An Evening of Metamorphosis at the Lyme Art Colony
Installation in the Florence Griswold House
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.
When you visit the Museum you’ll notice a chain link fence between the gallery and the Lieutenant River. And a LOT going on! The groundwork is being laid for an exciting new addition to the Museum’s landscape, the Artists’ Trail. The Robert F. Schumann’s Artists’ Trail will open July 22.
Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art
Four contemporary artists - Jennifer Angus, Mark Dion, Courtney Mattison, and James Prosek are creating striking installations that reflect the vulnerability of the environment. The artists were selected for the profound message their works convey about environmental conservation.
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.
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
July 26 and 27
Old Lyme Midsummer Festival
Old Lyme's Midsummer Festival celebrates the town's artistic heritage with two days of festivities!
Join us Friday night for an outdoor concert and dancing, or take part in Saturday’s activities, which include art exhibitions and sales, food trucks, musical performances, artisan fairs, book signings and sales, domestic farm animals, and hands-on kids’ activities.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane. No, it’s Super-Faerie! Flying high and heading home to the special place where he and his fellow superfaeries live. Get ready to explore SUPERTOPIA: Wee Faerie Superheroes’ Headquarters and Hideaways that features nearly three-dozen faerie-scaled creations inspired by the hideouts and lairs of well-known (and perhaps some lesser known) superheroes.
Imagine coming upon the Bat Cave where Bat-Faerie and Robin-Faerie plan their heroic deeds. Or the awesome Fortress of Solitude where SuperFaerie recharges after defeating a mighty foe. Each superhero hideaways is based on the living situation of the superhero inspiration or mimic their super powers. And because so many superheroes are based on natural phenomenon (spiders, birds, bats, flora) their headquarters and hideouts will be mostly constructed with using natural materials.
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!
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.