| Jun 24, 2014
| 7:57 AM
In the gallery at Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, two portraits hang side-by-side, "The Artist" and "The Artist's Wife." They were painted in 1815. Not much else is known about them, not even the name of the artist, who ironically immortalized...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 10:10 AM
While the artists who founded the Old Lyme Art Colony in Florence Griswold's home were indisputably talented, they owe some of their success to the hospitality and inspiration of their landlady.
Visitors now flock to the charming yellow home-turned-...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 4:05 AM
In the late 19th century, artist Martha Lamb observed that the variety of landscapes in the town of Old Lyme "would drive an artist to distraction."
Her comment was prophetic. Within a few decades after she made that statement, Old Lyme was home to a...
| Oct 31, 2013
Five-year-old Ruhee Lalla of West Hartford sat at a table recently making a little terrarium with a plastic globe, moss, sticks, rocks, shells and twine. All around her at other tables, other children made terrariums while their parents watched. The...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 7:25 AM
Arthur Heming: Chronicler of the North
Through June 2, Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme, (860) 434-5542, florencegriswoldmuseum.org
Long before Second City Television's Bob and Doug Mackenzie hoisted its banner, Arthur Heming (1870-...
| May 4, 2011
| 9:16 AM
1st) Yale Peabody Museum
"Where else can you bring the kids to interact with a gigantic bed bug (like the one in director Derek Briggs' hand in the photo below), catch an educational puppet show and check out an array of fish skeletons that are not...
| Feb 4, 2011
| 10:00 AM
HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: Likely named after Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, in England. A settler, Matthew Griswold, apparently left England from the port of Lyme Regis.
ORIGINS: Set off from Saybrook in 1665, the town was incorporated in 1855 as South Lyme. The...
| Oct 8, 2010
The history of visual art in Connecticut usually is traced to the first professional painter, William Johnston of Boston, who began working in the region around 1762.
But, as Susan P. Schoelwer notes in the introduction to a new scholarly catalog, "at...