Centennial Day on August 7!

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Lyme Art Association’s historic gallery on August 7 with three special events! Enjoy fun for the whole family at Tea Day, watch our artists at work at Wet Paint on Lyme Street, and party like it’s 1921 while helping save our skylights at the Centennial Frolic. 1920s costumes are encouraged!

Tea Day, 1-4pm

Tea Day is a family friendly event featuring baked goods, cold drinks, and tea (of course!), children’s crafts, games, and other fun activities. Costumed historical interpreters will share stories of the artists who founded the Lyme Art Association and planned and built the gallery. Historically, our founding artists raised funds by holding teas on the lawn. Join us for a contemporary take on this traditional event!

Wet Paint on Lyme Street, all day


Come see the member artists of the Lyme Art Association paint en plein air all along Lyme Street! The paintings will be sold on the lawn of the Lyme Art Association at 4:30. This will be a fun opportunity to see many of our artists painting in their own styles throughout the town.

Centennial Frolic, 5-7 pm

Join us for a fundraising party for the Second Century Skylight Project at 5pm! The artists of the Lyme Art Colony marked the end of every summer with the Artists’ Frolic. This summer we will celebrate the next hundred years of our wonderful historic gallery in the spirit of our founders with a fabulous evening event. 1920s costumes encouraged! We invite you to RSVP for the Centennial Frolic today and contribute to the Skylight Project with a suggested minimum donation of $25 per guest. Contributions can be made ahead of time or at the door. Help save the skylights and “frolic” like our founders! In this 1928 photograph, members of the LAA held a “summer garden party” and presented a miniature collection of their works to Mr. and Mrs. William O. Goodman who were early benefactors. This gift was given on the occasion of Mr. Goodman’s 80th birthday in appreciation for many years of support and friendship. Mrs. Goodman donated the money for a new wing to the original building, designed by Charles A. Platt, and in 1938 the Goodman Gallery was dedicated to the memory of her husband. The photograph includes many notable LAA artists of the period along with Florence Griswold who was the Association’s first Director.

From left to right: Eugene Higgins, Margaret Cooper, Miss Florence Griswold, Percival Rosseau, Edward Volkert, Carleton Wiggins, Thomas Ball, Bruce Crane, Mrs. Goodman, Harry Hoffman, William Chadwick, Greg Smith, Will Foote, Edward Rook, Bill Selden, Clark Voorhees, Charles Vezin, Clifford Grayson, Mr. Goodman, Guy Wiggins, Wilson Irvine, Lydia Longacre, Robert Vonnoh, and Henry Poore.

Lyme Art Colony Annual Frolic, 1928

“But summer passes all too swiftly in this magic country and the evening of the Saturday after Labor Day sees Japanese lanterns alight about the gallery grounds and a gay pageant-like procession. It is the annual Artists’ Frolic, a costume ball that marks the end of another happy season of work and play.” -Journalist Alice Lawton, 1928

Learn more about the social life of the artists with the Florence Griswold Museum’s history of artist Harry Hoffman.

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

Additional funding provided by Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law.

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  • This year the Lyme Art Association is celebrating the 100th anniversary of our historic gallery. We are asking young artists to look back at the work of the original art colony for inspiration. Landscapes, gardens, mountain laurels in bloom, bridges, rivers, porch scenes, portraits … these would all be great subjects for this show! We invite all young artists ages 5 to 18 to participate in this exciting exhibit. Learn more and download the entry form.


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