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Hosted by the Norwalk Historical Society, “Silvermine: Celebrating Its Art, History, and Beauty,” features vintage photos from my new book Silvermine from Arcadia Publishing.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase, so if you’re in Connecticut or near New York City, I’d love to see you and sign your copy. Click here for more information.
Discover the rich history of Silvermine during this celebratory presentation, “Silvermine: Celebrating Its Art, History, and Beauty,” by author and CSF Executive Director Samuel A. Schmitt on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Norwalk Historical Society in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Silvermine, home to Carl Schmitt for over 70 years, is known today for its natural beauty, the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, and the Silvermine Tavern. Few, however, are aware of its rich history. Encompassing sections of New Canaan, Norwalk, and Wilton, Connecticut, Silvermine went from a small mill town during the 18th and 19th centuries to a vibrant artist colony in the early 20th century. Numerous artists, including Carl Schmitt, attracted by the scenery and proximity to the art scene in New York, flocked to the area, using the old mills and barns for their studios.
These artists formed the Silvermine Group of Artists and later the Silvermine Guild, a haven for art of all kinds. The high quality of the work of the early Silvermine artists compares favorably with the members of the better known colonies in Old Lyme and Cos Cob. On view in the 1835 Town House at Mill Hill, where the lecture will be presented, is a new salon-style art exhibit, “Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art,” featuring the works of many Silvermine Guild artists from the early to mid-20th century.
Join us Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Mill Hill Historic Park, located at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, Connecticut. Follow signs for parking. Signed copies of Schmitt’s new book Silvermine, will be for sale during the presentation. Admission is $5.00 and tickets can be purchased here or at the door. Light refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored in part by the Norwalk Association of Silvermine Homeowners and the Silvermine Community Association.