The Day – Lyme Artwork Affiliation celebrates 100 years Roaring ’20s fashion

Old Lyme – Dressed in top hats, flapper dresses and fascinators, the Lyme Art Association members recreated the Roaring Twenties on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the association’s 100th anniversary.

In true 1920s fashion, the association held a family-friendly tea party, followed by an evening Centennial Frolick on its meadow, where artists and supporters of the association enjoyed refreshments while putting on their costumes. In the gallery, among other things, a centenary and a gallery called “Young Impressions” were exhibited, which is intended to address and highlight young artists.

The celebrations began early Saturday morning when more than two dozen artists were scattered across town, mostly on Lyme Street, to take part in an outdoor or outdoor painting exercise. The artists set up their easels and broke out their brushes to portray nearby landmarks like City Hall, the Duck River Bridge, and even the art club building itself.

In the afternoon, the artists had finished their works, framed them and exhibited them outside the gallery, where visitors could buy their favorite pieces.

Lynn Fairfield-Sonn of Old Lyme was the first to buy a painting that caught her eye: a portrait of her and her husband.

She said she was enjoying a cup of coffee with her husband Jim on their porch on Saturday morning when they spotted an artist propping an easel on a nearby sidewalk.

Mansfield artist Blanche Servan had noticed the couple were enjoying a quiet morning coffee together and decided to paint them. The Fairfield-Sonns have been married for 39 years and have lived in the house shown in the painting for 37 years.

Fairfield-Sonn said she and her husband enjoyed watching the artist paint and even went to her a few times to meet her and see the work in progress. The couple decided to buy the piece to hang in their hallway next to another painting of their house.

“We never expected to have a painting of ours and see her start painting it today and see how it’s done,” she said. “It was really a nice experience.”

All artists who took part in the “Wet Paint” exercise took part in a competition in addition to their work, with part of the proceeds going to the art association.

Paul Loescher, 65, of Clinton won first place for his watercolor of a farm seen from Main Street. He said he was attracted to the scene because of the light. “More than anything I am looking for a feeling for light,” he said, “where the light comes from, how it defines the environment and how it hits the objects.”

On Saturday he spent around three hours with the painting and was proud of first place. After retiring as an architect a few years ago, he started painting regularly and has joined the Lyme Art Association for regular outdoor painting events in various locations in the area. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he said he was painting more than ever and “people flocked” to take part in weekly painting activities along the coast.

The award from the Kunstverein is only a sign that his commitment makes him better at painting. “It feels good to be recognized.”

Maura Cochran, board member of the association, has been leading outdoor art experiences every Monday for three years. Bringing artists of all ages and levels of experience to a variety of different locations in the area, from private gardens to public spaces like Rocky Neck State Park, the group paints for three hours.

While there is some level of camaraderie, there are no directions and the artists have creative freedom – they choose what and how to create.

Celebrating this creativity is the association’s goal, according to its leaders.

Development Director Elsbeth Dowd said the association chose to celebrate and raise funds by hosting similar events to its founders 100 years ago.

She said that in the early 1900s, artists were drawn to Old Lyme and welcomed to the area by Florence Griswold, who ran a guesthouse popular with painters. As the art scene in the area became more and more popular, the artists formed an association in 1914. But still “they were looking for a home of their own”.

“They wanted to provide instruction and community, so they bought this property from Florence Griswold, sold their art, and had tea days just like we are today,” said Dowd. The association’s gallery first opened its doors on August 6, 1921, she said.

The main goal of the association this weekend was to honor the history of the building and to celebrate the fact that – even during the pandemic – it was almost always open for a whole century with art on display.

“Our main purpose with this celebration was to recognize the fact that this gallery space is unique in that we have that natural light and that it has been a gallery space since its inception,” said the association’s president, Harley Bartlett.

The association has been working to restore the building, starting with the exterior, which was recently completed. Now the association is raising funds for a $ 400,000 project to replace the skylights in the galleries.

Barlett said the community has always supported the association in the past and he is confident that donors will help facilitate the next phase of restoration. Part of the skylight in the gallery was removed on Saturday to show attendees how natural light affects the room.

“The skylights are one of the most important features of our gallery because they bathe the artwork in natural light,” said Dowd. “But they are 100 years old – they consist of individual panes and are leaking. And they’re not very efficient – the galleries get very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. “

“We want to fix the leaks,” she said, “but we also want to preserve the building and make the galleries sustainable for our artists and supporters for the next century.”

MILLENNIAL MONEY: Trial, error, and what I realized in my 20s | Enterprise

Your 20s is a time of self-exploration to gain a foothold as an adult – and likely to make some monetary mistakes.

To save you studying the hard way – and to pass some knowledge on when I get into my thirties – here are five money lessons from my last decade.


My main financial goal for several years was to go out as much as I wanted and have enough money left at the end of the month to cover the rent.

Ultimately, however, dazed mornings and meager savings turned out to be unfulfilled. My partner and I decided to set goals and plan for them. We wanted to buy a house, which meant we had to move to a cheaper city so we could start building savings.

TIP: Know your passions in order to know your goals.

Certified financial planner Pam Rodriguez in Sacramento, Calif., Suggests figuring out what you enjoy and then creating a financial plan to create more of those moments.

“Personal finances are a lot more emotional than a math equation,” says Rodriguez. “Even if the numbers have to add up, you will never take action unless you feel strong about something.”

For example, if you’re looking to buy a home to take in friends and family, figure out how much you need for a down payment and closing costs, and then work toward that savings goal over time.


For most of my 20s, my budgeting system was defined by the lack of it. At some point I soaked it up and started tracking my expenses. At first I felt like I was wearing off if I didn’t document where every penny went. But I quickly realized that a simple budget is more my style.

TIP: Choose a budgeting system that reflects your identity.

If you are a hyper-analytic person, a detailed spreadsheet might be for you. But if you’re more practical, a budgeting app can do the job.

Regardless of your budget, it is important to at least understand how much money is in and out of each month.

“When people see their expenses, they have an aha moment because they don’t know where their money is going,” says Sidney Divine, an Atlanta-certified financial planner.


Did you know that if you have a contract job and you don’t put enough money aside to cover the taxes, you may have to make monthly payments to the IRS for years? I learned that the hard way when I was in my early twenties.

TIP: Find the cause of a problem and find a solution.

In my case, the problem was ignoring my finances and not thinking about tax obligations. I solved the problem by proactively managing my budget and paying off my tax debts. It also helped get a new job that wasn’t a 1099 gig.

“You need to find out: is it the same mistake you keep making? Is it a pattern? ”Says Christine Papelian, certified financial planner in Phoenix. “If it is a new mistake, you now have the opportunity to get back on track. It is almost never too late to change a behavior or a habit. “

For example, if you have a habit of making late payments, consider setting up automatic invoice payment so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of different due dates.


Last year was a crash course in terms of instability. And while recent crises have been unusually severe, you can rest assured that unexpected financial challenges will arise as your life goes on. For example, a broken alternator on my car once used up my emergency fund, but at least I was able to avoid going into debt to cover the cost.

TIP: It is essential to save.

“Focus on building an emergency fund,” says Rodriguez. “Everyone needs one because everyone is going to have an emergency.”

Consider using a direct deposit to transfer a portion of each paycheck to an emergency savings account, or set up automatic transfers from a checking account to a savings account.


The youth can be wasted on the youth, as can their financial time horizon – at least for those who do not use it.

Despite the various mistakes I made in my 20s, saving up for retirement is an area I haven’t neglected. After seeing the power of compound interest through an annuity calculator, I quickly set up regular contributions to my 401 (k).

TIP: Use these years to top up your retirement provision.

One way or another, your 20s are going to have an impact on your retirement years. And life can get more complicated later on, especially when you buy a home and raise a family, making it harder to save for retirement. Pocketing more money now can save yourself from catching up in later years.

This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Sean Pyles is a writer at NerdWallet. E-mail: Twitter: @SeanPyles.


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