More gifts for Christmas from the CSF

In addition to the gifts we mentioned yesterday, the CSF is offering its stunning coffee-table book Carl Schmitt: Vision of Beauty at 25% off the regular price.  Shipping and handling are free for this special offer.  See a preview of selected pages here.

Order your copies now in time for Christmas!  Each book that you purchase benefits the Carl Schmitt Foundation.

Click Here to Purchase The Vision of Beauty

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The CSF is also pleased to offer museum-quality reproductions of works by Carl Schmitt in partnership with RequestAPrint, a leading producer of art prints to museums across the country.

RequestAPrint uses state-of-the-art ultra-giclee printers on semi-gloss heavyweight paper or medium weight fine art canvas. The prints are available in any size and in variety of frame styles. Here is just a sample of the paintings offered:

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Click here to go to the RequestAPrint gallery and order your prints.

Finally, don’t forget your own Christmas cards if you haven’t ordered them yet! (They make great thank-you cards, too.)

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As always, your purchase benefits the Carl Schmitt FoundationThank you!

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Order these unique gifts from the CSF now in time for Christmas

This year the CSF is offering a number of unique gifts for Christmas: Carl Schmitt greeting cards, a collection of Schmitt’s writings, The Conscience of Beauty, and a pictorial history of the place he called home, Silvermine.

Carl Schmitt cards make a wonderful present for anyone on your list. They also make great thank-you cards.CSF21101_card

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The new book of Carl Schmitt’s essays, The Conscience of Beauty, is now available through Amazon.com. If you have enjoyed our weekly Wisdom on Wednesdays, you’ll find this new collection a richly rewarding experience.

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In these short essays Schmitt has gathered and distilled the fruits of his contemplation over a long lifetime, revealing a man whose words on paper are as remarkable as his work on canvas. The artist offers a fresh perspective on such topics as art, culture, personality, mythology, and history, all informed by the far-reaching perspective introduced in The Vision of Beauty. Along the way he touches on more immediate concerns of the media, respectability, large families, and fatherhood with his unerring sense of irony and wry humor.

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You can see a preview of the book (including a complete table of contents) here.

Through dozens of historic photographs the new book Silvermine tells the story of the bucolic hamlet Carl Schmitt called home for over 70 years. CSF director Samuel Schmitt 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.

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Silvermine is part of the well-known “Images of America” series from Arcadia Publishing.  See a preview and order here from Amazon.com.

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This large boulder in front of the old Borglum place on Borglum Road was the site of many birthday parties and other get-togethers in Silvermine over the years. Through fascinating images such as this, the new book captures Silvermine’s rich social, artistic, and cultural life during the heyday of the artists’ colony in the first half of the last century.

And remember, all of your purchases benefit the Carl Schmitt Foundation.

Come to the Carl Schmitt Foundation’s 2017 Annual Open House

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Peter, c. 1940, oil on canvas, 15 x 10 in.

Join us Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 12 noon to 3 pm at the studio-gallery in Silvermine, 30 Borglum Road, Wilton, Connecticut (see directions below).

We’d be delighted to see you there!

Gertrude Knitting, c. 1970, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in.

Directions to the CSF studio-gallery:
From the Merritt Parkway (Rt. 15) Northbound: Take exit 39B to Route 7 north. At the end of the expressway, turn LEFT onto Grist Mill Rd. At the stop sign, turn RIGHT on to Belden Hill Rd. *At the first stop sign (3/4 mile) turn LEFT on to Seir Hill Rd. After 1/3 mile, take a RIGHT onto Old Boston Road and the second LEFT (after 1/3 mile) to stay on Old Boston Road. After the single lane bridge, take a SHARP LEFT on to Borglum Rd. The CSF studios are the third driveway on your right.

From the Merritt Parkway (Rt. 15) Southbound: Take exit 40B to Main Avenue north (the exit is marked “To Route 7 North”). At the bottom of the ramp, turn right, and after 3/4 mile, turn LEFT on to Grist Mill Rd. Go through the lights, and at the stop sign, turn RIGHT on to Belden Hill Rd. and the follow the directions as given for the Merritt Parkway Northbound from this point.*

From I-95 (Connecticut Turnpike) north or south: Take exit 15 to Route 7 north for 3½ miles to the end of the expressway; turn LEFT at the light onto Grist Mill Rd. At the stop sign, turn RIGHT on to Belden Hill Rd. and follow the directions for the Merritt Parkway Northbound from this point.*

From Route 7: Take Route 106 West (Wolfpit Rd.); after 2 miles (immediately after the sign for the school bus stop) turn LEFT onto Old Boston Rd. At the next intersection bear a gentle right onto Borglum Road. The CSF studios (#30) are the third driveway on your right.

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Three Children with Toys, oil on canvas, c. 1926, 30 x 36 in.
“The lyric mood must be kept at all costs and preserved from the terrible enmity of active life,” Carl Schmitt wrote in his journal in December, 1924. “The spirit of the times and of our country is dead against that leisure without which true Religion and true art can not flourish.”

Shop online to support the Carl Schmitt Foundation

Now, at no extra cost to you, you can support the Carl Schmitt Foundation.  With Giving Assistant, you simply shop online, earn cash back, and donate as much as 30% of your purchase price to the CSF—Giving Assistant facilitates the whole process.  If you shop online, over 3,000 popular stores like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and L. L. Bean—even travel purchases—will give you cash back to donate to the CSF.

Use the mammon of this world to support the CSF—save money and support us while shopping at the sites you already know and trust.  Simply visit the CSF page at the Giving Assistant website to sign up.  Even your small contributions add up to a big difference for us!

 

“I am deeply indebted to my patrons for the very substantial help financially which they gave us. These benefactors enabled me to bring up a numerous family in the circumstances of poverty and to make it possible to paint.”
—Carl Schmitt, 1959

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Reminder: Silvermine talk tonight in New Canaan

Signed copies of the new book from Arcadia Publishing will be available for sale.

A reminder that my talk on Silvermine is this evening, Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:30 pm at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street in New Canaan, Connecticut.

“Silvermine: Celebrating Its Art, History, and Beauty,” features vintage photos from my new book Silvermine from Arcadia Publishing.

The new book on Silvermine includes over 170 vintage photos collected from local historical societies, the Carl Schmitt Foundation, and Silvermine residents.
In this photo from the CSF archives, Silvermine children strike a serious pose at a birthday party at the big rock in front of the Borglum house. Artist’s children, particularly those of the Borglum, Schmitt, Gutmann, and Meek families, swam in the river in the summer and skated on the pond in the winter, gathering for birthdays, Fourths of July, and other celebrations.

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.

Gertrude Lord (Carl Schmitt’s future wife) at the Indian camp presented at the 1912 Country Fair in New Canaan, Connecticut. The fair, held on the grounds of St. Aloysius Catholic Church on South Street, included demonstrations by the local Boy Scout troop, a Punch and Judy show, a menagerie of wild animals, and, of course, fireworks.