Miss Lassie

Conserved and restored by CNCF for future generation. We are currently seeking sponsorship for this initiative.

Email: cncf@artscayman.org to support Mind’s Eye

MIND’S EYE – THE VISIONARY WORLD OF GLADWYN K. BUSH, “MISS LASSIE”

Mind’s Eye

ABOUT MISS LASSIE

A 4th generation Caymanian, Gladwyn K, “Lassie” Bush began painting at the age of 62, after what she describes as a visionary experience. Strong Christian themes run through her work, which she painted not only on canvas, but also on the walls, windows a and furnishings of her home. Mrs. Bush was awarded a national honour, Member of the British Empire (MBE)in 1997 and received the award during the Queen’s Birthday celebrations in Grand Cayman on June 15,1998. She was also a recipient of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s Heritage Award. Her work is documented in the 156-age art book, My Markings -the Art of Gladwyn K. Bush, published by the Cultural Foundation. Examples of her work formed part of the travelling exhibition of contemporary Caribbean Art, ‘Carib Art’, and she is one of the artists profiled in books on intuitive art worldwide: Raw Creation (Phaidon Press), Caribbean Art (Themes and Hudson) and Fantasy Worlds (Benedikt Taschen Verlag). Her work is in private collections in England, the United States, Jamaica, South Africa, Germany and the Cayman Islands, and in the collection of the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Miss Lassie passed away on Monday, November 24, 2003 at the age of 89.

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VISITING MIND’S EYE

CNCF now offers guided tours at Mind’s Eye – The Visionary World of Miss Lassie. Guided tours will be scheduled from 10 to 11am on the second and fourth Saturday of each month and will be by appointment only. Admission US$10 per adult and US$5 for seniors and children under 12. Please note that tours will accommodate groups of up to eight (8) persons. Visitors are able to view the inside of the wattle and daub house, where the walls and ceilings are covered in Miss Lassie’s paintings and the house will be set up to replicate what it would have looked like when Miss Lassie and her family lived there.

Mind’s Eye is located at #4 South Sound Road, at the intersection of Walkers Road and South Sound Road. To book a guided tour please contact CNCF at cncf@artscayman.org or call (345) 949-5477.

STUDENT TOURS

The Heritage Site is now open for student tours throughout the school year.

The programme, designed to cater to students from ages four to 16-plus, allows students and their teachers to access the site during school hours and participate in life-enriching cultural activities. Participants learn valuable lessons about traditional Caymanian architecture, Caymanian shipbuilding in the community, and pivotal moments in Cayman Islands’ history, such as the ’32 hurricane.

In addition, the daily life in a Caymanian household, traditional life in the South Sound community, and the activities of a seafaring family are brought alive for today’s youth as they walk through Miss Lassie’s house and yard. Above all, Miss Lassie’s paintings, and art as a medium for self-expression and national identity, are evident in her paintings, which visitors see up close and personal on her walls, windows and doors, and that are presented in Miss Laddie’s own accounts as recorded on video.

Tours are led by CNCF’s lead docent, Virginia Foster, a returned educator, assisted by one of our Cultural Interns, along with volunteers who help with appropriate art activities and videos. They all enjoy the opportunity to share Miss Lassie’s home with the students, to celebrate Caymanian heritage and to inspire future generations with the creative talents of Cayman’s own unique visionary intuitive artist.

“Prior to the recognition of Miss Lassie, all of the critically acclaimed intuitive painters in the English-speaking Caribbean were men. In her, we have discovered an uncommon artist, a female intuitive painter of a calibre equivalent to America’s Ma Moses, Mattie Lou Kelly and Sister Gertrude Morgan,” wrote Karl Jerry Craig, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Education at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica in the book Introduction to My Markings: The Art of Gladwyn K. Bush, Caymanian Visionary Intuitive, 1994.

This cultural education programme is made possible by the generous corporate sponsorship of APPLEBY. Class teachers receive printed materials to help them continue the learning experience in the classroom.

Schools who have not already done so are encouraged to book their tour dates early for the academic school year. Contact CNCF at 949-5477 or send an email to cncf@artcayman.org

  • Interview with Henry Muttoo, CNCF Artistic Director
  • Interview with artist Sue Howe
  • Painting Conservation Update by Gregory Howarth

MIND’S EYE – THE VISIONARY WORLD OF GLADWYN K. BUSH, “MISS LASSIE”

Mind’s Eye

ABOUT MISS LASSIE

A 4th generation Caymanian, Gladwyn K, “Lassie” Bush began painting at the age of 62, after what she describes as a visionary experience. Strong Christian themes run through her work, which she painted not only on canvas, but also on the walls, windows a and furnishings of her home. Mrs. Bush was awarded a national honour, Member of the British Empire (MBE)in 1997 and received the award during the Queen’s Birthday celebrations in Grand Cayman on June 15,1998. She was also a recipient of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s Heritage Award. Her work is documented in the 156-age art book, My Markings -the Art of Gladwyn K. Bush, published by the Cultural Foundation. Examples of her work formed part of the travelling exhibition of contemporary Caribbean Art, ‘Carib Art’, and she is one of the artists profiled in books on intuitive art worldwide: Raw Creation (Phaidon Press), Caribbean Art (Themes and Hudson) and Fantasy Worlds (Benedikt Taschen Verlag). Her work is in private collections in England, the United States, Jamaica, South Africa, Germany and the Cayman Islands, and in the collection of the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Miss Lassie passed away on Monday, November 24, 2003 at the age of 89.

Dummy
VISITING MIND’S EYE

CNCF now offers guided tours at Mind’s Eye – The Visionary World of Miss Lassie. Guided tours will be scheduled from 10 to 11am on the second and fourth Saturday of each month and will be by appointment only. Admission US$10 per adult and US$5 for seniors and children under 12. Please note that tours will accommodate groups of up to eight (8) persons. Visitors are able to view the inside of the wattle and daub house, where the walls and ceilings are covered in Miss Lassie’s paintings and the house will be set up to replicate what it would have looked like when Miss Lassie and her family lived there.

Mind’s Eye is located at #4 South Sound Road, at the intersection of Walkers Road and South Sound Road. To book a guided tour please contact CNCF at cncf@artscayman.org or call (345) 949-5477.

STUDENT TOURS

The Heritage Site is now open for student tours throughout the school year.

The programme, designed to cater to students from ages four to 16-plus, allows students and their teachers to access the site during school hours and participate in life-enriching cultural activities. Participants learn valuable lessons about traditional Caymanian architecture, Caymanian shipbuilding in the community, and pivotal moments in Cayman Islands’ history, such as the ’32 hurricane.

In addition, the daily life in a Caymanian household, traditional life in the South Sound community, and the activities of a seafaring family are brought alive for today’s youth as they walk through Miss Lassie’s house and yard. Above all, Miss Lassie’s paintings, and art as a medium for self-expression and national identity, are evident in her paintings, which visitors see up close and personal on her walls, windows and doors, and that are presented in Miss Laddie’s own accounts as recorded on video.

Tours are led by CNCF’s lead docent, Virginia Foster, a returned educator, assisted by one of our Cultural Interns, along with volunteers who help with appropriate art activities and videos. They all enjoy the opportunity to share Miss Lassie’s home with the students, to celebrate Caymanian heritage and to inspire future generations with the creative talents of Cayman’s own unique visionary intuitive artist.

“Prior to the recognition of Miss Lassie, all of the critically acclaimed intuitive painters in the English-speaking Caribbean were men. In her, we have discovered an uncommon artist, a female intuitive painter of a calibre equivalent to America’s Ma Moses, Mattie Lou Kelly and Sister Gertrude Morgan,” wrote Karl Jerry Craig, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Education at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica in the book Introduction to My Markings: The Art of Gladwyn K. Bush, Caymanian Visionary Intuitive, 1994.

This cultural education programme is made possible by the generous corporate sponsorship of APPLEBY. Class teachers receive printed materials to help them continue the learning experience in the classroom.

Schools who have not already done so are encouraged to book their tour dates early for the academic school year. Contact CNCF at 949-5477 or send an email to cncf@artcayman.org

  • Interview with Henry Muttoo, CNCF Artistic Director
  • Interview with artist Sue Howe
  • Painting Conservation Update by Gregory Howarth

Conserved and restored by CNCF for future generation. We are currently seeking sponsorship for this initiative.

Email: cncf@artscayman.org to support Mind’s Eye