Magic of Christmas2016

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December is particularly delight-filled at the Museum. The Magic of Christmas from December 1, 2016 - January 8, 2017.

Visitors can enjoy Miss Florence’s Artist Trees, designer Fantasy Trees, and the Florence Griswold House decorated for a 1910 Christmas. Christmastime Teas, special events for families, hands-on crafts for children and adults, and wonderful items in The Shop are sure to bring holiday cheer!


The holiday season is always something to celebrate at the Museum! Visitors of all ages can enjoy the Magic of Christmas from December 1, 2016 – January 8, 2017. For over a decade, visitors from across the region have admired the painted palettes on Miss Florence’s Artist Tree. Nearly 200 noted artists from across the country have donated works to this one-of-a-kind holiday icon. The idea of contemporary artists painting palettes is a nod to the Museum’s history as the center for the Lyme Art Colony, and alludes to the door and wall panels the artists painted throughout Miss Florence’s boardinghouse over a century ago.

The palette artists’ styles and subject matter are as varied as the individuals. Oils, acrylics, watercolors, ceramics, glass, and collage are used to transform the palettes into traditional holiday scenes, delightful landscapes, and more than a few surprises!

Christmas was also Miss Florence’s birthday!

She was 60 years old in 1910.

In the historic rooms of the Florence Griswold House, visitors can see how families celebrated Christmas in 1910, as historically accurate decorations reveal homespun creativity and the use of surprising materials. The 1910 time period was an important era for the Griswold House, as it was the heyday of its use as boardinghouse for the artists of the Lyme Art Colony.

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