Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tonalist Landscape for the Florence Griswold Museum Christmas Tree, Jan Blencowe

copyright 2009, Jan Blencowe,Connecticut, USA
Crescent Moon, acrylic on wooden palette
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I am delighted to announce that I have been invited to paint a palette for the Florence Griswold Museum's annual Artist Tree!

The Magic of Christmas: A Festive Holiday Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum

November 21, 2009 through January 10, 2010

Miss Florence’s Artist Tree is back this year with additional painted palettes, bringing the count to over 100 artists from across the country who have donated works to this one-of-a-kind tradition. The 12-foot tree has become a holiday icon for the region.

The idea of artists painting on palettes relates directly to the Museum’s history as the center for the Lyme Art Colony, and alludes to the doors and wooden wall panels the artists painted throughout Miss Florence's house over a hundred years ago. The palette artists’ styles and subject matter are as varied as the individuals. Oils, acrylics, watercolors, ceramics, and collage (and this year, glass) are used to transform the palettes into traditional holiday scenes, delightful landscapes, and more than a few surprises!

In the historic rooms of the Griswold House visitors can see how families celebrated Christmas in 1910, as historically accurate decorations reveal homespun creativity and the use of surprising materials. The 1910 time period was an important era for the Griswold House, as it was the heyday of its use as boardinghouse for the artists of the Lyme Art Colony. Christmas was also Miss Florence’s birthday! She would have been 60 in 1910.

I have visited the museum for many years at Christmas Time and always marvelled at the beauty of the tree covered with these unique palette paintings, so I am very honored to have been asked this year to contribute a painting.


Maria Soto Robbins said...

Congratulations, Jan! What an honor and I'm sure you'll love visiting it even more this holiday season with your own lovely contribution on the tree!

Jan Blencowe said...

Thanks Maria! It really is an honor and the tree is gorgeous. I'll have pictures ina couple of weeks.