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

Sun, July 7, 2019 – Joshua’s Trust at Atwood Farm

624 Wormwood Hill Road, Mansfield CT 06268

July 7, 2019 beginning at 8:30

Join CT Plein Air Painters this Sunday, July 7, at Atwood Farm, now the headquarters of Joshua’s Trust in Mansfield CT. With a beautiful white farmhouse, fruit trees, pastures. rock walls and several rustic outbuildings, this property is a wonderful location for the painter.

Joshua’s trust invited us to paint Atwood Farm again this year, and they are looking forward to hosting CPAPS painters on Sunday. Thanks to John Bugden for taking pictures July 3rd, as I am on a road trip and will return Saturday, in time to attend this paint out.

Parking is to the left of the farmhouse, and our sign-up table and will be located there. The house will be open with restroom facilities.

Atwood Farm is located at the end of Gurleyville Road which begins from Rte 195 within the UCONN campus. From I-84 take exit 68 and go South on 195 then left onto Gurleyville Rd. At the intersection of Gurleyville Road and Wormwood Hill Road (Wormwood Hill Road runs between Route 89 and Route 44).

Please join me at Atwood Farm in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut. You won’t be disappointed.

624 Wormwood Hill Road, Mansfield CT 06268

Sun, June 23, 2019 – Harkness Park, Waterford, CT

275 Great Neck Road, Waterford CT 06385

June 23, beginning at 9:00

Once again, we will paint at Harkness Memorial Park. Taking photos last week I found a major improvement in the gardens and grounds compared to years past. With the activities in the great lawn at least four flower gardens, and the shorelline right there, it is without doubt a wonderful place to paint. Columns, fountains, a beautiful mansion that gives tours if a wedding isn’t scheduled, ginkgo trees, and many nooks and crannies that invite the painter to stop and record a fantastic resource right in our back yard.

Park policy it is that it is free to CT residents, but the same park policy says that we cannot have signage for CPAPS. I’ll be away on a road trip, so this site will be without our normal sign-in table.

Harkness Memorial Park 275 Great Neck Road Waterford CT 06385

Sun, June 2, 2019 – Auer Farm, Bloomfield, CT

158 Auer Farm Rd, Bloomfield, CT 06002

June 2, 2019, beginning at 8:30 AM

A varied farm location, Auerfarm will delight any painter with exciting subject matter. Fields, fences, flowers, silos and animals provide interest and much color.
Note: The farm has an event in the pavilion so we are requested to avoid that area.

History: Today’s 120-acre 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm, was deeded to the non-profit Connecticut 4-H Development Fund, Inc. in 1976. The farm is committed to growing its successful educational programs and community outreach efforts on this historic community resource.
Founded in the early years of the 20th century, Auerfarm was honored as a model farm in 1950 and was the site for the annual Connecticut Farm Conference in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. The driving force for the long-term success of the farm was Beatrice Fox Auerbach. Mrs. Auerbach achieved national prominence in the 1930’s as the first female president of a leading department store, G. Fox & Co. Her good business sense, humanitarian work practices and philanthropic ventures left a legacy from which people benefit today.

Between the many, varying farm animals, the excited children and beautiful scenery, Auerfarm is an amazing community resource. We hope you will find yourself here, enjoying the simple pleasures of the farm atmosphere.

158 Auer Farm Rd, Bloomfield, CT 06002

Sun, May 5, 2019 – Weir Farm, Wilton, CT

735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897

May 5, 2019, beginning at 9:00 AM

Once again we will visit Weir Farm, a property that was conceived and developed with the artist in mind.

Please note that there is limited parking and carpooling is encouraged and appreciated. There will be parking information for CPAPS members at the sign in table.

  • Stop in the visitor center and museum store, 10am to 4pm
  • Enjoy free guided tours of the Weir House at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm; Weir and Young Studios open 10am to 4pm
  • Plein air painters are always welcome.

This is a beautiful location and worth the drive. I hope to see you there!

735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897

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