Kent Art Association hosts talk on founder George Laurence Nelson

"Roses" by George Laurence Nelson

KENT — Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 pm at the Kent Art Association Gallery, Marge Smith, former Director and now curator for the Kent Historical Society will discuss the life and art of George Laurence Nelson, one of the nine founders of the Kent Art Association. Smith has been associated with the KHS for over twenty years and is an expert on Nelson.

Nelson is considered to be one of the ten greatest American portrait painters in addition to being an exceptional lithographer. He and his wife Helen both loved to garden and flowers are an integral part of almost every Nelson painting. He is an important figure in Kent history and was very active in the newly formed Kent Historical Society. When he died he left his beloved 17th Century home and studio, Seven Hearths, to the Historical Society for its Museum.

“Long is the list of those who boast of his friendship, … of those who acclaim him as a good neighbor always interested in the welfare of his house, his district, his community… His dry humor, quick step, long stride, shy smile, twinkling eye, warm handshake, effervescent conversation, enthusiasm for the new, deep humility when faced with praise, amazement when sought after for interview or one of his works — all these and more spell out this resident of Seven Hearths, who so loved this spot of history that he left it so others might share in its beauty and significance…” from the eulogy by Nelson’s friend, William Dolan Fletcher

The Nelson Lecture is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. It is free and all are welcome.

The KAA’s Gallery is located at 21 South Main Street, Kent. For more information about the talk and the KAA go to or call 860-927-3989.

Currently showing at the Gallery is the fourth Annual Juried Photography Show that ends on Sunday, Dec. 1. Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday 1-5 p.m.; Nov. 29 & 30 1-8 p.m.

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