Exhibit Details: Permanently on view in the Town House
Augusta Simon was born in 1912 and lived in New Canaan where her father owned a grocery store on Locust Street. She went to secretarial school and then Barnard College and was a designer in New York City for forty years. At the age of 60, she took up painting while recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident at her family’s home in Vermont. Self-taught, Augusta was influenced by Grandma Moses and Norman Rockwell, who lived in neighboring towns. Her paintings were done both from memory and from photographs. These 16 colorful works of buildings – Saint Aloysius Church, Birdsall House- and scenes – carolers on God’s Acre and ice skaters in Mead Park – capture New Canaan in the early 20th century.