ArtScapades: Colonial Portraiture

Category: Art & Music
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

On Wednesday evening, October 5, 2011, at 7 p.m., in the Adrian Lamb Room of the New Canaan Library, ArtScapades will present “Colonial Portraiture: From Battlefield to Living Room," the first in a three-part series on the “Art that Defined America.” This program is sponsored by The Friends of the New Canaan Library.

“Colonial Portraiture” begins the series with the development of portraiture in America, including information on artists in the military, the rise of the middle class, and the importance of art to document history.  This lecture will chronicle the lives of four American artists and their works: John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, Gilbert Stuart, and John Trumbull.  Approximately a dozen works per artist will be discussed, including iconic works and those that illustrate significant trends and events in their lives and careers.

As a special bonus, ArtScapades will present a short segment on New Canaan’s own Adrian Lamb.

This lecture series will continue on Tuesday, October 18, with “Beyond Portraiture: From Landscape to Still Life,” and conclude on Monday, November 7, with “Artists Abroad: From American to Expatriate.”

Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman of ArtScapades began teaching art appreciation in 1998 in the New Canaan public school system.  By popular demand, they began sharing their knowledge with adults who wanted to learn the basics of art to further their education and to make museum trips more enjoyable.

Previously, at the New Canaan Library, ArtScapades presented lectures on “The Days Before Impressionism: From Neoclassicism and Romanticism to Realism” and “Impressionism: From Paris to Cos Cob.”