Midsummer Festival-2016


Please join us on Saturday, July, 30 2016 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


Chauncey Stillman Gallery- Old Lyme Revisited: An Exhibition by Alumni Tom and Peggy Root. Free admission. 9:30am – 4:00pm

About the Artists:

Peggy Root
Living and working in the Appalachian foothills of northeastern Tennessee, Peggy Root’s work is a celebration of the peace and beauty found in nature. Her compositions are painted outdoors, paying careful attention to light conditions and seasons. Because of constantly changing light conditions, she is able to work on each canvas for no more than two hours at a sitting, returning to the site at the same time on successive days to develop the painting. Peggy studied figure painting and anatomy at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and has spent the last 30 years painting the landscape of the Eastern United States.

Tom Root
A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Tom Root has been a professional figure and portrait painter for over 35 years. He studied drawing and painting at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts under Aaron Shikler and Deane G. Keller. Early on, Tom was interested in being a part of a contemporary figurative revival. He loved historic portraiture but intensely disliked modern formula-based commercial portraiture and desired to see contemporary portraiture reconnected with fine art. This has been the goal of much of his work. In addition to being a painter, Tom is also a songwriter, musician and a writer of children’s stories.

Both artists exhibit nationally in invitational and museum shows. Their work is also featured in private and corporate collections throughout the country.

This summer Peggy and Tom Root will be teaching residencies in landscape painting and figure painting respectively at Lyme Academy College (August 8-12).


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 freshman through juniors in our annual summer exhibition.

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.




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

• Encaustic Painting
• Gilding
• Illustration
• Life Drawing
• Pastels
• Portrait Sculpture
• Plein air Painting
• Watercolors


Lunch and Refreshments at Lyme Academy College 9:30am – 4:00pm

Join us on the College lawn for a delicious lunch made by Coffee’s Country Market. Choose from a wide assortment of sandwiches, wraps, handcrafted salads using local produce, and homemade desserts. All lunches made to order. Picnic tables provided.


Midsummer Music Stage presents - Hope Road - A Tribute To Bob Marley & The Wailers 1:00 pm – 3:00pm

Hope Road is a tribute band recreating the music, the passion, and the vibe of Bob Marley & The Wailers. Each member of this group has a deep respect for the music and the group we are paying tribute to. Bob Marley & The Wailers created music that inspired, empowered and sometimes overwhelmed audiences. Our mission is to bring that music to listeners with an intensity and a positive energy that they cannot help but enjoy and embrace.



Alumni Picnic

5:00 p.m.- 7 p.m.