Thursday: ArtScapades lecture upcoming at Darien Historical Society

A lecture about Impressionist artists who made Connecticut their home, and local artists from the Works Progress Administration will take place on Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the Darien Historical Society.

Presented by ArtScapades, an art appreciation series co-founded by New Canaan residents Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman, the talk will begin with an overview of how the Impressionism movement arrived in America and the formation of art colonies here. The work of three American Impressionists will be discussed: J. Alden Weir, Childe Hassam and John H. Twachtman.

The talk will also focus on the period during the Great Depression and the five Works Progress Administration artists whose works are installed in the area, including: Arthur G. Hull, Robert Pallesen, John Steuart Curry, George Avison and Alexander J. Rummler.

Founded in 2010, Hoffman and Stiffelman co-founded ArtScapades after teaching art appreciation in the New Canaan public school system for more than a decade. They have delivered dozens of lectures on art history in venues throughout the area, and have guided private museum tours in New York City. The lectures focus on each artist’s life and work, and also the characteristics of styles associated with each artist.

The cost of the program is $5 for members, $20 for non-members and $30 for non-members and a guest. For more details or to register, visit or call 203-655-9233.