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A Mid-Century Artist’s Haven and the Early Days of the Washington Art Association

February 22, 2021 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

A Shepaug Libraries Program

Hosted by the Gunn Museum

Please join us on Zoom for the second presentation of the Gunn Historical Museum’s Artist Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Washington Art Association. Former Curator of the Gunn Museum Sarah Griswold will present, “A Mid-Century Artist’s Haven and the Early Days of the Washington Art Association.” Registration is required to receive the Zoom link for this virtual program.

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Along with its physical beauty, historic homes, well-tended public buildings, rolling, verdant hills, and generations of devoted residents, Washington is known for its lively and long-standing commitment to the arts. The Washington Art Association (WAA), founded in 1952 by Margaret Train Samsanoff and a small group of local artists and patrons, gave importance to and has fostered this legacy for the past 68 years. The lecture will take a close look at these individuals including the talented artists William Talbot, Esther Peck, Alice Snow, and Feodor Rimsky. They were all committed to enriching the Washington community through creating, exhibiting, and learning about art. The presentation will also explore the social, political, cultural, and historical environment that gave rise to the WAA’s formation. It will look at early exhibitions and social events that set the tone for decades to follow. The lecture will then culminate with a brief overview of where the WAA is today and a reflection of its ongoing legacy.


Sarah Griswold is an Independent Consultant to cultural and nonprofit organizations, including the Connecticut League of History Organizations/Connecticut Humanities, the Institute for American Indian Studies, Lebanon Historical Society, the Litchfield Historical Society, and the Mattatuck Museum. Previously, she served as Curator of the Gunn Historical Museum and as Executive Director for the Seabury Society for the Preservation of the Glebe House in Woodbury, CT. She was also a Partner/Consultant at the Ericson Business Group, LLC in Woodbury, CT.


February 22, 2021
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Gunn Memorial Library
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