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The natural world of the Connecticut River Valley has seen great changes over the past four centuries. The Connecticut River Museum often uses history and science to teach visitors about these changes. This year, they are partnering with the Lyme Art Association for an exhibit that uses art as a guide to the changes in our natural world. Hands on the Land: Art and the Environment in the Connecticut River Valley is a collaborative exhibit showcasing 40 works of art that speak to human impact on the land.
Human impact on the Connecticut River and its Valley include four centuries of settlement, altering the landscape through agriculture, transportation, industry, power, and recreation. The museum asked artists to share personal reflections or interpretations of impact along New England’s Great River hoping that when put together, the artwork will spark conversation and encourage appreciation and stewardship towards preserving the natural heritage of this region. The artists responded with a wide range of media, techniques, and styles exploring the relationship between man and nature.
The collaboration with the Lyme Art Association, an organization with a long history of fostering art and the appreciation of the natural world, has been particularly fruitful. “The Lyme Art Association has its roots in a group of artists drawn from the city to this area because of its pastoral beauty,” explains Laurie Pavlos, Executive Director. “Some pieces show a prevalence of man-made structures, but with a placid, non-judgemental atmosphere, and some convey real anxiety or concern regarding the future of the natural world in the face of human interference. The Connecticut River Valley is a wonderful setting for this topic since human efforts and industry have coexisted with the natural beauty of the area for many centuries.”
After leaving the museum’s exhibits, Hands on the Land: Art and the Environment in the Connecticut River Valley travels to the Lyme Art Association, opening on November 19th and runs through January 2nd, 2022. To read about the event and purchase tickets, click here
For a listing of the 40 artists, please click here.
The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10AM to 5PM.
General Admission: $12
Children 6-12: $8
5 and Under: Free
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