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    Saturday, April 20, 2024

    Art holding up a mirror

    John M. Tracy, Botany, 1891. Oil on canvas, 16 x 24 in. (Florence Griswold Museum, Bequest of Arthur J. Phelan, Jr.)

    When a new exhibition’s title is “Social & Solitary,” you’d tend to immediately think: pandemic!

    And the COVID-19 isolation is, in fact, what inspired the latest show at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, opening Saturday. It’s subtitled “Reflections on Art, Isolation, and Renewal.”

    “‘Social & Solitary’ presents historic and contemporary works from the Museum’s collection that reflect on what our world has faced over the past year,” according to Flo Gris info. “As an institution guided by empathy for our audience, we seek to create an opportunity for them to process this momentous, ongoing event. The Museum hopes visitors will use the exhibition, its gardens and grounds, and a new outdoor installation by contemporary artist jackie sumell, as a place to heal from all we’ve endured — to share with friends and family, or simply to enjoy art and nature on their own.”

    “Social & Solitary,” June 5-Sept. 19, Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme; hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, except closed Mondays; closed major holidays, including Memorial Day; $10 adults, $9 seniors, $8 students, and free for kids 12 and under; (860) 434-5542, florencegriswoldmuseum.org.

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