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Summer by the Sea by Chalres H. Davis
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June 28, 2013 @ 11:00 am
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September 28, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
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Mystic As Muse: 100 Years of Inspiration

Charles H. Davis, The Oak in Mystic, Oil on canvas, Mattatuck Mseum
Charles Harold Davis, The Oak in Mystic, 1900, Mattatuck Museum

Mystic as Muse: 100 Years of Inspiration” features paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and other media from artists active in the Mystic Arts Association (now Mystic Museum of Art) from the late late 19th century to the present day. Works from the Bruce Museum, Lyman Allyn Museum, Mattatuck Museum and the New Britain Museum of American Art and many from private collections reveal the interests of artists who were drawn to Mystic for artistic inspiration.

Charles H. Davis, Landscape for Dr. Leonard, Mrs. James W. Lathrop
Charles Harold Davis, Landscape for Dr. Leonard,  Mrs. James W. Lathrop

The Mystic as Muse includes works by Charles H. Davis (founder of the Mystic Art Association or MAA), J. Alden Weir, Childe Hassam and Henry W. Ranger. Their art was shown in the first several exhibitions organized by the MAA. Works by women artists including Gladys E. Bates, Beatrice Macpherson, Katherine “Speedy” Forest, Agnes H. Lincoln, Beatrice Cuming and Beonne Boronda are also represented.

Henry Ward Ranger, Sea and Shore, Betsey C. Halsey
Henry Ward Ranger, Sea and Shore, Betsey C. Halsey

The range of styles on view is broad; Tonalism, Impressionism, Regional Realism, Abstraction were all part of the MAA’s history. Images exhibited include landscapes, seascapes, portraits, still lifes, animal portraits and genre scenes. Ceramics, sculpture and a multifaceted installation are also part of the exhibition.

A timeline of photographs and panels chronicles the development of the MAA from its beginnings to the present day. Reproductions of Charles H. Davis’ sketchbook pages reveal the artist’s process and photographs of the artists, their personal letters and MAA events round out the exhibition by revealing a more personal side of their lives.

Earl Kenneth Bates, Manayunk, Mystic Museum of Art
Earl Kenneth Bates, Manayunk, Mystic Museum of Art

The 119 works of 68 artists are arranged throughout three galleries with 101 paintings, 1 etching, 2 photographs, 3 bronzes, 10 ceramics, 3 cast stone sculptures and a video on view. A handsome 80-page color catalogue written by Mystic As Muse curator, Noelle Warden King, accompanies the exhibition and is available for purchase for $24.95 plus tax.

Nathanial Stanton Little "A Snowy Afternoon"
Nathaniel Stanton Little, A Snowy Afternoon, The Schuster Family

Guided Tours: Guided 45-minute tours of Mystic as Muse are available between 10am and 3pm, Monday through Friday, and Saturday, between noon and 4pm. A three week advance notice is requested for all bookings. To schedule please call Dawn Salerno at 860.536.7601 x209.

Herbert Morton Stoops, Untitled, Mystic Museum of Art
Herbert Morton Stoops, Untitled, Mystic Museum of Art

Fees & Group Size: $50 for up to 10 adults; $75 for 11-15 adults; $100 for up to 30 adults; Your group leader is complimentary. We will also do our best to accommodate museum staff at no charge. Group minimum: 6; Group maximum: 30.

Opening Reception – Saturday, July 13,  6pm-10pm

Agnes Harrison Lincoln, Peonies, Mystic Museum of Art
Agnes Harrison Lincoln, Peonies, Mystic Museum of Art

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