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An image from the current exhibit The Artist Who Loved the Sky:  Cloudscapes, Weather, and the World of Eric Sloane, which will close October 3rd.  This wonderful exhibit chronicles Eric’s work with the sky and meteorology with a specific emphasis on his original art.  Some early and rare original works of art are included in this exhibit.

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An image from the current exhibit The Artist Who Loved the Sky:  Cloudscapes, Weather, and the World of Eric Sloane, which will close October 3rd.  This wonderful exhibit chronicles Eric’s work with the sky and meteorology with a specific emphasis on his original art.  Some early and rare original works of art are included in this exhibit.

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     Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum board members Lia Brassord (left) and Barb Russ (right) enjoy some time on the grounds of the Eric Sloane Museum.

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“The World Above:  Artists Celebrate the Sky” 

Contest, Exhibit and Sale

at the

Eric Sloane Museum

The Eric Sloane Museum and the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum are seeking entries from the public.  This year’s theme is the sky, clouds, weather and aviation.

Anyone is welcome to participate!

Participant Categories:  Under 18, Over 18, Professional Artists – Prizes awarded in each.

Artistic Mediums:  Any form of art to be displayed indoors or out of doors.

Requirements:  Art must be suitable for the museum audience.

When:  Entries must be submitted during regular museum hours July 17th – July 25th, Thursday – Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  There will be an Opening Reception hosted by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum on Saturday July 26th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The show runs from July 26th– August 3rd.  Participants should plan to pick up their works of art between Thursday, August 7th and Sunday, August 10th between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Information:  860-927-3849

 

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.  For membership and volunteer opportunities, please contact Jim Mauch @ 570-204-2906.

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Don’t Forget!  The annual July 4th “Ringing of the Bells” ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Eric Sloane Museum.  This is a charming event and one that you will remember for years to come.

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“…I can truthfully say that nothing during my life has impressed me so much as the sky.  It is my religion and my philosophy.  It is my cathedral, and I believe it to be a source of inspiration to anyone who wants to look upward.”     Eric Sloane  – How You Can Forecast the Weather p. viii

I am not aware of another statement made by artist Eric Sloane, nor made by someone referring to Sloane’s works, which so encapsulates his reverence for the sky.  It seems fitting, as we near the beginning of the 2014 season of the Eric Sloane Museum, to pause and reflect on the significance of Sloane’s sentiments.

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The Artist Who Loved the Sky:  Cloudscapes, Weather, and the World of Eric Sloane

Programming and Events, 2014

The Eric Sloane Museum

Save these Dates!  Come and enjoy the many great events sponsored by the Eric Sloane Museum and the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum. We look forward to seeing you this summer.

May 3rd– The Eric Sloane Museum will offer discounted admission in conjunction with the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Spring Power Up on May 3rdfrom 10 to 4.  There will be demonstrations in pottery using a foot powered treadle wheel and bowl turning on a spring pole lathe on museum grounds.

May 17th – Opening of the 2014 exhibit The Artist Who Loved the Sky:  Cloudscapes, Weather, and the World of Eric SloaneFriends of the Eric Sloane Museum Hospitality Tent 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

June 14th – Connecticut Open House Day, 10 – 4.  Free Admission.  Children’s’ activities – create their own weathervane or lightning rod art piece to take home with them.  Art supplies will be provided.  Artist Joe Buda’s weathervane and lightning rod art on display.

July 4th – Annual “Ringing of the Bells” ceremony at 2 p.m.

July 26th – Opening reception for The World Above:  Artists Celebrate The Sky.  Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum Hospitality Tent 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

August 23rd – For Spacious Skies: A Day to Celebrate the Sky.  Meteorologist, Children’s games and activities, Mr. Jack Borden of the For Spacious Skies program, and more.  1-4 p.m.

September 26th, 27th & 28th – CAMA Machinery Weekend – Discount Admission.  Tool demonstrations with Joe Buda.

October 3rd:  Last Day for The Artist Who Loved the Sky:  Cloudscapes, Weather, and the World of Eric Sloane.

October 4th:  Talk by Eric Sloane biographer James Mauch – The Artist Who Loved the Sky:  Cloudscapes, Weather, and the World of Eric Sloane.  11 a.m.

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The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum work to preserve and to promote the legacy of Connecticut author, illustrator, and artist Eric Sloane (1905-1985). We work in concert with the state of Connecticut and the Eric Sloane Museum to develop programming and events held on the museum grounds throughout each season. Our board members receive no compensation and we are a welcoming and inclusive group.

Meet a board member! Jeffrey Bischoff:

The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum work to preserve and to promote the legacy of Connecticut author, illustrator, and artist Eric Sloane (1905-1985). We work in concert with the state of Connecticut and the Eric Sloane Museum to develop programming and events held on the museum grounds throughout each season. Our board members receive no compensation and we are a welcoming and inclusive group.

Meet a board member! Jeffrey Bischoff:

Jeffrey Bischoff, Vice President. Jeff is the owner of Old Greenwich Consultants, a financial services recruiting firm. A graduate of Villanova University (BA, English), Jeff was head of recruiting for the UBS Private Bank after serving as the National Recruiting Officer for Citigroup’s private wealth management division, Smith Barney.
A published author himself, Jeff was moved by the works of Eric Sloane when he was given Eric Sloane’s Diary of An Early American Boy on a trip to Old Sturbridge Village in 1972. Sloane’s stories of early American settlers and their “Yankee ingenuity” inspired him to take up many hobbies that are still drivers in his pursuit of happiness: organic gardening, reading about and exploring stone walls, barns, farms, and American history. Jeff resides in Old Greenwich with his wife and two children.

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The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum work to preserve and to promote the legacy of Connecticut author, illustrator, and artist Eric Sloane (1905-1985). We work in concert with the state of Connecticut and the Eric Sloane Museum to develop programming and events held on the museum grounds throughout each season. Our board members receive no compensation and we are a welcoming and inclusive group.

Meet a board member! Barbara Russ:

Barbara S. Russ, Museum Liaison. Barbara is one of five children born to Roger and Cornelia Straiton from Bridgewater, CT. She graduated from Shepaug Valley Regional High School in 1975 and Americo Academy of Beauty Culture in 1977. When Barbara entered the museum world, she had been a licensed beautician, Dental Assistant, Teacher’s Assistant for Special Ed, and an EMT for an inner city camp for children. In 1995 Barbara was hired by the State of CT to be a Museum Guide at the Sloane-Stanley Museum and became the Museum Assistant in 1998, a position she holds today at the renamed Eric Sloane Museum.

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The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum work to preserve and to promote the legacy of Connecticut author, illustrator, and artist Eric Sloane (1905-1985). We work in concert with the state of Connecticut and the Eric Sloane Museum to develop programming and events held on the museum grounds throughout each season. Our board members receive no compensation and we are a welcoming and inclusive group.

Meet a board member! Lia Brassord:

Lia Brassord, Treasurer. Lia earned her B.A. in Economics at Smith College in 1983. She earned certification as an Employee Benefits Specialist at Wharton in 1985. In an interesting historic twist, Lia was Manager of Employee Benefits for The Stanley Works, New Britain, CT from 1985-1988 and also served as a Museum Educator for the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield, CT from 1988-1997. Additionally, Lia served as a board member for the Amherst Historical Society in Amherst, Massachusetts from 1998-1999. Currently, Lia serves as the Senior Assistant Director of Admission for Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, a position she has enjoyed since 1999.