In an interview with the HAN Network, CSF Director Samuel Schmitt talks about his book Silvermine and how important the place was for his grandfather Carl Schmitt. “Even after traveling and living all over Europe, Silvermine was his home. He meant this on a deep level, a place where, as he put it, ‘body and soul become one.’”
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.
Silvermine recounts how the picturesque valley, once buzzing with sawmills, was transformed into a cultural hub with the coming of the artists, including Carl Schmitt, who formed the Silvermine Guild in 1922. It’s part of the well-known “Images of America” series from Arcadia Publishing. See a preview and order here from Amazon.com. Your purchase benefits the Carl Schmitt Foundation.
“People who learn about the Guild, about my grandfather’s work, his century of life painting the land and his beloved family in Silvermine – they always want to know more.,” said Schmitt. “I hope this book answers some of their questions and inspires them to learn about this wonderful place.” Order now for Christmas!