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The Lyme Art Association presents a five-part virtual lecture series on “The Art of America,” starting Thursday

Green River Cliffs, Wyoming, 1881, by Thomas Moran, The National Gallery of Art, gift of the Milligan and Thompson families.

OLD LYME — The Lyme Art Association presents a five-part virtual art lecture series via Zoom on The Art of America: How Great American Artists Revealed a New Country and Its People. The series begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, and the talks will take place every Thursday in March at the same time.

Bob Potter, former executive director of the Lyme Art Association, will explore iconic art by leading artists from the mid-18th century to the early 20th century.

George Catlin, Stu-mick-o-súcks, Buffalo Bull’s Back Fat, Head Chief, Blood Tribe, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.149.

The virtual series begins with The art of colonial America and continue with Westward Ho!, A Nation Divided, A Nation Restored, Charles Platt and the American Impressionists at Old Lymeand America’s boom and bust.

Paul Revere, 1768, by John Singleton Copley, Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Participants will learn about artists and their work through visual images, videos, artist profiles, and the changing historical events and art movements of a new nation as it evolved through turbulent and transformative times.

Register online for America’s art at Each lecture costs $10 or $40 for all five lectures. Registrants will receive a confirmation email and the Zoom link for each conference.

Snap The Whip, 1872, by Winslow Homer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lyme Art Association Executive Director Laurie Pavlos notes, “We are thrilled to present this series of lectures on America’s Art on the occasion of our 100th anniversary. All proceeds will go to the Lyme Art Association’s Second Century Capital Campaign, which will help fund the installation of a new skylight system to prevent water damage, support energy-efficient heating and cooling, and preservation of this historic building and gallery for the next 100 years.”

Bob Potter

Art Lecture Presenter Bob Potter is a former executive director of the Lyme Art Association. A graduate of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, he began his career as art director at Scholastic Magazines, marketing director at Time Warner, National Geographic and AOL.

He helped create an innovative art therapy program for Save The Children, was a business development officer for the National Gallery of Art, led marketing at the Mystic Seaport Museum, launched a professional development program for art students at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and is a professor at the Yale Center for British Art.

Potter and his wife Jeanne, who is a master watercolor artist, live in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

The LAA was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representative works of art by its members and visiting artists, as well as offering art classes and lectures to the community.

The LAA is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located in the historic district.

Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment.

For more information on exhibits, buying art, art classes, or to become a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit