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Full palettes at Florence Griswold Museum

Published December 03. 2013 4:00AM
"North Star: Griswold" by Philip Koch

Typically, a visual artist will take paint from his or her palette and then apply it to a canvas. During the annual "The Magic of Christmas" extravangana, though, at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, one tradition offers a nice spin on the palette/canvas construct. For each of the past 10 years, several artists have been invited to paint a subjective winter scene on a palette - which is then hung on Miss Florence's Artist Tree. It's a one-of-a-kind holiday icon, and the palettes feature all manners of media including oil, acrylic, ceramics, glass, watercolors and collage. "The Magic of Christmas" opens Friday, and the Artist Tree is just one of many attractions and events that will take place through Jan. 5. The Florence Griswold Museum is at 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues. - Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun.; admission $10 adults, $9 seniors, $8 students, free age 12 and younger; (860) 434-5542, florencegriswoldmuseum.org.

- Rick Koster

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