Centennial Day on August 7!

Thank you SO MUCH to all of our wonderful volunteers who made Centennial Day happen! You all worked very hard and we are deeply grateful.

Emma Bartlett, Jacquie Bartlett, Michael Centrella, Diane Chandler, Maura Cochran, Jeff Cooley, Todd Field, Carol Frieswick, Ted and Karin Genard, Debbi and David Goodman, Hugh Hunsinger, Sarah Lucas, Cathy Matthis, John Pavlos, Matt Pavlos, Bob Potter, Nina Ritson, Kim Sapia, Erin Schaaf, Beverly Schirmeier, Paul Sellier, Kathy Simmons, Shau-Wen Lucia Sokol, Beverly Tinklenberg, Pat Trapp, Joan Wallace, Carrie Walters, Tammy Wayman

Also, a big thank you to State Representative Devin Carney, who presented the Lyme Art Association with a citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly in recognition of the gallery’s 100th anniversary. We are very grateful for our state government’s support!

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- 4 pm

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. Click here for more information and to register. 

Centennial Frolic, 5-7 pm

Join us for hot appetizers and cool beverages on the lawn!   This event is for donors to the Second Century Skylight Project. We invite you to contribute to the Skylight Project today and RSVP for the event at the same time. Space is limited, so we may not be able to accommodate walk-ins.  Help save the skylights and “frolic” like our founders! 1920s costumes encouraged! 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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