Christmastime at the Florence Griswold Museum is a beloved tradition for friends across the region! This year, we celebrate more than 200 painted palettes on Miss Florence’s Artist Trees with a new keepsake publication Miss Florence’s Artist Trees: Celebrating a Tradition of Painted Palettes. Available in the Museum’s Shop and online.
Nothing More American: Immigration, Sanctuary, and Community an Exhibition by Matthew Leifheit
The white clapboard meetinghouse with its towering steeple is an icon of New England’s architecture and art, appearing often in paintings and photographs that depict it at the heart of the region’s small towns. "Nothing More American" brings together depictions of Old Lyme’s renowned First Congregational Church by 19th– and early-20th-century painters such as Childe Hassam with photographs by contemporary artist Matthew Leifheit that contemplate the meetinghouse’s evolving symbolism.
An Evening of Metamorphosis at the Lyme Art Colony -- Much like Miss Florence invited artists into her home and encouraged their creativity, the Museum has welcomed our first Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Angus to transform the Florence Griswold House into a fantastical insect-themed party held by Colony artists. Angus’s work contributes to the dialogue about the persuasive role art can play in advocating for the preservation of our earth. Through January 12.
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
Current & Upcoming
November 29 through January 5
Magic of Christmas
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!
Kick off the garden season in Old Lyme. Visitors to the Museum understand immediately the site’s appeal to the artists who stayed at “Miss Florence” Griswold’s boardinghouse over a century ago. Her house, gardens, and river view were favored subjects of her artistic boarders. Highlights include a Garden Luncheon and Blooms with a View.
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.