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

PAST PAINT OUTS

Sun, Apr. 14, 2019 – 8:30am – Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT

35 Mountain Road – Farmington, CT 06032

When Jane Zisk founded CT Plein Air Painters, her first plein air paint out location was Hill-stead museum. Now we will return to this lovely property in Farmington that offers a variety of painting possibilities, and welcomes artists painting around their grounds and gardens. Explore woodland trails throughout the scenic 152-acre estate or simply find a garden scene in the beautiful Beatrix Farrand-designed Sunken Garden.

Guidelines request that artists restrict their use of permanent materials such as acrylic and oil paints, to grassy surfaces staying away from all stone walls, bluestone paths, porches, and walkways.

Hill-Stead welcomes pets of all kinds on the property, as long as they are accompanied by owners at all times and properly leashed or restrained.

Access to the property is free; however, tours of the house with it’s amazing collection of paintings is $16.00. $14.00 for seniors. Hill-Stead Museum, the 1901 Colonial Revival-style house designed by pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle, is well known for its collection of Impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Manet, Whistler and Cassat.

35 Mountain Road Farmington, CT 06032

Sun, Oct. 7, 2018 – 2:00pm – 6:00pm – Hammonasset Beach Park, Madison

1288 Boston Post Road Madison, CT 06443

We painted at Meig’s Point in Hammonasset Beach Park last October and it was simply fabulous! This location offers rocky shorelines, marsh meadows beginning to change color, large rocks with waves lapping onto a long curved sandy beach, all wrapped in a beautiful autumn day, (at least that’s what the weather says today).

A new time: Let’s try something new! It has been proposed that we try an afternoon paint, and this location lends itself to excellent afternoon light. We’ll meet and sign in at the parking lot by the Meigs Point Nature Center, (see below directions), any time after 1:30 PM. Hammonasset Beach State Park closes at sunset, which is around 6:20 PM, so we can stay until 6:00 PM. We have only one more scheduled paint out, so I hope to see you there!

Meigs Point Nature Center

The Meigs Point Nature Center offers programs and activities for park visitors on a year round basis. The Center hours are 10am to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday, from March through October, and 10am to 4pm Tuesday – Saturday, from November through February. For information on programs, please contact Nature Center staff at (203) 245-8743. To visit the Nature Center, bear to the left at the access road rotary, go halfway around the rotary and follow the signs toward Meigs Point. The Center is on the left across from the Meigs Point bathhouse. Parking is available near the building.

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

Sun, Sep. 23, 2018 – 9:00am – Comstock Ferre, Wethersfield

Comstock Ferre, 253 Main Street, Wethersfield CT

Our next paint out will be at the Comstock Ferre, 253 Main Street, Wethersfield beginning at 9:00 AM. It is located in the old, picturesque part of Wethersfield, and there is much to see in the neighborhood as well as around the Heirloom Market. They are familiar with painters coming to paint their location, and said their restrooms would be available to us. They sell flowers, and heirloom seeds and serve food as well. The unique building and grounds should make a good painting subject in any light condition. Hope to see you there…

Comstock Ferre, 253 Main Street, Wethersfield CT

Sun, Sep. 9, 2018 – 9:00am – UCONN Avery Point

Article from the Sea Grant Website: Habitat walk, paint-out bring artists to Avery Point

Photos by Judy Benson

Nine members of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society visited UConn Avery Point on Sept. 9 at the invitation of Connecticut Sea Grant. The event is part of Sea Grant’s efforts to reach out to new groups during its 30th anniversary year celebration. The morning began with a habitat walk around the campus, led by Judy Preston, Sea Grant’s Long Island Sound outreach coordinator. She talked about the history of the campus as well as the rocky shoreline, marsh and island habitats visible from campus. After the walk, the painters fanned out across the campus for a plein air paint-out, using oils, water colors and sketching materials. Works created during the paint-out are tentatively scheduled to be displayed on campus at a later date. More information about the event can be found here.

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT Avery Point Campus
1084 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340

CPAPS has been invited to participate in Connecticut Sea Grant’s 30th year by painting the beautiful shoreline landscape offering rocks, waves, beach, distant islands, sailboats, and some truly spectacular architecture. An exhibition will be held later in their gallery of the paintings from this location, so this is a paint out that should not be missed.

There has been full publicly for this celebration so I expect a well attended event. (Bring cards and perhaps a couple of small paintings?) Outreach Coordinator Judy Preston will lead a free, 30-45 minute informative walk about the marine habitats visible from campus 9:00 AM. a perfect opportunity for scouting locations as well as the knowledge gained from the experience.

I plan on placing our sign-in table close to the Welcome Entrance on the East side of Branford House, where restrooms are available as well as a gallery accessed from the elevator to the second floor. If that changes I’ll send additional information.

From their press release:

“There are many ways people value Long Island Sound and its coastal resources, and art is one way by which this appreciation can be expressed,” said Nancy Balcom, associate director for Connecticut Sea Grant. “Annually since 2011, we’ve sponsored an art award program as a means for sharing new perspectives on the connections between people and the Sound. We’re excited that the Connecticut Plein Air Painters will add another dimension to this effort through this paint-out.”
Directions:
  • From the west (New Haven, New York) – Take I-95 N to exit 87 Clarence B. Sharp Hwy/CT-349 toward US-1 (1.9 mi). At the second set of stoplights, take a right (you will see a sign here for the University of Connecticut at Avery Point). At the next corner and set of lights, take a left. Follow this road for several miles, straight, past Pfizer and the Shennecossett Golf Course. Shortly after the golf course you will come to the entrance on the right side for the University (big blue sign) just before a sharp curve.
    From the north (Norwich, Worcester) – Take I-395 S to exit 5 (left side exit) toward CT-32/New London (0.4 mi). Merge onto Montville Connector (0.9 mi). Slight right at CT-32/Mohegan Avenue Parkway; continue to follow CT-32 (3.3 mi). Merge onto I-95 N/US-1 N via the ramp to Providence/Groton (1.7 mi). Take exit 87 Clarence B. Sharp Hwy/CT-349 toward US-1 (1.9 mi). At the second set of stoplights, take a right (you will see a sign here for the University of Connecticut at Avery Point). At the next corner and set of lights, take a left. Follow this road for several miles, straight, past Pfizer and the Shennecossett Golf Course. Shortly after the golf course, you will come to the entrance on the right side for the University (big blue sign) just before a sharp curve.
  • From the north (Norwich, Worcester) – Take I-395 S to exit 5 (left side exit) toward CT-32/New London (0.4 mi). Merge onto Montville Connector (0.9 mi). Slight right at CT-32/Mohegan Avenue Parkway; continue to follow CT-32 (3.3 mi). Merge onto I-95 N/US-1 N via the ramp to Providence/Groton (1.7 mi). Take exit 87 Clarence B. Sharp Hwy/CT-349 toward US-1 (1.9 mi). At the second set of stoplights, take a right (you will see a sign here for the University of Connecticut at Avery Point). At the next corner and set of lights, take a left. Follow this road for several miles, straight, past Pfizer and the Shennecossett Golf Course. Shortly after the golf course, you will come to the entrance on the right side for the University (big blue sign) just before a sharp curve.

Avery Point Campus, 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT 06340