Previous art talks

Elected Artist Hollis Dunlap describing his process.

Previous Art Talks

Many of Lyme Art Association’s art talks are recorded and uploaded for viewing here on our website or on our YouTube channel.  To watch a video, click on an art talk’s image to open the video link.


February 11, 2024 - Presenter: Howard Park

Sailing the Globe

On February 11, attendees enjoyed an adventure in sailing and art with LAA Elected Artist and sailor, Howard Park, who presented a wonderful art talk about sailing.  Through paintings, photos, and stories, Howard recreated for visitors his 31,000 mile trip around the world in his lovingly restored sailboat, COMET, a 1946 Sparkman & Stephens 52’ yawl. This event was offered at no charge in partnership with the Niantic Bay Sailing Academy.

No video of lecture available.


December 17, 2023 - Presenter: Tula Telfair

A Conversation With Artists For Artists

Lyme Art Association was proud to welcome back Tula Telfair for the art talk, A Conversation with Artists for Artists.  The audience engaged in a stimulating conversation about art with Tula Telfair, artist and professor of art at Wesleyan University.   

No video of lecture available.

December 9, 2023 - Presenter: Bob Potter

The Gilded Age, Charles Platt & the American Impressionists in Old Lyme

This art talk explored in paintings and biographical detail the American Impressionists of the Gilded Age, the Old Lyme Art colony and how Charles Platt reflected this world in his garden and architectural designs and the creation of a “place for art” at the Lyme Art Association.

No video of lecture available.

April 23, 2023 - Presenter: Paul Baldassini

Routes to Bloom

During his presentation the floral painter, Paul Baldassini, offered his thoughts on the art of floral painting and shared the methods he uses to bring his blooms to life.

No video of lecture available.

April 16, 2023 - Presenter: Kimberly Monson

Sculpture Art Talk & Demo

During an interactive presentation, sculptor Kimberly Monson spoke about her art process while making a sculpture before her viewers’ eyes.  Attendees observed Kimberly as she applied clay to an armature and shaped it into a figure.

No video of lecture available.

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March 26, 2023 - Presenter: Harley Bartlett

Enlarged Art (Trompe L'oeil Murals)

During his presentation, Harley Bartlett spoke on the creative process and the design challenges of painting and installing murals for businesses, restaurants and churches, while sharing stories and images from his various mural work experiences.

January 29, 2023 - Presenter: Wendy Swain

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Frederick Law Olmsted

Through slides and historical information, Wendy Swain brought to life the amazing story of Frederick Law Olmsted, Renaissance man and the first landscape architect in America.  Farmer, horticulturist, journalist, abolitionist, park creator, sanitation engineer, gold mine manager, etc., Frederick Law Olmsted dabbled in many careers before becoming proficient in a few.  And one of those amazing jobs was being one of the landscape designers of New York City’s Central Park. 

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December 15, 2022 - Presenter: Tula Telfair

Invented Landscapes

Landscape painter, Tula Telfair, is an artist whose imaginative paintings evoke the power and beauty of the natural world. During her art talk, Tula speaks on her influences and her studio practice for making her monumental paintings. 

For Tula, the format of landscape painting describes an ideal space, a scene that a viewer might step into to escape or explore. Tula’s large-scale works push the boundaries of this genre by inventing and redefining landscape as a timeless memory. 

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December 8, 2022 - Presenter: Mike Eagle

Artist as Illustrator

Mike Eagle discusses his work, his influences and process working as an art illustrator.

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October 13, 2022 - Presenter: Judy Perry

The Art of Healing

About the Artist: “My formal training began more than 40 years ago studying Fine Art and Special Education at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Upon moving to Old Saybrook, Connecticut in 1996 I began painting professionally, building my reputation as a working artist focusing on emotional paintings of faces. See example, Lillian. A near fatal head-on automobile collision with a drunk driver in 2009 left me with an uncertain future. Among my numerous injuries was a traumatic brain injury that included memory loss, impacting my painting abilities. Art therapy became part of my rehabilitation program and during this talk I will share how art has healed me in many ways. See example All In Pieces.” – Judy Perry

Marek Sarba, "And the Band Played On", oil
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July 14, 2022 - Presenter: Marek Sarba

Art of the Sea

Marek Sarba discusses his maritime artwork, including his piece, “And the Band Played On,” his painting in homage to the Titanic.

Images for Art of America Lectures
March 2022 - Presenter: Bob Potter

The Art of America: How Great American Artists Revealed A New Country and Its People

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December 2, 2021 - Presenter: Polly Seip


November 18, 2021 - Presenter: Jim Laurino

Plein Air – The Artists View

October 14, 2021 - Presenter: Rick Daskam

Monhegan Island and the Treetop Gang

September 30, 2021: Presenter - Zufar Bikbov

The Golden Age of Russian Art

Zufar gives an overview of the  Golden Age of Russian art, which peaked in the second half of the 19th century with a movement called the Wanderers, and provided a foundation for Russian Impressionism of the 20th century during Soviet time, as well as the overall Russian school of painting

September 2, 2021: Presenter - Barbara Lussier

Artist on the Farm