LECTURE: Illuminating the Brilliance of Marc Chagall

Florence Griswold Museum 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

Vivian Jacobson, Author and Lecturer on Marc Chagall This lecture is devoted to the monumental 20th-century artworks by Marc Chagall (1887–1985). The history of each artwork will be discussed from inception to completion. The presentation will cover paintings, ceramics, tapestries, stained-glass windows, mosaics, and works for the theater.

$12

Modern Day Monet – THE 1st ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION at Hillstead Museum

Hillstead Museum 35 Mountain Rd, Farmington

April 27 – May 26, 2024 Hill-Stead Museum is thrilled to announce its first Annual Juried Members Exhibition, which is intended to connect present day artists with the Museum’s natural beauty and collection masterworks. Calling all artists who are inspired by nature and light to submit their piece(s) to this juried show. Artists may work from the naturescape of their choice. They are warmly welcome to draw inspiration and/or work on site at Hill-Stead. Its 152 acres of rounds include gardens, meadows, trails, sweeping vistas and pastures filled with sheep and freshly-made haystacks.   For more information 

Film Screening: Yves Klein Monotone-Silence Symphony

St. James Church 865 Madison Avenue, NYC

On the occasion of the exhibition Yves Klein and the Tangible World, Lévy Gorvy Dayan will present a performance of Klein’s Monotone-Silence Symphony at St. James’ Church, New York, on Wednesday, May 1, at 6:30 pm. Conducted by Petr Kotik and performed by the orchestra and choir of the S.E.M. Ensemble, the symphony is composed of a single note held for twenty minutes followed by twenty minutes of silence. Producing the sensation of endless duration, Klein describes the symphony as “ of one unique continuous ‘sound,’ drawn out and deprived of its beginning and of its end, creating a feeling of vertigo and of aspiration outside of time…. In the world of our possibilities of conscious perception, it is silence—audible presence.” For more information  

$29

The Lyme Art Association: Sea & Sky Soiree

Lyme Art Association 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

On Friday, May 3rd from 6:00 – 8:30 pm, the Lyme Art Association is welcoming Spring with a fun-filled cocktail party to celebrate the beauty of Old Lyme’s “American Giverny”, beloved of artists and our entire community! This very special evening will feature: Hors d’oeuvres by Flanders Fish Market “Dueling Painters” featuring Howard Park & Lisa Miceli – bid on their artwork as they paint! Live Jazz by the JHunter Group Viewing of Ship to Shore: A Marine Show Special silent auction of beautiful artwork and unique items and experiences For more information

Alison Watt: INDEPENDENT NEW YORK at Lévy Gorvy Dayan

Lévy Gorvy Dayan 19 East 64th Street, NYC

May 9 - June 28, 2024   Widely regarded as one of the leading painters working in the UK, Alison Watt won the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious annual award in 1987 while still a student at Glasgow School of Art. She subsequently became known for her figurative paintings, often female nudes, before beginning in the late 1990s to focus on depictions of fabric, which had previously acted as support or backdrop for her compositions. Rather than eliminate the figure, these paintings evoke the human body through its absence. Watt’s work has always been rooted in a deep engagement with the past, particularly the props and attributes of historical European painting and sculpture. Although the human figure is no longer explicit in Watt’s work, it is often implied. More recently, her work has focused on the relationship between the genres of still life and portraiture, exploring the possible narratives around everyday objects. For more information      

DAVID DUNLOP- LIGHT FANTASTIC at Susan Powell Fine Art

Susan Powell Fine Art 679 Main Street, Madison

We are honored to present new works from this versatile and award-winning artist. There will be an opening reception on Friday, May 10, from 5-8 pm. Meet David and join us for hors d'oeuvres and wine.   David Dunlop’s solo show Light Fantastic offers a visually transformative experience in this exciting exhibition of 29 new and adventurous works. David is a master of luminosity. His use of multi-layered translucent glazes, reflective metal surfaces and bright underpainting result in paintings that appear to possess their own inner light. He paints on copper, galvanized steel, and brushed gold and silver laminated aluminum which give his work the radiance of Dutch and Italian Renaissance paintings. Historically, artists have quested for luminance, and like Dunlop, wanted their works to glow in their settings, whether it be daylight or candlelight.   David will give a talk and painting demonstration in the gallery garden on Saturday, May 11, from 2-3 pm.  David is well known for his lively and entertaining PBS series, Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop, and has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Please RSVP (203) 318-0616 as space is limited, and bring a lawn chair. For more information

Nothing, Then Everything: Power Boothe at Lyman Allyn

Lyman Allyn Art Museum 625 Williams Street, New London

May 11 – August 4, 2024 Nothing, Then Everything brings together more than a dozen of Power Boothe’s large-scale abstract paintings in dialogue with his smaller canvases and works on paper, exploring the artist’s work and process. Using a grid structure as a starting point, Boothe engages color, line, shape, texture, and rhythm in his paintings, seeing each piece as a poetic event. This exhibition shows the shifts and the threads that run through Power Boothe’s artistic idiom over five decades of painting, with energetic, colorful, and bold canvases, as well as more quietly compelling ones. One section focuses on the artist’s drawings, showing framed works on paper as well as sketchbooks full of vivid compositions that visitors can see firsthand. For more information

Impressionism 150: From Paris to Connecticut & Beyond

Florence Griswold Museum 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

June 1 through September 8, 2024 In 2024 the world will celebrate the sesquicentennial of the first independent exhibition of the French Impressionists, marking 150 years since the “Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers, etc.” opened in Paris on April 15, 1874. The Museum’s permanent collection contains many treasures through which to tell the story of Impressionism, how it traveled across the ocean, and how audience reactions shifted over time. Impressionism 150 will locate the role of Connecticut artists and settings in this narrative. For more information

$5 – $15

Artists and Photographers Welcome at Hollister House Garden

Hollister House Garden 300 Nettleton Hollow Rd, Washington

June 5 - August 28, 2024 Beginning Wednesday, June 5 and continuing through August 28, Hollister House Garden welcomes artists and photographers to come and be inspired by the beauty of the garden in the morning light. Every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Admission $10 per person. For more information

$10

The Lyme Art Association: Expanding Visions

Lyme Art Association 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

June 7 – July 18, 2024 Hudson Valley Art Association (HVAA) Guest Exhibition | About: HVAA Expanding Visions: Traditional & Beyond Open to all members Hope is a Thing with Feathers – Young Artists Exhibition Young Artists Info Page & Prospectus For more information

Robert Cronin, Serious Paintings at David M. Hunt Library

David M. Hunt Library 63 Main Street, Falls Village

Opening with a reception on Saturday, June 15, 5-7 PM,  on display through July 12. Cronin recently said, “During most of my career, since I majored in painting at RISD, I have worked within the process of adding and subtracting in order to reach a situation that feels like it has arrived on its own–an intelligent but feeling situation of implication that is visibly and wonderfully believable.” The artist will also give an art talk on Thursday, June 27 at 5:30PM.  A selection of Mr. Cronin’s figurative paintings is currently on display in the library’s Art in the Stacks exhibit area. For more information