April 11, 2021

Death of Guy Wiggins Announced; Grandfather John Carleton Wiggins Helped Found Art Colony in Old Lyme, Father Guy C. Wiggins was Famous American Impressionist

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Guy Wiggins, a third-generation painter, scholar and diplomat has died Oct. 28, 2020, at age 100.

By Michael Astor

Guy Wiggins, a third-generation painter who traveled the world as a soldier, scholar and diplomat before devoting himself to an art career that lasted nearly half a century, has died at 100. The cause was cancer.

He was the son of a famous American Impressionist, Guy C. Wiggins and grandson of a celebrated Hudson River School painter, John Carleton Wiggins …

… When he was 10 the Great Depression hit and the family retreated to Old Lyme, where his grandfather, John Carleton Wiggins had helped establish an art colony decades earlier. His father and mother shrewdly bet that they could sell art lessons even if they couldn’t sell art and opened the Guy Wiggins Art School there in order to make ends meet. The school was successful and became a beacon for aspiring artists …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Oct. 30 in The Day.

Lyme Street Invokes a ‘Little Whimsy’ with an Influx of ‘Fairy Doors’

The Fairy House outside Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall.

OLD LYME — Take a stroll down Lyme Street this month, look very carefully and you will see all kinds of mystical, magical Fairy Houses tucked into trees, fancifully formed against fences and lingering on lawns.

Find this fairy House is at 30 Lyme Street.

This little piece of wonderment has come about because, through Oct. 28, a variety of businesses, nonprofits, and private residences on Lyme Street has chosen to participate in the 2nd annual “Fairy Doors on Lyme Street.”

The Fairy Door at Lyme Art Association is exquisite.

There are 14 fairy doors on the grounds of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts (LAFA), created by Region 18 students and LAFA alumni.

Another 16 fairy doors can be found along Lyme Street and all the fairy doors can be seen from the sidewalk.

See this masterful creation by Tammi Flynn at EF Watermelon.

LymeLine caught up with Cheryl Poirier, one of the coordinators, who explained, “Fairy Doors on Lyme Street is a way to add a little whimsy to our days, especially this year as we are all needing more smiles than ever.”

She continued, “Whether walking into Old Lyme Town Hall or on your way to one of the small businesses on Lyme Street, it’s fun to look down and see that someone used their creativity to share some fun with neighbors and friends.”

At 78 Lyme St. (see photo above), two graduates of the Savannah College of Art and Design took on the fun of creating, “A village of fairy doors,” amidst the greenery of the front lawn.

This wonderful fairy dropped into Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds.

Olivia Denison and Alexandra Vasquez Dheming were New York City roommates working in the theater industry when COVID shut down their work.

They came to wait out the pandemic at Olivia’s parent’s home in Old Lyme pending the return of theater in New York, and now the roommates’ fairy door village contribution is a delightful, artistic endeavor for everyone who either lives on or walks down Lyme Street to enjoy.

The Old Lyme Arts District reminds all that Lyme Street is a residential street, and asks that social distancing and face masks are used as always.

Lyme Art Association Presents Evocative ‘Land and Sea’ Show Through Nov. 19

‘Meigs Point, Hammonasset’ in oil by Tom Adkins is one of the signature paintings in the ‘Land and Sea’ exhibition.

OLD LYME — This fall the Lyme Art Association (LAA) presents Land and Sea, an exhibit of outdoor scenes; landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and backyard-scapes. Art of varied media and styles, all from LAA member artists, will be presented in the historic, sky-lit galleries through Nov. 19.

“We are grateful for the great outdoors right where we are,” said Executive Director Laurie Pavlos, continuing, “The open air that makes visiting safer and the beautiful vistas that calm our anxious hearts.”

She added, “But we miss traveling to see new scenery, climates, and topography. Land and Sea is a response to these impulses; we hope that our visitors enjoy spending time in the gallery this fall appreciating the great outdoors.”

The LAA is located at 90 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, Conn. in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and within the town’s Historic District. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment.

The 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.

Admission is free with contributions appreciated.

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

The Movie Man: Sandler Has Done It Again in ‘Hubie Halloween’

Adam Sandler being interviewed in 2018. This screenshot was originally uploaded on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc9jYc07e54&t=45s) under a CC license.

Adam Sandler has done it again.

No, he didn’t bring in a stunning performance to follow up Uncut Gems, but rather he has brought us another stupid movie that we can love: Hubie Halloween.

Ever since his movie career began in the 90s, Sandler has brought us countless flicks that have ridiculous premises, but lovable characters, who deliver humor that can be described as none other than guilty pleasure. From Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, and Big Daddy, countless laughs have been produced from first watching these films to quoting them in front of our friends.

And like all of Sandler’s films since the 90s, they include tributes to the iconic characters and jokes from those name-making movies.

Hubie Halloween proves no different, as we see references to the O’Doyle family, Orderly Hal played by Ben Stiller, and cameos from star after star after star that he has collaborated with in the past.

Hubie Halloween follows its title character, Hubie Dubois, a zealous idiot with a heart of gold, despite being the constant object of ridicule from people he’s known his whole life in his hometown of Salem, Mass.

Although he is an idiot, Hubie happens to possess stuntman-like skills and a trusty thermos that can assist him in any situation, and it might as well have been made by Q in the 007 franchise. When trouble breaks out on Halloween night, Hubie must win the trust of his neighbors in order to solve the mysterious disappearances of townsfolk.

Hubie appears to be along the likes of one of Sandler’s earlier characters, Bobby Boucher from The Waterboy; however, this character does not match the potential when it comes to humor and lovability. It starts off slow, but there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments as it progresses.

It does dabble in the sentimental though as it also presents cliched, but true, life lessons. 

Sandler should not be dismissed as a one-trick pony for this ridiculous movie. We must remember he has delivered repeatedly with Punch Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, and most recently Uncut Gems (one viewer was so impressed that he personally called Sandler to share his satisfaction, and that was none other than Daniel Day-Lewis).

But why does he continue to produce his name-brand humor when he could be collecting award after award and potentially collaborate with greats like Scorsese? I can only speculate one reason: he likes to do it.

From a critic’s perspective, this movie fails at artistic achievements (though not as badly as Jack and Jill). It’s just another Adam Sandler movie, but that’s good enough for me.

This will not be added to any special lists by the American Film Institute, nor will it be included in the Criterion Collection.

No, it will just remain on Netflix to be selected whiled scrolling through the selections whenever you and your friends are simply seeking a good time.

Kevin Ganey is ‘The Movie Man.’

About the Author: Though no longer a resident of Lyme, Kevin knows he can never sever his roots to the tree of his identity. When not attending to his job in Boston, he is committed to ensuring a better grasp of current (and past) releases of cinema to his home community as he strives to leave his own mark in the same field that has always been his guide to understanding life. If you enjoy his published reviews here on LymeLine.com, follow him on his new website at ‘The City of Cinema and read more of his unique insights into entertainment.

Lyme Academy Offers Wide Range of Fall Classes, All Welcome

OLD LYME — Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is offering an exciting selection of classes, which bridge the skills of the past with the inspiration of the future.

A full listing of all the classes and workshops on offer is given below. If you would like to obtain further information on any of the classes or workshops, visit lymeacademy.edu or call 860.434.5232.


Lyme Academy alumna and now teacher works on a sculpture.

Facilitator: Kimberly Monson
Tuesdays/Thursdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Six weeks
Tuesday Instructed, Thursday Open Studio
Independent lessons are collaborative in order to best serve the student in reaching developmental goals in drawing, painting and sculpture.

Taught by: Michael Viera
Thursdays, Oct. 2 – 23
1-4 p.m.
Lessons focus on navigating pictorial composition, color selection and mixing, value, temperature and light. The class will be held on various on-site locations in Lyme and Old Lyme to experience the exceptional regional landscape.

Taught by: Rick Lacey
Mondays, Oct. 19 – Nov. 23
6-9 p.m.
In this course, instructor Rick Lacey provides a framework to plot and map the cast on the page. Special attention is paid to construction, line work and quality, and the importance of value.

Taught by: Hollis Dunlap
Tuesdays, Oct. 6 – Nov. 10
6-9 p.m.
Over the six classes, students will learn to revise the drawing by examining proportions and angles in order to get the most out of their abilities.

Taught by: Justin Wiest
Oct. 16-18
9-4 p.m.
This workshop will make the contention that: The set-up has to look like a painting before the artist begins to paint.
The methods and materials will be thoroughly discussed.

Lyme Academy alumnus and now teacher Michael Viera will be leading a class titled, ‘Afternoon Landscape,’ this fall.

Three Day Workshop with Kellie Pereira
Oct. 23, 24 and 25
9-4 p.m.
This course provides instruction on how to produce a bas-relief sculpture, a silicone mold from the sculpture produced in class and plaster casts.

Two-day workshop with Kathryn Bevier
November 7 – 8
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In this workshop, attention will be given to a more classical painting approach with encaustic exploring monochromatic and a la prima practices. Working from a simple still life or landscape imagery, Bevier will guide you through several exercises to help you hone in on a fresh and energetic composition of color.

Three-Day Workshop with Tyler Berry
April 23 to 25
9-4 p.m.
In this three-day workshop, artists will learn the fundamentals of portrait drawing. With an emphasis on structure and anatomy, Tyler will help students in understanding likeness through careful observation of proportion, skeletal landmarks, and abstract shape-design. Artists will also learn to create a sculptural quality to their portraits through in-depth analysis of the light source and how it interacts with the forms of the face.

Color Mentorship – Online Learning with West Fraser
Zoom Discussions,
Tuesdays, Oct. 6 to 27
Beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Gain familiarity with color concepts for yourself or in preparation for West’s on-site workshop “Going Beyond Theory of Color to Application” set for the Spring of 2021.

Fundamentals of Illustration with Greg Mursko
Mondays, Oct. 19 to Nov. 23
1-4 p.m.
This course introduces the basic principles being an illustrator. The majority of work created in the medium of your choice (graphite, colored pencil, acrylic paint, etc.)

Graphic Arts
Fundamentals of Imaging Software with Greg Mursko
Mondays, Oct. 19 to Nov. 23
9-12 p.m.
This class will introduce the basics of imaging software, including the user interface, working with layers, color, type, tools, filters, masks, and more.

Value in the Landscape
Online Learning with Thomas Caleb Goggans
Tuesdays, Nov. 3 to 24, at 4:30 p.m.
Caleb Goggans will demonstrate and guide a progressive exercise designed to give students the knowledge and confidence to compose compelling, well organized, and beautiful paintings.

No ‘Wee Faerie Village’ This Year, But a Virtual One Opens at Florence Griswold Museum

OLD LYME — The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme has been obliged to postpone one of its most popular events, Wee Faerie Village, due to ongoing health risks associated with large crowds amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with guidance from the State of Connecticut.
In an inspired move, however, the Museum is today launching Virtual Faerie Village in its place. This will be available through Nov. 1, at FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org and VirtualFaerieVillage.org
After the success of the Museum’s online camp and other virtual programs, Museum staff are now offering faerie fun to be had safely at home with activities planned to capture the magic of the faerie realm for participants of all ages.
One of the highlights will be Wee TV, half-hour episodes of faerie crafts and special guests. Extra creative faerie aficionados will want to take part in the Wee Faerie Super Fan and Crafting Club. Club members receive a Folly Woods pin (only 100 available).  Register for the Club at this link.
This year’s Wee Faerie Village theme, Folly Woods – Awesome Wee Faerie Architecture has been postponed to October of 2021, when the Museum visitors will again be able to experience in person the magic of the outdoor installations of enchanting faerie houses created by artists and designers.
The Museum has expressed gratitude to the artists who have been working tirelessly on their creations for Folly Woods – Awesome Wee Faerie Architecture. They have graciously agreed to present their work next year. 

Virtual Faerie Village is generously supported by Art Bridges, the ForGood Fund at the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, and the Joffray Family.

Meet a (Hula-Hooping) Moose in Cushman’s Enchanting Story of Being ‘Soaked’

LymeLine.com publisher Olwen Logan reads ‘Soaked’ by Abi Cushman to her grandson, William Logan, who assisted significantly with this book review.

“Soaked” is quite simply an enchanting book that captivates and delights youngsters from the first page to the last.

I can say that with some authority since I ‘tested’ the book on my two-year-old grandson William and his response to it was nothing short of remarkable. He not only asks for the book by name every time he sees me but also  — or so his parents tell me — at almost every bedtime.

Moreover, he has renamed it!

And the reason he did that is because the only word in the whole book that he didn’t understand was, by coincidence, its title … ‘Soaked.’ By the way, the inside cover states the book is for, “Age 3 and up,” but William, at two, lapped it up.

When I finished reading ‘Soaked’ to him for the very first time, William desperately wanted to hear it again and, without hesitation, asked me to read the “Rain Book,” which is, in fact, a wonderfully apt title.

That is now what it will be known as henceforward in our family since we took a copy on a family vacation recently and by the end of the week, every member of the family had read the ‘Rain Book’ to William multiple times!

First-time author-illustrator Abi Cushman of Niantic, Conn. is an extraordinarily talented illustrator. (Full disclosure, I know Abi, but primarily in a professional capacity.) Although she remains remarkably unassuming about the fact she is now a published author, she should be extremely proud of that achievement — and perhaps even more so, of the beautiful book that is the root of her new-found fame.

She has created four characters, Bear, Badger, Bunny and Moose, whom you feel you’ve known your whole life … in the same way that we all know Winnie-the-Pooh. Their respective personas come through loud and clear though Cushman uses very little narrative to convey them.

Moose is far and away William’s favorite character in the story.

Well, of course he is … who couldn’t be drawn to a Hula-Hooping moose? You’ve never heard of a Hula-Hooping moose? Neither had we, but he fits so perfectly into this delightful story, you take him completely for granted as though it’s perfectly normal for a moose to have a set of hula-hoops at which he is adept at using.

The hula-hoops are, in fact, key to this simple tale, cleverly linking its various elements and locations. The story travels from sad scenes in the depressing rain through to Bear’s dry cave (where there is insufficient space for Moose to hula-hoop, but he does it anyway!) followed by the rescue of a hula-hoop from a high branch (which involves a great deal of precarious standing on shoulders) and then the jovial collapse of the tower of animals.

All the animals, who topple together after successfully retrieving the hula-hoop, surface cheerfully in a mass of water and are thoroughly “soaked.” This jolly scene leads to the idea that Bear should try hula-hooping.

Now Bear, who is the story narrator, is a pretty grumpy fellow and anxious to maintain his negative outlook on the world, regardless of what befalls him. He does not want to enjoy hula-hooping but it is abundantly clearly from the charming illustrations that Bear takes to it like (and forgive the pun!) a duck to water, urged on by the ever-present, cheery Badger (with the bumble-bee umbrella) and bounce-along Bunny.

There are a variety of morals that can be drawn from this simple story and the reader can choose which one is most age-appropriate. It could be a deeper one like the value of true friends or the strength of teamwork, or simply that you don’t have to have sun to have fun.

There are other possibilities too and another strangely wonderful thing about this book is that there are many places in the text where you can fill in the story details as you wish, making it possible to create new twists to the story with every reading

I won’t be a spoiler and divulge the surprising ending to the story.

You’ll have to buy — or borrow — the book for yourself. And I strongly recommend you do just that because this is a very special book, which I predict will stand the test of time … perhaps even lasting as long as that beloved Pooh!  The illustrations on their own justify the purchase of the book.

This may be the humble Cushman’s first book but I’m confident it certainly won’t be her last. I sincerely hope we’ll soon be hearing more about the adventures of Bear, Badger, and Bunny and not forgetting, that Hula-Hooping Moose!

Editor’s Note: Visit Abi Cushman’s website for more information about the book and details of where to purchase it.

Bidding Now Open on FloGris Museum’s Annual Benefit Auction, ‘Benefit in a Box’ Also on Sale

Purchase a ‘Benefit in a Box’ to support the Florence Griswold Museum’s ‘Annual Benefit Reimagined.’

OLD LYME — The Florence Griswold Museum’s 38th annual Benefit Auction & Dinner Dance — traditionally held in September — may have been cancelled but Museum staff have renamed the now exclusively online event as the Annual Benefit Reimagined and come up with a variety of inspired ideas to compensate for the ability to gather in person.

The first item in the online auction is this painting by Nelson H. White titled, ‘Bagno La Salute.’

The traditional Benefit Auction has a vast selection of artwork, decorative items, experiences, and travel, and bidding is now open online at this link through Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. Bids can be placed from your phone or home computer.

The Museum is also offering the opportunity to purchase a Benefit in a Box, which can be enjoyed in your own home. Describing this as, “… your very own portable party,” each box provides, “Wine, chocolate, the works” so that purchasers can “Celebrate the Museum and support its mission from a safe distance.”

Visit this link to order your Benefit in a Box(es).

All proceeds from the event will support educational programming at the Museum.

Rebekah Beaulieu, Executive Director of the Museum, comments, ” Your support of this event and the work it makes possible has never been more needed or appreciated.”

Musical Masterworks, Community Music School Announce Scholarship Recipient

Elizabeth Steindl (photo submitted)

OLD LYME/OLD SAYBROOK/ESSEX — Musical Masterworks of Old Lyme and Community Music School of Essex have announced the recipient of the fourth annual Musical Masterworks Scholarship in Honor of Nancy D. Thomas.

Elizabeth Steindl, the 2020 recipient of the Musical Masterworks Scholarship in Honor of Nancy D. Thomas, is 11-years-old and in sixth grade at Old Saybrook Middle School.

She studies violin with Martha Herrle at Community Music School, and also plays clarinet in her school band, sings in her school chorus, and is a regular participant in area music camps.  She loves animals, music, and nature.

The Musical Masterworks Scholarship in Honor of Nancy D. Thomas provides the tuition for a middle school student to take 30-minute music lessons for one full year at Community Music School.  The scholarship is awarded annually. 

To be eligible, the candidate must be a student of classical voice or instrumental music and reside in Middlesex County or New London County. 

Community Music School (CMS) offers innovative music programming for infants through adults, building on a 37-year tradition of providing quality music instruction to residents of shoreline communities. CMS programs cultivate musical ability and creativity while providing students with a thorough understanding of music, so they can enjoy playing and listening for their entire lives. 

Learn more at www.cmsct.org or call 860.767.0026.

Musical Masterworks brings to Southern New England world-class chamber music performances and outreach programs which attract, entertain, and educate a diverse audience. Launching its 30th season soon, Musical Masterworks offers five weekends of performances from October through May in Old Lyme. 

Learn more at www.musicalmasterworks.org or call 860.434.2252.


Lyme Art Association Presents Two Exhibitions, ‘Point of View’ & ‘Animal Kingdom’ Both Featuring Works by Elected Artists

“Majestic’ in oil by Kim Muller-Thym is one of the signature works in the ‘Point of View’ 99th Annual Elected Artists Exhibition.

OLD LYME — The Lyme Art Association (LAA) presents two shows through Oct. 1:  Point of View: the 99th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition and Animal Kingdom.

The Elected Artists of the LAA are an elite group of professional artists, primarily from New England. Their work is predominantly representational, but encompasses a variety of styles, subjects and mediums.

This year is the 99th year that the show has been held in the current LAA gallery, but in fact, LAA artists held their exhibitions for many years prior in the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.

‘Two to Tango’ (56″ x 38″) by Brian Keith Stephens is one of the signature paintings in the ‘Animal Kingdom’ show.

Another popular show, Animal Kingdom, will be hung in the Goodman Gallery concurrent with Point of View. Animal Kingdom presents works about furry, scaly, feathered, and finned creatures. Lyme Art Association member artists’ subjects range from ferocious to graceful to adorable.

Lyme Art Association Executive Director Laurie Pavlos comments, “It’s been wonderful to welcome the public back into the gallery after being closed. The annual Elected Artist show is always very impressive, and the subject matter of Animal Kingdom is popular with children and adults alike. We hope that many visitors come and enjoy these remarkable shows. It’s easy to socially distance and our visitors have reported feeling comfortable and safe.”

The LAA is located at 90 Lyme St. in Old Lyme, Conn. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment.

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, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within the town’s historic district.

Admission is free with contributions appreciated. For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit www.lymeartassociation.org

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds Invites Public to View ‘2020 Summer Sculpture Showcase’ in Person or Virtually

OLD LYME — Nationally- and internationally-acclaimed sculptor Gilbert Boro is currently hosting the 6th annual Summer Sculpture Showcase in his Sculpture Grounds at 80-1 Lyme St. in Old Lyme.

The Showcase features selected sculptural works by more than 80 artists, which have been woven into the permanent outdoor display of around 100 works by Boro, who owns Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds and lives in the residence located on the beautifully-landscaped 4.5 acre property.

The Sculpture Grounds, which gently roll down to the Lieutenant River, feature a variety of gardens and courtyards offering an en plein air art experience allowing visitors to enjoy large-scale contemporary sculpture in a unique setting. Members of the public are welcome to visit in person and there is no charge for admission.

Although Boro’s studio and indoor facilities, which are also located on the property, are currently closed to the public, visitors can still enjoy the Sculpture Grounds between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily while practicing safe social distancing measures. 

Visitors to the Sculpture Grounds have always been encouraged to touch and engage with the artwork, but at this time, it is requested that they refrain from physical contact with the sculptures and continue to practice infection reduction strategies as outlined by the Center for Disease Control.

Boro stresses, “The health and safety of our staff, artists, visitors, and community is our overriding concern.”

Alternatively the Summer Sculpture Showcase is accessible virtually through the end of October. Download the Otocast app for a  free audio tour of the Showcase with an interactive map, sculpture photos, and artist narratives. This software application allows visitors to take a tour from home or in person. Download the app from the Apple App or Google Play Stores and choose Old Lyme, CT to access the tour.

Asked to comment on how the 6th annual Summer Sculpture Showcase is being received, a delighted Boro says, “We are so pleased with the success of the Showcase. Despite this unprecedented day and age, we have had an abundance of positive feedback on the exhibition from our visitors, as well as our subscribers. In turn, we would like to express our thanks to our wonderful artists for making this happen.”

All of the sculptures on display are for sale and Boro explains, “The proceeds from our sculpture sales go directly to supporting the upkeep of the Sculpture Grounds, which enables us to keep the Grounds not only open but also with free admission to the public.”

For pricing inquiries or further information about the Sculpture Grounds, contact info@sculpturegrounds.com

All In-Person Musical Masterworks Performances Cancelled, Tickets for Videos of Concerts Now on Sale

OLD LYME — 8/21 UPDATE: Musical Masterworks (MM) informed us this week that the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme has now determined in-person concerts will not be permitted for the foreseeable future.

The MM concerts will still be held in the church as planned but now without an audience.  All concerts will be recorded as originally planned and everyone will be able to enjoy the performances by purchasing video tickets to watch the concerts from the comfort of their own home.  

Visit this link to review the digital brochure for the 2020-21 season and purchase tickets to view individual concerts, a mini-series of the concerts or all the concerts.

Musical Masterworks has announced its program for the 2020-21 season. In a press release from Artistic Director Edward Arron, he says, “The board and staff have resolved to present our usual five programs this coming concert season, with just a few modifications to our normal way of doing things as we attempt to navigate this time of uneasiness about large gatherings.”

Arron continues, “We will hold only one performance per concert weekend, each taking place on a Saturday at 3 p.m.”

The concerts will be held:

Oct. 24, 2020
Dec. 19, 2020
Feb. 13, 2021
March 13, 2021
May 1, 2021

The 2020-21 season will begin with two all-Beethoven programs. In October, pianist Andrew Armstrong will join violinist James Ehnes to perform three sonatas by Beethoven; and on Saturday, Dec. 19 – three days after Beethoven’s actual 250th birthday – James Ehnes, Amy Schwartz Moretti, Che-Yen Chen and Arron will join forces to perform three monumental Beethoven String Quartets.

In the spring, popular MM artists, including Rieko Aizawa, Todd Palmer, Jeewon Park, Randall Scarlata, Gilles Vonsattel, and Tessa Lark, will present musical treasures from Bach to Corigliano, and in Arron’s words, “everything else we could fit in between.”

In a change from normal procedures, however, all five programs will be filmed and recorded by a Grammy-winning team for online viewing and made available two weeks after the concert. The links to access each concert video will be made available for home viewing to any ticket holder who is unable or uncomfortable attending a live performance, as well as to those who attend in person.

In-person tickets for all concerts are already sold out as a result of social distance capacity restrictions at the church, but tickets for videos of the performances are now on sale. 


Letter to the Editor: An Open Letter to the USPS (Excluding Old Lyme P.O.) — Stop Messing With My Mail

To the Editor:

To Whom it Should Concern at the USPS

Please stop messing with my mail!

Let me remind you: Title 39 of the U.S. Code states that the Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people. It shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities.

Unfortunately, your recent “transformative” initiative has had “unintended” consequences that impacted overall service levels.

Is it possible that these consequences, “unintended” or not; have resulted in an unacceptable degradation of the Postal Service, — which is also relied upon by many Americans for prescription refills, pension checks, and, we thought mail-in absentee ballots in November?

You have already warned many states that those transformative misadventures will likely make USPS compliance with state-mandated deadlines impossible to meet.

This may be another moment in history where “failure is not an option”. God help us if that is not also your goal.

Note that I am not suggesting that this is a local issue at USPO/Old Lyme.


Thomas D. Gotowka,
Old Lyme.

Florence Griswold Museum Cancels Traditional September Benefit Event, But Will Host Auction Online

The Florence Griswold Museum has cancelled their popular Benefit Auction & Dinner Dance traditionally held in September of each year but will still host the auction online.

OLD LYME — In an email to supporters of the Florence Griswold Museum, Director Becky Beaulieu has announced the cancellation of the Museum’s 38th annual Benefit Auction & Dinner Dance, which is traditionally held in September.

Describing it as “sad news,” but noting it, “probably comes as no great surprise,” Beaulieu goes on to explain that staff are however, working hard to, “reimagine our most crucial fundraiser of the year in ways that may not be traditional, but will certainly be fun, spirited, and beneficial to the Museum and its mission.”

She notes that, “… the Auction will still go on – but entirely online.” and advises everyone who would have attended the gala  — and even those who might never have been — to watch their mailboxes and the Museum website for information on “how to preview the online auction items, which you will be able to bid on September 13-26.”

Beaulieu adds, “We’ll also be sharing more ways you can toast the Museum and partner in this event’s success –even from your own living room—so stay tuned for more from us in the coming weeks!”

She concludes, ” Your support of this event and the work it makes possible has never been more needed or appreciated.”

Six Sculptures by Old Lyme Sculptor Gil Boro Featured in Stamford Downtown Outdoor Art Exhibit

Gilbert Boro’s ‘Helix Bench’ is on display in the Stamford Downtown Art Collective Exhibition.

STAMFORD, CT – Stamford Downtown is currently adorned with unique abstract art this summer as 34 sculptures, which are offered for free public viewing and enjoyment. These striking works of art line the streets and parks of the Downtown area and six sculptures by Old Lyme-based artist Gilbert Boro are featured in this major exhibit.

‘Turning Point’ is another of Boro’s six works on display in the outdoor exhibition.

Art Collective in Stamford Downtown is produced by Stamford Downtown and, apart from Boro’s works, feature sculptures on loan from five additional regional artists; Barry Gunderson, Lorann Jacobs, David Millen, Morris Norvin and Emily Teall.

The exhibition runs through August.

The organizers are offering Otocast, a free audio tour with an interactive map, sculpture photos, artist narratives, and information about many Downtown restaurants. This software application allows visitors to take a tour from home or in person. Download “Otocast” from the Apple App or Google Play Stores and choose Stamford, CT to access the tour.

All in-person visitors are requested to practice social distancing and wear a mask while enjoying this art exhibition.

Exhibition sponsors include The Cingari Family, Reckson, RXR Realty & LRC Construction, Andrew and Michael Whittingham & Families, First County Bank, NBCUniversal, One Stamford Realty, The Campus, 1937 West Main Street, True North Stamford, Highgrove, United Realty, Inc., The Palace, 95.9 The Fox, Star 99.9, WEBE 108, Stamford Advocate and Happyhaha.com.

For more information on the exhibit and to view a map of the sculpture locations, visit http://stamford-downtown.com/events/art-collective-art-in-public-places/

‘Sirocco’ certainly makes a splash in Downtown Stamford.

Pre-College Academy for HS Art Students Continues at Lyme Academy

Kimberly Monson will teach a week-long Drawing course for Pre-College students starting July 6. A few openings are still available.

OLD LYME — This summer Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is hosting a Pre-College Academy for high school students and a Middle School Academy for ages 11 -13.

High school students aged 14 to 18 with beginning to advanced level art training can enroll in an exciting series of week-long, daytime courses starting July 6 that further explore and expand their technical skill and abilities. Each week of classes costs $375.00 per student and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All the courses will be taught by talented college faculty and aim to foster creativity, build artistic skill, and mentor personal vision in young artists.

The courses on offer include:

Instructor: Kimberly Monson
July 6-10

Illustration Essentials
Instructor: David Wenzel
July 13-17

World Building
Instructor: Jon Sideriadis
July 20-24

Oil Painting
Instructor: Michael Viera
July 27-31

Instructor: Roland Beccerra
Aug. 3 – 7

Instructor: Bruce Wallace
Aug. 10-14

Florence Griswold Museum Reopens to Public with 24-Hour Advance Tickets Only; New ‘Fresh Fields’ Exhibition on View

OLD LYME — The Florence Griswold Museum and Café Flo have reopened to the public.  Admission to the Museum is limited and by 24-hour advance online ticketing only. Check the Museum website for admission requirements and details of how to purchase tickets. Café Flo is open by reservation only.

Childe Hassam, Apple Trees in Bloom, Old Lyme, 1904. 25 x 30 in., Florence Griswold Museum, Gift of the Vincent Dowling Family Foundation in Honor of Director Emeritus Jeffrey Andersen.

Visitors to the Museum will be greeted with a new exhibition, Fresh Fields, which is a celebration of the Museum’s most beloved landscape paintings created by Impressionist artists who visited Old Lyme. The exhibition opens July 7 and runs through Nov. 1.

The selection highlights major recent acquisitions, such as Childe Hassam’s Apple Trees in BloomOld Lyme (1904), and emphasizes ongoing research about the local landscape that informed development of the Artists’ Trail.

Paintings, drawings, archival materials, and photographs will shed light on the history and ecology of Old Lyme, which caused it to become a gathering place for artists.

The exhibition also calls upon the knowledge and viewpoints of outside experts to build an interdisciplinary understanding. In addition to the Museum’s own curators and art history scholars, contributors will include an ecologist, members of the local Native American community, and experts on women’s history and African-American history.

Fresh Fields relies on those with expertise in these areas to help create a more complete understanding of the human history, culture, and values that shaped these Impressionist landscapes.

Editor’s Note: Remember that the Museum grounds are open and in bloom now — no need to wait for the reopening of the Museum to enjoy them!

Lyme Art Association Reopens to the Public with Two New Exhibitions

‘Sea Sparkles’ in oil by Jacqueline Jones is one of the featured works in the Wind, Waves and Water: A Marine Show exhibition opening June 26 at the Lyme Art Association.

OLD LYME — The Lyme Art Association (LAA) welcomes the public back to the gallery today, June 26, with Wind, Waves and Water: A Marine Show. This is a juried show of LAA’s talented member artists that celebrates the unique beauty of the open water, shorelines, rivers, and all the activity and life that accompany these settings.

The juror for Wind, Waves and Water is Russell Kramer, ASMA.

John Traynor’s ‘Grazing By The Bay’ (oil) is another featured work in the LAA’s upcoming exhibition.

This year the Association welcomes back the Hudson Valley Art Association for their 87th Annual Juried Exhibition. This show always includes exceptional award winners from artists across the region.

Both shows will be on view from June 26 through Aug. 14. There will not be an opening reception.

The Lyme Art Association is located in Old Lyme, at 90 Lyme Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment at other times. All visitors are requested to wear a mask.

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, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within the town’s historic district.

Admission is free with contributions appreciated.

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

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

Ivoryton Women Playwrights Festival Now Accepting Submissions for 2021; Positions as Directors, Readers Also Open

IVORYTON — The Ivoryton Playhouse has announced their Fifth Annual Ivoryton Women Playwrights Festival (IWPF.) Submissions of one-act plays by women playwrights are sought.
The IWPF provides the four writers whose work is chosen paid travel to Ivoryton and housing while there, three days of intensive workshops with a director and actors for play development and participation in a staged reading festival in February/March 2021 (actual dates to be determined).
There is also a $500 stipend.
Ten-minute plays are acceptable, and all plays must run no more than one hour.
Completed manuscripts must be submitted by email only.  Closing date for submissions is Aug. 30, 2020.
Interested playwrights should email a completed manuscript, (for musicals include a script and music file), with name and contact information.
The IWPF also seeks resumes from directors (Connecticut residents only), and those interested in being readers, both men and women.

Play submissions, resumes from directors and interested readers should be emailed to Jacqui Hubbard, Artistic Director at jhubbard@ivorytonplayhouse.org

Wyman of Old Lyme Appointed Community Music School Executive Director, “Thrilled to Come Home”

Dr. Richard Wyman, the new Executive Director of the Community Music School based in Centerbrook.

OLD LYME — Dr. Richard Wyman of Old Lyme has been appointed the new Executive Director of the Community Music School (CMS) located in Centerbrook. He took over the reins of the organization in the mid-May after serving for several years as Musical Masterworks General Director.

Wyman has a long history of involvement in both playing and conducting music professionally along with community-based music learning. He began his music studies at the prestigious Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., where he obtained his undergraduate degree in music education and then moved to the University of Illinois to pursue a masters degree in music.

Subsequently, he moved back East when he joined the US Coast Guard (CG) Band  as a baritone saxophonist in the late 1990s. Back then, Wyman also taught saxophone for a number of years at CMS but in 2004, he was appointed Assistant Director of the USCG band and opted to focus on his new position along with studying conducting at the University of Connecticut where he earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts.

In his role as USCG Band Assistant Director, Wyman led educational concerts for thousands of students.

After retiring from the SCG in 2018, Wyman first took the position with Musical Masterworks and now he has come full circle back to the CMS.  He is still continuing his music education, however, since he is currently studying arts administration at UConn.

Wyman says he is, “Thrilled to ‘come home’ to CMS,” and is looking forward to all the challenges and opportunities that the job offers. These latter involve continuing to run the school’s teaching program online and running the spring “Friends of Note” campaign, which is devoted to “COVID-19 Relief” for CMS through the summer. He points out that a gift to this $50K campaign will, “Provide payroll (for staff and instructors), mortgage payments, maintenance of our facilities, and … most importantly, support of the wonderful instruction and music-making,” by CMS faculty and students.

Asked to explain his passion for both music and music education, Wyman says, “Throughout my adult life, I’ve become increasingly obsessed with understanding music’s essential role in the living of a fulfilling life,” noting, “Whether it was through performing as saxophonist in amusement parks (which he did at both Disney World and Busch Gardens many years ago), conducting/hosting USCG Band educational performances, or witnessing the joy music brings to members of the CMS “New Horizons” Band.”

Wyman lives in Old Lyme with his clarinetist/pianist wife Erin and their three boys, the eldest of whom has just graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS). The younger two are respectively at LOLHS and Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School and all three, in Wyman’s words, “Study music as important parts of their educations and lives.”

Editor’s Note: Community Music School is located at 90 Main St., Building 4, Centerbrook, and also 179 Flanders Rd., Ste. 3 East Lyme. For more information on CMS, call 860-767-0026 or visit the school’s website.

If you wish to donated to the “Friends of Note’ campaign, call Wyman at 860-767-0026 to discuss giving opportunities, or donate online at cmsct.org/support.