It was last month that Bermuda hosted the International Women’s Forum Executive Committee and a decision was made to hold an official reception for them at Camden. I felt that the occasion of the IWF visit and the use of my official residence formed the perfect backdrop to showcase our retail sector. The occasion would not have been the success it was without Masterworks stepping forward and offering their coffee room and adjacent art room which were transformed into miniature boutiques offering designer fashion, exquisite jewellery and fine art. It was an evening to remember and I confess it was a memorable occasion.
This relationship between private and public entities and the meeting of the minds of many local retail partners in providing sheer magic to our corporate and leisure visitors is the very essence of who we are as Bermudians and is a vivid depiction of the love affair Masterworks has with Bermuda, Bermudian art and its local artists.
Since the opening of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, the island’s first ever purpose built facility in 2008, the Bermudian public have experienced Bermuda as seen through the eyes of artists like Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Jack Bush and Albert Gleizes. Through their relationships in Bermuda and abroad, the museum’s founder, Mr. Tom Butterfield, MBE, the Board of Directors and the Management team and volunteers have been able to create a culture of support that speaks to the Museum’s relevance and popularity.
Encouraging our young people to sharpen their talents by embracing their craft through their expressions on canvas has blossomed and provided works that thrill their parents and classmates and inspire admirers one painting, one school, one exhibit at a time. Our students’ interest and efforts have been stimulated by many artists before them who give special shows and workshop opportunities to students of all ages and our art and culture communities have never been the same.
On behalf of the Government and the people of Bermuda, I congratulate Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art on their 25th Anniversary and commend Mr. Tom Butterfield, MBE, the Board of Directors and the corporate team on being the toast of our art community.
You are truly a national treasure and we wish you well.
Hon. Paula Ann Cox, JP, MP
Premier and Minister of Finance