The Cartoonists of Silvermine: Past and Present

Opening May 29 – August 15 in the Silvermine Room

“The Cartoonists of Silvermine: Past and Present” is an historical retrospective exhibiting over seventy reproductions of seventeen cartoonists who at one time worked and/or lived in Silvermine from 1900 though the present. The exhibition will open at the Historical Society on Friday, May 29.

Come and learn how Johnny Mouse, a cartoon (circa 1912-1914) by Clifton Meek, inspired Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse, see the early comics strips of Johnny Gruelle (one containing the seeds of Raggedy Ann), and view the Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoons of Matt Davies. Discover how some early Silvermine cartoonists ripped each other off but remained the best of friends. Did you know John Vassos, a founder of The Silvermine Artists Guild, was a political cartoonist as a teenager for a newspaper in Constantinople and had to flee the country for targeting the Turkish senate? Are you aware an outpost of Beetle Bailey’s Camp Swampy lies in Silvermine?

An interesting element of the exhibition is that a number of the images reference Silvermine. Works by Silvermine’s present day cartoonists Brian Walker (Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois) and Mary Anne Case (Memory Lane, and editorial cartoons) are featured.

Curator, Mary Anne Case, who very recently moved to New Canaan, created a gallery guide that tells the story of the exhibition. Visit the exhibition and the gallery guide will provide answers to the teasers above.

This exhibit will be located in the Silvermine Room of the Town House and will be open to the public on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Friday 9:30-4:00, Saturday 9:30-12:00. $5 Suggested donation.