Any visit to the quaint Old Lyme Historic District is incomplete without a stop at the Lyme Art Association (LAA) located at 90 Lyme Street. The organization welcomes visitors to its original historic gallery featuring the work of today’s contemporary artists who continue the rich tradition of American representational fine art.
Jocelyn Zallinger, Gallery Manager, describes the uniqueness of the LAA mission: “LAA is dedicated to fostering talent and exhibiting the work of its artist members. Advanced, emerging and novice artists all have multiple opportunities through the year to show and sell their work. The public benefits by having a rich resource to view and buy an ever-changing variety of affordable fine art.” Jocelyn recalls the many visitors who purchased their fist work of art here as well as serious collectors.
LAA origins date back to the 19th Century when Henry Ward Ranger, a leading representational Tonalist style painter from New York first discovered the town of Old Lyme in 1899. The following year he returned along with several colleagues to paint the local countryside. The artists boarded at the house of Florence Griswold, now the Florence Griswold Museum and the Old Lyme Art Colony was born.
Lacking any formal exhibition venue, the village library committee invited the artists to exhibit their work at the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in 1902. Attendance was high as well as sales.
During the first two decades of the 20th Century, the village of Old Lyme, Connecticut was the setting for one of the largest and most significant art colonies in America and the birthplace of American Impressionism.
Today, the Lyme Art Association links its rich heritage of the past to the present via a robust adjudicated members’ exhibition schedule in the famed original gallery building that hosted many of America’s famous representational artists.
Excitement is building now for the upcoming “New England Landscape Exhibition,” juried by landscape and seascape artist Don Demers, September 1 – November 3, 2017, with an opening reception September 8, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Also, featured in this exhibit will be the Society of Connecticut Sculptors. This themed-juried exhibition is one of LAA’s premier shows open to all LAA Members and Invited Guest Artists. It features the rich and varied landscape of New England and will occupy three spacious, light-filled galleries.
This year Tony Damico’s The Poppy Field at Fenwick and Neal Hughes’ Flora Lee Farm Tree will be included.
Concurrently in the Goodman Gallery will be an exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists who are attending a professional conference in Mystic October 22nd. The exhibit includes Maris Platais’ Friendship Sloop.
The Lyme Art Association has over one thousand members and offers a popular lecture series, affordable art classes, and workshops.
For more information visit https://lymeartassociation.org/