During the month of May, South Street Art Gallery in Easton will host a one-woman show entitled “Cuba, Faded Beauty,” featuring the works of Bruce Bingham and her plein air and studio paintings from a trip to historic Cuba. The exhibit will be open from May 1 through 27 with an opening reception on Friday, May 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Bruce Bingham has spent the last decade of her life as an expat, living and traveling to beautiful and exotic places where she has spent time capturing her experiences on canvas. Bruce’s work has been collected in 14 different countries, both privately and corporately. When she returned to the United States, it was a painting trip to Cuba that sparked her creativity and set her on an exciting journey in her life’s pursuit.
“I keep returning to images I took while visiting Cuba,” states Bruce. “There is such a haunting beauty that keeps pulling me back.”
In Cuba, along with 100 other painters, Bruce preferred painting the grungy street scenes of the city over the beautiful vistas, the crumbling patina providing a dilapidated but magnificent inspiration.
Bruce adds, “I believe we live in a world filled with wonder, surrounded by hidden beauty naturally embedded everywhere. Many miss it, some never see it, and others overlook it.”
These studio and plein air paintings done on location will be in the show. With recent changes in Cuba travel policy, South Street Art Gallery owner Alan Brock is very excited to curate this show for his patrons. “We just don’t know if painters will be able to get into Cuba in the future,” says Alan. “These paintings then become historic.”
From childhood, Bruce has loved drawing and painting. She received a BFA from the University of Oklahoma and has been painting in oils and showing professionally ever since. For more information about Bruce, visit www.brucebingham.com. For more information about South Street Art Gallery, visit www.southstreetartgallery.com.