October 1, 2020

Summer Delights Opens This Evening at Old Lyme Library with Public Reception

The “Summer Delights” exhibition will feature three shoreline artists – Judith Chapman and Anne Holmes of Old Lyme and Peggy Traskos of Mystic – at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library from July 23 through September 10.  The exhibition will open with a public reception for the artists on Friday, July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m.  Works are for sale, with the artists donating a portion of the proceeds to the library.

This is the third exhibition this year showcasing contemporary artists, following a tradition that dates to 1902 when the library became the first gallery in Old Lyme, to feature the work of the early American Impressionists who formed the noted art colony here, according to Mary Fiorelli, PGN director.

In “Summer Delights” the three artists who work in pastel and oil, bring an enticing and broad range of subject matter – still life, frolicking animals, plein air-painted landscapes and distant ports of call.

Judith Chapman, a Connecticut native, has lived also in California and Vermont, where she continues to spend part of the year.  “The people, land, and the experience of living in Vermont have been and continue to be an important influence on my life and art,” she says.  

She describes herself as a representational artist who enjoys painting diverse subject matter, experimenting with different approaches to painting  – “to keep my art life exciting and growing.”  Her work, “Gold Vase” in pastel is pictured left.

Having painted primarily in oil, she recently decided to study pastel.  “I think learning pastel techniques has helped me see that I can use color in new and better ways,” she explained.  A fine portraitist as well, she employs an approach quite different from the typical posed portrait.

Chapman earned a BFA from Hartford Art School when it was located at the Wadsworth Atheneum, a “unique place to attend art school,” she found.  She has also studied with a number of noted California and Connecticut teachers and taken workshops with The Plein Air Painters of America.  She is an elected artist member of the Lyme Art Association (LAA) where she has served on the board of directors.

Her work has been exhibited at the LAA as well as at the Cooley Gallery, the Garvin Gallery (formerly in Essex), The Art Gallery at the Mill House, Chester, Gallery On Main, Niantic, and the Erickson-Davis Gallery, Ivoryton.  Her work is in many private collections throughout the country.  In 2004  she was one of the first group of artists invited to paint palettes for the Florence Griswold Museum’s “Miss Florence’s Christmas Tree.”  The palettes are part of the museum’s permanent collection. 

Anne Holmes brings an international flair to the exhibition.  Born in Switzerland, she became a flight attendant for TWA, traveling throughout the world from her bases in Paris and Rome.  Several oil paintings capture scenes of her native country and of the charming historic port in Quiberon, France.  Although she was always interested in art, she did not begin painting until 1997, when she took classes at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London.  She has continued studies privately and with instructors at the Lyme Art Association.  

She enjoys plein air painting and has participated in workshops with The Plein Air Painters of America.  Her work has been exhibited in juried shows at the Lyme Art Association, where she is an associate member; at the Essex Art Association, Mystic Art Center and in Pont de Vaux, France.  Her paintings are in private collections in the United States, Switzerland and France.  A resident of Old Lyme since 1991, she now divides her time between Connecticut and Florida.

"On the Port in Quiberon" by Ann Holmes is one of the paintings featured in the "Summer Delights" exhibition.

Peggy Traskos lived in Brooklyn, Conn., for 35 years before moving to Mystic.  She has a BS degree in education from Willimantic State College and has taken graduate courses in library information services at the University of Rhode Island.  She was an elementary school teacher and later while a part-time library teacher, she continued to take art classes, working on perspective and sill life set-ups. 

She had a long-time interest and love of pastel but it was while studying at the Lyman Allyn Museum that “the art bug really bit,” she said.  She enjoys the light and atmosphere of plein air scenes, but has also concentrated on animals – what she calls her “in-door paintings,” working from her husband’s photographs.  “I love the expressions or stances of different cows, goats, sheep and horses and I try to give them a connection to the viewer,” she said.  She has an uncanny ability to capture the “personalities” of shore birds, as in “The Gulls” or  “Frolicking Goats” or a young colt in a pasture, with the feeling that they were painted en plein air.

"The Gulls" by Peggy Traskos is typical of the artists's work.

The Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library is located at 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme. Hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information call 860-434-1684 or visit www.oldlyme.lioninc.org

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