'Shipmates for Fifty Years' illustrates the art of friendship

"Early Spring Morning" by Dwight William Tryon

Boats are claustrophobic. Even the big cruise ships can get a bit suffocating, particularly one that just stops working in the middle of the ocean, or one whereupon all the passengers and crew get typhoid fever. And so the idea of two folks being "Shipmates for Fifty Years" doesn't seem all that fun. Regarding painters Dwight William Tryon and Henry Cooke White, though, "Shipmates for Fifty Years" was a metaphorical description for their life-long friendship - and as such is an appropriate title for a new exhibition of their work. "Shipmates for Fifty Years" debuts Friday and Saturday at the Connecticut Spring Antiques Show in Hartford before moving to the Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme through April 30. In addition to being good pals, each of the artists was a fine painter of landscapes of the Tonalism/Impressionism variety. The Connecticut Spring Antiques Show takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., the Hartford Armory, 360 Broad St., Hartford, ctspringantiquesshow.com. The Cooley Gallery is at 25 Lyme St., Old Lyme; hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; (860) 434-8807, cooleygallery.com.

- Rick Koster

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