This program is free to all LAA members. While there is no instruction or monitoring at these gatherings, a camaraderie seems to form among the group, and artists are willing to share advice if asked.
The group gathers from 9 AM to noon. When we are at public locations the artists are free to come earlier and stay later. If we are on private property, we must ask that the 9 – noon timelines be adhered to.
There will be two sessions: June 1 to July 27 (9 sites) and September 14 to October 19th (6 sites). The July locations will be posted in June. Suggestions for future sites are encouraged; please email Maura Cochran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rocky Neck State Park
244 W.Main St
After entering the park follow the main road to the left. Park at the East Beach parking lot, on the right (away from the Sound). Easy parking, sun or shade, two platforms with great views of the Bride Brook Salt Marsh.
The Park also has nice views of the Sound from The Pavilion, but we note that it is a bit of an effort to get art supplies from the parking lot, over the train tracks to that location. Your call, but meet up at the north end of the East Beach Parking lot to find our group.
264 Hamburg Rd
Views: Sheds, boats, Hamburg Cove
The Reynolds family has had family-owned businesses at this location for over 150 years. The boatyard faces Hamburg Cove; there are a variety of views including sheds, boats, and the Cove. The marina is immediately south of Reynolds Subaru.
Baldwin Bridge State Boat Ramp
222 Ferry Rd
Old Saybrook, CT
Views: Bridge, boat ramp, marina buildings, CT River
The boat launch gives dramatic interaction with the Baldwin Bridge, as well as scenes of an adjacent boatyard. Bridge provides shelter from rain or sun.
156 Sterling City Road
Views: Farm buildings, silo, rolling fields
Tiffany Farm has been in their family for over 100 years. It is a great location for painting rain or shine, as there are numerous barns to provide shelter. The farm has been noted for ” the tranquility and the silence and the slowly, subtly changing landscape”.
Founders Memorial Park
100 Coulter ST
Old Saybrook, CT
This site gives us a different perspective as it has some elevation. Views to the north are the railroad bridge, to the east Ragged Rock Creek, the River, distant views of the spire of the Old Lyme Congo Church & Griswold Point, and to the south of North Cove.
Potential Upcoming Locations for July, September, and October
Note that some of these we need permission (NP) to go to as a group.
Connecticut River Museum, Essex (NP)
Ballek’s Garden Center, Haddam (NP)
Essex Steam Train, Essex (NP)
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme (NP)
Hammonasset State Park/ Meiges Point, Madison
Hawk’s Nest, Old Lyme (NP)
New London Waterfront, New London
Saybrook Point, Old Saybrook
Scotts Farmstand, Essex (NP)