The Weir Farm National Historic Site is a national historic museum located in Wilton and Ridgefield, Connecticut which commemorates the works and the life of American impressionist painter J. Alden Weir.
The Weir farm was established by J. Alden Weir himself in June 1882. It was Weir together with his family that transformed the old farm into a venerable haven for the artists? friends and family away from New York City. Years later, artists Sperry Andrews and Mahonri Young stayed in the farm estate to continue the tradition. It was later converted into a national historic site to celebrate the life, works and times of Weir.
Visitors can unleash their creativity with the sketching and painting session in the Weir Farm to help continue the tradition. The National Park Service loans art supplies and equipments to guests to help make for a memorable experience. There are also special hiking sessions all day long for guests who are looking to spend a short time admiring the sights and sounds from the farm.
The Weir Farm National Historic Site also boasts of the Artist-in-Residence or AIR program which is lets a selected few artists spend a month at the farm. Guest artists will live and work at the farm to help in gaining inspiration as well as get additional training in terms of technicalities in painting and drawing. The AIR program has welcomed more than 115 different artists from different parts of the world including Tunisia, Germany, Australia, India and the United States. The Weir Farm Art Center manages the program through the help of a five year cooperative agreement which provides financial aid for fledging artists.
The site?s admission for the grounds and the visitor center is free of charge as well as the use of the facilities inside the farm. There are no additional charges for ranger led tours around the facility.
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