Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty: Paintings of Banningwood Preserve

January 16 – March 22, 2015

Painting of Roaring Brook by Trenton Youngs
Painting of Roaring Brook by Trenton Youngs

A new exhibit entitled Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty will feature landscapes created by artists from all over New England who participated in the “Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty Paint-Out,” an annual plein air painting event now in its fourth year that is co-organized by the Lyme Art Association, Lyme Land Conservation Trust and The Lyman Allyn Art Museum.

This year’s Paint-Out was held on Columbus Day Weekend at the Land Trust’s newly acquired Banningwood Preserve, a 102-acre upland and flood plain landscape in Hadlyme covered with forests and fields. The Paint-Out event continues the plein air tradition established by the early American Impressionists who founded the Lyme Art Colony over a hundred years ago and used Lyme’s meadows, rivers and streams as subjects for their work.

The clear waters of Roaring Brook flow through the middle of the Preserve. Dramatic rock ledges, once quarried to provide stone for nearby Gillette Castle, rise over the landscape. Features include dramatic vistas, lush meadows, cedar groves, quarry pools, beaver dams and lodges, tree canopies, and an early 19th Century family burying ground with grave stones that attest to the land’s history. Scenes of fall foliage, woodlands and streams are among the subjects depicted in this collection of works.

Transmissions: Teaching and Learning in the Studio New works by the faculty of the Connecticut College Art Department

February 10 – June 7, 2015

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The artist educators of the Connecticut College Art Department present a diverse exhibition of their current studio activities. These teaching artists see the work of art making and teaching as reinforcing concepts. Art creation involves full time, life-long learning in the classroom and beyond, a dynamic that flows both ways, from teacher to student and back. Fresh viewpoints, new questions and surprising answers are the energizing results of the teaching/studio relationship. They bounce back to the individual artist fueling new work and shifting directions. Featuring paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs and installations, Transmissions will focus on the art practices of Nadav Assor, Gregory Bailey, Chris Barnard, Ted Hendrickson, Pamela Marks, Timothy McDowell, Denise Pelletier and Andrea Wollensak.

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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