Celebrating Art, History, and Nature

Current and Coming

Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives

October 2-January 23, 2022

Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives

Currier & Ives was a powerhouse of nineteenth-century publishing and had an immeasurable influence on American visual culture. Along with their popular appeal, these images offer a new opportunity to uncover the complexities and contradictions of our history and help shape our understanding of America’s past. This exhibition has been organized by the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE.

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Solitary Garden

by artist jackie sumell

Solitary Garden

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme is collaborating with the New Orleans-based artist jackie sumell to install one of her “Solitary Garden” beds on our grounds, in conjunction with the exhibition Social & Solitary: Reflections on Art, Isolation, and Renewal. The Solitary Garden project comes to life through correspondence between a volunteer and a currently incarcerated “gardener.” Their letters articulate to the Museum what kinds of flowers or plants are grown in the garden bed. Each Solitary Garden is a gesture of hope connecting an isolated person to the outside world through the restorative act of nurturing plants.

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Social & Solitary: Reflections on Art, Isolation, and Renewal

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Social & Solitary: Reflections on Art, Isolation, and Renewal

Social & Solitary presents historic and contemporary works from the Museum’s collection that reflect on what our world has faced over the past year. As an institution guided by empathy for our audience, we seek to create an opportunity for them to process this momentous, ongoing event. The Museum hopes visitors will use the exhibition, its gardens and grounds, and a new outdoor installation by contemporary artist jackie sumell, as a place to heal from all we’ve endured — to share with friends and family, or simply to enjoy art and nature on their own.

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Wee Faerie Village 2021

FOLLY WOODS: Awesome Wee Faerie Architecture

Through the month of October over two dozen faerie-scaled architectural amusements will delight and inspire visitors as they travel along the Artists’ Trail. The theme is a playful, miniaturized take on ornamental buildings popular on country estates, parks, and gardens in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors will learn about different architectural styles from across the world as they gaze in awe at the artists’ whimsical creative skills.

Special events and themed days on the calendar all month long. A joy for families and the young at heart!

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Altered Book Wee Faerie Dwelling

Art•Bar Returns!

Altered Book Wee Faerie Dwelling

Thursday October 14, 5:30 PM

Join Julie Garvin Riggs to create an enchanting wee faerie abode using a vintage book. All materials included, all skill levels welcome!

Celebrate FOLLY WOODS: Awesome Wee Faerie Architecture & create a unique and beautiful keepsake.

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Members' Event

October 11, 11am-5pm

Members' Event

Exclusive Members Only Event!

Members have an all-access pass to the Museum on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Free admission to Wee Faerie Village (waiving the monthlong $5 member fee this day only); non-members can purchase a membership the day of and stay to enjoy the event.

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Online Exhibition

Hauling and Harrowing: Edward Volkert and the Connecticut Farm

Online Exhibition

Expanding Horizons features highlights from the HSB collection with an emphasis on new methods of research and interpretation. Commemorating these past twenty years, twenty leading art historians have re-examined 20 works through the lenses of environmental art history, material culture, landscape studies, and issues of identity, such as gender and race.

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Friends and Neighbors

Old Lyme Arts District

Partners work to promote opportunities to enjoy and take part in the cultural arts and learning available on historic Lyme Street. Each partner, whether a business, a nonprofit, a town institution or school, is committed to highlighting for residents, cultural tourists, and visitors the rich cultural arts that are part of our heritage. With art galleries, music venues, and more, Lyme Street offers quite a bit for a quiet village lane!

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Collections

Hartford Steam Boiler Collection

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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The Painted Panels

In Situ

The Painted Panels

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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Fox Chase

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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Museum

Campus

Krieble Gallery

Krieble Gallery

Begin your visit at the Krieble Gallery.

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Florence Griswold House

Florence Griswold House

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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Gardens and Grounds

Gardens and Grounds

The Museum’s grounds invite exploration.

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History Blog

Glimpse: Green Shadows, A Rustic Gathering Place in Lyme

By Patty DeVoe Featured Image: Charles Vezin (1858-1942), Green Shadows, ca. 1925. Oil on panel. Florence Griswold Museum, Gift of Jonathan Carlisle...

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