Archive for April, 2013

New happenings

Four works have been submitted for consideration in the 2013 Elected Artist Exhibition at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Lyme Art Association History
Afternoon Tea at Lyme Art Association, 1921

Incorporated in 1914, the Lyme Art Association continues the tradition of presenting fine art exhibitions and sales by its artist members in the historic gallery. Exhibitions of Lyme Impressionist paintings began in 1902 and were held every summer in the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme until August 6, 1921, when the present Lyme Art Association gallery opened.

American Impressionist painters Gifford Beal, Louis Paul Dessar, Childe Hassam, and Willard L. Metcalf joined with Will Howe Foote, Henry Rankin Poore, Allen B. Talcott, and Carleton Wiggins in the early exhibitions of the Association. The Lyme Art Association gallery was the culmination of seven years of planning by artists Frank Bicknell, William Chadwick, Harry Hoffmann, Wilson Irvine, Lawton Parker, William Robinson, Edward Rook, and Gregory Smith.

The building site was adjacent to Miss Florence Griswold’s Late Georgian mansion, today a renowned museum of American Impressionism , where many of the artists gathered each summer season. The land was purchased from Miss Florence in 1917.

The building committee chaired by Lawton Parker, worked with architect Charles A. Platt, designer of the Freer Art Gallery in Washington , D.C. and the Lyman Allyn Museum in New London , CT.
Afternoon Tea at Lyme Art Association, 1921

The plans for the gallery called for perfect lighting and architectural compatibility with the other buildings in the New England village of Old Lyme . In its review of the opening exhibition, the New York Times praised the gallery as, “an embodiment of art in harmony with its natural surroundings.”

A fourth spacious room, the Goodman Gallery, was built in 1938. It was donated by Mrs. William Owen Goodman in memory of her husband, a Chicago art patron and the Association’s third president. In 1986 the building was named to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Historic District of Old Lyme, Connecticut.

In addition to the artist members’ Annual Summer Exhibition, in 1925 the Art Association held the first “Water Color” show. The season schedule expanded again seven years later with the first Annual Autumn Members’ Exhibition. In 1938, the Annual Summer Exhibition added water colors, pastels, prints, and drawings to a display previously restricted to paintings and sculpture. The first Annual Associate Members’ Exhibition was held in 1992.
Painting by Frederick Sexton, circa 1930’s

The mission of the Lyme Art Association is to advance the cause of representational fine arts by owning, maintaining, and preserving an historic building and galleries in Old Lyme, Connecticut, holding art exhibitions, and conducting educational programs for the benefit of the local community and the general public.

Today the Lyme Art Association hosts a diverse schedule of juried art exhibitions with all works for sale by its Member Artists. Further, in keeping with the Association’s commitment to provide a showcase for the exhibition and sale of fine art, the spacious gallery is offered periodically as a gallery for the works of some of the region’s finest and newest representational artists.

We will keep our finger’s crossed that some of the works might make the show. Being an Elected Member of the Association is a particular honor. There are over 1000 Artist Members of the group but less than 150 are Elected Artists. This small group forms the governing body of the organization and control the overall traditions of the Gallery.

To become an Elected Artist of the LAA: you must be an Associate Artist Member who has exhibited a minimum of four works in LAA juried exhibitions within a two year period; submit a completed application form to the Screening Committee; submit six framed works if a painter, and three sculptures with pedestals as needed, if a sculptor. The Screening Committee reviews applicant’s work and selects candidates for consideration and displays their work prior to the Fall Membership Meeting for all LAA Elected Artists to vote on by sealed ballot. A two-thirds majority of those voting is necessary for approval. Written notice of results will be sent to the applicants.

I have been an elected member since 2008 and am very proud to have been accepted in this group.

More information on the group, including representational image of Elected Artists works, the Association and the Gallery can be found at:


Fun Times in Florida

Watching a base ball game with grandson Dash two years ago (left) and with Fen at the Easter Parade in St Augustine on Sunday last.

The grow up so fast.

Watching a base ball game with grandson Dash two years ago (left) and with Fen at the Easter Parade in St Augustine on Sunday last.
The grow up so fast.