Friday, September 13, 2013

Day 13 - 30/30 Challenge - Elderfields

6" x 6", watercolor

This is Elderfields, the home of the Art Guild. I started this painting while sitting in my car, waiting for a board meeting.

The farm and homestead of various prominent area landowning families over the years, the four acre preserve includes the Hewlett-Munson-William House, one of the oldest surviving structures on Long Island, the earliest section of which dates to around 1675. Also a carriage shed, other small utility buildings, and a walled garden. Carlos W. Munson bought the property c.1900, named the home Elmsfour, and began buying up acreage in the area. Munson was president and chairman of the Munson Steamship Line, founded by his father Walter D. Munson in 1884. Munson donated the land that would become St. Francis Hospital, and by the time of his death in 1940, had sold many acres to developers who began to build up Flower Hill. The property [at 200 Port Washington Blvd, Manhasset, NY] was left to Nassau County [NY] in 1996. (From

After a series of calamities, including a fire during Hurricane Irene in 2011, and the breaking down of the furnace earlier this year, we are hopeful that we will be up and running again SOON!