When Peter Bruegel the Elder cranked out "Hunters in the Snow" in 1565, media wizards and knowledgeable art critics suggested he'd pretty much put the exclamation mark on the whole "painted-snow-scene" deal. But wait! Other geniuses weren't intimidated. There was Caspar David Friedrich and his "Winter Landscape," Wassily Kandinsky and HIS "Winter Landscape," and ol' Claude Monet with "Snow Scene at Argenteuil." On it rolls! In that spirit, consider "Wonders of Winter," one of two new shows - along with the 22nd Annual Artists' Exhibition - opening Friday in the Goodman Gallery at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme. (See Del-Bourree Bach's icy "Winter Dusk," here.) A formal reception for the exhibits takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17. Both shows run through Feb. 22 at the Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun.; (860) 434-7802, lymeartassociation.org.
- Rick Koster