Concerning the Diamond Sutra

June 16 – July 19, 2015

Tenzin Wangchuk – Tibet – Dharamsala India – Inner Circle of Compassion Buddha

The Artist’s Journey
 The Griffis Art Center celebrates 25 years of hosting international artists in New London.

“The Artist’s Journey” invites you to share in the intimate world of the international artists who worked, taught, lived and socialized in our community for up to 9 months during their residency.  Each exhibition is focused around a concept expressed in one particular painting, yet each exhibition includes a collection of paintings and sculpture as diverse and fascinating as the world we live in.

Concerning the Diamond Sutra is the first in the series and is inspired by a painting by Adão Odacyr PINHEIRO from the Federative Republic of Brazil.

In the Buddhist text “The Diamond Sutra,” one is encouraged to unlearn preconceived, limited notions of the nature of reality and enlightenment, while emphasizing that all forms, thoughts and conceptions are ultimately illusory.

“So I say to you – This is how to contemplate our conditioned existence in this fleeting world:
“Like a tiny drop of dew, or a bubble floating in a stream:
Like a flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
Or a flickering lamp, an illusion, a phantom, or a dream.”

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.

Images from the gallery:

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