Road Trip: Florence Griswold Museum celebrates legacy as home of the Lyme Art Colony
Located on 12 acres along the Lieutenant River, the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme is celebrating its legacy as home of the Lyme art colony.
The house and gallery come alive with holiday spirit at this time of year.
The museum's director of marketing, Tammi Flynn, says the Florence Griswold Museum is named after Miss Florence - a sea captain’s daughter who at age 50 opened her house to artists from New York City.
The artists established the Lyme art colony, and the coastal area became a hotbed for artists to come and paint. It was very well-known as the place that attracted some of the best artists in the country, Flynn says.
Flynn says because Miss Florence was born on Christmas Day in 1850, they feel like they have artistic license to go a little wild during the holidays.
The museum's current exhibition is “Currier and Ives: Revisiting America," a collection of original prints by the Currier and Ives company from the Joslyn Art Museum in Nebraska.
Director of education and outreach David Rau says the collection is a magnificent show to have during the holiday season because there are a lot of sleighing scenes and winter scenes in the exhibition.