New This Winter: Weekend Matinee Series at Lyme Art Association

  • OLD LYME, Connecticut
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  • February 14, 2023

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Diane Cadrain, "Atlantic White Cedar Trail II", felted wool
Mike Laiuppa, "Ribbons on Pointe", oil

The Lyme Art Association is proud to announce its new Weekend Matinee Series, a lineup of art-focused events that offer opportunities for members of the community to engage with artists and learn about the creative process. 

On Saturday, March 11 from 2 - 4 PM. figurative painter Mike Laiuppa will give a demonstration on painting ballet slippers. With expressive strokes and a keen attention to detail, Laiuppa's work showcases the power of painting to tell a story. Next, on March 25 from 2 - 4 PM, Diane Cadrain will demonstrate her technique for creating felted landscapes. Using soft wool roving and a special barbed needle, Cadrain will craft an original work of art on a raw silk backing.

Harley Bartlett, one of the LAA's Elected Artists, is renowned for his vivid landscape paintings, but on Sunday, March 26 from 3 - 4 PM, the artist will give a talk on his large-scale murals. Discussing the role of art in public spaces, Bartlett will share his experiences as a muralist. Following Bartlett, floral painter Paul Baldassini will present "Routes to Bloom" on April 23 from 3 - 4 PM. During this artist presentation, Baldassini will offer his thoughts on the art of floral painting and share the methods he uses to bring his blooms to life.

Weekend Matinee events are open to the public, and the LAA encourages attendees to RSVP in advance to secure their spot. This series is a fantastic opportunity for art lovers to connect with the artists, expand their knowledge, and gain a deeper appreciation for the craft and beauty of fine art. Art lovers can also view previous art talks on our website and YouTube.

For more information and to reserve your spot, visit:  and

Paul Baldassini (photo of artist in front of one of his works)

About the Lyme Art Association: The Lyme Art Association is a welcoming and thriving fine arts community founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists of Old Lyme. Located in an historic, skylit 1921 building with a world-class gallery and art education studio, LAA exhibits over 2,000 paintings and sculptures each year in up to fifteen themed, juried shows. LAA offers art instruction, enrichment programs, and other public programs to the community, supporting artists at every level of their journey and cultivating a love of fine art. Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 - 5pm, or by appointment. For more information on exhibits, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, visit our website or call (860) 434-7802.

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