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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.