Midsummer Festival-2017

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Please join us on Saturday, July, 29 2017 for a day filled with art, music, food and fun for all! Visit a series of booths and studios exhibiting original artwork by dozens of Lyme Academy College’s esteemed alumni and illustrious BFA students. The campus and all studios will be open and there will be demonstrations throughout the day. Here is a first look at the schedule of events we have planned.

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Chauncey Stillman Gallery- Under Them Steady Air: Bird Paintings by Judy Cotton and Michael DiGiorgio. Free admission. 9:30am – 4:00pm

 
About the Artists:

Judy Cotton
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Cotton is an internationally recognized artist who has had 35 solo shows and participated in over 70 group exhibits. She has shown work in the United States, Australia, the U.K., Japan, South Korea and China. Her work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Phillips Gallery, the National Gallery of Australia, The New Britain Museum of American Art, the Florence Griswold Museum, The Bathurst Regional Gallery and numerous private collections. A ten-year survey of her work traveled in NSW in Australia in 2002-2003.

The Pulitzer prize winning art critic Sebastian Smee has described Cotton as “a passionate observer of the natural world, both in the wilds of America and in her native Australia…. Cotton has long been drawn to the lives and movement of animals, plants, fires, floods, rivers and skies - to life in flux.”

Cotton is known for work in various media including encaustic. Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims described her Swimmer series as “miraculous puddles of wax….(that) mediate abstraction and realism as they capture the visual dissolution of form seen underwater.”

Born in Australia in 1941, Cotton has lived and worked in the U.S. since 1971. She began to live in Lyme full-time beside the Connecticut river in 2008. The constant presence of this body of water - fast moving through most of the year, frozen solid in winter - has influenced and informed her work in different contexts and media.

From 1974 to 1993 Cotton was the New York Contributing Editor for Vogue Australia covering New York, the art world and writing profiles of important cultural figures like Tennessee Williams and Oliver Sacks. She has served on the board of the Lyme Disease Foundation and on the board of the American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia.

Michael DiGiorgio
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Michael DiGiorgio is a nationally recognized artist who is currently living in Madison, CT. Mike’s painting and drawings have appeared in a variety of nature books and journals, such as: Birds of Brazil vol. 1&2, birds of Honduras, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Breeding Bird Atlas of CT, New York State Breeding Bird Atlas, Audubon Field Guide to Birds/ Eastern and Western region, and The Narrow Edge by Deborah Cramer.From 2007 to 2012, Mike was contracted by Houghton Mifflin to completely revise the artwork for the new edition of Peterson Field Guide to the Birds.Having painted birds since the age of five, Mike began to study bird painting from the late Don Eckelberry in 1979. Under Don’s critical eye, Mike developed his style emphasizing the character of the bird as well as its relationship to the environment. Working outdoors has provided him with knowledge of natural light, atmosphere, and design.
   
Committed to painting from life, Mike has traveled extensively to create field sketches of bird, plants, and habitat from South America, Central America, the West Indies, Trinidad, and the Outer Islands of Britain. In addition, his numerous trips to the western United States and national parks have allowed Mike to record a full range of American birdlife.
Mike won the first ever Eckelberry endowment award from the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia for recognition of his Bird Illustration work. This award was given in memory of Don Eckelberry. Mike’s paintings have been exhibited at the Roger tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown, N.Y.; The Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI; and The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. and The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y. Mike is currently illustrating plates for Birds of South America vol.3 with Robert Ridgley and Guy Tudor, and updating Peterson’s Field Guide to the Birds with new illustrations of birds from Hawaii.


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Sill House Gallery: Selected Work by Students from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Free admission. 9:30am – 4:00pm

 
Sill House Gallery featuring Selected Student Work by sophmores through seniors in our annual summer exhibition.
 
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Art for Sale: Dozen of Artists Display and Sell Artwork 9:30am- 4:00pm


Visit a series of booths exhibiting original artwork by dozens of Lyme Academy College’s esteemed alumni and illustrious BFA students. All artworks for sale and commissions accepted.

Pick up materials regarding the College’s BFA program and a robust series of summer courses, workshops, lectures and other events for adult learners and pre-college students presented by the Center for Arts Programming at Lyme.

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Demonstrations throughout the day by Lyme Alumni and BFA students 9:30am – 4:00pm