CPAPS Paint Outs

Paintouts are opportunities for plein air painters to gather at various scenic locations throughout Connecticut. Working together provides an opportunity to make connections with other painters and learn from each other.

Here you will find information about our paintout schedule and view images from past paintouts.


UPCOMING

Saturday, Sep 19, 2020 – Wickham Park

1329 Middle Turnpike W., Manchester CT

Wickham Park is located on the Manchester- East Hartford Line. The park offers 280 acres with 30 acres of gardens. Each garden has it’s own theme, such as the English Garden. The park has an aviary that features many local birds and a spectacular scenic view of the city of Hartford skyline. There are plenty of places to paint. The Park’s hours are 11am to Sunset.
There is a $7 car entry fee.

Wickham Park, 1329 Middle Turnpike W, Manchester, CT

Sat. September 26, 2020 – New Britain Museum of American Art

56 Lexington Ave, New Britain, CT

Registration Deadline: September 24, 2020

New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington Ave, New Britain, CT

Celebrate 25 years of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society with CPAP members on the beautifully landscaped grounds of the NBMAA overlooking historic Walnut Hill Park. Paint the grounds, park ,or beautiful Victorian homes along Lexington Street and meet Museum staff to mark the occasion.

Date: September 26th, 2020

Morning session: 9 a.m. arrival
Afternoon session: 1 p.m. arrival

Website: https://www.nbmaa.org

Complimentary printed guides to the Museum’s outdoor sculpture will be available for participants. A complimentary water station will be available on the Museum’s terrace. Access to Museum bathrooms will be available through Terrace entrance. Access to the grounds is included in your CPAPS membership, but access to the museum itself requires advance purchase of a timed admission tickets. This is separate from the CPAPS event so you must purchase the tickets on your own if you wish to visit the museum as well. Purchase tickets hereParking: Please plan to park in the Museum’s parking lot or along Lexington Street.

Fri. October 2 & Sat. October 3, 2020; Fri. October 23 & Sat. October 24, 2020 – Weir Farm

735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton CT

Registration is required.

Weir Far, 735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton CT

Weir Farm National Historic Site is located in Ridgefield and Wilton, Connecticut. It commemorates the life and work of American impressionist painter J. Alden Weir and other artists who stayed at the site or lived there, to include Childe Hassam, Albert Pinkham Ryder, John Singer Sargent, and John Twachtman.

This event is open to members. Registration is required.

Saturday Oct 17. 2020 – Hammonasset Park

1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443

Hammonasset Beach State Park is located on the shore of Long Island Sound in Madison, CT. It is Connecticut’s largest shoreline Park with over 2 miles of beaches, as well as wetlands and woodlands. This location is definitely a favorite for our plein air painters. Seascapes, rocky outcrops, marshlands and ponds will satisfy any painter’s requirements..

Hammonasset Beach Park, 1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443

PAST PAINT OUTS

Sun. September 29, 2019 – Gurleyville Grist Mill and Fenton River

Paint Out at Gurleyville Grist Mill and Fenton River
Grist mill at Stonemill Road, Storrs, CT

One of the paintable spots we have chosen happens to be right in my back yard in Storrs, very close to the UCONN campus. River views, a stone grist mill, stone arch bridges, and a beautiful pond, not to mention unique historical homes and a river view right across the street from my own garden at FentonRiver Studio.

The sign-in table will be located by the Grist Mill, with directions to additional spots within ¼ mile.

Gurleyville Grist Mill, Storrs, CT

Sun. September 15, 2019 – Hammonasset Beach Park

1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443

This location is definitely a favorite. Seascapes, rocky outcrops, marshlands and ponds will satisfy any painter’s requirements. The weather forecasts warm weather allowing a perfect day to enjoy nature and the camaraderie of your fellow painters.

Our painting year is quickly coming to an end, so I hope to see you at this paint out. We will meet any time after 8:30 AM, our sign in table will be placed in the parking lot by the Meigs Point Nature Center. After entering the Hammonasset Beach Park, continue to the Nature Center bearing left at the access road rotary, continue halfway around the rotary and follow the signs toward Meigs Point.

Hammonasset Beach Park, 1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443

Sun. September 1, 2019 – Willimantic Flower Bridge, Willimantic CT

440 Main St, Willimantic, CT 06278

Our next paint out will be at a beautiful location painted in the past by J. Alden Weir. Now part of the Windham Mills State Heritage Park, the Riverfront Park and Flower Bridge offer views of the Willimantic River, the archways and flowers on the bridge itself, as well as the adjacent mills, and several Victorian homes across the street. With ample parking on the street or in the parking space just past the bridge connected to the park below the bridge, it is simply an artist’s dream, with connections to the impressionists of the past.
 
From the junction of Jackson and Main Street (at the Frog Bridge) in Willimantic, go east on Main Street for a tenth-mile and turn right into the entrance of the Windham Mills complex. A parking lot and the park are to the right. The sign-in table and sign will be located at the stairs going up to the Flower Bridge.

Willimantic Flower Bridge, 440 Main St, Willimantic, CT 06226

Sun, July 28, 2019 – Devil’s Hopyard State Park

 Devil’s Hopyard State Park – 366 Hopyard Road, East Haddam, CT 06423

July 28, Begin at 8:30 AM

We will return to Devil’s Hopyard State Park to take advantage of a beautiful day this Sunday, July 28 beginning at 8:30. Centrally located, the falls are spectacular, with a swimming hole, and a clear, cool stream below.

Visiting the site today I put the name of the Park into GPS and it took me to a parking lot at the top of the falls. There is construction on the bridge at the top, but it doesn’t interfere with the view, though it might require a marked detour coming from the North.

From CT Route 9: take Exit 7, then a left at the end of the exit ramp onto CT Route 82 east/154 north. Take a right at the first traffic light following CT Route 82 east and follow the signs.
From Interstate 395: take Exit 80 west. Take a right onto CT Route 82 west. Take a right onto Hopyard Road and follow signs.
From I-91S: take Exit 22 for Route 9 South, Exit 7. Take a left at the end of the exit ramp onto CT Route 82 east/154 north. Take a right at the first traffic light following CT Route 82 east and follow the signs.

A fun place, many possibilities…Hope to see you there!

Devil's Hopyard State Park 366 Hopyard Road East Haddam, CT 06423