The Artist’s Journey

Rafikkovich Madkhiddin - Sharon's Garden
Rafikkovich Madkhiddin – Sharon’s Garden

The Artist’s Journey, organized by the Griffis Art Center, is a three part international art exhibition. In celebrating 25 years of hosting international artists in New London, the Griffis Art Center invites you to share in the intimate world of these artists who worked, taught, lived and socialized in the New London community during their nine month residencies. The Artist’s Journey will be on view through September 27, 2015 in the Lyman Allyn’s Glassenberg Gallery.

Concerning the Diamond Sutra
June 16 – July 19, 2015
The first exhibition in the series is inspired by a painting by Adão Odacyr Pinheiro from the Federative Republic of Brazil. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, photographs, and mixed media pieces by artists from the Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Poland, Germany, United Kingdom, Islamic Republic of Iran, State of Eritrea, Ukraine, North and South Vietnam, Australia, Canada, United States of America, Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Senegal, State of Israel, India, Federative Republic of Brazil and the People’s Republic of China.

This is a Garden of Arts
July 22 – August 23, 2015
The second exhibition in the series is inspired by a gift of calligraphy by Zhang Zhibang, in the Winter of 1992, “Year of the Monkey” while visiting his son Christopher Z.Y. Zhang who is from Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. Artworks selected for this exhibition represent a diversity of artists that painted and worked in New London and the surrounding areas – many in a realistic or impressionistic style of painting.

Life is Life and Blue is Blue 
August 26 – September 27, 2015
The third exhibition in the series is inspired by the title of a painting by Mathias Marrum who was born in the Federal Republic of Germany (former West Germany) but arrived to the Griffis Art Center from Mojacar, Almeria, and Kingdom of Spain. Color and emotion were the foremost influences in the selection of artwork for this exhibition: with a choice of work by artists from over forty-five countries with almost as many different artistic styles and beliefs.

Launchpad of the American Theater: The O’Neill Since 1964

June 26, 2015- January 3, 2016

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Launchpad of the American Theater. CREDIT A.V. SCARANO

Since its founding, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has shaped the course of American and world theater, launching the careers of some of the most talented artists and most recognizable plays and musicals. The exhibition celebrates five decades of the O’Neill, charting its journey from past to present to future with drawings, interviews, videos, photographs, original scripts, and sound.

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Lost Gardens of New England

March 1 – July 31, 2015

Constance Holt in the Parterre Garden at Roseland Cottage, about 1920 Woodstock, Connecticut
Constance Holt in the Parterre Garden at Roseland Cottage, about 1920 Woodstock, Connecticut

Beginning in March, Lyman Allyn will host Lost Gardens of New England, a traveling exhibition on loan from Historic New England. Lost Gardens draws on the wealth of images – drawings, watercolors, and historic photographs – in Historic New England’s collection. The exhibition uses reproduction material to depict New England gardens, great and small that no longer exist or only partially survive. Three sections explore major themes of American landscape history: the New Republic, House and Garden Beautiful, and Revival Gardens. Landscape drawings provide insight into how these gardens were conceived and visualized by their creators, either amateur or professional. Photographs capture the gardens and their features in their glory as well as the people who maintained and enjoyed them. The images selected illustrate New England’s rich garden design traditions and offer inspiration to gardeners today. Incorporated into the exhibition will be profiles of local “lost” gardens, including Westomere in New London and the now restored gardens of Eolia, the Harkness estate (now Harkness Memorial State Park) in Waterford. Influential patrons brought such prominent landscape architects such as Frederick Law Olmsted and Beatrix Farrand to New London County in the early 20th century. The exhibit tells the stories of the ‘lost gardens’ in our own backyard and the people who made them.

“Lost Gardens of New England” Organized by Historic New England.

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