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Noah Webster House to Auction Paul Zimmerman Work

This impressionistic watercolor of the Farmington Valley will be auctioned at the War of the Words on April 24. Submitted photo

West Hartford gallery donates watercolor to Webster’s War of the Words Fundraiser.

This impressionistic watercolor of the Farmington Valley will be auctioned at the War of the Words on April 24. Submitted photo

This impressionistic watercolor of the Farmington Valley will be auctioned at the War of the Words on April 24. Submitted photo

Submitted by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

The Brick Walk Art Gallery recently donated a Paul Zimmerman watercolor to the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society’s annual fundraiser, Webster’s War of the Words. The art will be sold as a live auction item to help raise money for the museum.

Jennifer DiCola Matos, the museum’s Executive Director said, “We are so grateful to Brick Walk Art Gallery owner Kevin Rita for donating this piece. To be able to offer an original work of art by Paul Zimmerman is a great coup for the museum.”

The work is an impressionistic watercolor view of the Farmington Valley. Those interested in bidding on the piece should attend Webster’s War of the Words. The event will take place on Friday, April 24 at 6 p.m. at West Hartford Town Hall.

Click here for more information about the event. Tickets are available at www.noahwebsterhouse.org.

Paul Warren Zimmerman was an artist and professor emeritus of the Hartford Art School. His artwork has been exhibited at dozens of galleries around the nation and are in collections such as the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the University of Notre Dame, and Lehigh University.

Zimmerman was the recipient of scores of awards for his artwork, including,: The Hallgarten Prize (1954); The Wallace Truman Prize (1956); The Salmagundi Club Prize from the National Academy (1962); Members Prize, Boston Arts Festival (1964); The Patrick B. McGinnis Award, Berkshire Arts Festival (1961); Second Prize at Chautauqua (1955); The Howard Penrose Award, Connecticut Academy (1959); Third Prize, Kearney Memorial Regional Exhibition, Milwaukee, WI (1964).

The Brick Walk Art Gallery is located at 322 Park Rd. in West Hartford. Brick Walk Fine Art is a Contemporary Fine Arts gallery, featuring paintings and works on paper by artists with regional and national profiles. The gallery, owned and directed by Kevin Rita, presents a regular schedule of changing exhibitions throughout the year. They also provide curatorial and art consulting services to both private and corporate clients.

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is located in the restored birthplace and childhood home of Noah Webster. Webster was a national figure known not only for the first American dictionary and the Blue-Backed Speller, but also for being a federalist, an abolitionist and a cofounder of Amherst College. The historic house and exhibit spaces are open daily 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs, please visit us at www.noahwebsterhouse.org or call (860) 521-5362.

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