News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – 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.
“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.”
ARTWORK DETAILS: Nasaria Chollette (Cayman), Oshun Rising 1, 2022, 20x24in., acrylic and collage on wood panel. Original and limited print run available
– Lisa Howie, Black Pony Gallery
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.” – 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.”
Originally opened in 1923, Cambridge Beaches in Bermuda is a storied property that has been completely reimagined. Set on a 23-acre peninsula surrounded by ocean and bay waters, the hotel is the first of its kind on the island made up of unique, freestanding cottages positioned along the coast for maximum privacy and unparalleled ocean access. Led by Phil Hospod of hospitality group Dovetail + Co, with interior design by Kellyann Hee (formerly of Soho House), and creative work by Paris-based Saint-Lazare, the property features a new refined perspective, immersive dining experiences, and expanded amenities. Working with existing architectural details dating back to the 17th century, the restyled cottages are whimsical and tropical, featuring a mix of Portuguese, Spanish and British aesthetics. All 86 guest rooms are set in cottages with expansive outdoor patios and panoramic water views. This new chapter for the property – in its 2023 centennial – also offers new dining experiences, each accessible by land and sea including Breezes, an alfresco restaurant serving elevated island cuisine; Pastel, a casual poolside restaurant; and Sunken Harbor Club, an immersive cocktail bar by the award-winning mixologist and restaurateur, St. John Frizell of Sunken Harbor Club in Brooklyn.
BLACK PONY GALLERY
Led by cultural entrepreneur Lisa Howie, Black Pony Gallery is an art platform that presents a perspective on contemporary art makers from the Caribbean and mid-Atlantic Islands. Black Pony Gallery intends to gain awareness of and appreciation for these artistic talents by featuring emerging to established artists who reside in the Azores, Bermuda, Cuba, The Bahamas, Cayman, and Turks & Caicos. To further her vision, Lisa has also created the Atlantic World Art Fair, the only annual online art market dedicated to contemporary visual art makers in the region.