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JUNE 7 THRU JULY 26, 2002

WEIR FARM: VISITING ARTISTS 2001

Richard Lang Chandler
Maureen Cummins
Steven Dolbin
Camille Eskell
Thomas Mezzanotte
Michael Torlen

OPENING RECEPTION
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 5:00 PM

To read about WEIR FARM and their Visiting Artist Program...

Weir Farm Gallery installation

Six artists who found inspiration in a National Historic landscape will be featured in this exhibition entitled "Weir Farm Visiting Artists 2001." An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with an artists' panel discussion at 5 p.m.

Participating artists include Richard Lang Chandler, Maureen Cummins, Steven Dolbin, Camille Eskell, Thomas Mezzanotte, and Michael Torlen.

"We are very pleased to present this rich and varied exhibition," said Robbin Zella, director of the Housatonic Museum of Art, "because our mission is to give the public an opportunity to see both historic work and that of our artists working today. Weir Farm with its long tradition of nurturing creativity and preserving the site where the early Impressionists painted, is a rare place and their visiting artists' program invaluable."

Weir Farm, which is located in the towns of Ridgefield and Wilton, was originally home to a major, pioneering figure in the American Impressionist movement, Julian Alden Weir who purchased the 153-acre farm in 1882. He spent nearly four decades there, and his friends Childe Hassam, John Twachtman, Albert Pinkham Ryder and John Singer Sargent were among the wide circle who often joined him to paint, creating lasting images of the lush treed landscape outlined by stone walls.

A program of the Weir Farm Trust, with support from the National Park Service, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, The JP Morgan Chase Foundation, George and Grace Long Foundation, State Rep. Toni Boucher and the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, and the Daphne S. Culpeper Foundation.