We are very excited to have two enteries in the 56th Regional Mystic Arts Center Juried Show-“Farm on Joshuatown Road”, which is in Old Lyme, Connecticut and “Ely’s Ferry Boathouse, which is in Lyme, Connecticut.
“Mystic Arts Center’s mission is to foster the creation, understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts through exhibitions and education programs designed to facilitate these objectives. Mystic Arts Center, a part of the Connecticut art scene for almost 100 years, is a place where culture, tradition, and the charm of small town New England converge. Founded in 1913 by a group of prominent artists rooted in the philosophy of the 19th century French landscape painters. Mystic Arts Center today serves as an arts and culture center for southeastern Connecticut” quote taken from “Our Mission” website page. Dan is a member of the Mystic Arts Center (MAC), and is very proud to be part of this group and to be in this juried show.
“Farm on Joshuatown Road” has also been in another recent juried show at the Lyme Art Association (LAA), and Dan is an Associate Member of this association. A blog was written about “Farm on Joshuatown Road” and Dan’s attachment to the farm, and why he enjoyed doing this painting, and his inspiration. Blog: http://www.danielsdahlstromartist.com/blog/2012/06/26
“Ely’s Ferry Boathouse” has a very interesting background-well the area does anyways, and who was the first Ely? In the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C., it is documented that Nicholas De Ely was the first Ely in history. He was the Bishop of Worcester in 1268 in England, and died in 1280. The De was removed from the name during the reign of Charles L, in 1638.
Richard Ely came to Boston in 1655 from Plymouth, England. He made his way to Lyme, Connecticut around 1660 and settled there. Lyme is one of the towns on the Connecticut River. He acquired Six Mile Island Farm and established Ely Landing and Ferry. The name of Ely’s Ferry and Ely’s Ferry Landing, has been preserved, and sections of the original farm are still owned by Richard Ely’s descendents. Richard Ely died in 1660.
Ely’s Ferry was a crossing for the horse drawn carriages, which connected Lyme to Essex, Connecticut and the Lower Post Road, via the Connecticut River. The Boston Post Road was a mail delivery route between New York City, Boston and Massachusetts, and this route eventually became one of the first major highways in the United States.
The mail route was divided into three sections involving the Boston Post Road:
Lower Post Road (this is now Route 1)-this ran along the shoreline of Long Island Sound connecting to Rhode Island and north through Providence, Rhode Island to Boston, Massachusetts. This route basically follows the current US Route 1 in Eastern Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Upper Post Road-this is now US 5 and 20, and it ran from New Haven, Connecticut to Springfield, Massachusetts.
Middle Post Road-this connected from the Upper Road in Hartford, Connecticut and split northward to Boston, Massachusetts by Pomfret, Connecticut.
There are many historic spots along this route-and Dan just might paint a few. Something to keep in mind for the future.
Currently, at Ely’s Ferry Road Landing is one of Connecticut’s boat launches-not a very fancy one but it works for a car top boat. You have access to the lower Connecticut River from this spot, and tidal wetlands. And of course, a great spot to paint and photograph. Dan has been photographing and painting this spot for years-he loves the Connecticut River and the historic significance of Ely’s Ferry Road, the farmland, and the town of Lyme.
Hope you can come and visit the Mystic Arts Center and historic Lyme, Connecticut.
Mystic Arts Center 56th Regional Center Juried Show runs from 8/5 to 9/22/2012 with an Opening Reception on Thursday evening (8/9) from 5:30 until 7:00pm at 9 Water St, Mystic, CT 06355.
Website for Mystic Arts Center-www.mysticarts.org and phone: 860-536-7601
One of our photography friends, Chip Rutan, will also be at the Opening Reception to discuss his entry into the show. Should be great fun!
Dan (artist) and Nancy (author of the Blog)