Art Links – Field Trips

Day Tripping

Now that museum doors are again open, time to hit the road and see what’s up in local and regional museums. The museum websites are full of on-line education, pod casts and virtual tours of their entire museums.  We note that some museums are relying on their in-house collections at this time, which is not a bad thing as so many of their collections are rotated out of storage that they are new to the viewer. At the time of going to press, each organization was updating their Covid safeguards, hours and days of operation and upcoming shows, so please click on their web sites before going. Here are the exhibitions that are current and upcoming.

Florence Griswold, Old Lyme
Our neighbor and partner in the Old Lyme Arts District

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, aka, The Kate, Old Saybrook, offers a variety of events for visitors, which include art films about famous artists.  Their 2023 schedule includes films about Hopper, Mary Cassatt and Raphael.  Click here for their schedule.

Lyme Art Academy, Old Lyme, our neighbor down the street.  In addition to offering great teaching to young students of art offers some great exhibitions for visitors to the Lyme Old Lyme area.  Click here to see their exhibition schedule.

Museum of Fine Art, Boston

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain (NARM member)

The Clark Museum, Williamstown, MA (NARM member)

Sculpture 'Scapes: Central Park Sculpture Tours

Small Group Tours of the Sculptures in Central Park led by artist, sculptor and teacher, Wendy Swain.  

Maximum number per tour: 6 people |  Minimum number per tour: 3 people.

Cost: $25 per person

Meals & Travel: On-your-own for transportation and lunch.

Tours: There are three tours available to choose from.   All tours will take place unless there is a heavy downpour or storm.

Tour #1: Stop and admire 30 or so sculptures in Central Park, in the heart of New York City, beginning at the Pulitzer Fountain, across from the Plaza Hotel (59th and 5th Avenues). (Meeting time to be determined.) Wendy will fill you in on some of the history of the creation of the park before beginning the walk. Christopher Columbus, Balto the Sled Dog, Simon Bolivar, the Dancing Bears, and the Indian Hunter all have their places in the Park and will enchant and delight you visually.  Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Jose DeCreeft, Paul Manship, Emma Stebbins and Anna Hyatt Huntington are among the internationally known sculptors who have created the great works of art found in Central Park. We will stroll (depending on the whims and makeup of the group) from sculpture to sculpture with details and history provided. Handouts will be distributed. The tour will end at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the group may stop for lunch.
Tour #2: Sculptures and features of the Northern part of Central Park.

Tour #3:  Cover the Hispanic Society and the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum. This tour begins at 125th Street Station, where participants will taxi to the Hispanic Society to enjoy the sculptures on Audubon Terrance by Anna Hyatt Huntington before entering the museum.  Inside, the group will visit the beautiful paintings and pottery of Spain and Hispanic America, and end the visit in the circular room filled with large enthralling murals by Joaquin Sorolla. Wendy will acquaint you with the lives of some of the artists and talk about the various regions of Spain represented by the Sorolla Murals. The tour will end after taxiing to the Metropolitan Museum to view some of the sculptures in the American Wing there.

For more information: contact Wendy Swain at or 203-386-9125.

Noteworthy Museums

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), NYC

The Frick Collection, New York City

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Tate, UK (family of four art galleries)

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven (free)

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (free)

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford (NARM member)

Images & Tours

Google’s Art & Culture page allows you to search over 100,000 art works by color, as well as take on-line tours of many museums of all genres.

Another source for on-line tours is:

North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM): If you enjoy museum visits, consider joining the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM),,  a network of 1,190 member art museums, galleries, historical museums, and societies, including 18 in Connecticut and 71 in Massachusetts.


Exhibition on Screen
A UK company that produces high-quality art movies, some available for free, others to download or stream for a modest fee. These are the ones shown at The Kate; a good way to catch up on the ones you missed.

Exhibition on Screen: David Hockney (1:20 Minutes)


These links were copied from an Art Institute email. Please note that there are other offerings on the right side of the screen that might be of interest.

Monet’s Palette and technique (8.54 Minutes)

David Hockney on Vincent van Gogh (8.12 Minutes)

Mural. Jackson Pollack (40 Minutes)