The Cayman National Cultural Foundation has announced it is leading an effort to purchase and conserve the house of Caymanian intuitive visionary painter Gladwyn K. Bush.
Affectionately known as Miss Lassie, her house has stood empty on South Church Street, South Sound, since she died in 2003.
The CNCF is in negotiations with various parties and hope to secure the house for future generations to enjoy, with the assistance of other major cultural organisations.
‘Miss Lassie’s house is an important cultural monument,’ CNCF’s Artistic Director Mr. Muttoo said. ‘To the arts in Cayman the house is on the same cultural merit as Pedro St. James.
‘It is an iconic structure, it’s very old and represents the Bush family, one of the major families in South Sound. The house itself is a work of art,’ he said.
Currently, the house is owned by Miss Julie Brown who has verbally given the CNCF first option to purchase.
Miss Lassie’s vibrant paintings are mostly representations of biblical scenes and ideals as envisioned in her dreams. She passed away at age 89. Her last exhibition was the Gladwyn K. Bush retrospective at the Harquail Theatre in September 2003.
The CNCF owns approximately 122 pieces of the late artist’s work and has worked tireless to preserve her paintings.
‘There is no question in our minds that this house should be preserved,’ Mr. Muttoo said.