“Christ was something more than an English gentleman. The best people voted for his death. He died alone and a fool. No English gentleman fears death if it is done by the best people and gregariously. What he really fears is making a fool of himself like St. Francis, and doing it alone.” (1931)
“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 with “Silvermine: Celebrating Its Art, History, and Beauty,” by author and CSF Executive Director Samuel A. Schmitt on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the New Canaan Public Library in New Canaan, 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.
Join us Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the New Canaan Public Library located at 151 Main Street in New Canaan, Connecticut. (Directions can be found here.) Signed copies of Schmitt’s new book Silvermine, will be for sale during the presentation. Admission is free but you are requested to register for the event here.
“Can our national virtues of Comfort, Wealth, and Success be reconciled with the Cardinal Virtues of Chastity, Poverty, and Humility? I am afraid that the answer must be honestly faced. And the answer is, No. The breakdown of civilization has probably been caused by the attempt to reconcile the two sets of ultimately contradictory, exclusive values.” (1943)
“Civilizations, like persons, exhibit the same symptoms in senility: an overwhelming desire for security and comfort with a minimum of manual effort; and will submit to indignities for their sake.” (1954)