Young Artists Exhibition

Hope is a thing with feathers

On view June 7 - July 18, 2024

Calling Young Artists!
This summer, we extend a warm invitation to artists ages 5 to 18 to interpret the beloved poem, Hope Is a Thing With Feathers, by Emily Dickinson. We encourage young artists to delve into the rich imagery of the poem, exploring themes of hope, resilience, and the boundless possibilities that take flight. Artists are encouraged to respond to the poem, creating artworks that feature our feathered friends, the joys of flying through the air, or any other responses that emerge.

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Entering the Exhibition
Each artist may submit two pieces. If two artworks are entered, LAA may choose, based on the number of submissions, to display only one artwork if there is a space

Any 2-dimensional hand drawn or painted mediums are welcome – from paints to pencils or pastels to markers and crayons. Choose your best work! We ask that each artist write (or dictate) a short description of their piece and why
they chose their subject.

Artwork must be framed, with a wire (much preferred) or sawtooth hanger. Framed pieces should be no bigger than 18 x 24 inches. We will not accept unframed pieces.

Please also email a photo of your piece before it is in the framed to

Important Dates
We will be accepting artwork through June 2 during our gallery hours, which are Wednesday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm. The deadline for submission is June 2, 2024. Fill out the Submission Form, and bring it along with your piece to the Lyme Art Association at 90 Lyme Street.

Art will be available for pickup after July 19, 2024.

Family Day
We are planning a family celebration on Saturday, July 13th featuring prizes for each age group (5-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-18), certificates for each artist, and fun activities for all!

For more information, contact Paul Michael at or 860-434-7802.

Previous Youth Exhibitions

Images from 2023's Young Artists Exhibit - The Beauty Within

June 24 - July 16, 2023

Almost 100 works are included in this year’s young artists show, and culminated into two lovely shows, “The Beauty Within”, which focuses on figurative art and portraiture of inspiring people and heroes; while “Beauty All Around Us” focuses on the beauty of beloved objects in one’s life.

Participating artists, ages 5 – 18, came from Lyme, Old Lyme, New London, Niantic and even Hawaii, and included students from Lizhai Art School and Barn for Artistic Youth.

Support for this program generously provided by the Chelsea Groton Foundation.