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Area's Early Women Artists Shown in New Canaan

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — An exhibit of works by early 20th-century Silvermine women artists has opened at the New Canaan Historical Society. 

"Early Women Artists of Silvermine" features pieces by the Silvermine Group of Artists, who were drawn to the area by its natural beauty and by group founder Solon Borglum.  The exhibit includes many works by Helen Hamilton, whose paintings provided a notable record of the Silvermine River and its mills and dams.   

Also featured is Dorothy Byard, who, with her husband, antiquarian J. Kenneth Byard, owned the Silvermine Tavern, where works by Dorothy and other artists were often displayed. In addition, there are works by Clara Davidson, Cornelia Hildebrandt, Dorothy MacKnight and Emma Borglum.

The exhibit runs through Aug. 31 in the society's Silvermine Room. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The Historical Society is located at 13 Oenoke Ridge. For more information, call 203-966-1776 or visit

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