Wednesday, August 11, 2010
FLORENCE GRISWOLD MUSEUM, LYME ACADEMY OF THE ARTS
Florence's house showed love and comfort. Rooms with niches for a game of checkers in one corner while someone else was painting by the window and another sat in a chair reading or sewing. None of it would have been possible without Florence's perseverance and kindly attitude. They drank, sometimes too much. They had deeply philosophical views, they rollicked and played, and worked. She often accepted a painting in payment for board. She picked the flowers and cooked the meals. She enjoyed them and they flourished under her care, while she struggled to keep the place financially afloat. She died in 1937 and there were four mortgages on the place. The artists pooled resources and bought Florence's home-lucky for us. Here are paintings from Woodhull Adams, William Chadwick, Childe Hassam, William Robinson, Harry Hoffman, Robert Nisbet, Will Howe Foote, and many others.
Since the Lyme Academy of Arts was just a few blocks distant, we decided to visit there, as well. Instead of one gallery, we found a newly accredited college (since l996) with an alumni gallery, student galleries, which are constantly changing, and collected works of some former students. Almost the first picture I took was this teasing painting of a surreptitious photographer.