The Cooley Gallery has been described as “an oasis.” Inside the unassuming yellow building at 25 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, Connecticut is a gallery that has been luring collectors of fine American art for nearly thirty years. Light-filled rooms with wide plank floors display the gallery’s three areas of special interest with a unique combination of sophistication and warmth.
There are four “galleries” that make up The Cooley Gallery; specializing in American art and most specifically in 19th, early twentieth century, and contemporary American styles. When you visit the gallery in Old Lyme one or more of the galleries may offer an historic exhibition of American Impressionism. Another may be chronicling a 19th century painter’s journey through the White Mountains, while another gallery may offer the works of a newly recognized contemporary artist. Regardless of a collector’s level of experience or knowledge, the gallery staff is approachable and interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise with all artistic interests.
Jeff Cooley, the owner and founder of The Cooley Gallery has dedicated his life to American painting and painters. Following his formal education at Harvard University, he joined Christie’s Auction House in New York City in the American Paintings Department. From there he moved to the American Paintings Department of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. And in 1981 he established The Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme, Connecticut, where he continues to identify, gather, exhibit, and interpret American painting and painters to publics near and far.
The Cooley Gallery presents several special exhibitions each year with accompanying catalogues and brochures. Detailed information is always available on our website www.cooleygallery.com or call (860) 434-8807 for detailed information about upcoming exhibitions and antiques shows.