COVID-19 Update--Dear Friends, as part of the effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, we have closed the Museum to the public through at least April 30, and have cancel all programs during this time. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Museum soon (and often!), but until then, we encourage you to visit the Artists’ Trail, a half-mile walk around the Museum’s riverfront landscape and gardens. Check our website and social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) to stay up-to-date about the Museum’s status and enjoy beautiful images, on-line exhibitions, fun facts, and behind-the-scenes videos. Should you need a staff member, call or email them as usual. Please stay in touch, Your FloGris Friends
We invited amateur photographers to take the theme of “sanctuary” as their inspiration for a pop-up juried exhibition at the Museum. The dictionary defines sanctuary as a “consecrated place,” such as a space of worship, and as “a place of refuge and protection.” What do you consider your sanctuary?
The exhibition “Nothing More American:” Immigration, Sanctuary, and Community features Matthew Leifheit’s photographs of a family that took sanctuary from deportation inside the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. His images of these immigrants appear with portraits of refugee families resettled in Old Lyme. Fleeing devastated countries, they found sanctuary in Connecticut, where they are building new lives.
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.
Fresh Fields: American Landscapes from the Florence Griswold Museum
Fresh Fields is a celebration of the Museum’s most beloved landscape paintings created by Impressionist artists who visited Old Lyme. The selection highlights major recent acquisitions, such as "Childe Hassam’s Apple Trees in Bloom, Old Lyme" (1904), and emphasize ongoing research about our landscape.
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
June 1 through 30
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 Garden Luncheon on June 12, 12pm and Blooms with a View June 12 through 14.
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.