May 18, 2021
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Rebecca Dawson, Director of Communications
860.443.2545 ext. 2112 / [email protected]


NEW LONDON – This year’s gala, “Fly with Me,” will be an outdoor celebration, and is set for June 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. The festive affair will include fresh air, cocktails, dinner and dessert, a live auction and also a silent auction online, all under a socially distanced tent on the Lyman Allyn grounds. This year’s theme for the museum fundraiser, “Fly with Me,” features the classic art of fly fishing, one of the subjects in the museum’s upcoming exhibition about one of the most influential teacher-painters of the 20th century, Frank Vincent DuMond. Known for his glowing landscapes and nature studies, DuMond taught many prominent American artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, and John Marin.

Like many art museums across the country, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum has worked hard to maintain its financial stability in the face of COVID-19. That’s why this year’s annual spring fundraiser takes on even greater significance for the museum a long-time anchor of New London’s cultural community. The June 5th soirée offers a fun opportunity – and a list of incredible online auction items – for area residents to help support the Museum’s mission.

“We reopened almost a year ago with CDC health protocols in place to ensure a safe and healthful environment. To encourage people to come out after months of isolation, we waived admission and were Free to All the entire summer last year,” said Museum Director Sam Quigley. “We hope area residents will continue to return in increasing numbers and experience our engaging exhibitions as Connecticut fully reopens, starting June 19th.”

For those who can’t attend the limited-seating fundraiser, the museum offers an exciting online auction of more than 40 items for people to bid on, including artwork by regional artists, gift certificates to local businesses and services, tickets to cultural venues, and specialty items. Participants can begin previewing the items on Saturday, May 29. Bidding begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 4 and ends at 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 5. To review the auction items and to sign up to bid, visit

The in-person live auction will feature a selection of sensational packages including a variety of handtied flies and a beautiful framed trout watercolor by a locally respected fly fisherman; a custom handcrafted bamboo fly rod made by Jenkins, a leading fly rod manufacturer; and a long weekend getaway to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Of special interest is an amazing once-in-a-lifetime eight-day river journey of the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion beginning Oct. 10, 2021. This unforgettable experience for two, which begins in Oregon and ends in Washington, tours the region’s history, harvests, and landscapes. With access to fantastic wineries, local cuisine, places to kayak and hike, and extraordinary scenery, the winning bidder will experience it all.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Dawson by email at [email protected].

About the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum welcomes visitors from New London, southeastern Connecticut and all over the world. Established in 1926 by a gift from Harriet Allyn in memory of her seafaring father, the Museum opened the doors of its beautiful neo-classical building surrounded by 12 acres of green space in 1932. Today it presents a number of changing exhibitions each year and houses a fascinating collection of over 17,000 objects from ancient times to the present; artworks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, decorative arts and Victorian toys and doll houses.

The museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 – 5 p.m., and closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information call 860.443.2545, ext. 2129 or visit us on Facebook or the web at

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