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

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.

Sat. October 24, 2020 – Collinsville, CT

Parking at Canton Historical Museum, 11 Front Street Canton, CT 06019

Contact Member Painter: Ken Masslon for more info: kenmasslon@icloud.com

History: Collinsville is located along the banks of the Farmington River, in the southeast corner of the Town of Canton. The Collinsville section of Canton, is a factory town in New England. Listed as one of “America’s 10 Coolest Small Towns” in Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine. Visit us to explore the past.

In 1826, Samuel Watkinson Collins, age 24, his brother David, age 21, and their wealthy cousin, William Wells purchased a sawmill property along the Farmington River and began mass producing quality axes and selling them worldwide. The former Valley House Hotel, on the corner of Main and River Street, has been converted to condominiums. The storefronts and homes in Collinsville retain their early 20th century charm. The former rail line, which Sam Collins brought to Town in 1850, has been converted to a walking and biking trail which connects to several area towns.

Collinsville features an extensive shopping area, with a variety of local merchants. You will find fine jewelry, custom crafts, a collection of antiques, and recreation venues. The Farmington River runs through Collinsville and the former railroad tracks have been converted to the Farmington River Greenway walking/biking trail.

Parking at Canton Historical Museum, 11 Front Street Canton, CT 06019

Sat. October 31, 2020 – Silverman’s Farm

451 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT

Silverman’s Farm offers fall and pumpkin displays, farmers market, farm animals, apple orchards and beautiful views.

Silverman’s Farm was founded by Ben Silverman in the early 1920’s. Born in New York City in 1898, Ben grew up loving plants and enjoyed gardening. At the age of 18, he moved to Connecticut and began working on cow farms for $1.00 per day. When WWI broke out, Ben worked at a munitions factory in Bridgeport. He was able to save enough to purchase his first parcel of land on Sport Hill Road in Easton.

His first venture was building a cider mill. Families from surrounding towns would bring their apples to be pressed into both sweet and hard cider. Ben lived in a single room located in the mill. Soon he moved his mother from New York City to Easton where they shared another part of the same building. At age 30, Ben married Rose Hartz and built the farm homestead next to what is now Silverman’s Farm Market. Rose canned preserves and baked bread for the road-side stand while Ben cleared wooded fields as his farm grew.

Ben pressed apple cider for over 60 years, and had the only operating mill in the area which allowed customers to actually watch the cider being pressed. Many school children would visit the farm to watch the cider being made and sample the fresh juice. In 2004 the vintage mill was retired due to new processing standards, but the mill is permanently on display at the farm market. Currently, Silverman’s sweet apple cider is pressed off site and sold at the farm market.

Silverman's Farm – 451 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT

Sat. November 7 ,2020 – Lighthouse Point Park

2 Lighthouse Road, New Haven, CT

The Park offers views of the New Haven Harbor and the Long Island Sound. There are beaches, rocky terrain and grassy fields. There are several buildings on the property including the iconic Lighthouse. Inside one building is a historical carousel. 

Website Info:

In 1924 the City of New Haven purchased Lighthouse Point Park from the East Shore Amusement Company. City residents came to the park to enjoy swimming, ferry boat rides to Savin Rock, track meets, football games, field days and baseball leagues in the old grandstand/ballpark. The park, in the roaring 20’s, attracted legends Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb to Sunday afternoon games.

The hurricane of 1938 ripped through the park, destroying many buildings and trees. In 1950 the City was able to make major improvements at the park including a new bathhouse, a first aid station and concession stands. A small amusement park was added and the beach was greatly improved.

Today, the park attracts thousands to the public beach to enjoy the beauty of Long Island Sound. Devoted anglers take advantage of the fishing pier and a public boat launch that is available for leisure craft. Picnic tables dot the grounds, shaded by trees and pavilions. Kids can enjoy the playground and swings.

The park is one of the most popular spots for bird watching along the East Coast.Each fall and spring, thousands of song birds and birds of prey are seen in the migratory oasis along Morris Creek. In the fall, our park rangers and various ornithological groups conduct research and provide bird migration programs for park visitors.

Lighthouse Point Park 2 Lighthouse Road, New Haven, CT

Sat. November 14, 2020 – Auer Farm

Auerfarm boasts silos, barns, outbuildings and a variety of fields, farm crops, and flowers. The farm animals, the visitors, (mostly children), unique buildings and beautiful scenery, all make Auerfarm a wonderful artistic resource. Plenty of parking and public bathrooms are available.

 

158 Auer Farm Road, Bloomfield, CT

PAST PAINT OUTS

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.

Gay City State Park Paint Out

Gay City State Park
435 North Street
Hebron, CT 06248

Our Last paint out scheduled for 2019 is at Gay City State Park in Hebron, beginning at 8:30 AM. It offers a beautiful lake surrounded by fall foliage, and a winding stream that reflects the deep blue sky of autumn.

Located on the Hebron-Bolton town line, Gay City’s 1,569 acres of parkland offer swimming, picnicking and an almost endless opportunity for exploration. The name “Gay City” derives from a now-extinct mill town that once occupied the site. Today only some tumbling stone foundations, several grass-filled cellar holes and a few silent tombstones suggest its former existence.

From the South/New London area: Follow Route 85 north. Park entrance is 6.7 miles past the intersection with Route 66.
From Glastonbury area: Take Route 85. Park entrance is 2.0 miles past the intersection with Route 94.

The weather is unpredictable this time of year, but we hope to see you at this last paint out for 2019.

Gay City State Park 435 North Street Hebron, CT 06248

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