The New Canaan Historical Society
invites you to The Silvermine Room Exhibition
On Canvas, Paper & Board—Works by The Silvermine Group of Artists
May 22–August 5, 2014
an Opening Reception on Thursday, May 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.
at 13 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan, Connecticut
Gertrude Sleeping, pastel on paper, 1914, 11 x 13 in.
Part of the exhibit On Canvas, Paper & Board—Works by The Silvermine Group of Artists opening May 22.
This exhibit is the latest in a series exploring the Silvermine Art Colony, known locally as The Silvermine Group of Artists or “The Knockers” (1908–1922).
On Canvas, Paper & Board—Works by The Silvermine Group of Artists focuses on the work of seven early Silvermine artists: Edmund M. Ashe, Solon Borglum, Helen Hamilton, Addison T. Millar, Charles Reiffel, Carl Schmitt, and Frederick Yohn. A number of the works are being lent by the Carl Schmitt Foundation.
The exhibit highlights the different mediums in which these seven artists worked. As professional artists, they were highly trained draftsmen capable of creating works in oil, watercolor, pastel, pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and many were accomplished in printmaking and sculpture.
One of the Streets, Korčula gum arabic print, approx. 24 x 19 in.
Originally published in Scribners Magazine, February, 1929. with the caption: “With the cathedral beyond, and Pelješac, the mountainous peninsula, in the background. Pelješac is the haunt of the few remaining jackals of Europe, whose bark can be heard at night across the waters of the Adriatic.”
The artwork is grouped by artist, giving the viewer the opportunity to compare and contrast, within one artist’s work, the similarities and differences that are imposed by the different mediums and the intended purpose of the art. The layout encourages one to look at the work, style, and technique of each of the artists in comparison to the others.
The exhibition is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $3.00. The Society is located at 13 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan, Connecticut. For more information, you may call 203.966.1776 or visit www.nchistory.org.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Please note: The hours of the exhibition given in a previous version of this post were incorrect. We apologize for the error.
Tagliacozzo, pen and ink on paper, 1939, 20 x 15 in., signed “Carl Schmitt”, lower right.
Schmitt stayed in this town in the Abruzzo region of central Italy while recovering from tuberculosis in the late 1930s, capturing its beauty in a series of memorable drawings and paintings.