The first book about Weir Farm National Historic Site, Connecticut’s first national park, will be the subject of a talk and pop-up exhibit by its author, Xiomaro, at Wilton Kiwanis on Wednesday, February 19, 2019. Signed copies of the book will be available as well as a pop-up exhibit of some of the photographs featured in it.
Xiomaro’s Weir Farm National Historic Site (Arcadia Publishing) introduces readers to the park, which is the only one in America dedicated to painting. The property was the homestead of Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), a leading innovator of American Impressionism. The farm’s landscape inspired countless masterpieces created by Weir, his famous artist-friends, two subsequent generations of artist-owners, and contemporary artists who continue to create at the park.
The book’s foreword was written by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, who introduced the legislation in 1990 that established the park. In April, this iconic site will be featured on the reverse of the U.S. quarter.
The book is the only one to chronicle the property’s rescue from residential development to its establishment as a park. The story is told through Xiomaro’s artistic photographic collections documenting the Weir Farm, most of which have never been published before. The author was commissioned to create these images by the National Park Service.
The fine art photographs are currently on exhibit at the district offices of Congressman Jim Himes. They have also been exhibited in the Hart Senate Office building in Washington DC; the State Capitol building in Hartford; the Department of Environmental Protection in Hartford; the Mayor’s Gallery in Stamford; Brigham Young University in Utah; and at many other venues including the National Park Service.
Xiomaro (pronounced “See-oh-mah-row”) is an internationally recognized artist, author, and speaker whose photography has been covered by The New York Times, CBS Eyewitness News, Hartford Courant, and News 12. Since 2011, he has served as Weir Farm’s sole Visiting Artist where he presents free public photography workshops.
The author talk and pop-up exhibit will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2019. For more information, visit the author’s website at www.xiomaro.com or contact Wilton Kiwanis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded in 1915, Kiwanis is an international family of service clubs with more than 600,000 volunteers fighting hunger, improving literacy, and serving other needs of children.
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