Florence Griswold’s boardinghouse became the epicenter of American Impressionism when she hosted preeminent painters in the early 20th century. This 11-acre museum complex strives to remain Creativity Central, with a packed calendar of programs like Make-a-Painting Sundays, Art Bar happy-hour workshops, outdoor festivals, and changing exhibits. Best Arts Hub–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2015The Florence Griswold Museum is even more of an art lover’s destination since opening its dazzling riverfront Krieble Gallery. Considered the home of American Impressionism, the lush grounds of the Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut attract plein-air painters all year round, but spring offers special opportunities. GardenFest, from May 30 through June 15, is a ten-day celebration of the site’s historic gardens, featuring special events, garden tours, demonstrations, and family activities. Sundays try your hand at painting en plein air in Miss Florence’s glorious gardens, by the river, and in the meadows with “Impromptu Encounters with Art.”-Yankee Magazine November 2013The lush grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut, attract plein-air painters all year round, but spring offers special opportunities, culminating in “Garden Fest,”. For 13 other outstanding sites in the Nutmeg State, go to: cthistoricgardens.org-Yankee Magazine February 201111 landscaped acres along the Lieutenant River include an education center, 1920’s artist studio, and the Krieble Gallery with changing exhibitions throughout the year. Step into a 1910 artist colony through the historic Griswold House, and reflect on the regional landscape in the Rafal Landscape Center. In addition to year round exhibitions, the Museum offers an array of special events, lectures and tours.-Yankee Magazine May 2010As the landlady to many of America’s most famous plein air painters, Florence Griswold served as midwife to American Impressionism. A yearlong $2.5 million restoration completed last summer returned her home to its circa 1910 heyday, when a lively group of artists entertained each other in the parlor and painted scenes on the dining room walls and doors in lieu of rent. For the first time since the house became a museum, visitors can experience it as the artists did. Two bedrooms on the first floor—Miss Florence’s and a guest room—are furnished with antiques typical of the era. Exhibitions in the airy gallery on the second floor trace the history and impact of this gathering of talented artists, including Henry Ward Ranger, Childe Hassam, and Willard Metcalf. Plus, in the Krieble Gallery this summer, two exhibitions feature the illustrations of David Macaulay and paintings by Norman Rockwell.-Yankee Magazine April 2007Miss Florence’s boardinghouse was never the same after Childe Hassam and his colleagues arrived. They painted not only en plein air but also on her dining room doors and walls, now Impressionist treasures.-Yankee Magazine April 2005Colonial portraits, Hudson River School landscapes, and American Impressionist works, plus the original Lyme Art Colony collection. Miss Florence’s boardinghouse was never the same after Childe Hassam et al. arrived. They painted not only in plein air but also on her dining-room doors and walls, now Impressionist treasures. An annex, to open in June, will showcase the Hartford Steam Boiler American art collection.-Yankee Magazine April 2003
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