda. He was a prolific painter and taught his daughter Jo his craft so that she could help him finish his paintings to keep up with demand.
Birdsey’s self-portrait hangs in the gallery
Jo Birdsey Linberg
still paints in the studio her father built in the 1960’s. In addition to painting Bermudian scenes,
she likes to paint animals
to express her creativity.
Discovering Birdsey Paintings
Just like when you meet someone new for the first time and then you keep bumping into them afterward, I keep running into Alfred Birdsey paintings. Turns out I’ve been looking at four Birdseys for years not knowing their provenance. My other sister-in-law fMb had received these as a wedding gift from a beloved aunt.
And last week, while in Frame of Mind, I discovered a Birdsey
waiting to be framed.
Previously-owned Birdseys are available on Ebay or, if you have an eagle eye, in thrift stores. That’s where bJl found this Birdsey owl.
Thank you bJl and mLb for my serendipitous encounter with Alfred Birdsey’s works; I look forward to hunting for more Birdseys. Have you found a favorite artist while touring?
August 11, 2014