Talk on the new book Silvermine tonight in Ridgefield, CT

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CSF director Samuel Schmitt will present an Author Talk on his new book Silvermine tonight, April 26, 2017, at 7 pm.  Sponsored by the independent bookstore Books on the Common, the event will take place in the Main Program Room at the Ridgefield Public Library, 472 Main Street in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

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

For more information and to register for this event, click here.

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Come to the Carl Schmitt Foundation’s 2016 Annual Open House

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This year’s Open House will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 12 noon to 3 pm at the studio-gallery in Silvermine, 30 Borglum Road, Wilton, Connecticut (see directions below).

  • See Carl Schmitt’s masterpiece, Boy with Cello (above) now restored to its original brilliance.
  • CSF president Samuel Schmitt will introduce a new book by Carl Schmitt, The Conscience of Beauty, a collection of over 60 essays on art, the family, and culture, spanning 40 years of the artist’s life.
  • Copies of the book, Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty will be available at 25% off.
  • Christmas cards and other gifts featuring beautiful paintings by Carl Schmitt will also be available for sale. Your purchase of these cards as well as the book benefits the CSF. Both are offered just in time for Christmas!
  • As always, there will be plenty of opportunity to catch up with family and friends at the luncheon.

We’d be delighted to see you there!

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Glass Platter, 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.”

Come to the Carl Schmitt Foundation’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Open House

This year’s meeting and open house will take place on Saturday, November 15, from 11:30 am to 3 pm at the studio-gallery in Silvermine, at 30 Borglum Road, Wilton, Connecticut (see directions below).

  • CSF acting president Samuel Schmitt will report on developments at the Foundation in the past year, including a new exhibition and some exciting future plans.
  • Copies of the book, Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty will be available at 25% off.
  • New Christmas cards, featuring beautiful paintings by Carl Schmitt, will also be available for sale.  Your purchase of these cards as well as the book benefits the CSF.  Both are offered just in time for Christmas!
  • As always, there will be plenty of opportunity to catch up with family and friends at the luncheon following the meeting.

We’d be delighted to see you there!

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Glass Platter, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in.
Part of the exhibit On Canvas, Paper & Board—Works by The Silvermine Group of Artists shown this past year at the New Canaan Historical Society, and on view at the CSF studio-gallery in Silvermine.

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.”

Don’t miss the opening wine and cheese reception in New Canaan tonight!

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Untitled (Shack near the Silvermine River), pastel on paper, 14 x 11 in.
At the exhibition in New Canaan, Connecticut, opening tonight.

Works in a variety of media by Carl Schmitt will be featured in the new exhibit On Canvas, Paper & Board—Works by The Silvermine Group of Artists, opening this evening at 5 pm the New Canaan Historical Society in New Canaan, Connecticut.  For more information, click here.

We would be delighted to see you there!

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Glass Platter, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in.
One of the two oil paintings by Carl Schmitt at the New Canaan exhibit.

New exhibit featuring Carl Schmitt opens May 22

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
and to
an Opening Reception on Thursday, May 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.
at 13 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan, Connecticut

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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.

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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.

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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.