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Two Special Receptions for Two Distinctive Exhibitions at Lyme Academy College on Friday, July 25

Release Date:
7/16/2014 9:00 AM
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Great Egret “Grace,” in Orlando, FL, photo by Diana Atwood Johnson

Old Lyme, CT – Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is holding two special receptions to celebrate two distinctive exhibitions, both on Friday, July 25, from 5 to 7 p.m., complementing the start of Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival.

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“Swallow Tide,” Lord Cove, Old Lyme, CT, photo by Diana Atwood Johnson

The first exhibition, “Bird’s Eye View, Photographs of the Natural World,” by Lyme Academy College’s former Trustee and Board Chairman, Diana Atwood Johnson, is on view in the Sill House Gallery and features photographs from both locally and further afield.  Atwood Johnson, who is an accomplished nature photographer, conservationist and amateur naturalist with a particular love for birds and wildlife, will be in attendance at the reception and available to answer questions.  She is also the publisher of the lavishly illustrated book, “Swallow Tales,” a pictorial of the hundreds of thousands of swallows that gather over the lower Connecticut River in the early fall.  Copies of her book will be for sale at the reception, along with photographs from the exhibition.  Proceeds from the sale of photographs will benefit the College.  The exhibition will be on display through Aug. 30.

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Christina Achorn, Class of 2014, “Girl’s Pink,” charcoal & acrylic

The second exhibition, “Selected Student Work,” is on display in the Chauncey Stillman Gallery and comprises the best work selected by faculty and created by students in all four years of the College’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program.  The exhibition was curated by Lyme Academy College Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing Susan Stephenson, who is also the current chair of the painting department.  She comments, “The show represents a cross section of last year’s work and it’s exciting to see such diversity and exploration coming out of the classrooms.  We knew the students were good, but it’s gratifying to see how inventive and brave they have become.”  The exhibition runs through Saturday, Aug. 30, when it will be moved into the College’s Sill House Gallery.  Most works are for sale. 

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Teagan McLarnan, Class of 2016, “Triptych Storm,” oil paint

Wine and light refreshments will be served at both receptions.  Admission is free.  The Lyme Art Association, Florence Griswold Museum and Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds will also be open during the same 5 to 7 p.m. time period, so come and enjoy an artistic evening stroll down Lyme Street! 

About the College: Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts continues the academic tradition of figurative and representational fine art while preparing students for a lifetime of contemporary creative practice.  The College offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, Illustration, Painting, and Sculpture (full- and part-time study); Certificates in Painting and Sculpture, a Post-Baccalaureate program; Continuing Education for adults; and a Pre-College Program for students aged 15-18.  The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design, and the Connecticut Department of Higher Education.  The College is located at 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme CT 06371.

For more information about the College, call 860-434-5232 or visit www.lymeacademy.edu.