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On the Front Lines: Three Reflections on Identity

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Pen to Paper, a selection from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art

Upcoming Exhibition - February 9

Just as putting pen to paper to create a line in a drawing is an artistic act, so is writing a letter. "Pen to Paper" reveals the beauty and intimacy of the craft of letter writing. From casually jotted notes to elaborately decorated epistles, Pen to Paper explores the handwriting of celebrated artists such as Berenice Abbott, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Eakins, Howard Finster, Harriet Hosmer, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and many others.
Robert Motherwell writing, 1944, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

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January through June

Expressive Wellness Workshops

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.
–Georgia O’Keeffe You you may choose any or all of the workshops. Each workshop has a specific theme and makes use of a different art form. All materials are provided. Space is limited to 10 participants.

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Enjoy an armchair visit to the great museums of the world through this series of art exhibitions on film.
January 13 Michelangelo: Love and Death
February 3 Canaletto and the Art of Venice
March 17 Cezanne: Portrait of a Life
April 21 David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts
$15 (members $13); go online at thekate.org or contact The Kate for tickets at (860) 510-0453
Museum members should contact the Front Desk at (860) 434-5542, ext. 111 or frontdesk@flogris.org for special member discount code.

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Exhibitions

Organized by the Florence Griswold Museum, these three exhibitions examine various aspects of community participation and social consciousness.

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Ongoing Exhibition

An American Place

During the first two decades of the 20th century, the village of Old Lyme, Connecticut was the setting for one of the largest and most significant art colonies in America.

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en to Paper explores the handwriting of celebrated artists such as Berenice Abbott, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Eakins, Howard Finster, Harriet Hosmer, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and many others. A selection of handwritten letters from the Florence Griswold Museum Archives augments the display.

Photo: Georgia O’Keeffe, ca. 1920. Photograph by Alfred Stieglitz. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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  • The house gives one a feeling for the artist’s life at the turn-of-the century in a way unlike any museum I’ve visited before. I particularly liked the painted panels scattered throughout the house, most notably in the dining room.

    — HENRY ADAMS, RUTH COULTER HEEDE PROFESSOR OF ART HISTORY, CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY


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Seasonal Events

June 8 - 17, 2018

GardenFest

Kick off the garden season in Old Lyme with this exciting series of events that take place in and around the Museum’s historic gardens.

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July 27 and 28, 2018

Midsummer Festival

Join us Friday night for art open houses, live music and dancing, or take part in Saturday’s activities, which include art exhibitions and sales, fresh market, musical performances, artisan fairs, book signings and sales, domestic farm animals, and hands-on kids’ activities.

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September 29 – October 28, 2018

Wee Faerie Village

Check back on Monday, February 5, to learn of this year's Village theme OR, "like" us on Facebook and you can be the first to learn of the theme during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 4. Why Faeries and Football? Why not!

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History Blog

Exhibition Note: Somewhere in France

by Carolyn Wakeman Feature Image: Childe Hassam, To the 101st (Massachusetts) Infantry. Oil on canvas, 1918. Collection of Jonathan L. Cohen...

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Collections

A New England Identity

Hartford Steam Boiler Collection

The paintings and sculptures in this exhibition are by artists who lived and worked in Connecticut from the late Colonial period to the early 20th century.

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During the first summers of the Lyme art colony the artists began to paint scenes on the door panels of the boardinghouse.

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Race into the Past

Fox Chase

One of the most celebrated works of art at the Florence Griswold Museum is the frieze-like painting titled The Fox Chase (1905) created by Henry Rankin Poore.

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  • It looks like Barbizon, the land of Millet. See the knarled [sic] oaks, the low rolling country. This land has been farmed and cultivated by men, and then allowed to revert back into the arms of mother nature. It is only waiting to be painted.

    — Henry Ward Ranger, 1899


Museum

Campus

Begin your visit at the Krieble Gallery.

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The Late Georgian mansion was transformed from a wealthy sea captain’s home into a boardinghouse for some of the most noted names in American Impressionism.

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The Museum’s grounds invite exploration.

Visit the Grounds