“because of the storm threat, the Island seemed oddly quiet. It turned into a beautiful weekend for a Dockyard visit with stops at three of my favorite places”
Before we left Boston for a long weekend in Bermuda, my daughter said “Are you sure you want to go to Bermuda when a hurricane is heading that way?” We went and had a delightful weekend with perfect weather as the hurricane stayed on a westward course rather than turning north? Reminder to myself: never give up a Bermuda trip because of a weather report which can well turn out to be wrong.
With no cruise ships in because of the storm threat, the Island seemed oddly quiet .
It turned into a beautiful weekend for a Dockyard visit with stops at three of my favorite places: the Jon Faulkner Gallery, Dockyard Glassworks and the Bermuda Arts Centre.
The Jon Faulkner Gallery has now expanded its working studio and retail ceramic gallery to offer an ever widening range of. products. In addition to Jon’s own work, ceramics created by Helle Pukk, Aubrey Hardy and Suzie Lowe are also shown. In Bermuda since 1993, Jon fires on site in his salt glaze kiln. Each piece of tableware is not only functional, but also a handsome work of art.
Inside Dockyard Glassworks, Studio 8 Glass is now offering workshops in glass fusion and jewelry making. A two-hour lesson, which must be pre-arranged, is said to provide enough time to make a sun catcher, mini scene or four to five pieces of jewelry. See the website www.studio8.glass. When you go to Dockyard Glassworks, be sure to stop by the Horton Cake display in the same building for a sampling of the many different flavors of the rum cakes they offer.
The annual Plein Air exhibit was taking place at the Bermuda Arts Centre – a beautiful display of recent works by local artists who meet every other week to paint together at outdoor locations. What makes the Bermuda Arts Centre so unique is that in addition to the art gallery, with frequently changing exhibitions ,the building contains the studios of four working artists.
Had a nice chat with artist Chris Grimes, who had an amazing 36” x 36” painting of the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar on the easel in his studio. Chris is an award-winning, meticulous Historical and Portrait painter and also an active Plein Air painter.
In addition to Chris, other artists who have studios at the Arts Centre are Chesley Trott, sculptor who creates using Bermuda cedar; Christopher Marson, watercolor painter and Nahid Eid, mixed media artist. All work at the Arts Centre , both in the working studios and gallery, is produced by local artists.
Lunch at my favorite Dockyard restaurant, The Dockyard Pastry Shop, brought my morning to an end and I thoroughly enjoyed the 20-minute ferry trip back to Hamilton.