A Century of Inspiration

A Century of Inspiration is on view July 30 – September 16. 

In this exhibition we draw connections between the spirit of our founding artists and that of our current members. The juror of awards and selection for this exhibit is Amy Kurtz Lansing, Curator at the Florence Griswold Museum.

Click here to see A Century of Inspiration online

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

Lyme Art Association - 90 Lyme Street Old Lyme

Champlain North Open Space - Barbizon Oak - Parking at end of Wyckford Lane by the Old Lyme Inn.

Duck River Cemetery - McCurdy Road Old Lyme. Entrance between Bittersweet and Johnny Cake Rds.

Elizabeth B. Karter Watch Rock Preserve - Joel Rd off RT.156 Old Lyme



  • Century of Inspiration and Young Impressions

  • Image from Young Impressions exhibit

    Hoshena Geeme, Duck, acrylic

    As part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of our historic gallery, we asked young artists to look back at the work of the original art colony for inspiration. Come see their work in Young Impressions, on view at LAA through August 29 and at the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in September.


  • Centennial Frolic, courtesy of Jack Montmeat

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