Hadley artist Lewis Bryden has donated two landscape paintings to the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
Bryden created both paintings, Beginning of the Day and End of the Day, outdoors while floating on the Connecticut River on his pontoon boat studio. The paintings depict the same location at dawn and at dusk.
Trained as an architect, Bryden began painting 20 years ago. Today he is best known for his signature landscapes of the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts and his depictions of nature’s beauty in its most serene and comfortable moments. His paintings are shown along with work by some of the country's other noted landscape painters (Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, George Inness) in the books Paintings of New England and The Artist and the American Landscape.
Bryden has had numerous one-artist and group exhibitions throughout the country and Mexico. He is represented by the R. Michelson Gallery in Northampton, the Casa Frela Gallery in New York City, the Vail International Gallery in Colorado, and the Metropolitan Gallery in Arlington, Virginia. He has studios in New York City and Hadley, Massachusetts.
The D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts has a number of works by Pioneer Valley artists in its collection. Heather Haskell, director of the Springfield Art Museums, said, “We are very grateful to the artist for donating these two extraordinary paintings and giving us the opportunity to share these beautiful views of the Connecticut River with our visitors.” The two new paintings are on view in the vestibule of the museum.