An exhibition of selected works by Cayman’s renowned visionary artist Gladwyn K. Bush, better known as Miss Lassie, opens at the Harquail Theatre Wednesday.
The opening is a private preview and fundraiser for the ‘Save Miss Lassie’s House’ campaign. The exhibition opens to the public on Thursday and continues through 25 September.
Those attending the preview will have the opportunity to kick off the campaign to restore the house, located at the junction of South Sound and Walkers Roads. They will be able to bid on art pieces by local artists during an opening night auction at the exhibition. Derek Haines has volunteered his auctioneer talents for the evening. The general public will also be able to make donations to the campaign when they visit the exhibition.
Cayman National Cultural Foundation holds a collection of Miss Lassie’s original art, which is not exhibited on a regular basis. This is an excellent opportunity to see examples of the work that brought Miss Lassie international recognition as a visionary artist. Her work is in private collections in England, the United States, Jamaica, South Africa, Germany and the Cayman Islands.
Miss Lassie started painting at the age of 62, after what she described as a visionary experience. Strong Christian themes run through her work, which she painted not only on canvas, but also on the walls, windows and furnishings of her home. The paintings on her house remain to this day and is one reason why there is an urgency to preserve the house as a national cultural treasure.
The Government of the Cayman Islands purchased the property and it is now up to CNCF to raise funding for the restoration and maintenance of the house.
The exhibition is open from noon until 7pm on weekdays and from noon until 5pm on Saturday. Admission is free. Anyone wishing to make a donation can contact the Cayman National Cultural Foundation at 345-949-5477 or by email at [email protected].
The exhibition and campaign is spearheaded by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation in association with the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, the Cayman Islands National Museum and the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.