Weir Farm National Historic Site opens its doors for the season today, Wednesday May 2. The Visitor Center, Weir Studio, and Young Studio will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and guided tours of the Weir House will be offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. every Wednesday to Sunday. Visit the home and studio of America’s most beloved Impressionist, J. Alden Weir, chat with the park rangers, or try your hand at creating a masterpiece in this unique National Park for the Arts. Free-to-use art supplies are available during visitor center hours, and programs such as art workshops, wellness programs, talks, guided walks and special events will be offered throughout the season.

To kick off the 2018 season, Weir Farm National Historic Site is proud to announce the installation of a new temporary art exhibit in the park’s visitor center. Entitled “Impressions of Nature,” this art installation, completed in partnership with the International Fiber Collaborative, encouraged students throughout Connecticut to create art inspired by nature as J. Alden Weir and other Weir Farm artists have done for over 135 years. Students from 19 different schools collaborated and created over 60 works of art for this exhibit. This exhibition will be on display during visitor center hours until June 3.

Student artists for the following schools participated in this exhibit:  Harbourside Middle School, Columbus Magnet School, Rogers Park Middle School, Oxford High School, Branchville Elementary School, Central Elementary School, Ritter Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School, The Academy High School, Brien McMahon High School, Joel Barlow High School, Bethel High School, Mathewson School, Middlebrook School, Reed Intermediate School, Booth Hill School, Second Hill Lane Elementary School, Scotts Ridge Middle School, and The French American School

About Weir Farm National Historic Site:  Visit the home and studio of America’s most beloved Impressionist, J. Alden Weir, and walk in the footsteps of a world-class artist. Set against a rural Connecticut landscape that has been painted by thousands of artists from 1882 to the present, Weir Farm is a national legacy of American Impressionism and the creative spirit. Explore this National Park for the Arts and experience what Weir described as “The Great Good Place.” Learn more about the park on the Weir Farm National Historic Site website.