Weir Farm National Historic Site

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WEIR FARM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Established on October 31, 1990, Weir Farm National Historic Site in Ridgefield and Wilton, Connecticut features the home, studio and grounds of landscape artist Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), one of the founders of the impressionist tradition in American Art.  Along with Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, it is one of the only two sites within the national park system that focus primarily on the visual arts. While preserving the life and work of Weir, this beautiful and historic site also commemorates noteworthy artists who stayed or visited the Farm including Childe Hassam, Albert Pinkham Ryder, John Singer Sargent, and John Twachtman.

On Big Blend Radio, Kristin Lessard – Chief of Interpretation & Education Weir Farm National Historic Site, and contemporary figurative artist Victoria Chick, discuss how Impressionism Came to America, American Impressionist artist J. Alden Weir and ‘The Ten,’ and historic Weir Farm, a national park dedicated to American painting.

Visitors can explore the picturesque 60-acre grounds that feature over 250 painting sites, gardens with historic stone walls, fields and woodlands, a pond, streams and wetlands, and enjoy activities such as hiking, bird watching, viewing spring and summer wildflowers, photography and plein air painting. You can tour the historic Burlingham House & Visitor Center, Weir House, Weir Studio and Young Studio. There are also junior ranger programs, as well as art exhibits, art workshops and artist-in-residence opportunities. Be sure to join in the fun at the Art in the Park Annual Festival, held August 25th. This free annual event celebrates the birthday of the National Park Service and the creativity inspired by Weir Farm. Enjoy demonstrations, activity stations, free-to-use art supplies, refreshments, music, and more!

For more information call (203) 834-1896 or visit www.NPS.gov/wefa

 

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