American Impressionist Talk at Historical Society

Deborah Pierce Bonnell
Deborah Pierce Bonnell

On Sunday, Feb. 5 from 2 to 3 p.m., walk back in time to the turn of the 20th century with artist Deborah Pierce Bonnell, as she talks about the American Impressionist painters and their way of life at the Holley boarding house in Cos Cob, Florence Griswold House in Old Lyme, and Weir Farm in Wilton.

A former docent at Bush-Holley House and recent artist-in-residence at Weir Farm, Bonnell will begin this tour in the shop at the Storehouse Gallery, where paintings she created at Weir Farm will be on display in a show titled “In Their Footsteps – Deborah Pierce Bonnell Paints Weir Farm.” Comparing her impressions of that landscape to those of the Connecticut Impressionists, she will discuss this earlier time when painters would take their easels outdoors to work on landscapes, and then gather in the evenings to talk about their day’s work.

In Bush-Holley’s art colony rooms, she will talk more about the painters such as John Henry Twachtman and Childe Hassam who stayed and worked there, and of their connection to each other as well as their association with the landscapes of Connecticut. This 45-minute tour will end with a brief question-and-answer period.

The Greenwich Historical Society is located at 39 Strickland Rd. Tickets are: $10 members and $15 nonmembers. Reservations are required and are limited to 15 people. To RSVP, please call 203-869-6899, ext. 10 or reserve online at

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