July 23, 2018

Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival This Weekend Offers Art, Music, Food, Free Friday Night Concert & More!

Friday night’s concert at the Florence Griswold Museum always attracts a large crowd.

The 32nd annual Old Lyme Midsummer Festival returns this year on Friday evening, July 27, and Saturday, July 28, with new offerings and returning favorites for its attendees. The Festival is produced by the newly-formed Old Lyme Arts District. All events and activities are free unless otherwise noted.

Friday Night Free Concert

‘Otis and the Hurricanes’ play Friday night at the FloGris.

The Midsummer Festival kicks off the evening before, Friday, July 27, on the lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum at 7pm when Otis and the Hurricanes performs. The Connecticut based band performs a fusion of New Orleans Funk, Delta Blues, and rock ‘n roll. Young and old fill the lawn of the FloGris for this annual concert sponsored by All Pro Automotive and Benchmark Wealth Management, LLC.  Friday evening before the concert, the Museum holds an open house with free admission to its exhibitions from 5-7pm, while the Museum’s Shop begins its Midsummer Super Sale.

Saturday Morning 5K

There is always a large crowd thronging the starting line prior to the 8am start of the traditional 5K Run, which this year benefits the Timothy P. Buckley Memorial Fund.

Saturday’s festivities begin with a morning 5K Run/Walk and Kid K. produced by the Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau (LYSB) and benefitting the Timothy P. Buckley Memorial Fund, the 5K Run & Walk begins at 8am at 59 Lyme Street and brings participants through the historic Old Lyme village. The Kid K takes place on the high school track at 9am. Registration fees for the 5K (run and walk) are $30 for adults, $15 for youth (18 and under). Registration for the “Kids K” fun run is $10. Chip timing will be provided by Timing Plus New England for 5K runners only. Commemorative T-Shirts will be available for the first 200 registered participants. Registration is online at lysb.org or onsite beginning at 6:45am behind LYSB. The 5K’s lead sponsor is Simpson Healthcare Executives.

Classic Car Show

The Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club will host their Classic Car Show on the lawn of the Bee & Thistle Inn from 9am to 2pm on Saturday.

At 9am, the annual Classic Car Show begins on the lawn of the Bee & Thistle Inn. Produced by the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club, the show supports scholarships and the good works of the Lions. Car Show attendees pay $5 at the gate and submit their ballots for show favorites among the antique, classic and exotic vehicles. To register a participating automobile for $10, go tolymeoldlymelions.org.

Dog Show

The annual Parading Paws Dog Show will be held on the back lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum and will judge participating canines on a number of qualities including best costume, best trick and best smile. Presented by Vista Life Innovations, dog registration will be held from 10am-10:30am, and judging will begin at 10:45am.

Art Sales

The Fence Show Artists display and sell their work at the Old Lyme Inn.

Art is for sale at four locations during the festival. The annual Fence Show Artist Sale begins at 9am on the front lawn of the Old Lyme Inn. Paintings, photography, and more by local artists will be hung Parisian style on a winding fence for customers to peruse and talk to artists on site. Students, alumni, and faculty of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts will present their works for sale as well as demonstrate art techniques beginning at 9am. Paintings of all sizes and price points can also be found at the Lyme Art Association beginning at 10am. Phoebe’s BookCellar will sell vintage posters, framed art and map prints at the Library beginning at 9am. All four art sales conclude at 4pm; however, on Sunday the art sale continues at the Lyme Art Association from 10am-5pm. For a list of participating artists, go to OldLymeArtsDistrict.com.

Festival Partner Vendor and Information Stands

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a table at the Midsummer Festival in front of the Lyme Art Association (LAA). Information about the Chamber and also Chamber member businesses will be available and Chamber members will be on hand to answer your questions.  There will also be a gigantic draw taking place for wonderful prizes including:

  • Two tickets to ‘A Chorus Line‘ at the Ivoryton Playhouse
  • Four free admission tickets to the Wadsworth Atheneum
  • $400 gift certificate for advertising on LymeLine.com & ValleyNewsNow.com
  • Old Lyme wall plaque from The Carousel Shop
  • Gift certificate for Old Lyme Wellness
  • Tote bag from the Florence Griswold Museum with admission tickets to the Museum and more
  • Gift certificate for Salt Marsh Tours

More prizes are being added daily so come on down and make a donation to the Chamber’s Scholarship Fund that supports seniors graduating from Lyme-Old Lyme High School. You will then be allowed one free entry to the draw.

Three organizations from Lyme-Old Lyme Schools will be located outside the LAA.

  • The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Softball Team will be holding a hug Bake Sale to raise funds for supplies for the team.
  • Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s Mock Trial Team will be dispensing “Legal Advice” in return for a donation to their team expenses.
  • Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School’s Mentoring Program will be hosting a table full of information about the program and with plenty of volunteers on hand to explain the program in person and hopefully to sign up people willing to be involved in this valuable program.

Artisanal Merchants

There’s always a vast array of flowers, fruit and vegetables at the Bohemian Street Fair on Saturday at the Florence Griswold Museum.

Bohemian Street Fair will be held on the front lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum Saturday from 9am-3pm. Over 40 vendors will be on hand with a selection of artisanal home goods, specialty food items, jewelry, and more. The street fair is named for the bohemian spirit of the artists who once stayed in Miss Florence Griswold’s boardinghouse at the turn of the 20th century. A list of vendors can be found at OldLymeArtsDistrict.com.

Other outdoor shopping includes a variety of merchant tents on the lawn of the Lyme Art Association, and the annual “Midsummer Book Sale” at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library where “gently loved” paperbacks and more will be available from 9am-3pm. The Library is located at 2 Library Lane.

Patricia Spratt for the Home opens its workshop at 60 Lyme Street for its annual Midsummer Warehouse Sale Thursday, July 26 through Saturday, July 28 from 9am-4pm. The annual three-day sale offers up to 80 percent off Spratt’s high-end table linens, pillows, and more.

Musical Performances

In addition to the Friday night concert, a full afternoon of live music will take place Saturday afternoon at LYMESTOCK 2018 on the Lieutenant River Stage at the Florence Griswold Museum. Produced by MusicNow Foundation, the concert begins at 12 noon and will feature select award-winning musicians from the New England Music Awards and the New England Radar Awards. Also featured will be emerging Connecticut young artists (under 25 years old) performing singer/songwriter, jazz, blues, folk, classical guitar, and indie rock.

A full lineup of performers can be found at OldLymeArtsDistrict.com. The concert is suitable for all ages, and attendees may choose to bring a blanket or chair to sit and enjoy the music. The concert is made possible through a grant with the Connecticut Office of the Arts and sponsors Reynolds Marine and Black Hall Outfitters.

Other musical performances include the funk music of festival favorite Mass-Conn-Fusion, beginning at 11am under the food tent at the Old Lyme Inn.

At Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, festival attendees will enjoy a dynamic modern dance performance by GUSTO Dance, IMMIX Dance Project and Mystic Moves Dance Theatre at 2 p.m., followed by the engaging vocals of local acoustic duo Jekyll & Hyde from 4 to 5 p.m.

Hands-on Participation

Participatory art will take place at three locations during the Saturday Festival. The Lyme Academy College will have Open Figure Drawing available on the Academy front lawn from 12 to 3pm.Easels will be set up in front of a live model and attendees are encouraged to step up to any available easel and sketch the model.

A Community Sculpture invites participation at the driveway entrance to Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds.

A community sculpture will be on display at the entrance of Studio 80, and participates can use available markers to draw on the sculpture.

The Hands-On/Minds-On Station will once again be at the Florence Griswold Museum’s Hartman Education Center. With over a dozen participating nonprofit organizations, including Arts District partners Old Lyme Historical Society, OL-PGN Library, and the Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau, children are sure to find a creative or thought-provoking activity to enjoy.

The Hands-On_Minds-On Station at the FloGris has something for everyone regardless of age or ability!

The OL-PGN Young Adults Librarian will also have on the lawn of the Museum a screen-printing activity for all ages. Bring your own t-shirt or purchase one for $5 and try your hand at screen printing.

Exhibitions

As a celebration of Old Lyme’s artistic heritage, attendees are encouraged to visit art exhibitions during the Festival. Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds presents its Summer Sculpture Showcase 2018: An Exhibit of Unique Landscape Sculptures on its outdoor sculpture grounds. The Lyme Art Association features American Waters: A Marine Show and Hudson Valley Art Association. The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, in addition to its Student Showcase, presents the remarkable Cities of Peace. At the Florence Griswold Museum, see Art and the New England Farm and tour the historic home of the Lyme Art Colony (Special Museum admission $5).

Outdoor Dining

In addition to food trucks with a variety of options at the Florence Griswold Museum, three restaurants will be open for lunch during the Saturday Festival. Café Flo, at the rear of the Museum, offers seated lunch on the veranda overlooking the Lieutenant River. The Bee & Thistle will offer a special lunch menu for service in its sunken garden. The Old Lyme Inn will serve on the patio and indoors through lunch until 9pm.

The Town of Old Lyme’s fireworks display rounds of a wonderful day for all.

Fireworks

The Town of Old Lyme hosts its annual, free fireworks display around 9:15 p.m. behind the Lyme-Old Lyme High School.  Spectators should stand on the LOL Middle School field.

Directions, Parking and Shuttle Buses

The Festival takes place on historic Lyme Street, which is immediately off Exit 70 on I-95 South, or left off Exit 70 on I-95 North, then right onto Halls Road to Lyme Street. Although the festival length is considered a walkable distance, a shuttle bus will be available to all locations. Parking is available at the Museum, High School, Old Lyme Marketplace, and Lyme Academy College. Most activities take place between 80 Lyme Street and 100 Lyme Street.

The 32nd annual Festival is a production of the Old Lyme Arts District, a partnership of 17 arts and cultural organizations and businesses on Lyme Street.

For a complete list of participants, sponsors, as well as a printable guide to the Festival, visit OldLymeArtsDistrict.com.

Platinum Sponsors of the Arts District include Pasta Vita, The Day Publishing, Essex Financial Services/Essex Savings Bank, and LymeLine.com.

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Ivoryton Playhouse Offers ‘Playhouse on the Shore’ at Water’s Edge; See ‘La Dolce Vita,’ Aug. 12

‘Playhouse at the Shore’ at Water’s Edge features Carly Callahan.

After last year’s successful engagement, Ivoryton Playhouse returns by popular demand to Water’s Edge Resort and Spa with six cabaret-style dinner theatre performances written for and performed exclusively at Water’s Edge.

This original series will showcase the professional talent of Ivoryton Playhouse performers and musicians in three unique productions.

La Dolce Vita will be performed July 22 and Aug. 12. Be transported to Italy for an evening of Italian favorites drawn from cinema, the concert stage, the great opera houses and the most celebrated clubs. Sit back, relax and enjoy delicious Italian cuisine complimenting this feast of the senses as performers serenade you with the iconic melodies of Italy.

Summer heats up with Summer Nights Aug. 19 and 26. Get ready to go back in time as the sizzle of hits from the ‘70s is celebrated. Feel free to sing and dance along as the talented cast hosts the hottest night of entertainment on the Shoreline.

Each of these evenings offers a combined entertainment and culinary experience. A cocktail hour, featuring an array of appetizers, is followed by the first set of the show. Then, enjoy a buffet style dinner, dessert, and second round of entertainment.

Schuyler Beeman is both a choreographer and performer in the Ivoryton Playhouse’s Summer Cabaret-Dinner Season at Water’s Edge.

Each evening features a professional cast of performers, in addition to a trio led by Music Director, Eric Trudel.  Cast members include Lili Thomas, Katie Weiser, Carly Callahan, Jamaal Fields-Green, Schuyler Beeman, Max Swarner, Richard Pittsinger, Charlie Widmer, Emily Langford Johnson, Amy Maude Helfer, Kate Hubbard and Devon Perry.

“We are thrilled to build on the success of last season and have put together some great talent for these evenings, including cast members from our season, to give the Water’s Edge audience a night of entertainment that they won’t forget,” said Jacqui Hubbard, Artistic Director of Ivoryton Playhouse.

Tickets are $59 per person plus tax and gratuity, including dinner and the show, and can be purchased by calling Water’s Edge Resort at 860-399-5901.  Tickets are not available through the Ivoryton Playhouse website or theatre box office.

For more information, visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Photographs by Ivoryton Playhouse

1 – Schuyler Beeman ( choreographer/performer)

2 – Carly Callahan (director/performer)

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Follow the ‘Vision Box’ Trail This Summer!


Through the balance of the summer, the public can follow the trail of Vision Boxes installed at four sites throughout Old Lyme. The boxes are up for three months — at the end of the project, the boxes will be auctioned. Resulting funds will be contributed to programs that bring urban youth to visit wilderness parks or refuges in the local area and give them the opportunity to draw in the field.

Working in collaboration with non-profit land trusts, the Open Space Commission, individual stewards and local artists, Ana Flores designed the Vision Box project.

Flores is the first Schumann Foundation Visiting Artist at the University of New Haven’s Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She is an award-winning “ecological artist” probing the relationships between the human and natural history in different geographies. One of her goals as an artist is to encourage the public’s awareness of their local landscapes, deepening their connections to place because if we don’t care about something we will not help protect it.

This spring she has been teaching Environmental Art, introducing students to ecological artists and having them create projects that involve ecology, community engagement, and activism. She has also been exploring the unique environment of Old Lyme in preparation for a public art project. The Old Lyme landscape, with its conjunction of river, marshes, fields, and forests served as the inspiration for the American Impressionist movement in the early 20th century. For over three decades, well known painters traveled here to document the estuary landscape with its particular quality of light.

Flores believes there is a connection between the sustained gaze of these artists and the extraordinary efforts in conservation in the area. She says, “The artists gave the land value for its irreplaceable natural beauty and since the mid 1960’s Old Lyme citizens have been working hard to preserve some of the habitat that lured artists here. The Vision Box project reminds us that we cannot take for granted open space, mature trees, or a clean river – they exist only because of visionary stewardship and in the case of Old Lyme, inspiration from artists’ vision.”

There will be an Opening Reception for the Vision Box project Thursday, July 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, 84 Lyme Street, in Old Lyme.  All are welcome.

The Vision Boxes can be found at these locations:

  1. Ferry Landing Park:
    Walk to end of boardwalk, box on viewing platform.
  2. Watch Rock Preserve:
    Entrance at end of Joel Road, take Yellow trail 0.4 mile, box faces West over water.
  3. Lyme Art Association:
    Box faces stream, located near back parking area.
  4. Champlain North:
    Turn on Wyckford Road, go to end. Open space trails are not private. Take Red trail, bear right, 0.4 mile to Barbizon Oak and box.

The project is made possible with support and funding from the Robert F. Schumann Foundation and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven.

Special thanks for their support of the project are given  to:

  • Patricia Shippee,
  • Deborah Quinn-Munson,
  • Sara Drought Nabel,
  • Rosamund Christison

Partners include:

  • Old Lyme Open Space Commission
  • Old Lyme Land Trust
  • CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental

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Lymes’ Senior Center’s ‘Summer Sounds’ Series Continues with US 102nd Army Pop Band, July 26

Come and enjoy a summer evening at the Lymes’ Senior Center at 26 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme for “Summer Sounds,” a four-week musical concert series.  The series continues with a performance tomorrow by Doo-Wop Deville, described as, “New England’s Premier Doo-Wop Show Band,” starting at 7 p.m.

All ages are welcome.

Bring your chairs, blankets, dinner, etc. as the performances will be held out on the lawn (weather permitting) or inside if the weather is inclement.

All concerts start at 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings and are followed by a free ice cream social.

The concert schedule continues as follows:

July 26 – The United States 102nd Army Pop Band

Enjoy an evening of patriotic and popular music, performed by the 102nd Army Band- Pop Ensemble

Concert Series Sponsors   

Gold Sponsor: Reynolds’ Subaru & Reynolds’ Boats   

Silver Sponsor:  All Pro Automotive in Old Lyme CT

Ice Cream Sponsors: Old Lyme Republican Town Committee (two concerts), Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee, Atria Crossroads Place in Waterford

Special thanks to Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream

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Chestnut Hill Presents Four Chamber Music Concerts in August at the Kate 


Now in its 49th season,Chestnut Hill Concerts will present four programs of chamber music this August at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. The prestigious series is highly-regarded, not only for its programming, but also for the world-class musicians that artistic director Ronald Thomas invites for the performances.

The concerts will take place August 3, 10, 17, and 24, all Friday evenings at 8 p.m. Cellist and artistic director Ronald Thomas will host and perform in each concert.

The Aug. 3 concert features Ronald Thomas performing the 5th Bach Cello Suite. The rest of the concert presents John Novacek’s Rags for Violin and Piano, and the Brahms Piano Quartet in  G minor, Op. 25. In addition to Ronald Thomas, artists include Steve Copes, violin; Matthew Sinno, viola; and Randall Hodgkinson, piano.

On Aug. 10, Chestnut Hill presents two string sextets and a string quartet. Chestnut Hill welcomes the Amernet String Quartet, whose members include Misha Vitenson, violin; Franz Felkl, violin; Michael Klotz, viola; and Jason Calloway, cello. The quartet will perform Schubert’s String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 125, No. 1. The quartet will be joined by Vivek Kamath, viola and Ronald Thomas, cello to perform two string sextets: Richard Strauss’ String Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85 and Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

The program on Aug. 17 presents music by Debussy, Kodály, and Dvořák. Ronald Thomas and Mihae Lee will perform Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano; Catherine Cho, violin, Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin, and Todd Phillips, viola will perform Kodály’s Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12; and the ensemble will perform Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81.

The season finale on Aug. 25 explores the music of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Schumann, including the rarely-heard Horn Quintet in E-flat by Mozart, K. 407, written for one violin and two violas. The concert also includes Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49 and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47. This performance introduces Frank Huang, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, to the Chestnut Hill audience, and brings back some of its favorite performers: William Purvis, horn; Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin and viola, Cynthia Phelps, viola; Ronald Thomas, cello; and Mihae Lee, piano.

The 2018 season of Chestnut Hill Concerts is made possible with support from the Connecticut DECD Office of the Arts.

All concerts are Friday nights at 8 p.m. at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate), 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Subscriptions to the four concerts are $140 (orchestra) and $120 (balcony). Single tickets are $40 for orchestra seats and $35 for the balcony. Kids and teens come free. To purchase tickets, contact The Kate’s box office at 860-510-0453, or visit www.thekate.org.

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Sound View Summer Concert Series Continues Thursday, July 26

‘Four Barrel Billy’ will perform at Sound View tomorrow evening.

Free outdoor concerts sponsored by the Sound View Commission and the Town of Old Lymwill be held on Hartford Avenue at the flagpole on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a great family evening of music.

The remaining schedule of concerts is as follows:

Four Barrel Billy – July 12

Your favorite songs from the 50s, 60s & more. Doo-wop, Rock-a-billy, surf, blues and good old rock & roll. These guys look like greasers, but sing like angels. One of the top acts on the Connecticut shoreline for dancing and good times. FourBarrelBilly.com

Rivergods – July 26

With original roots/folk/alt.country/ the Rivergods hailing from southern New England, are known for their poignant songwriting, stellar harmonies and moving live performances. The Rivergods have enjoyed 20 years together as a band, and have been profiled/reviewed in~No Depression, Blurt Online, Connecticut Magazine, Soundwaves, Boston Soundcheck~and more. “One of the area’s finest and best-loved bands.”~—Rick Koster, New London Day

Red Satin Band – Aug. 9**

Swing, Jazz, Big Band along with some R&B, Classic Rock, and Funk. The best of 8 decades of great music. Featuring vocalist Valerie Rogers. The 12 piece Red Satin band has played to rave reviews throughout the northeast; “Amazing performance…Great Show…Stunning Vocals” nominated in the CTNow Best of Hartford 2018 for the best Jazz band. The unique blend of personality and great music is delight for audiences of all ages, Red Satin will get you dancing or just sit back and enjoy. www.redsatinband.com

Mark Nomad Band – Aug. 23 **

“A big thumbs up!”– Blue Suede News “One of the hottest up and coming commodities”– House of Blues Your favorite songs from Blues to 60’s -70’s rock & more. MARK NOMAD’S music has been heard on radio stations all over the world and has been used in commercials and in film. Sharing the stage with many of the biggest names in show business he was co- founder of the original Little Village. Their debut album is considered a collector’s item and the band is legendary in the Northeast.~

**Rain location: Shoreline Community Center, 39 Hartford Ave.

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Catherine Christiano Exhibits Paintings of Old Lyme Beach Cottages in Chelsea, NYC

Catherine Christiano, Twilight, Miami Beach, Old Lyme, 2018, Oil on Panel, 4 1/4 x 6 inches. Photo credit: Catherine Christiano.

A collection of small paintings by Old Lyme resident Catherine Christiano that feature the cottages of Old Lyme’s beach communities will be exhibited at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea, New York location. The Summer Group Show will run from July 10 through Aug. 4.

The opening reception for the public will be held tomorrow evening, Thursday, July 12, at the George Billis Gallery located at 525 West 26th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues from 6 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This latest series of paintings was created this past winter in a temporary studio at Hawk’s Nest Beach in Old Lyme.

Catherine Christiano, Twilight, Miami Beach, Old Lyme, 2018, Oil on Panel, 4 1/4 x 6 inches. Photo credit: Catherine Christiano.

Ever drawn to the character of the homes and the pictorial possibilities presented by these structures and their interplay with light, Christiano has returned numerous times to Old Lyme’s seasonal beach communities perched on the edge of the Long Island Sound.

Most of the paintings are an intimate 4 ¼ x 6 inches, the size of a standard postcard. While the paintings are small, each is a carefully painted arrangement of design elements that also convey a sense of the inner life of the place.

Christiano notes that while working from the Hawk’s Nest studio, “I was able to observe the ever shifting light day after day, sunrises to sunsets, and finally understood first-hand its qualities that drew the Impressionists to Old Lyme so many years ago.”

A painter known for creating detailed representational works, Christiano has been a studio artist based in Old Lyme for over 20 years. She was classically trained at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts during the time that it was an intensive program focused on working from nature and the human figure.

Catherine Christiano, Summer Rentals, Hawk’s Nest , 2018, Oil on Panel, 4 1/4 x 6 inches. Photo credit: Catherine Christiano.

Past local projects include the illustrations for the Old Lyme Historical Society’s memoir Poverty Island and the seal for the Town of Old Lyme.

The George Billis Gallery marks its 23rd year in the Chelsea Art District and opened a second gallery in the burgeoning gallery district of Culver City in Los Angeles.

For additional images and information about Christiano’s works in this exhibition, contact the Gallery via email at gallery@georgebillis.com  or phone at 2120645-2621.

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Tell Me More! Tell Me More! See ‘Grease’ at Ivoryton Playhouse Through July 29

Danny, played by Johnny Newcomb, and  Sandy (Kimberley Immanuel) are the leads in ‘Grease’ at Ivoryton Playhouse.  Both are members of Equity. Photograph by Anne Hudson.

IVORYTON — Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as Danny and Sandy fall in love all over again at the Ivoryton Playhouse. Opening July 5, and running through July 29, Grease, by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey,  features all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including “You’re The One That I Want”, “Grease Is The Word”, “Summer Nights”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You”, “Greased Lightnin’” and many more.

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical.

Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation.

The Burger Palace Boys comprising (Kenickie, (Natale Pirrotta*), Roger (Taylor Morrow), Danny (Johnny Newcomb*), Doody (Luke Linsteadt*) and Sonny (Max Weinstein) play a key  role in ‘Grease.’ * denotes member of Equity. Photograph by Anne Hudson.

Grease‘ opened Off-Broadway at the Eden Theatre on Feb. 14, 1972 but was deemed eligible for the 1972 Tony Awards, and received seven Tony Award nominations. The 1994 revival also garnered Tony nominations and the show went on to a successful national tour, featuring local hero Micky Dolenz as Vince Fontaine.

The movie that we all know and love opened 40 years ago and it is a testament to the music and the iconic characters that ‘Grease‘ is still the word today.

The best part of this quintessentially American high school story (aside from the music, of course) is what Danny, Sandy, Rizzo, Kenickie, Frenchy and the rest of the Rydell High gang taught us – that the people who really care about you will stay by your side no matter how different you are from one another, and support you just the same whether you’re a pom-pom-wielding goody-two-shoes, a leather-touting T-Bird or a starry-eyed, pink-haired aspiring beautician, who drops out of school months before graduation.

So throw your mittens around your kittens and hand jive the night away with the show that’ll make you want to stand up and shout, ‘A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a-wop-bam-boom!

This production stars Johnny Newcomb* as Danny Zuko and Kimberley Immanuel* as Sandy. Johnny made his Broadway debut in The Last Ship and was part of the national tour of American Idiot. He was last seen in Ivoryton as Roger in Rent. This season’s audience may remember Kimberley for her luminous performance as Luisa in The Fantasticks.

Other cast members that may be familiar to Ivoryton audiences are Alyssa V. Gomez* (Rizzo), Amy Buckley (Miss Lynch), Cory Candelet (Eugene), Jonny Cortes (Johnny Casino), Taylor Lloyd (Marty), Alexa Racioppi (Patty Simcox) Max Weinstein (Sonny) Amanda Lupacchino, Andee Buccheri, and Nathan Russo. Making their Ivoryton debut are Katelyn Bowman (Frenchy) Lawrence Cummings* (Vince Fontaine/Teen Angel), Luke Linsteadt* (Doody), Taylor Morrow (Roger), Natale Pirrotta* (Kenickie), Shalani Taylor (Cha-Cha), Audrey Wilson (Jan), Jamaal Fields-Green, Jared Starkey and Clementine Wurzbach

The production is directed and choreographed by Todd L. Underwood and musical directed by Michael Morris, with set design by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Elizabeth Saylor Cippolina.

Grease opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse July 5 and runs through July 29. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm.Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Additional matinee performances are on Saturday, July 7, 14 and 28 at 2pm.

Tickets are $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org 

Group rates are available by calling the box office for information. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

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‘Cities of Peace’ on View at Lyme Academy Through Sept. 8

Lhasa: 10 Directions (Tibet), Cities of Peace, 22-karat gold leaf, egg tempera on Belgian linen, 69 x 104″, 2005, is featured in the ‘Cities of Peace’ exhibition at Lyme Academy.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts hosts an opening reception this evening in the Chauncey Stillman Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. for “Cities of Peace: A Living Monument to Cultural Heritage Preservation.’  All are welcome and there is no charge for admission.
This historic exhibition features monumental paintings illuminating the heart and soul of 10 cities around the world that have suffered major conflict and trauma—Baghdad, Beijing, Hiroshima, Jerusalem, Kabul, Lhasa, Monrovia, New York, Sarajevo, Yerevan — and how the community collaboration behind the creation of each of these paintings demonstrates the power of art as cultural diplomacy and ambassadors of peace.
The founder and artistic director of the Cities of Peace project is Ellen Frank, Ph.D. of the Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation, Inc., Cities of Peace®.  The exhibition curator is Christina Mossaides Strassfield.  For more information on the ‘Cities of Peace’ project, visit this link. 
The exhibition sponsors are Connecticut Humanities, Anonymous, Dr. John & Donita Aruny, Becky and Ted Crosby, Clo and Stephen Davis,  Lee and John Pritchard, Saybrook Point Inn/Fresh Salt, and Barbara and Dick Shriver.
The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 8, 2018.
The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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‘American Waters’ Exhibition, Hudson Valley Art Association Juried Show on View at Lyme Art Association

‘Bottoms Up’ by Richard Stevens is one of the signature paintings of the ‘American Waters’ exhibition.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy American Waters, the Lyme Art Association’s (LAA) summer exhibition of work by the area’s premier maritime artists. The show will be on view in the LAA’s sky-lit galleries from June 15 through Aug. 3. The opening reception for both exhibitions will be held on Saturday, June 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the LAA, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut. Music and refreshments will be offered and all are welcome.  There is no charge for admission.

Gallery Manager Jocelyn Zallinger notes, “The lovely peaceful interior of the Lyme Art Association is the perfect venue for marine-inspired art. The artwork, by member artists, takes inspiration from the sea in all its manifestations. Children playing by placid shorelines, boats in raging storms, solitary fishermen, and waves crashing on beaches are likely to be among the works represented.”

American Waters will be juried by Monique Foster, director of the Mystic Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.

‘Windswept’ by Judy Perry is another featured work in the ‘American Waters’ show.

Concurrent with the American Waters exhibition, the Hudson Valley Art Association (HVAA) will present its 85th Annual Juried Exhibition. This exhibition includes the finest representational paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from HVAA’s member artists.

Lyme Art Association Board President Katherine Simmons comments, “American Waters continues an LAA tradition of exhibiting the best of fine contemporary American marine art. We are also very pleased to welcome back the Hudson Valley Art Association and what is sure to be a very impressive show. We would especially like to thank our presenting sponsor, Suisman Shapiro.”

The Lyme Art Association was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community.

The Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within a national historic district. Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 to 5 p.m.

For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, visit www.lymeartassociation.org or call (860) 434-7802.

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Sing for Joy! Cappella Cantorum Hosts Vocal Camp in Old Saybrook, July 23-27

Bring the joy of singing to your summer by attending Cappella Cantorum’s Summer Vocal Camp July 23 to July 27 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Great Hammock Road in Old Saybrook.

Founder of the Salt Marsh Opera and Cappella’s music director Simon Holt and nationally known tenor Brian Cheney will lead instructive sessions on improving singing skills and how to sing in a choral environment.

Physical therapist Bonnie Brenneman will talk on strengthening diaphragm muscles to improve breathing.

Each evening will consist of two workshops – one in vocal production and one in music theory. A short concert will be given by participants at the end of the week. Camp will be limited to 100 singers. Anyone interested in improving their singing from high school students to adults are encouraged to come and perfect their art.

The church is air conditioned. Cost will be $85. For more information or to register, visit CappellaCantorum.org. or e-mail wrspearrin@yahoo.com.

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Major Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition on View in Old Lyme Through Summer

Looking across Gilbert Boro’s Sculpture Grounds towards his own Studio 80, the sculptures shown in the photo are all by Boro himself.

OLD LYME — Gilbert Boro, owner and curator of Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, will host Summer Sculpture Showcase 2018: An Exhibition of Unique Landscape Sculptures on his property in the center of this historic town. Boro’s towering studio is also on the beautiful four-and-a-half acre landscaped grounds, as well as his home.

Featuring 20 works by both established, nationally renowned sculptors, as well as fresh new faces, the summer-long show opens June 4. A meet-the-artist opening reception is set for Saturday, June 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., which will feature a live jazz band and a performance by David Dorfman Dance. There is no charge for admission and all are welcome.

Competition to exhibit was keen, with 120 submissions from around the country. Entries were evaluated for concept, execution, creative process, artistry, and how it would fit in the landscape. Boro, a nationally acclaimed sculptor in his own right, hosts this annual show to provide a venue for both young and mid-career sculptors to showcase their work to a diverse audience.

Boro also holds a firm conviction that art and viewer should be interactive. His Sculpture Grounds are an environment where viewers are not only permitted – but encouraged – to touch sculptures. “I really think that three-dimensional art should be handled, touched, pushed, and experienced in three dimensions,” he says. “It’s the only way you can understand it.”

The exhibitors accepted for the Summer Sculpture Showcase embrace this concept. Acclaimed exhibitor artists from Connecticut, the northeast region, and around the country are represented in the show.

‘Lustration’ by Sarah Haviland is one of the features works in Summer Sculpture Showcase 2018.

New York sculptor Sarah Haviland, who received a Fulbright Award to study in Taiwan this fall, had two pieces selected: Lustration, a contemplative female figure of aqua resin and mirrors, and Seraphim Mirror, a butterfly-shaped wall hanging created with galvanized mesh, resin, and a mirror. Haviland’s abstract work explores female identity and is exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Aether by Andreas von Huene is on display at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds.

Miguel Castillo Hernao, a native of Colombia, evolved to sculpting after university studies in literature and philosophy. Hernao explores geometry, color and repetitive forms in his works composed of stone, wood, metal and plexiglass. His seven-foot tall entry, Composition #28, is formed of painted riveted aluminum.

Chicago artist Ruth Aizuss Migdal’s bold and striking Radiate, standing more than eight feet tall, also plays with female forms and is composed of patinated bronze gilded with gold leaf.

Connecticut-based artists include Deborah Hornbake, whose Running Man is a fusion of wood, pipe, copper tubing, wire and stones; Eric Camiel, who has works in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and The Library of Congress, and whose film work has received numerous Emmy and Academy Award nominations, will have his aluminum sculpture, Sail Dream, on display; and Denis Folz’s monumental 11- foot steel sculpture, Feathered Resting Spot.

Boro is committed to supporting and exhibiting promising new artists. This year he presents Shelli Weiler as the featured indoor artist, with her photography exhibit titled Intimate Exchange. Weiler, a native of Scarsdale, NY, is studying photography at Wesleyan University in Middletown. Her photography explores the deep hidden character of people through ground-breaking and provocative poses and settings. Boro is presenting her work in the small, freestanding ESB Gallery, created in honor of his late wife, Emily.

Situated halfway between Boston and New York, Summer Sculpture Showcase 2018 is set on Boro’s four-and-a-half acre estate in the heart of Old Lyme’s historic village. In addition to special exhibits, the permanent display consists of approximately 100 works strategically placed around the park-like grounds.

Now in its 14th year, the Sculpture Grounds host more than 5,000 visitors a year. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic to the cafe. The grounds are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, year-round, admission is free, and touching the sculptures is encouraged.

The show runs through Oct. 26 and is curated by Gilbert Boro, and Exhibitions Coordinator and photographer, Christina Goldberg.

For more information about Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, visit www.sculpturegrounds.com. The David Dorfman Dance group performs and holds workshops around the country and will be in residence at Conn College in New London June 6-11.

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‘A Night with Janis Joplin’ Opens at Ivoryton Playhouse

Paige MacNamara plays Janis Joplin in the production about the legendary singer’s life opening at Ivoryton Playhouse, May 30. Photos by Curtis Brown.

The Ivoryton Playhouse will present the 2014 Tony Award-nominated 2013 Broadway Musical A Night With Janis Joplin, written and directed by Randy Johnson, from May 30 to June 24.

Born in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1943, Janis Lyn Joplin challenged racial and sexual stereotypes, and created a sound and a style that has become legendary. She exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock and roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with more than a touch of Southern Comfort made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock

Her unique sound, however, was originally created as a result of her love for some of the greatest African-American singers of all time. Now, theatergoers can share an evening with the Queen of Rock and Roll and her musical influences in A Night with Janis Joplin

On Jan. 12, 1995, when she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, her profile proclaimed, “Janis Joplin’s star rose fast, burned bright and burned out too soon. The blues-influenced rocker had one of the most powerful voices of the Sixties. Her voice is equal parts tough and vulnerable, a shout into the void that resonated with a generation.” Joplin biographer Myra Friedman added, “It wasn’t only her voice that thrilled, with its amazing range and strength and awesome wails. To see her was to be sucked into a maelstrom of feeling that words can barely suggest.”

A Night with Janis Joplin made its Broadway debut, under the direction of Randy Johnson, on Oct. 10, 2013 at the Lyceum Theatre, where it played for 140 performances before closing on Feb. 9, 2014. Mary Bridget Davies, who made her Broadway debut in the title role, earned a 2014 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, and won a 2014 Theatre World Award for her critically acclaimed performance.

Aurianna Tuttle plays Etta James in ‘A Night with Janis Joplin.’

Sharing the lead role of Janis Joplin in this production are Francesca Ferrari* and Paige McNamara*. The cast also includes Aurianna Angelique*, Jennifer Leigh Warren*, Tawny Dolley*, and Amma Osei* who take on the roles of the many women who influenced Janis – Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Bessie Smith, Nina Simone and many more.

A Night with Janis Joplin opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on May 30 and runs through June 24. Original direction by Randy Johnson, original set design by Brian Prather, original lighting design by Ryan O’Gara, original projections by Darrel Maloney, original costume designs by Amy Clark and original wig designs by Leah Loukas. This production is co-directed by Tyler Rhodes. Musical Director is Michael Morris.

Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Tickets purchased before June 1 are $50 for adults, $45 for seniors, $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting the Playhouse’s website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org. After June 1, tickets are $55 for adults and $50 for seniors. (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.)

The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

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University of New Haven Announces $1.1 Million Bequest from Diana Atwood Johnson to Lyme Academy

The late Diana Atwood Johnson.

The University of New Haven announced yesterday that Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, one of the University’s six colleges, has received a $1.1 million bequest from the estate of Diana Atwood Johnson, a longtime benefactor.

The gift will support three initiatives:

  • The Sill House, a historic building encompassing studio space, the Lyme archives, and the Sill House Gallery, will receive $500,000.
  • An additional $500,000 will go toward scholarships that benefit minority students.
  • The remaining $100,000 will support the Diana Atwood Johnson Leadership Award, presented annually to a senior at Lyme who shows great promise and exemplifies the values of the institution.

Atwood Johnson, who died in January, served on Lyme’s Board of Trustees. As chair, she was the driving force in helping Lyme earn its initial accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and she played a key role in initiating the affiliation that made Lyme the University of New Haven’s fifth college.

“Diana Atwood Johnson was a pillar in our community and involved in every element of Lyme over the past three decades,” said Todd Jokl, dean of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. “Her generosity over those decades in both her leadership and her generous financial contributions will enable us to provide support for our diverse student body, attract the strongest art students to Lyme, and continue to support our campus buildings. Most of all, Diana leaves a legacy that will remain a strong part of this institution in perpetuity.”

In addition to this donation, Lyme has received nearly $3 million in gifts in the past five months as part of its capital campaign.

Founded in 1976 in scenic Old Lyme, Conn., Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is a community of emerging and established artists.

Its Bachelor of Fine Arts program offers drawing, illustration, painting, and sculpture, attracting some of the brightest and most talented artists from around the world. Offering one of the most immersive fine arts educations available, Lyme students grow individually through intensive engagement with their craft and lively, profound exchanges of ideas and work.

For more information, visit www.newhaven.edu/lyme.

The University of New Haven, founded on the Yale campus in 1920, is a private, coeducational university situated on the coast of southern New England. It’s a diverse and vibrant community of more than 7,000 students, with campuses around the country and around the world.

Within its five colleges, students immerse themselves in a transformative, career-focused education across the liberal arts and sciences, fine arts, business, engineering, and public safety and public service. More than 100 academic programs are offered, all grounded in a long-standing commitment to collaborative, interdisciplinary, project-based learning.

For more information, visit www.newhaven.edu.

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New Interior Design, Home Décor & Antique Store Opens in Old Lyme

Beautiful fabrics, cushions and interior furnishings fill the Artemisia store in Old Lyme.

Artemisia is a new destination shop on Lyme St. behind The Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme specializing in fine textiles, pillows, antiques and decor items for the home from the team of Rosemarie Padovano and Marcello Marvelli. 

Padovano is an artist and interior designer, and Marvelli is an art dealer and art historian from Florence, Italy. Together, they share a mutual love of art and design. They started the Artemisia Inc. in New York City in 2012 and recently moved it to Old Lyme.

The shop will feature a selection of unique objects and furniture that reflect their design sensibilities as well as the sophisticated collection of pillows, placemats, and ottomans that are designed and produced by Artemisia. Featured in all of the most important décor magazines, they are a trusted resource for some of the finest interior designers worldwide.

The Artemisia shop will also feature a collection of antique fabrics (Ikat and Suzani, and European silk velvets) as well as unique antique furniture, lamps, and objects selected with a discerning and fresh eye.

The shop is also the location of Studio Artemisia, a full service interior design firm led by Padovano and Marvelli.  Together they create soulful interiors with a refined and artistic mix of modern and antique furnishings.  Vibrant colors and luxurious fabrics are paired with a cultivated selection of antiques, adding visual excitement and warmth to every project. 

Padovano and Marvelli seek a cultured atmosphere in all they design, honoring both past and present.  They have designed residential interiors for clients in New York City, Westchester County, Miami and Connecticut.

Padovano and Marvelli are restoring a 1755 colonial house and Olmsted Brothers historic garden in Old Lyme.

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Annual Elected Artists’s Show on View at Lyme Art Association Through June 8

Cape Cod Bay by Kim Muller-Thym is one of the signature paintings of the LAA Elected Artist’s Show.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lyme Art Association (LAA) for the ’97th Annual Elected Artists’s Show’ and ‘Contemporary Look.’  This annual showcase features the best new works of art by LAA Elected Artists Members. These artists are professionals of note and significance whose works are known, collected, and exhibited throughout the country, as well as along the Shoreline. 

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. The Lyme Art Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

For more information, call (860)434-7802 or visit lymeartassociation.org

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Florence Griswold Museum Launches Online Learning Portal for Educators

To engage students about the painting process, a video featuring McKenzie West, an art student at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts was filmed on location at the Museum by the staff of website designer Julia Balfour, LLC.

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn., has launched SEE/change, an immersive website that will help equip Connecticut elementary educators with new ways to teach a variety of subjects by tapping into the Museum’s content-rich collection of American art. SEE/change offers multiple tools designed to help teachers draw upon a single work of art for meaning on various relevant topics—from state and national history to geography to ecology. SEE/change challenges students to change the way they SEE paintings.

SEE/change was led by the Museum’s Director of Education and Outreach David D.J. Rau who was inspired by the change that is underway in America’s schools. “Connecticut teachers are being called upon to reboot their entire educational approach—moving away from teaching facts and figures towards inquiry-based instruction that encourages students to think critically and with deepening complexity, states Rau.  “It’s our hope that SEE/change helps educators and students see a change in the way they investigate subjects using primary sources and various points of view.”

The project was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It focuses on the Museum’s 1853 painting,Seven Miles to Farmington by Connecticut artist George H. Durrie. The popular genre scene of travelers arriving by sleigh to a rustic country inn on a winter’s day is steeped in historical content.

For over a year, the Museum worked closely with students, educators, and content and curriculum specialists. Staff visited elementary school classrooms to talk about the painting. Students were asked them to describe what they thought was going on in the painting and what kinds of learning activities they would enjoy doing on the computer.

Museum staff sought the council of content and curriculum specialists to develop content that is age-appropriate, applicable to teachers’ needs and concur with specific connections to the state Social Studies Framework. The end result is a dynamic set of web pages designed by Julia Balfour, LLC, that feature visually rich essays about the artist, the painting, the inn in the painting, and the landscape.

Users learn more about the artist, his life in New Haven, and his artistic career. The site features a portfolio of Durrie’s work, a timeline, a visual glossary, and lesson plans. Three engaging videos include a guided tour of the painting, a demonstration featuring Leslie Evans, Director of the Avery-Copp House Museum in Groton, making a pounded cheese from a recipe from the period, and a short painting lesson based on Durrie’s dogs. There is also a fun section of games and learning-to-look activities.

Students can make the scene come alive by pressing buttons that link to things you might hear such as a rooster crowing, crunching snow, or a snoring traveler. Educators praise the learning tool, “SEE/changehas created a stellar one stop workplace for educators to bring their classes to a piece that seamlessly integrates the arts and history, notes Dana Nelson, curriculum team member and 5th Grade Teacher at Tuttle Elementary School in East Haven, Connecticut. “My students can time travel to the 19th century to become one with a painting.”

Although the portal is designed for teachers and students to connect art and history in their classrooms, any virtual visitor can enjoy exploring the mysteries behind this iconic work of American art by logging on to FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org.

The recipient of a Trip Advisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence, the Florence Griswold Museum has been called a “Giverny in Connecticut” by the Wall Street Journal, and a “must-see” by the Boston Globe. In addition to the restored Florence Griswold House, the Museum features a gallery for changing art exhibitions, education and landscape centers, a restored artist’s studio, thirteen acres along the Lieutenant River, and extensive gardens. Its seasonal Café Flo was recognized as “best hidden gem” and “best outdoor dining” by Connecticut Magazine.

The Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT.

Visit FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org for more information.

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So Close … Lyme Art Association Nears $364K Goal, Donations Doubled Until April 30


Lyme Art Association, striving to reach a goal of raising $364,000 by April 30 for donations to be doubled, is 95 percent of the way there.

Pictured in the photo at left, Carrie Walters, Campaign Chair and Board member, adjusts the thermometer to reflect the latest donations and hopes to raise the thermometer $18,200 by month’s end.

Visit this link to see our article about the renovation project currently underway at the Lyme Art Association and the associated fundraising efforts.

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AAUW Hosts Fundraising Luncheon Today Featuring Best-Selling Authors Brunonia Barry, Randy Susan Meyers

The Lower Connecticut Valley branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) will sponsor a luncheon at the Saybrook Point Inn on Saturday, April 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Randy Susan Meyers, author of the bestseller, The Widow of Wall Street, and Brunonia Barry, author of the novels The Lace Reader and The Fifth Petal, will discuss their books and their writing process.

Tickets are $50 and help to provide scholarships for local women pursuing higher education. There will also be silent and chance auctions.

For more information, visit http://lowerctvalley-ct.aauw.net.

If interested in attending, call Sara Keaney at 860-395-4298.

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2018 Senior Studio Exhibition on View at Lyme Academy College Through May 11

The signature work of the 2018 Senior Studio Exhibition is ‘The Watcher’ by Rani Rusnock, who will graduate with a BFA in Illustration in May.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven hosts an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening in the Chauncey Stillman Gallery for its 2018 Senior Studio Exhibition.  All are welcome.

The seniors whose work is featured in the exhibition are studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and will graduate in May 2018.

The Senior Studio experience at the College allows students to refine their vision and develop a skill set in order to create a body of work that exemplifies their individual interests, talents, and artistic sensibilities.

The 2018 Senior Studio Exhibition reflects the culmination of this project.  Students will be present at the opening reception and available to discuss their work.

The exhibition will be on view in the gallery through May 11.  Admission is free Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sponsors of the exhibition are Overabove and Saybrook Point Inn/Fresh Salt.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven is located at 84 Lyme St. in Old Lyme.

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