August 19, 2022

Tonight, Salt Marsh Opera Hosts Free ‘Opera in the Park’ in Old Saybrook

OLD SAYBROOK — Join Salt Marsh Opera on Friday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. for a free concert at the Old Saybrook Town Green. Rain date is Saturday, Aug. 20.

The concert will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Arrive early for the best seating. This event is suitable for all ages.

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, settle in, and enjoy these three performers:




Editor’s Note: The Old Saybrook Town Green is adjacent to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center on Main Street in Old Saybrook, Conn. Click for directions.

Lyme Art Association Hosts Opening Reception This Evening for Two New Shows: ‘Point of View,’ ‘True Blue’

One of the signature works in ‘Point of View’ is ‘Good Night’ (above) in oil by Elected Artist Christopher Zhang. The show is currently on view at the Lyme Art Association.

OLD LYME — On Friday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., Lyme Art Association (LAA) will host an Opening Reception for two new shows, which opened Aug. 12. All are welcome.

The first is Point of View, the 101st Annual Elected Artists Show, which showcases the ‘best of the best’ in representational art from LAA’s Elected Artists.

These are the Association’s most accomplished artists and also torch-bearers for the American representational tradition. They follow directly in the footsteps of the original Lyme Art Colony artists, who hung their tonalist and impressionist works on the walls of the local library back in 1901.

‘To the Summit’ in oil by Blanche Serban is featured in the ‘True Blue’ show on view at the LAA.

The second exhibition is True Blue. Considered beneficial to the mind and body, the color blue elicits a sense of tranquility and healing. The LAA challenged its Associated Artists to submit work where blue is the predominant or most significant color in their piece.  This ode to blue will be both pleasing and intriguing for visitors.

Both shows are on view through Sept. 22, 2022 and sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank. Admission is free with donations appreciated.

The gallery is open at 90 Lyme St. in Old Lyme from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment.  The Lyme Art Association is located in the Old Lyme Historic District in a building designed by Lyme Colony artist and architect, Charles Adams Platt.

The LAA was founded 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.

For more information on exhibits, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, visit or call 860-434-7802.

Exhibition of Art by Lyme Academy Students Opens Today at Niantic Gallery With Reception

The signature work of the 2022 Lyme Academy Student Exhibition is this portrait study titled, ‘Katie’ by AnneMarie Johnson.

NIANTIC/OLD LYME — Niantic Bay Gallery of Fine Art is hosting an exhibit of work by Lyme Academy of Fine Arts students, featuring academic drawings from current students and a painting by instructor Edmond Rochat.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome and there is no fee for admission.

This is a special opportunity to view and purchase the work of students.

The opening reception in downtown Niantic will feature an evening of both fine art and refreshments.

The Niantic Bay Gallery of Fine Art is located behind the Arthur Murray Dance Center at 291 Main St Unit C in Niantic, Conn.

Old Lyme’s Florence Griswold Museum Director Beaulieu Leaving to Become President/CEO of Cincinnati’s Taft Museum of Art

Florence Griswold Museum Director Rebekah Beaulieu is leaving to take up a position as President/CEO of the Taft Museum of Art  in Cincinnati, Ohio.

CINCINNATI, OHIO/OLD LYME, CONN.—The Taft Museum of Art’s board of directors has announced the selection of Rebekah (Becky) Beaulieu as the museum’s next Louise Taft Semple President and CEO.

Beaulieu is currently the director of the Florence Griswold Museum, an American Alliance of Museums accredited National Historic Landmark, house museum, and modern exhibition space dedicated to American art, history, and landscape in Old Lyme, Conn.

Since Beaulieu’s appointment in 2018, she has made substantive changes in the depth of programming and connection to the community.

Beaulieu also serves as an accreditation commissioner for the American Alliance of Museums, as the vice president of the New England Museum Association, and as the treasurer of the American Association for State and Local History.

Beaulieu’s work has received recognition as the author of Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) and Endowment Essentials for Museums (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022).

Raised in Milwaukee, Beaulieu holds a PhD from Boston University in American and New England Studies with her dissertation Historic House Museums and America’s Urban Midwest offering underrepresented scholarship in the field.

Beaulieu also holds a masters in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a masters in Arts Administration from Columbia University and a bachelors in American Studies from The George Washington University.

In addition to her current roles, she has also held positions at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, Maine), the Milwaukee County Historical Society (Milwaukee, Wis.), and Lookingglass Theatre Company (Chicago, Ill.)

The current Florence Griswold Museum Director Rebekah (Becky) Beaulieu will take up the position of President/CEO of the Taft Art Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio (pictured above) starting Sept. 19, 2022. Photo by Ryan Kurtz.

“We are delighted to welcome Becky as the next President and CEO of the Taft, and excited to have her and her husband Patrick become part of our vibrant community in Cincinnati,” says Jill T. McGruder, board of director’s vice chair. “Becky will bring her impressive skills in community engagement, staff support and financial management to the museum at an important moment in its history, having recently celebrated our bicentennial and preservation of our landmark home.”

This appointment marks a critical era for the Taft, whose world-renowned collection and regional legacy make it an important national treasure. Beaulieu will build upon the organization’s community-centered engagement and excitement following the museum’s Bicentennial Infrastructure Project, sparking a renewed creative energy around the unique cultural gem.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Taft Museum of Art and look forward to collaborating with its visionary board of directors and exceptional staff to steward the museum into its exciting next chapter as a beacon of 21st century preservation and engagement. It is a true honor to be selected to lead an institution that is renowned for its commitment to excellence, and to join the dynamic arts community of Cincinnati,” says Beaulieu.

Beaulieu will officially join the museum as Louise Taft Semple President and CEO on Sept. 19, 2022.

The board-appointed selection committee conducted a nationwide search, retaining executive search consultants Museum Search & Reference, LLC.

Editor’s Notes: i) The press release above was issued Aug. 1, 2022 by the Taft Museum of Art.
ii) Tucked away in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, the Taft Museum of Art is a living landmark where art and history are everywhere you look. Built around 1820 as a private home for several of Cincinnati’s most prominent citizens, the Taft Museum of Art is now one of the finest small art museums in America and holds National Historic Landmark status for its historic house and Duncanson murals. For more information, visit

All-New Art Store Opens at Lyme Academy Today; Offers Art Supplies, Gifts, Collectibles

A view of the eclectic interior of ‘de Gerenday’s Fine Art Materials and Curiosities’ at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. All photos by Caryn B. Davis.

OLD LYME — The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts has announced the opening of de Gerendays Fine Art Materials and Curiosities, a new shop on the Academy’s campus in Old Lyme that offers a variety of art supplies and giftable objects from around the globe.

The official opening of the store will take place during Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival on Saturday, July 30, with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join the celebration. The store will then be open all day through 5 p.m.

During the Festival, the Academy will feature an art show and sale by Lyme Academy alumni along with art demonstrations, live musical performances, food, drinks and more. 

Modeled after the most famous and storied art stores in Paris and London, such as Sennelier and L. Cornelissen, this destination shop is as photogenic as it is substantial.

Almost every type and color of paint imaginable is on offer at the newly-opened store inside Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Artists will find a vast array of the finest quality oil, acrylic and watercolor paints, brushes of all sizes, fine linen papers, canvas on rolls, and sculpting tools, all chosen by the professional artists, who comprise the faculty of the Lyme Academy.

In addition to supplies for artists, a unique collection of curiosities” adds a sense of old-world charm and sophistication to the store. These include an extensive number of new and rare art books, taxidermy, architectural salvage, tapestries, and one-of-a-kind decorative items for the home.

The Academys Executive Director, Mora Rowe, utilized her background in fashion and design to develop her vision for the interior display and carefully curated items for the unique store.

A highlight of the store is the collection of plaster casts of classical European figurative sculptures (see above) available for purchase. These casts were sourced from notable collections in Italy and France and are used for both teaching and study by faculty and students attending the Academy.

Visitors to the store will find a variety of items for artists and non-artists ranging in price from $5 upwards. Consigned pieces of art, Italian leather journals, candles and jewelry are also for sale in the store.

Furthering a commitment to local artisans, Hardenco, a boutique denim manufacturer located in New Hartford, Conn. was commissioned to produce high quality, Lyme Academy logo-decorated artist aprons and zippered bags for the shop.  

It is part of our mission to create a store at which both artists and people, who appreciate art, can shop,” says Rowe, adding, “Our goal was to include some items that would be artistic in nature, allowing for their use by either artists for still life paintings or individuals and interior designers sourcing products for unique home décor.

Rowe notes, “Additionally, we have ensured that there is something for everyone who visits the store. Whether you are a local artist in need of a new canvas, or a community member looking for a gift, de Gerendays will be top of your list as a place to shop, while also supporting the Academy.”   

Special orders, drop-shipping, online shopping and gift certificates are available.

In keeping with the Lyme Academy’s pursuit of excellence in arts education, we feel it is important that the materials and tools we offer reflect our values,” says Co-Artistic Director Jordan Sokol.

He explains, “We spent many months hand-selecting each brand to ensure the quality of every product. We are thrilled to have the convenience of the store right here at the Academy as many of the artists attending classes and workshops are often in the studio for up to 12 hours a day.”

Sokol notes, “You won’t find many of these products in art supply chains or on Amazon.”

Fine art brands sourced for the store include Michael Harding, Old Holland, Rublev, Artefex, Raymar, Holbein, Winsor & Newton, Chelsea Classical Studio, Silver Brush, Trekell, Robert Simon, Isabey, Raphael, New Wave, Strathmore, Fabriano, Arches, Stonehenge, Staedtler, Derwent, Sennelier, Apollon, Centurion and more. 

The shops name honors Laci de Gerenday, the husband of the Academys founder, Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, who was himself a successful sculptor and administrator at Lyme Academy.

The opening of this art store marks one of many planned ventures by the new staff, faculty, and board of the Academy to welcome the Old Lyme community to the campus, support the town’s thriving local art scene, and re-establish Lyme Academy as a premier destination site for artists and art enthusiasts from all over the world.

Editor’s Notes: i) de Gerendays is accessible by the South Campus entrance located at 84 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, Conn. and is currently open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ii) The mission of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is to teach the foundational skills of drawing, painting, and sculpture in the figurative tradition. By its commitment to training students in these skills and an engagement with contemporary discourse, the Academy will empower a new generation of artists. Through its programs, the Academy is committed to enriching the cultural life of the community. Learn more by visiting

Register to be Part of Lyme-Old Lyme’s First, Open Invitational Cabaret + Art Expo—a Collaborative, Youth-Driven Project to be Held Sept. 23 

LYSB, Lyme Academy of Art, LOLPC, Youth Advisory Council, and REACH  Team Up to Host Inclusive Event to Address LOL Community’s Well-being, Mental Health

OLD LYME — Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau is collecting creative works from folks of all ages in the community—whether your form of expression is visual art, music, dance, theatrical art, or written/spoken word—to share at an exhibit at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts on Sept. 23, 2022.

REACH and the Youth Advisory Council are two groups of youth leaders that are involved in many innovative programs and activities at Lymes’ Youth Serice Bureau (LYSB.)  Their dedication to youth-empowerment and -advocacy is inspiring them to join hands with the community to address the local community’s well-being and mental health.  

Students involved in these two organizations report high levels of stress and anxiety among their peers and are fully aware of the direct relationship between substance misuse and mental health.   

Recent Youth Survey Data indicates that 70 percent of Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) students in grades 7-12 report feeling stressed, 60 percent feeling anxious, and 28 percent feeling so sad and hopeless that it impacts daily activities. 

In an effort to connect people of all ages around mental health and how community can come together to support each other, SHOWUP was born. readers are  now invited to consider joining hands with LOL Youth to make this event a huge success for all.

Through your creativity, the organizers want to know what is on your mind, what keeps you up at night, what helps you escape your fears, and what strategies help you to sleep peacefully. Since these coping methods may range from meditative processes to substance use, the organizers are intentionally creating a safe, non-judgmental space for the display of this work—for example, you will be able to submit your work anonymously if you prefer.

Alli Behnke, MSW, LYSB’s Prevention Coordinator, who is one of the lead organizers, comments enthusiastically, “From the pieces already seem, there is more that connects us than we could ever have imagined—we are excited to share contributions to this event with our towns.”

In the words of a REACH Youth Coalition member, “Please join us! We are reaching out to youth and adults during a challenging time in history and hoping we can come together to listen, understand, support, and celebrate lived experience and need.”

The work collected will be displayed for one great night at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. There will be gallery displays, performances, and food on the premises.

During the event, the organizers will share the digital archive of all the submitted work and provide a link to purchase a tabletop book of the art.

Everyone at LYSB is excited for the opportunity to spend an evening talking with our community to share feelings and experiences with each other. 

As space is limited, reserve your place by registering today.


Visit to learn more and make a submission and/or visit to hear straight from LOL High School students about the event.

Contact Alli Behnke, MSW, LYSB Prevention Coordinator with any questions at

Old Lyme Residents Unanimously Approve $2.1M in ARPA Spending in Special Town Meeting

Selectwoman Martha Shoemaker presents the recommendations from the American Rescue Plan Committee at Tuesday evening’s Special Town Meeting. Photo by Phil Parcak.

OLD LYME – At Tuesday evening’s Special Town Meeting, Old Lyme taxpayers voted unanimously to approve a final disbursement of $2,120,593 in the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The payout includes over 60 individual disbursements addressing 10 key recommendations such as supporting the economic recovery of Old Lyme’s small businesses and supporting public health services.

The vote came following the June 21, 2022 recommendations of the Town’s Boards of Selectmen and Finance.

The Town previously approved $41,622 at the March 21, 2022 Special Town Meeting. The Town has now allocated its total ARPA funding from the Federal Government, as required within the stated deadline.

In September 2021, the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen appointed a committee of a dozen townspeople representing a cross-section of concerns including health and human services, emergency services, business, and tourism. The “ARP Committee” began its work a month later with one of its first tasks being to conduct a survey of residents and business leaders and develop two application processes.

Subsequently, following the submission of almost 80 economic recovery and community initiative grant applications, the ARP Committee created a set of recommendations for the board of selectmen that included distributing up to $10,000 in ARPA funds to 33 individual businesses and nonprofits for economic recovery, and more than 30 initiatives that would serve Old Lyme in its ability to move forward from the pandemic, while better preparing for the future.

Approved initiatives include $275,000 for a new ambulance for Old Lyme’s volunteer ambulance organization, $114,160 toward four years of increased mental health services provided through Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, and $55,000 to repair the Swan Brook outlet’s wood outfall, an issue that has caused flooding in the Miami Beach and Hawks Nest communities.

Old Lyme Town Clerk Vicki Urbowicz read the motion ahead of the vote in the Special Town Meeting held Tuesday evening. Attorney Victoria Lanier (seated at left) moderated the meeting.

Some initiatives receiving funding will result in fun and innovative ways for organizations to provide services to Old Lyme residents. 

The Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library will receive $6,350 to fund a mobile/outdoor children’s library service with the purchase of a Library e-assist Book Bike. The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, a center of the Connecticut Audubon Society, can expect to receive $157,095 toward its anticipated children’s science discovery and environmental learning center.

Initiatives to address the local economy by bringing visitors back to Old Lyme include $137,599 toward renovations to the Sound View Community Center, $30,875 toward Black Hall Outfitter’s targeted tourism marketing to watersport enthusiasts, $8,000 toward the 2023 Midsummer Festival, and $2,700 for additional outreach efforts by the Town’s Economic Development Commission.

The full list of approved economic recovery grants and community initiatives can be found at this link.

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold felt the grants addressed a broad set of ideas and needs. “The American Rescue Plan Committee took into account a broad range of needs and concerns and addressed them in a rational and unprejudiced way.”

Griswold continued, “These recommendations not only bring funding to individual businesses and organizations that make up the fabric of our community, but also help the Town itself move forward from a time that challenged our ability to provide important public services.” 

In addition to the recovery grants and initiative concepts submitted by Town organizations, the ARP Committee voted to recommend to the Town the allocation of $20,000 to the Town’s Social Services Discretionary Fund to help residents during hardship. The Committee also recommended that any funds not expended by a grant recipient or the Town itself by the Federal deadline of December 2026 be redirected to the Discretionary Fund.

The set of recommendations voted on by the Town Tuesday evening also includes up to $20,000 in administrative, outreach, and legal costs associated with the ARPA funding and up to $20,000 in fees to a consultant hired by the Town to review and recommend the economic recovery grants following his appraisal of applicants’ financial losses.

Thomas Gotowka, Old Lyme American Rescue Plan Committee Chairman, said the Committee met the charge put forward and could be proud of its work. “I am very pleased at how well we [the Committee] covered the community landscape. The list reflects Old Lyme’s needs, as seen in responses to our survey; and an objective appraisal of each application or proposed initiative,” Gotowka said.

He further noted that the Committee had in place several safeguards to avoid any conflict of interest and worked to meet “the requirements and mandates of the legislation.”

About 60 Old Lyme residents were in attendance at the Special Town Meeting Tuesday evening. Following Selectwoman Martha Shoemaker’s presentation of the ARP Committee’s recommendations, those in attendance voted unanimously to approve the package.

Griswold noted that grants to businesses and organizations will be made once the Town receives its second and final ARPA installment, which is anticipated shortly. Letters to grant recipients will go out in the coming weeks.

Editor’s Note: This article is based on a press release issued by the ARP Committee.

And the Band(s) Played on—Making Music on Lyme Street to Celebrate Midsummer

Lucas Neil was a popular performer in front of The Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe.

OLD LYME — Lyme Street was alive with music last night as a dozen bands and soloists played in different locations stretching from Lyme Academy in the north down to the First Congregational Church in the south.

The Old Lyme Town Band drew a large crowd on the Center School lawn.

The Town was celebrating International Make Music Day, joining many other locations across the globe to mark Midsummer’s Night — the longest day of the year.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Lions did a roaring trade in hot dogs and burgers.

Hundreds of people came out in Old Lyme to enjoy the music and fill the street with relaxed cheer and conversation.

To the delight of many visitors, local celebrity Braiden Sunshine sang on the lawn at Lyme Academy.

Although the weather looked a little ominous initially, it ultimately decided to cooperate and stayed relatively warm and dry throughout the whole event.

‘The Moving Target Band’ played many cheery tunes Tuesday night outside The Village Shops on Lyme Street.

It was a great opportunity to catch up with friends despite the lingering shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Brown and Friends played Indy Folk and original tunes outside The Cooley Gallery.

The musicians ranged in age from teens to seniors and similarly, the genres of music varied from country to folk to blues and everything in between!

Nightingale’s Cafe featured a variety of solo musicians and bands throughout the evening.

Launched in France in 1982, Make Music Day is an international musical festival open to all who would like to participate, and takes place in over 1,000 cities in 120 countries on June 21, the summer solstice.

‘The Midnight Anthem’ performed in front of Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall.

The State of Connecticut Office of the Arts debuted the State’s effort in 2018 with 528 free musical performances at 224 locations across the state, including Old Lyme. 

The band at 71 Lyme St. was ‘Five Bean Row.’

Many thanks to the organizers of this wonderful event, who included Dan and Gail Stevens of the MusicNow Foundation and Nightingale’s Cafe, Old Lyme’s 2021 Volunteer of the Year Cheryl Poirier, and Mary Seidner, Executive Director of LYSB.

Playing a variety of music genres, ‘Hot Strings Cafe’ entertained in front of the Elms Building.


Summer Sculpture Showcase on View at Studio 80+ in Old Lyme

‘Open Plain Gray Wolf’ is one of the featured works in Gil Boro’s ‘Summer Sculpture Showcase’, which opens Saturday in Old Lyme.

OLD LYME — Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds on Lyme St. in Old Lyme offer a vibrant, artistic environment owned and managed by acclaimed international sculptor Gil Boro, who lives on the property.

Sculptor Gil Boro in his studio in Old Lyme.

Dedicated to arts education and appreciation, Boro vigorously pursues his mission to create a bond between art, nature and community by inspiring and promoting participation in the arts.

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds’ 8th annual Summer Sculpture Showcase exhibition provides a unique opportunity for artists to showcase their sculptures in a stunning environment specifically designed to nurture the creative arts. This year, the Showcase features a variety of sculptures from 15 national artists, who represent a broad range of artistic communities, which, in turn, creates an exhibition of diverse sculpture.

All works on the grounds are available for sale.

Ramblin’ Dan Stevens will provide the musical entertainment at Saturday’s Opening Reception.

On Saturday, June 18, an Opening Reception is being held from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the 2022 Summer Sculpture Showcase. It will feature live music by Ramblin’ Dan Stevens, light refreshments, and the opportunity to tour the ground and view the artwork at leisure. All are welcome.

Boro comments, “I’m delighted to be able to open my grounds to these exceptional sculptors whose work intrigues me. Each one offers original creative thinking resulting in a combination of contrasting conceptual designs in a variety of media. I think any visitor to the exhibition is going to be thoroughly engaged by what he or she sees – including children.”

A sculpture, which is part of the 2022 Summer Sculpture Showcase, stands in front of a work by Gil Boro in his permanent exhibition at the Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme.

Boro is somewhat unusual as a professional sculptor in that he loves to see folk of all ages directly interacting with his sculptures, noting that he has a strong aversion to exhibitions, “… where people can’t touch my work.”

‘Armor’ by Craig Frederick is one of the featured works in the 20222 Summer Sculpture Showcase.

The Sculpture Grounds are thoroughly invested in the vibrant Old Lyme arts scene and anticipate this exhibition will attract art-loving visitors from near and far. Boro is committed to the important public mission to enrich the cultural life of the region for the education, enrichment, and enjoyment of the community. In previous years, the exhibition has drawn over 7000 viewers to the 4.5-acre sculpture garden located on the Connecticut shoreline.

A view across the Sculpture Grounds towards the Lieutenant River at 80-1 Lyme St. in Old Lyme.

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds is located at 80-1 Lyme St., less than a minute from Exit 70 on I- 95. The Sculpture Grounds are open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Children, field trips and group visits are all welcome.

For further information, visit the Sculpture Grounds website or call 860-434-5957.

Two New Exhibitions on View at Lyme Art Association Through Aug. 4

‘Foggy Harbor’ by Carole Constant is one of the signature works in the ‘Ship to Shore’ exhibition on view at the Lyme Art Association through Aug. 4.

OLD LYME — Two new exhibitions are on view at Lyme Art Association (LAA), Ship to Shore and Renaissance in Pastel. An opening reception and award presentation for both exhibitions is being held Friday, June 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Celebrating all aspects of sea and shoreline life, Ship to Shore is a member’s exhibition, which features a broad range of styles and mediums including paintings, drawings and sculptures. The exhibit is juried by Anthony Tomaselli, who is a painter based in Providence, R.I. He apprenticed with Gene Tonoff and Joseph Rotundo and is represented by a variety of galleries.

Lyme Art Association Gallery Manager Paul Michael says, “Our coastal communities are a vital part of New England life. This show acts as a survey of contemporary maritime artwork, celebrating the seas that connect us.”

Concurrent with Ship to Shore, the Connecticut Pastel Society will display Renaissance in Pastel. The exhibition includes the finest pastel work from the Connecticut Pastel Society member artists. Lyme Art Association is delighted to welcome back the Connecticut Pastel Society for this always impressive show.

The exhibition’s awards are juried by Eileen Casey. Casey is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle and graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston.

In addition to these two exhibitions, Lyme Art Association’s youth exhibition, Water All Around Us, will be on display in the Mile Brook Gallery.

The shows run through Aug. 4, 2022.

Lyme Art Association is located in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within the national historic district at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT.

Ship to Shore is made possible by the generous support of the LAA’s premier sponsor, Essex Savings Bank.

The LAA 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. Admission is free with contributions appreciated.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 to 5 p.m.

For more information on exhibits, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, visit the LAA website or call (860) 434-7802.

Old Lyme Sister Mural Dedicated in Old Lyme

On Sunday, June 12, the newly-created ‘Welcome’ mural at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School (LOLMS) will be dedicated at a ceremony starting at 2:30 p.m. and running through 3:30 p.m.

The dedication will be preceded by a Community Talk and celebration of the mural from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Those attending will discuss what has been learned in the last two years of PARJE action and what can be done better in the future.

The talk will be held in the LOLMS Auditorium or if the weather is pleasant, then the group will meet in the adjacent courtyard.

All are welcome to attend at either or both events.

The mural is part of the Sister Murals Project sponsored by Public Art for Racial Justice Education (PARJE), which was officially launched March 1, 2021.

The primary mission of PARJE is to utilize the broad appeal of art and education to confront racial injustice.

The ‘Welcome’ mural at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, which will be dedicated today.

One mural has already been unveiled in Norwich and murals have now been completed in Old Lyme and New London.

The lead artists for the Old Lyme mural is Jasmine Oyola-Blumenthal, who is an alumna of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

The Old Lyme Sister Mural has been installed inside Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, adjacent to the gymnasium.

In addition to her role as lead artist, Oyola-Blumenthal worked with school faculty to develop student workshops, which coordinated with the project.

Oyola-Blumenthal and her counterpart for the New London mural, Marvin Espy, were selected from a field of nearly 20 applicants.

In her application, Oyola-Blumenthal referred to the ability of art to inspire people to talk to one another, commenting, “Art is a neutral vessel that can bring forth conversations that can be uncomfortable and promote opportunities to open dialogue on racial justice and education.”

Death Announced of Nicole “Nikki” Marie Turner, 30, Graduate of Lyme Academy College in 2014

Nicole “Nikki” Marie Turner, 30 years, passed away May 23, 2022. Born on January 11, 1992 to Theresa and Dave Turner in Toledo, OH. She graduated from Bedford High School and went on to receive a Bachelors of Fine Arts at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (Old Lyme, CT).

She moved to Florida … while attending Harley Davidson’s Mechanic School and then Florida Technical School for automotive painting.

She was selected to paint the “Green Mamba”, a jet-powered race cycle for Larson Motor Sports.

At the time of her death, she was working for Lockheed-Martin in Orlando, FL painting a variety of government projects …

Left to mourn this incredible young woman are her parents, Theresa (Jeffery) Buford; Dave Turner; siblings, Destini Turner (John Rossi), Jacob Hutchens and Chance Wymer; …

A celebration of Nicole’s remarkable life will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday June 18, 2022 at 6969 Garden Rd., Maumee, OH

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Jun. 12, 2022 by The Toledo Blade.

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts Receives Transformative $1 Million Gift From Charlotte Colby Danly — Former Student, Trustee Emeritus

A painting of a sculptor and surgeon Dr. Wayne Southwick by renowned artist and distinguished teacher, the late Deane G. Keller, took pride of place in the Sculpture Studio at Lyme Academy in August 2021. Keller taught Charlotte Colby Danley who has just endowed a Sculpture Chair in her name to teach figurative sculpture to students at the Academy.

Endowment Will Support Creation of New Sculpture Chair; Academy Invites Applications for Position

OLD LYME – Lyme Academy of Fine Arts has announced that it has received a $1 million transformative gift from Charlotte Colby Danly, a former student and trustee at the Academy, in support of the Academy’s mission to teach a new generation of artists in the figurative tradition.

The gift will allow the creation of an endowed chair in the donor’s name, the Charlotte Colby Danly Sculpture Chair, and establish a program to teach figurative sculpture to students attending the Academy.

The Academy is presently calling for applications for an Artistic Director of Sculpture to lead the effort.

Portrait of Charlotte Danly by Diane Aeschliman, artist and former instructor at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts

“Charlotte came to the Academy to study sculpture as an act of personal transformation when she was at a crossroads in her life. The gift that she has made will ensure that others can follow her path in what promises to be the country’s premier sculpture program,”, says Michael Duffy, who serves as chairman of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts Board of Trustees.

Danly is an award-winning sculptor and artist, and a longstanding benefactor of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. Having received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, Danly began studying at Lyme Academy in 1988 under renowned sculptors Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, the founder of Lyme Academy, and her husband, Laci de Gerenday.

Danly’s work has been featured in Art Ideas, published by the American Renaissance for the Twenty-First Century, a nonprofit dedicated to a rebirth of beauty and life-affirming values in the fine arts. Previously a resident of Lyme, Conn., Danly now lives out of state.

Sculptures are found throughout the grounds of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. as can be seen in this view looking alongside the Sill House

Danly was first elected to Lyme’s Board of Trustees in 1999 and served in that role for over a decade. In 2021, Danly was appointed a Trustee Emeritus, in recognition of her contributions and service to Lyme Academy.

She established Lyme Academy’s first endowed chair in 2001, the Deane G. Keller Chair in Classical Drawing and Figurative Art. Keller was a renowned artist and distinguished teacher at Lyme Academy for 25 years, who counted Danly among his best students. This Chair currently supports Co-Artistic Directors Jordan Sokol and Amaya Gurpide.

“The time that I spent with the founders of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in the sculpture program was transformative for me, personally and creatively,” Danly recalls. “It is with great pride and appreciation for Lyme Academy that I endow a new Sculpture Chair, in my name, that will allow the Academy to continue to help others learn to sculpt in the figurative tradition.”

Plaster casts are currently on display in the Chandler Sculpture Studio at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Lyme Academy is currently accepting applications for its new Charlotte Colby Danly Artistic Director of Sculpture.

Qualifications for the position are as follows:

  • The Artistic Director of Sculpture must unequivocally embrace the Academy’s mission of using time-tested techniques to teach basic artistic skills in sculpture.
  • The successful candidate must be an established artist with extensive experience teaching art in an atelier, academy, or other educational setting.
  • Candidates should also have a proven background in administration and in creating programming.
  • In addition to the community within the Lyme Academy, the Sculpture Chair will be fully immersed in the greater Lyme, Old Lyme, and Shoreline communities.

Artistic Director and Director of Painting, Jordan Sokol and Painting-Drawing Instructor Hollis Dunlap working in the Southwick-Keller Studio at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

“As with drawing and painting, Lyme Academy is committed to building the leading figurative sculpture program in the United Sates,” said Jordan Sokol, Co-Artistic Director of the Academy’s Deane G. Keller Chair. “Sculpture is a part of Lyme Academy’s DNA – our campus was literally built by and for it.”

To learn how to apply for the position of Lyme Academy’s Charlotte Colby Danly Sculpture Chair, visit

The mission of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is to teach the foundational skills of drawing, painting, and sculpture in the figurative tradition. By its commitment to training students in these skills and an engagement with contemporary discourse, the Academy will empower a new generation of artists. Through its programs, the Academy is committed to enriching the cultural life of the community. Learn more by visiting

Editor’s Note: This article is based on a press release issued by Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Laurie Pavlos to Retire as Lyme Art Association Director, Elsbeth Dowd Named as Successor

The current Director of the Lyme Art Association Laurie Pavlos (left) sits with the newly-appointed Director Elsbeth Dowd, who will take over from Pavlos after her June 30 retirement.

OLD LYME:  The Lyme Art Association is the oldest of what has evolved into a vibrant collection of art and culture institutions in the heart of Old Lyme. It is flourishing in a way that is perhaps only rivaled by its early years when the renowned Lyme Art Colony artists formed the Association back in 1914.

It is from this firm base that the Association is undergoing a change in leadership.

After 12 extremely successful years at the LAA, Laurie Pavlos is planning to retire June 30 from her position as Executive Director. She joined the staff in 2010 as business manager and later became part of the Executive Team, which led the Association from 2014. That team also comprised Gallery Manager Jocelyn Zallinger and Development Director Gary Parrington.

Pavlos was appointed Executive Director in 2018 and from that time through the present has been a consistent and enthusiastic supporter of LAA’s mission and values. She has guided the organization through significant growth, construction, and the both unexpected and challenging disruption of the pandemic.

As of July 1, Elsbeth Dowd will succeed Pavlos as Executive Director.

For the past two years, Dowd has been the LAA’s Development Director. Pavlos comments, “Upon joining the Association staff in early 2019, she [Dowd] wasted no time in enhancing our communications, starting with social media.”

Pavlos adds, “Elsbeth worked with me to help our broader community become more familiar with our organization and mission. She continues to build relationships with community partners, sponsors, members, and donors.”

Prior to joining the Lyme Art Association, Dowd was the Executive Director of the Oysterponds Historical Society in Orient, N.Y., and before that was Museum Registrar at the Sam Noble Museum in Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in art and archaeology from Princeton University and her Doctoral Degree in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma.

A number of other appointments have also been announced at the LAA. Paul Michael, a graduate of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, has taken over the role of Gallery Manager from Jocelyn Zallinger, who has also retired. Jolie Collins is the Association’s new Communications Manager, and Sarah Kentoffio and Franceska Nebel are assisting in the gallery and staff office respectively.

Exhibition, Sale of New Works by Jasper Goodrich, Morteza Khakshoor on View at Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme

‘Becoming’, by Morteza Khakshoor, is one of the signature paintings in the upcoming, ‘Where They Began’ exhibition at The Cooley Gallery. The artwork is acrylic on birch panel, 20” x 24”, 2020.

The Cooley Gallery’s First Endemic Era Show, ‘Where They Began,’ is Guest Curated by International Artist, Lyme Resident Christian Brechneff

OLD LYME, CTThe Cooley Gallery has announced its first exhibition in over two years and for this special show, the gallery joins forces with the artist, Christian Brechneff of Lyme, Conn.

Where They Began, is an exhibition and sale opening at The Cooley Gallery, Thursday, May 26. It includes works by former Essex resident Jasper Goodrich and Lyme Academy alumnus, Morteza Khakshoor, who are both artists with ties to the region and talents worthy of highlight in the eyes of Brechneff.

There will be an opening reception for the show on Thursday, May 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome. The show will be on display through June 25, 2022.

There is a centuries-long tradition of attracting and nurturing artists along this southern end of the Connecticut River. Maybe it is the topography, or perhaps the light, or could it be the long history of encouragement and tolerance artists find when they are here? 

Internationally-acclaimed artist Brechneff decided he would like to play his part in the area’s artistic history and curate a show of works by two young artists with connections to this part of Connecticut that Brechneff calls home. 

Brechneff has had numerous exhibitions at The Cooley Gallery over the years, book-signings, and gallery owners Jeff and Betsey Cooley appeared briefly in his biographical documentary, Like Notes of Music

This work by Jasper Goodrich titled ‘Whale Rock to Essex’ was painted in 2020 in oil on unstretched linen, 26 x 45 inches.

When Brechneff approached Jeff Cooley about the idea of a show of works by two young artists Jeff simply could not refuse. “This region of Connecticut has a long history of supporting artists and their work. We are thrilled to be able to play a small role in both Christian’s vision and in keeping this tradition alive,” says Jeff Cooley.

This two-man show is a slight deviation for the gallery in Old Lyme, which was established in 1986, but not completely out of character. Cooley explains, “We are known as gallery that mostly shows historic art from Old Lyme but we have to go outside those parameters from time to time. I think it’s important to look outside the usual,  especially if there’s a logical thread.”

He concludes, “Christian’s enthusiasm for these two artists was notable and it meant a lot to us to share his vision.”

This work by Jasper Goodrich, ‘Piling L’ is featured in the new show at The Cooley Gallery.

Color and context are important features in the work of these two artists. Jasper Goodrich’s connection to the area began as a child in Essex. He recalls looking across the Connecticut River to Old Lyme. Maybe those distant views of inlets and rock formations fueled his confidence to work in numerous different media. 

Goodrich visits family in Essex, but currently makes his home in Chicago and teaches at the School for the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Printmedia Department and at the Hyde Park Art Center, where he created a class titled “Sequences, Iterations and Permutations.”

He received his BS from Skidmore College and his MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Brechneff chose Goodrich’s work as it explores external influences in the artistic process and how those influences weave together in the artist’s mind and is communicated through the work.

‘Sunrise and Sunset’ is another striking work by Morteza Khakshoor, who is a 2015 alumnus of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

Morteza Khakshoor’s connection to this area started a little further away. Born in Iran, he came to this country to continue his fine art studies, specifically to the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and earned his BFA from the College in 2015.

Khakshoor, who lives and works in Southern, California, puts powerful imagery into small scale.

The Cooley Gallery is located at 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 12 to 5 p.m. and almost anytime by appointment, 860-304-2386, and all the time at

Local Resident, Acclaimed Photographer Skip Hine Gives Author Talk on His New Book at Lyme Library

LYME — On Saturday, May 21, Lyme Public Library hosts acclaimed photographer Skip Hine from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss his new book Memories in Hine Sight: My Life with a Camera.

Hine’s free presentation will include examples of his photographs and the fascinating stories that went into taking them.

With over 45 years of experience, this artist/author has traveled around the world photographing breathtaking landscapes, and taking portraits of some of the most famous celebrities, athletes and politicians in the world.

Register at this link for a unique “behind the lens” tour of life through the eyes of this award-winning photographer. There are only 30 places available for this talk, so register asap!


Old Lyme’s ‘Welcome’ Mural to be ‘Revealed’ to the Community at LOL Middle School, Today at 1:30pm; All Welcome

On Wednesday, April 27, the newly-created ‘Welcome’ mural at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School (LOLMS) will be revealed to the community at a ceremony in the school’s auditorium beginning at 1:30 p.m. and lasting around 30 minutes.

All are welcome to attend the ceremony and then view the mural after its official ‘reveal.’ Members of the public attending the ceremony are requested to check-in at the LOLMS office to obtain a ‘Visitor’ sticker prior to going to the auditorium.

The mural is part of the Sister Murals Project sponsored by Public Art for Racial Justice Education (PARJE), which was officially launched March 1, 2021. The primary mission of PARJE is to utilize the broad appeal of art and education to confront racial injustice.

One mural has already been unveiled in Norwich and now murals are being worked on concurrently in Old Lyme and New London.

Lead artist for the Old Lyme Sister Mural is Jasmine Oyola-Blumenthal.

The lead artists for the Old Lyme mural is Jasmine Oyola-Blumenthal, who is an alumna of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

The Old Lyme Sister Mural is being installed inside Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, adjacent to the gymnasium.

In addition to her role as lead artist, Oyola-Blumenthal has worked with school faculty to develop student workshops, which coordinate with the project.

Oyola-Blumenthal and her counterpart, Marvin Espy, in New London were selected from a field of nearly 20 applicants.

In her application, Oyola-Blumenthal referred to the ability of art to inspire people to talk to one another, commenting, “Art is a neutral vessel that can bring forth conversations that can be uncomfortable and promote opportunities to open dialogue on racial justice and education.”


Lyme Public Hall Hosts Open Jazz Jam Session, Tonight

LYME — On Wednesday, April 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., Lyme Public Hall will host another Open Jazz Jam session.

All are welcome to come and participate or just listen.

This is a BYOB event and admission is free.

Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Rd. in Lyme.

Two New Shows on View at Lyme Art Association

‘The Bar at Rracis’ by Wende Caporale in pastel is one of the featured works in the Hudson Valley Art Association’s 89th Annual National Exhibition.

OLD LYME — Two new shows are on view at the Lyme Art Association (LAA) through June 2, 2022 at the LAA building located at 90 Lyme St. in Old Lyme.

‘Murmuration’ by Michael Lynch in watercolor is one of the signature works in the ‘Expanding Visions’ show.

Expanding Visions is the LAA’s annual member show that showcases the varied artistic visions of the association’s membership. All types of artwork will be celebrated: hyper-realism, impressionism, abstraction, and non-representational styles.

The exhibit will be juried by Robert Pillsbury, former president of the Salmagundi Club of New York. The show runs from April 15 .

Concurrent with Expanding Visions, the Hudson Valley Art Association (HVAA) will present its 89th Annual National Juried Exhibition. This exhibition includes the finest representational paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from HVAA’s member artists.

“We are looking forward to these two strong and exciting shows,” says Lyme Art Association’s Executive Director, Laurie Pavlos, adding, “We are very pleased to welcome back HVAA and display what is sure to be a very impressive show.”

She explains, “The HVAA has been coming back for years: they love our beautiful gallery space and our visitors love their impressive and varied works. They always have a great deal of beautiful sculpture which looks fabulous in the gallery.”

She added, “Our Expanding Visions show continues the excitement into the rest of the gallery. The wide range of styles shown side by side in this exhibit makes this a very energetic show and provides something for every art lover.”

The LAA 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 in Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within the national historic district.

Admission is free with contributions appreciated.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Nationally Renowned Guest Artists Lead Painting Workshops at Lyme Academy

Lyme Academy hosts artist Patrick Okrasinski for an intensive workshop, the Principles of Landscape Painting in May. Image courtesy of the artist.

OLD LYME — Lyme Academy of Fine Arts hosts four comprehensive painting workshops in April, May and June.

These workshops offer students an opportunity to work closely with nationally-renowned guest artists for a concentrated and intensive period of time. Students will gain technical experience and insight into the diverse perspectives and methodologies of figurative and representational art.

The workshops are as follows:
April 22-24.: Painting the Still Life
May 16-20 and May 23-27, Mon-Fri: Principles of Landscape Painting
May 20-22: Sustained Observation
June 1-15: Rose Painting

Todd Casey, The Shamrock, 2015. Oil on linen, 30 by 22 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

‘Painting the Still Life’ will be led by Todd Casey and runs Friday through Sunday, April 22-24. Register at this link.

Guided instruction held in the inspiring studios of the Lyme Academy will address composition, drawing, light, color theory, form, depth, edges, and how to introduce narrative elements into a painting based on the direct and focused observation of selected objects.

“Casey’s work is both realistic and progressive, carefully observed and inherently narrative. Every painting has a tale to tell, brewed from a deep well of introspective thought,” says co-artistic director, Jordan Sokol, who curates the guest artists hired to conduct the comprehensive art workshops at the Academy.

Principles of Landscape Painting’ is an intensive two-week workshop running Monday through Friday for two weeks, May 16-20 and May 23-27.

This workshop is presented by Patrick Okrasinski, a former student of Artistic Directors Jordan Sokol and Amaya Gurpide. Artists will visit multiple local plein air venues of historical significance in Old Lyme, while learning the foundations of successful plein air landscape painting in a picturesque setting.

Guided instruction will address theories of value, mass, composition, representing light and color, optical effects encountered outdoors, perspective, and more.

Edmond Praybe will lead ‘Sustained Observation’, a three-day still life workshop, May 20-22.

Known for his focus on the convergence of perception and abstraction, Praybe will discuss the role of change and time when painting. He will guide students in how to set up a still life, to look for color and value relationships, and to examine the abstract structure that can be created paintings.

The fourth painting workshop ‘Rose Painting’ will be presented by internationally-recognized, award-winning botanical painter Kathleen Speranza, June 1-15.

Sperenza’s paintings are known for exploring the visual language of space, light, color and form as it relates to specific subjects from nature. This workshop is intended for experienced painters, who wish to study the complex geometry and exquisite subtle colors of garden roses.

The course will include an indirect method of painting and the introduction of a specific limited palette.

Detailed registration information and workshop costs can be located on the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts website at

Founded in 1976 by the sculptor Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, the Academy was created as an institution dedicated to a traditional, skills-based education.

In 2021, Lyme Academy, a non-profit educational organization, returned to its founding roots to offer foundational skills in the fine arts; providing a curriculum which combines rigorous studio instruction in drawing and painting with anatomy, sculpture, and the history of art.

The Academy affirms its legacy and commitment to the community of Old Lyme by providing a vibrant schedule of lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and part-time programs.

Located midway between Boston and New York, Old Lyme, Conn. has been a site of artistic congregation for over a century, becoming the heart of the Lyme Art Colony and the Home of American Impressionism.

Learn more by visiting