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Free Week for New London County
July 15, 2014 @ 10:00 am - July 20, 2014 @ 5:00 pmFree
July 15 – July 20, 2014
Florence Griswold Museum’s Seventh Annual Free Week for New London County Residents funded by The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut.
The Museum’s riverfront landscape is situated on an 11-acre site in the historic village of Old Lyme, just 20 minutes from New London. In addition to the restored Florence Griswold House, where a generation of Impressionist artists lived, the Museum features an exhibition gallery, education and landscape centers, extensive gardens, and a restored artist’s studio. The current exhibitions celebrate the artistry and skill of traditional folk art. Art of the Everyman: American Folk Art from the Fenimore Art Museum features both rare objects related to notable people or events and anonymous objects of beauty. Thistles and Crowns: Painted Chests of the Connecticut Shore traces the stories of these chests from their inspiration, to their fabrication, and ultimately to their lives in local homes.
New London County residents, please show proof of residency to receive free admission.
Visitors can tour the historic Florence Griswold House, restored to its appearance as the boardinghouse for the Lyme Art Colony, stroll through Miss Florence’s historic gardens, and relax along the banks of the Lieutenant River.
Can You Find Me cards in the gallery and a scavenger hunt in the historic house make the trip both fun and educational for families. On Sunday, July 20, visitors of any age who want to try their hand at painting are given everything they need to paint down by the river or in Miss Florence’s garden. Their masterpiece makes a perfect souvenir for the day. In conjunction with the current exhibitions, visitors can also make folk art-inspired craft projects. There is no charge for any activity.
“Over the past six years, over 4,000 people from all over New London county have enjoyed these Free Weeks,” notes David D.J. Rau, Director of Education and Outreach. “For many it is their first visit and they are delighted by what they find here. For those who already love the Museum, it’s a great opportunity to see what’s new – for free!” He adds, “Our visitors appreciate this opportunity and we are grateful for the support of The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut.”