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Miss Florence’s Artist Trees: Celebrating a Tradition of Painted Palettes

Celebrating the addition of the Museum’s 200th palette in 2019.

For over fifteen years, visitors from across the region have admired the painted palettes on Miss Florence’s Artist Trees. The idea of contemporary artists creating paintings on artists’ palettes is a nod to the Museum’s history as the center for the Lyme Art Colony, and alludes to the door and wall panels the artists painted throughout Miss Florence’s boardinghouse over a century ago. The palette artists’ styles and subject matter are as varied as the individuals. Oils, acrylics, watercolors, ceramics, glass, and collage are used to transform the palettes into traditional holiday scenes, delightful landscapes, and more than a few surprises! Noted artists from across the country have donated works to this one-of-a-kind holiday icon.