Thursday, October 8, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Please join us for a discussion about the American Artist J. Alden Weir with Allen Despres of Weir Farm.
Artist J. Alden Weir came from a family of exceptional American painters. While studying abroad, he began to paint in his own unique version of the Avant-Garde movement of Impressionism. His efforts helped bring the style to America. Weir created a lot of this new art—-with its own specific and articulate American style--at his country home and studio in Branchville, Connecticut. Weir Farm provided a landscape which inspired some of American's greatest works.
Allen Despres will discuss the special importance of J. Alden Weir's country home to the art and culture of the United States.
This program will take place on Zoom. All registrants will be emailed the link.
Allen Despres is a retired United States Park Ranger. Allen has been giving programs for the American and even the international public, about the important issues of universal and American values of history found in our National Parks and Historic Sights for over twenty years.
As an interpreter of history at Weir Farm, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the African Burial Ground, Grant’s Tomb, Federal Hall, and Castle Clinton, Allen has lectured, given tours, and created programs for the general public as well school groups.
Weir Farm in Branchville has a special meaning for Allen because it is where he started in the Park Service. It is also the only National Park in Connecticut and the only Park dedicated to an American painter.