A Century of Inspiration

We invite all Lyme Art Association member artists to participate our summer exhibition, A Century of Inspiration. We seek 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 are all the kinds of connections that we are looking for! We are not asking you to copy a work, or change your style at all, but to find a connection between your work and one of the Association’s early artists or forbears.  So we encourage you to spend a little time communing with our forbears – peruse their works below, paint in some of their favorite locales, and if you can, visit the Florence Griswold Museum’s special exhibit on our Centennial.

A Century of Inspiration Prospectus

Click here for the online submission form. Entries accepted through July 15.

Inspiration from our Founders

Everett L. Warner (1877-1963), The Village Church, c.1910, Oil on canvas Florence Griswold Museum; Gift of Hannah Coffin Smith in honor of her father, Winthrop Coffin

View a gallery showing the wide range of works created by our founding artists.

Favorite Subjects

A Century of Inspiration draws connections between the spirit of our founding artists and that of our current members. Looking to get your creative juices flowing? We have assembled some galleries of LAA member works, by subject, to help! Each image below by original Lyme Art Colony artists leads to a gallery of similarly themed works by current LAA members.

Bridges and Water's Edge From Lyme Art Association Artists

Gifford Beal (1879–1956), The Bow Bridge, Oil on board, Collection of Clement C. Moore

House and Garden from Lyme Art Association Artists

Matilda Browne (1869-1947), Peonies, ca. 1907, Oil on wood, Florence Griswold Museum, Purchase.

Nocturnes and Interiors from Lyme Art Association Artists

Thomas Watson Ball, Chinese Twilight, Oil on canvas, Florence Griswold Museum; Gift of the Trustees and Director in Honor of Tony and Sandy Thurston for Their Lasting Devotion to the Museum

 
Farms and Animals from Lyme Art Association Artists

Henry Rankin Poore (1859-1940) Beagle Hound Oil on artist board Florence Griswold Museum; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Shippee

 

Plein Air

Be Inspired by the landscapes that drew artists to Old Lyme a century ago!
Schedule of paint-outs 

Join your fellow member artists to paint outdoors. All members are invited, and members may bring a guest!

 


Monday Painting Group

2021 is Maura Cochran's third year hosting this friendly and intrepid group. Maura always has a good variety of wonderful locations. Please email Maura at mcochran@bartramandcochran.com to let her know you are interested and she will include you in her email chain. 

Time is 9:00 am - noon unless otherwise noted.

Monday, June 28:
Griswold Point

Contact Maura for details.

Monday, July 5:
Saybrook Point
199 College St, Old Saybrook

Monday, July 12:
Reynolds Marina
Hamburg Rd, Lyme

Monday, July 19:
Under Baldwin Bridge
Ferry Rd, Old Saybrook

Monday, July 26:
Essex Yacht Club
Novelty Lane, Essex

Monday, August 2:
Florence Griswold Museum
Lyme St, Old Lyme

Monday, August 9:
Historic Pratt House
West Ave, Essex

Monday, August 16, 10am - 1pm:
Lavender Farm
Roast Meat Hill Rd, Killingworth

Monday, August 23:
Eagle Landing State Park
Little Meadow Rd, Haddam

Monday, Augsut 30:
Founders Park
Coulter Street, Old Saybrook

 


Public Painting Locations in Lyme and Old Lyme

Locations where you may paint on your own schedule - no permission required. Parking and restrooms may be limited.

Eileen Eder, Road to Grassy Hill

Grassy Hill Preserve - 318 Grassy Hill Rd, Lyme. Parking by cemetery. https://www.lymelandtrust.org/properties/

Ferry Landing State Park - 398 Ferry Rd, Old Lyme
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/connecticut/deep-boardwalk-ferry-landing-state-park

Lyme Art Association - 90 Lyme Street Old Lyme
https://lymeartassociation.org/

Champlain North Open Space - Barbizon Oak - Parking at end of Wyckford Lane by the Old Lyme Inn.
https://www.oldlyme-ct.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif3616/f/uploads/olos_champlainnorth7.18v2.pdf

Duck River Cemetery - McCurdy Road Old Lyme. Entrance between Bittersweet and Johnny Cake Rds.
https://www.mapquest.com/us/connecticut/duck-river-cemetery-354932423

Elizabeth B. Karter Watch Rock Preserve - Joel Rd off RT.156 Old Lyme
https://www.oldlymelandtrust.org/copy-of-upper-three-mile-river-pres

 

 

  • A Century of Inspiration

    July 30 – Sept. 16, 2021

    A Century of Inspiration is an exhibit dedicated to celebrating the 100th anniversary of our beloved gallery. We are asking artists to look back at the work of the original art colony for inspiration. Bucolic landscapes with cows or sheep, woodland interiors, gardens beside a cottage, mountain laurels in bloom, bridges, porch scenes, moonlit nocturnes, portraits and so much more would be appropriate subject matter for this show. LAA is not looking for copies of the originals or asking artists to work in a style that is not their own, but to be inspired by the subject matter, color, and spirit of the founding members of LAA.

    All participants will be eligible for the following prizes, 1st $500, 2nd $250 and 3rd $125. 

    Open to all LAA member artists. Please download the prospectus for more details.

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