Miss Florence's Artist Tree

Museum Trustees Accept Palettes into Collection

One of the most exciting additions to the Museum’s annual holiday celebration has been “Miss Florence’s Artist Tree,” a 12-foot tree decorated with artists’ palettes painted by professional artists from Southeastern Connecticut and beyond. This signature tree began in 2004 with 52 palettes. Each year the Museum invites more artists add to this special project.

The idea for the “Miss Florence’s Artist Tree” came about through discussions between Andersen and Director of Education and Outreach David Rau. It was decided the Museum should have a signature tree, one that related to its core story. Because many of the artists who stayed at Miss Florence’s boarding house over one hundred years ago painted directly on its doors and wall panels, Rau had the idea of inviting artists to once again leave their mark on the Museum. A small wooden palette, a traditional artist tool used to hold and mix paints, seemed like the perfect means of expression and was sent to a selected list of artists. Some of the artists who participated include Sandy Garvin, Brad Guarino, T. Allen Lawson, and Sol Lewitt. Their styles and subject matter are as varied as the individuals. Oils, acrylics, watercolors, ceramics, and collage are used to transform the palettes into traditional holiday scenes, delightful landscapes, and more than a few surprises! “Watching visitors gaze up into the tree with the look of wonder is so rewarding,” states Rau, “and truly magical.”

2013 ARTISTS

BillingsleyPalette

Lisabeth Billingsly (Clinton, CT)
Roses, 2013
Pressed rossed petals, rose buds, acrylic on wooden palette


BronsonPalette

Linda Bronson (Essex, CT)
Skaters, 2013
Mixed Media on wooden palette


Cantrell1palette

Helen Cantrell (Old Lyme, CT)
The Wizard in Suburbia, 2013
Side one
Mixed media collage on wooden palette


Cantrell2Palette

Helen Cantrell (Old Lyme, CT)
The Wizard in Suburbia, 2013
Side two
Mixed media collage on wooden palette


DeVorePalette

Sadie Davidson DeVore (Mystic, CT)
Poinsettia Pyramidal Symbols, 2013
Acrylic on wooden palette


KochPalette

Philip Koch (Baltimore, MD)
North Star: Griswold, 2013
Oil on wooden palette


MillerPalette

Aaron B. Miller (Chicago, IL)
Humboldt Park Buffalo, 2013
Oil on wooden palette


Missel

Susan Missel (Old Saybrook, CT)
Happy Birthday, 2013
Oil on Canvas board


Pavone

Julia Pavone (Old Lyme, CT)
The Music of Moonlight, 2013
Encaustic, charcoal drawing, and paper


PotterPalette

Jeanne C. Potter (Old Lyme, CT)
Young Miss Florence, 2013
Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on gessoed wooden palette


RobertsonPalette

Janine Robertson (Madison, CT)
In the Distance, 2013
Oil on aluminum on wooden palette


SeipPalette

Polly Seip (Uncasville, CT)
The Forgotten Season, 2013
Oil on wooden palette

 

 

2012 ARTISTS

Batch

Paul Batch (Bristol, CT)
December Dusk, 2012
Oil on wooden palette


Chapman-(1)

Shannon Chapman (Old Lyme, CT)
Evening Tea, 2012
Oil on wooden palette


FeylPalette

Ralf Feyl (Friendship, ME)
Untitled (Lambs), 2012
Oil on wooden palette


GreenLaForge

Mary Green La Forge (Lyme, CT)
From My Garden, 2012
oil, enamel, and raffia on wooden palette


 

Hagerman

Barbara P. Hageman (Colchester, CT)
On the Break of Autumn, 2012
Oil on wooden palette


Kahrl

Randie Kahrl (Old Lyme, CT)
An Inspired Chord, 2012
Oil on wooden palette


Mancini-Hresko

Leo Mancini-Hresko (Waltham, MA)
Waltham Evening, 2012
Oil on wooden palette


Parks

Sarah Park (Ledyard, CT)
Titmouse, 2012
Solar plate etching, 19th-century recipe, red thread, and marbleized paper on wooden palette

2011 ARTISTS

MagicEddy

Terry Eddy (Niantic, CT)
Miss Florence’s Garden in Summer, 2011
Watercolor on paper on wood palette


MagicFriese

Nancy Friese (Cranston, RI)
Landscape in Line, 2011
Line etching on wooden palette


MagicGraybill

David Graybill (Old Lyme, CT)
Untaken View, 2011
Acrylic on wooden palette


MagicMallyMack

mally-mack (Chester, CT)
Color Expression, 2011
Oil paint and charcoal on wooden palette


MagicPark

Gray Park IV (Ledyard, CT)
Orange Marsh, 2011
Oil on wooden palette


MagicPisano

Crista Pisano (Nyack, NY)
Old Lyme Marsh, 2011
Oil on wooden palette


MagicPost

Claudia Post (Chester, CT)
Faith on Christmas, 2011
Oil on wooden palette


MagicDavidRau

David D.J. Rau (Chester, CT)
Miss Florence Dreaming About Her Family on Holiday in London on the Day of Her Birth, Christmas Day in 1850, 2011
Collage on wooden palette


GarvinRiggs

Julie Garvin Riggs (Old Lyme)
Flo Gris or Bust, 2011
Watercolor on wooden palette


MagicSheehan

Dennis Sheehan (Bedford, NH)
December Moon, 2011
Oil on wooden palette


MagicSirrine2

Dennis Sirrine (Stonington, CT)
Cold Spring in Winter, 2011
Oil on canvas on wooden palette

2010 ARTISTS

MagicAvery

Mary L. Avery Norwich, CT
Untitled, 2010
Oil painting with gold leaf on wooden palette


MagicChristiano2

Catherine Christiano Old Lyme, CT
You’d Better Watch Out!, 2010
Oil on wooden palette


MagicCutler

Leigh Cutler Bay Head, New Jersey
Let Heaven and Nature Sing, 2010
Acrylic on wooden palette


MagicFranco

Angelo J. Franco Stamford, CT
Untitled, 2010
Oil on wooden palette


MagicFerrer

Matthew Ferrer Lyme, CT
Self Portrait, 2010
Recycled acrylic paint and posterboard on wooden palette


MagicGibsonLusk

Heather Gibson-Lusk Mustic, CT
Untitled (Oysters), 2010
Oil on wooden palette


MagicMullerThym

Kim Muller-Thym Old Saybrook, CT
Untitled, 2010
Oil on wooden palette


MagicVarano

Dina Varano Chester, CT
Silver Palette, 2010
Sterling silver and acrylic paint on wooden palette


MagicWolff

Guy Wolff Bantam, CT
Flower Pot Parade, 2010
Redware pots on wooden palette

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2004 ARTISTS