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

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


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

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