Centennial Celebration

Join us as we celebrate of the gallery’s centennial this summer! 100 years ago, the early members of the Lyme Art Association opened the doors of their brand-new gallery. Today our commitment to supporting artists and inspiring a love of art is as strong as ever. We have a full line up of special exhibitions, programs, and events, culminating in a daylong Centennial Celebration on August 7th.  Visit the gallery and help us celebrate our artists, past and present!

Read on to learn about A Century of Inspiration, outdoor painting opportunities, Centennial Day, the LAA Centennial Exhibit at the Florence Griswold Museum, and our history

Centennial Day is being funded in part by a generous grant from Guilford Savings Bank in partnership with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County

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A Century of Inspiration, on view July 30 – September 16

Click here to see A Century of Inspiration online. For this historic exhibition, we sought to draw connections between the spirit of our founding artists and that of our current members. Do you paint cows, as Matilda Browne and William Henry Howe did? Or perhaps interiors, or nocturnes? Graceful and mysterious figures, beloved children, or loyal hounds? Do you know of a drift of lovely mountain laurel that you have been wanting to paint? Do you work in loose, soft brushwork or precise and fine miniature? These were all the kinds of connections that we are looking for! Learn more and find inspiration from the works of the founding artists, works by contemporary artists, and upcoming paint outs

Outside Art

Be inspired by the landscapes that drew artists to Old Lyme more than a century ago! There are lots of opportunities to paint in our area for both member artists and the public. Artist members are encouraged to sign up for paint outs this May and June or to sign up for our Monday painting group. We also have a list of public painting locations in Lyme and Old Lyme where you may paint on your own schedule – no permission required. 

Centennial Day – August 7th

The Lyme Art Association will host an event celebrating the centennial of the gallery on Saturday, August 7, 2021 with three related events. Tea Day is a family-friendly event that runs from 1-4pm, featuring the beverages and baked goods for sale, crafts, games, and other fun activities. Costumed historical interpreters will share stories of the artists who founded LAA and planned and build the gallery. Wet Paint on Lyme Street will take place all day as artists pain en plein air. They will sell their paintings on LAA’s lawn at 4:30pm. Finally, the Centennial Frolic, a fundraiser for the Second Century Skylight Project, will kick off at 5pm. 1920s costumes are encouraged for all Centennial Day events!

LAA Centennial Exhibit at the Florence Griswold Museum 

Learn about the Lyme Art Association’s rich history and connection with the Lyme Art Colony and Florence Griswold by exploring the fabulous exhibit at the Florence Griswold Museum celebrating our centennial. The Museum has assembled works from the artists who presented work in the 1921 inaugural exhibit in the gallery and presented them with informational signage that touches on the connection and importance of each artist to the original colony and to the new Lyme Art Association. You can see the exhibit virtually by touring the show online

History of the Lyme Art Association

Exhibitions by the artists of the Lyme Art Colony began in 1902 at the public library in Old Lyme. In 1921, after years of discussion, planning, and fundraising, the early members of the Lyme Art Association achieved their goal; a purpose-built gallery to display their art. It was built adjacent to Miss Florence Griswold’s mansion, now the Florence Griswold Museum, where the Lyme Art Colony formed. Designed by architect Charles A. Platt, the building was hailed for its perfect lighting and harmony with its natural surroundings … Learn more

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