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    Please note that on Sunday, September 7th, the parking lot, visitor center, Weir Studio, and Young Studio will close at 1 pm for the annual Jazz in the Garden event. The 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm tours of the Weir House will not be offered.

Impressions of Spring On Exhibit at Weir Farm National Historic Site

Dmitri Wright, 'Blossoms at Weir Farm', 2013, ink on prepared paper
Dmitri Wright, 'Blossoms at Weir Farm', 2013, ink on prepared paper

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News Release Date: June 29, 2013

Wilton & Ridgefield, Connecticut

From Thursday July 18 through October 2013, a new exhibit of oil paintings and ink drawings by modern-day American Impressionist Dmitri Wright of Greenwich, Connecticut will be on display at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Impressions of Spring builds on his recent exhibition at Weir Farm National Historic Site, featuring new reflections on the park’s historic landscape. Expect to see artwork inspired by Weir Farm National Historic Site’s most beloved spring features, including apple blossoms, daffodils, peonies, and even a few plein air painters!

Dmitri Wright has a long history with Weir Farm National Historic Site, having led the park’s Impressionist Painting Workshops since 2009 as Master Artist/Instructor. His coming exhibit examines the park in new ways, exploring, “spring as a time of awakening beauty, one rising forth from the crudeness of the cold and yet elegant roughness of the winter.” His new works in oil take the viewer from “abstract colors” to “rhythmic patterns” to full “representation, all on one canvas.” His many ink drawings feature flowing, classical lines which assure the viewer “that spring is here to stay”, even into the summer and fall.

The exhibit can be viewed in the Burlingham House Visitor Center Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Three gallery talks titled American Impressionism & Plein Air will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday August 17, Sunday September 15,  and Saturday October 12. Mr. Wright will discuss the challenges and rewards of plein air painting, and will use Weir Farm National Historic Site’s unique setting to discuss the history behind and future of American Impressionism. Participation in these gallery talks is free, but space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, please call 203-834-1896 ext. 28.

Dmitri Wright has exhibited his works at the National Museum of Sport, the Old Town Hall Museum of Stamford, the Greenwich Historical Society, the Brooklyn Museum and most recently at Weir Farm National Historic Site. He received formal education from Cooper Union, the Max Beckman International Fellowship of the Brooklyn Museum Art School, and the Newark School of Fine & Industrial Arts. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and his work appears in the collections of public museums, private corporations, and countless national and international private collectors.

To find out more about Dmitri Wright and his work, visit www.dmitriwright.com or call 203-832-3325.

Weir Farm National Historic Site, the only National Park Service site dedicated to American painting, was home to three generations of American artists including Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism. Today, the 60-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art. For more information about Weir Farm National Historic Site, please visit www.nps.gov/wefa or call 203-834-1896.  

Did You Know?

Weir Studio - Photo by Peter Margonelli

Painter Julian Alden Weir wanted to build a rural retreat in the Keene Valley area of the Adirondacks, but decided instead that his farm in Branchville, Connecticut, now preserved as Weir Farm National Historic Site, would make a more suitable home for his family.