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Visitors entering the Burlingham House Visitor Center

Photo by Alex Von Kleydorff

 
Weir & Young Studios
Weir Studio (right) and Young Studio (left)

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The Weir Studio and the Young Studio

From May through October, the Young Studio and the Weir Studio are open to the public from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Explore the artists's studios and learn about their techniques, styles, influences, and creating art at Weir Farm National Historic Site. The Weir House is only accessible though a guided tour.

A member of the park's staff or a park volunteer docent will be stationed in the studios to answer questions and provide guidance for intrepreting these spaces

Please note: No flash photography, tripods, food, drink, strollers, or umbrellas are permitted into the studios.

 

Burlingham House Visitor Center

Current Exhibits: Weir Farm and Beyond: The Art of Sperry Andrews & Photo Ceramics by Xiomáro: An Homage to J. Alden Weir and the Tile Club.

Two exhibits are on view this season (May 3, 2017 – October 29, 2017) in the Burlingham House Visitor Center. Weir Farm and Beyond: The Art of Sperry Andrews highlights art created by Sperry Andrews, the last resident of the Weir House. Views of Weir Farm and the nearby towns of Ridgefield, Wilton, Danbury, Bethel and Brookfield show both landscapes and some interior views. Several different forms of media are included; from a large scale oil on canvas painting of the Weir House to a series of nine small pencil sketches depicting a 1973 train derailment in Redding, CT.

The second exhibit is titled Photo Ceramics by Xiomáro: An Homage to J. Alden Weir and the Tile Club. Xiomáro, a photographer and the park’s Visiting Artist since 2012, applied a modern twist to the idea. Rather than painting on 8” square crème-white tiles as Weir did, Xio used his paint brush to fuse photographic prints he captured at Weir Farm NHS, and other National Parks, onto black ceramic tiles that are 4”, 6” and 12” squares. The photo ceramics have a luminous surface and the accidental effects from the flow of the stippled brushwork impart an individualized antiqued texture to each piece.

The Visitor Center is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00am to 4:00pm until October 29, 2017.

 
Three photos on ceramic tiles showing a spring peeper frog in a marsh.
"Spring Peepers in Marsh" - triptych panorama by Xiomáro.

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Visitors watching the 13-minute introductory film, "Legacy of a Landscape."
Visitors watching the 13-minute introductory film, "Legacy of a Landscape."

Photo by Alex Von Kleydorff

Introductory Film: "Legacy of a Landscape"

Visitors may view the 13-minute film, Legacy of Landscape, during regular visitor center hours. The film offers a helpful introduction to Weir Farm National Historic Site, and is highly recommended for first-time visitors to the park. Learn about Julian Alden Weir's artistic transformation from an academically trained portrait/still-life painter to one of the pioneers of American Impressionism, and how the landscape of Weir Farm National Historic Site was integral to that process. The film also examines the roles of Dorothy Weir Young, Mahonri Young, Doris Andrews, and Sperry Andrews in preserving Weir's artistic legacy and his Branchville farm. There are no scheduled showing times for the film -- just ask the park ranger at the Burlingham House Visitor Center desk to start it!

To view the park film through the park's website click here. View the park film through the park's YouTube account by clicking here

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Mailing Address:

735 Nod Hill Road
Wilton, CT 06897

Phone:

(203) 834-1896 x0

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