Hill-Stead Museum

What makes this museum unique and special is that it is a home. A place that Theodate (the Pope family’s daughter) designed and loved. While the collection of art and artifacts was largely collected by her father Alfred. Some of the paintings were moved in (1950’s) many of them have recently been moved back to their original places within the home. Works by Monet, Degas, Whistler and Mary Cassat (a family friend) can be seen here. As well as Asian art and pottery, the family’s collection of books and eight
Barye bronzes. And of course the gardens!

Museum Address: 35 Mountain Road
Farmington, CT 06032



About Laurel

Laurel Thorndike is our "artist in residence" here at We Love Museums. "Lately I have been experimenting with a very illustrative style. Using images & feelings as a writer would use words to bring characters "to life" Suggesting a possible story or building from existing ones." Inspiring artists & art periods include Art Nouveau's Alphonse Mucha and Maxfield Parrish. Pre-Raphaelites such as Waterhouse, Holman Hunt, Leighton. Portrait painter's John Singer Sargent and Julio Romero de Torres. Symbolists such as Jean Delville and Carlos Schwabe. In 2001 she studied photography with nature photographer Patrick Pacheo Zephyr. She immediately fell in love with using the camera to 'paint with light'. Using natural light to create a picture full of emotion from something as ordinary as a reflection in a small pond or a lone tree on a hill. In 2014 she attended the 'Illustrator Master Class' at Amherst College, A one week intensive with the instruction of some of the finest illustrator's in the country! Her works have been shown at the juried Art On The Mountain show 2004 & 2005 Wilmington VT and the Northeastern Fine Arts Juried Exhibition at the Green Trees Gallery Northfield MA 2005. As well as at various galleries and art fairs throughout New England. Her work can be viewed and purchased at: www.LaurelThorndike.com.

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