Artist and sculptor Lewis Bryden is a great and long-standing friend to View. Since the early years he has supported and enabled View to deliver its Mission. In 2012 he created and gifted a bronze sculpture titled “Nature as Muse” to commemorate the lives of his wife Betsy’s parents- Elizabeth Elliot and Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. who were long time summer residents of Old Forge as well as avid art collectors. This graceful bronze young girl reaching up to a bird is permanently installed in the Mallinckrodt Garden across from the entrance at View.
In 2018 Lewis Bryden offered View an exhibit of a suite of works devoted to a unifying theme of nostalgic summer idylls on America’s “playgrounds by the sea” that he had created over a period of forty years spanning much of his career as an artist. View’s Visual Arts Committee reviewed his proposal and was quick to see the power of the art and the generosity of the artist. “Boardwalk Idyll” is comprised of seventeen paintings from the larger series.
Bryden grew up in South Florida’s landscape of ocean, beach and sun. When he moved to New York City, he gravitated to the familiar seascapes and beach scenes he discovered in Coney Island and other New York City and New Jersey beaches. Youthful friendships and flirtations; Ferris wheels, funhouses and roller coasters; bars, food stands and restaurants with their patrons and workers; along with the endless parade strolling the Boardwalks of yesteryear became his subject. In his words: “My own particular inspiration was a fascination with people in public places who are acting out their private dramas. It was not exhibitionism I was after, but an unfeigned, typically American pursuit of pleasure….”
Bryden is first and foremost a painter. The nearly life size scale of these paintings underscores their narrative realism and vitality. Impasto paint, color and light are carefully executed by the artist to further animate the human stories he chronicles. The artist combines his powers of observation and proficiency at portraiture along with his talent for landscapes and waterscapes in this tour de force exhibition.
"The Board of Trustees, and the View Team are honored to bring the art and vision of Lewis Bryden to the Adirondack region, to our members, visitors and community. Come and celebrate summer with us, and the enduring joys of summer memories, family and friends in this exciting and joyful exhibition. "