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

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

Sun, Aug. 26, 2018 – 8:30am – Mashamoquet Brook State Park

276 Mashamoquet Road. Pomfret, CT 06259

We will be painting in this beautiful park located in Putnam next Sunday, August 26. Surrounded by forrest, the Mashamoquet Brook snakes through the park, with views from both sides facilitated by a walking bridge. With abundant hiking trails, there is also a small swimming pond filled with children and their reflections in the water.
Mashamoquet park is located just past Rte. 97, a truly scenic road connecting Brooklyn to Woodstock. Anyone traveling south from Rte 44 will find We-Like-it Ice Cream, some say the best ever.
Directions:
  • From the east/(Providence, RI): Take Route 6 west onto Route 101 west. Go west on Route 101 through Dayville until it ends at Route 44 in Pomfret. Continue straight ahead onto Route 44 west for approximately 1 mile, Mashamoquet Brook State Park is on your left.
  • From the west/(Hartford): Take Route 84 east, Exit 69. At the end of the exit ramp, take a right onto Route 74 east. Go east on Route 74 until it ends. At the end of Route 74, take a left onto Route 44 east for approximately 10.9 miles, Mashamoquet Brook State Park is on your right.
  • From the south/(Norwich): Take Route 395 north, Exit 41. At the end of the exit ramp, take a left onto Route 101 West. Stay on Route 101 until it ends at Route 44. Continue straight ahead on Route 44 west for approximately 1 mile, Mashamoquet Brook State Park is on your left.

 

I’m so happy to discover this location again, after completing a winter painting here a few seasons ago. If you like painting water, running fast and slow, with rocks and rapids juxtaposed with a quiet pond with children on the shore, this is your site!

I hope to see you there!

Paint Out Chair,
Shauna Shane

276 Mashamoquet Road. Pomfret, CT 06259

Sun, Aug. 12, 2018 – 8:30am – Mohegan Park

Mohegan Park, Norwich CT

CPAPS Paint Out at Mohegan Park, Norwich CT August 12, beginning at 8:30 AM:

This park offers a variety of painting possibilities including

  • A swimming area teaming with children in the water and on the beach,
  • a large fountain next to arched trellises supporting climbing roses,
  • and a small inlet leading to a red footbridge (my favorite spot).

The website lists the address as Mohegan Park Road, Norwich. (Main parking by the swimming area).

Also, John Edwards Drive/Wilderness Rd, Norwich CT

https://goo.gl/maps/p5KULGwerZn (brings you to the lot closest to the red bridge)

The link above will take you to the parking lot closest to that bridge, and the included map indicates a drop off point right next to the inlet.

There is also a parking area following signs to the rose garden, with bathroom facilities in a park building.

I hope to see you there!

PS:

Also of note in Norwich; many of you are familiar with the Slater Museum’s collection of plaster cast reproductions of European sculptures including the Winged Victory. They never fails to impress and are wonderful to draw.  The museum’s website indicates the gallery is open on Sundays from 1:00 till 4:00 PM.

Paint out Chair, Shauna Shane

Mohegan Park, Norwich CT

Sun, July 15, 2018 – 9:00am – Kent Falls State Park

For most of us this is quite a ways, but the drive is beautiful and the town of Kent is worth visiting. There are at least three excellent art galleries open Sunday afternoon, including the Morrison Gallery and the Kent Art Association. I contacted that group and some of their members might come out to join us.

Kent Falls is the highest in CT, composed of a series of falls accessed by steps going up the mountain. Every level produced another view and another challenge, as it was pretty steep. I plan to reduce my normal supplies to a minimum since, though there is much to paint without climbing, the view from two tiers up was amazing and worth the effort. Because of the heavy rain lately, the Falls should be going much stronger than when I was there last Tuesday afternoon. And although they say not to swim, there were many people doing just that. Should be fun!

Consider carpooling, and come see a beautiful part of Connecticut.
 
462 Kent Cornwall Road (Rte. 7)

Kent CT

Paint Out Chair, Shauna Shane

Kent Falls State Park, 462 Kent Cornwall Road (Rte. 7) Kent CT

Sun, July 15, 2018 – 9:00am – Paint Out at Harkness Memorial State Park

Harkness Memorial State Park
275 Great Neck Road
Waterford, CT06385

Harkness Park will be our next paint out scheduled for Sunday, July 15, beginning at 9:00.

Many of you have painted this location that offers an Italian mansion, formal gardens with statuary, columns, and a wonderful view of the sound. However, new pictures on their website indicate that the property and gardens have been updated, and there are many more gardens than the last time I painted this beautiful estate. A walk around the property reveals an unlimited painting resource, there is something for everyone here.

This is also new: the website said that parking fees are not charged to cars with CT plates.

For those interested: Harkness volunteer docents lead guided tours on weekends. The first tour starts at 10:00 am and the last starts promptly at 1:30 pm. Donations for tours are welcome and most appreciated.

Harkness Memorial State Park, 275 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT 06385

Sun, July 1, 2018 – 8:30am – Paint Out at Huntington Homestead

36 Huntington Road (Rt. 14), Scotland CT

We are honored to be featured in the celebration “Historic Impressions: Plein Air Painting at the Huntington Homestead. This remarkably well-preserved site includes an eighteenth century house on its original foundation surrounded by acres of farmland, bordered by Merrick Brook. It includes old-growth trees, stone walls, a beaver pond, scenic outbuildings, an abandoned road, and other interesting features.

The town of Scotland is one of the most scenic farmland areas of Connecticut, with a quaint main street lined with many classic historical homes.

This is a special event built around our painting of this site as a way to introduce folks to the plein air tradition. I know it will be a hot day, but I hope you will consider coming out to support this event.

See you there…

Paint Out Chair

Shauna Shane

Huntington Homestead, 36 Huntington Road (Rt. 14), Scotland, CT 06264