Nine years ago, the artist Xiomáro was at a point in his life where he was unsure of his next steps.
An attorney, he was feeling a strong pull from his artistic side. He was also a musician, but it was a serendipitous visit to Weir Farm National Historic Site that set him on his creative path, helping him find focus and direction for his art.
That led to an artist-in-residency at Weir Farm in 2011 and now a book in the Images of Modern America series — Weir Farm National Historic Site — that was published on June 3 by Arcadia Publishing.
It is filled with images Xiomáro "has created of the farm over the years . It takes the reader from seeing what Julian Alden Weir saw when he settled there in the late 1800s, through the artists who followed him — Mahonri Young and Sperry Andrews — through a massive restoration process to what visitors can see today, particularly if they look beyond the obvious. Also helping to tell the story are historic photos of the farm and people associated with it.
“Weir Farm is something for the people of Connecticut to be proud of,” Xiomáro said during a recent interview at the park. “It’s a small park with a big message.”