The word "Impressionist" often brings to mind Giverny, France, but many Impressionists also called Connecticut home. The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme was once the center of an artists' community. Beginning in 1899, artists traveled regularly to southern Connecticut to paint. Many lived in the house and painted on the grounds. Others settled in the area of Lyme and Old Lyme. Although their style of art eventually fell out of favor, the artists never completely left the Lyme vicinity.
Arts groups still call Old Lyme home. Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, a four-year art based college, is located in Lyme. The Lyme Art Association, created to sell the artists' work, is still functioning as an exhibition hall, class space, and resale space. Both are located within a few blocks of the Griswold Museum.
If you believe your family might have ties to the American Impressionists, consider visiting the Florence Griswold Museum in person or on the web at www.florgris.org.