OLD LYME — The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts has announced the opening of by Gerenday‘s fine arts Materials and Curiosities, A new shop on the Academy campus in Old Lyme offering a variety of artists’ supplies and gifts from around the world.
The official opening of the store will be during Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival on Saturday 30th July with a tape cut at 10am. All are cordially invited to take part in the celebration. The shop is then open all day till 17 o clock
During the festival, the Academy offers an art exhibition and sale of Lyme Academy Alumni as well as art shows, live music performances, food, drinks and more.
Modeled on the most famous and traditional art shops in Paris and London, such as SenneLiar and L. Cornelissenthis destination store is as photogenic as it is extensive.
Artists will find a wide selection of the highest quality oil, acrylic and watercolours, brushes of all sizes, fine linen paper, canvas on rolls and sculpting tools, all hand-selected by the professional artists who make up the Lyme Academy faculty.
In addition to accessories for artists, a unique collection of “odditiesadds a sense of old world charm and sophistication to the store. These include an extensive array of new and rare art books, taxidermy, architectural salvage, tapestries and unique home décor items.
The Academy‘s Executive Director, Mora Rowe, used her background in fashion and design to develop her vision for the interiors and carefully curated items for the unique store.
A highlight of the store is the collection of Plaster casts of classical European figurative sculptures available for purchase. Coming from prestigious collections in Italy and France, these casts are used both for teaching and for study by teachers and students of the Academy.
Visitors to the store will find a variety of items for artists and non-artists alike, ranging in price from $5 and up. Consigned artworks, Italian leather magazines, candles and jewelery are also available in the shop.
Promotion of commitment to local artisans, Hardencoa denim boutique manufacturer based in New Hartford, Connecticut was commissioned to produce high-quality Lyme Academy logo-embellished artist’s aprons and zippered bags for the store.
“Part of our mission is to create a store where both artists and people who appreciate art can shop,” says Rowe, adding, “Our goal was to include some items that are artistic in nature and by which They can be used by either still life artists or individuals and interior designers looking for products for a unique home. i.eeCor.”
Rowe notes, “We’ve also made sure there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a local artist in need of a new canvas or a community member looking for a gift, by Gerenday‘s will be high on your list as a place to shop while also supporting the academy.”
Special orders, dropship, online shopping and gift certificates are available.
“In keeping with Lyme Academy’s pursuit of excellence in arts education, we believe it is important that the materials and tools we offer reflect our values,” says Co-Artistic Director Jordan Sokol.
He explains: “We spent many months hand-picking each brand to ensure the quality of each product. We are thrilled to have the convenience of the store right here at the Academy as many of the artists who take classes and workshops are often in the studio for up to 12 hours a day.”
Sokol notes, “You won’t find many of these products in art supply chains or on Amazon.”
Art stamps sourced for the store include Michael Harding, Old Holland, Rublev, Artefex, Raymar, Holbein, Winsor & Newton, Chelsea Classical Studio, Silver Brush, Trekell, Robert Simon, Isabey, Raphael, New Wave, Strathmore, Fabriano, Arches, Stonehenge, Staedtler, Derwent, Sennelier , Apollon, centurion and more.
The store‘His name honors Laci de Gerenday, the academy’s husband‘s founder, Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, who was himself a successful sculptor and administrator at Lyme Academy.
The opening of this art shop is one of many planned endeavors by the Academy’s new staff, faculty and board to welcome the Old Lyme community to campus, support the city’s thriving local arts scene and mark Lyme Academy as new establish the first point of contact for artists and art enthusiasts from all over the world.
Editor’s Notes: i) Gerenday‘s is accessible via the south campus entrance at 84 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, Connecticut and is currently open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
ii) The mission of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is to teach the fundamental skills of drawing, painting and sculpting in the figurative tradition. Through its commitment to educating students in these skills and engaging with contemporary discourse, the Academy will empower a new generation of artists. Through its programs, the Academy works to enrich the cultural life of the community. Learn more at www.lymeacademy.edu.