KENT — This year, Dianne Camp Lang ’63 began planning an Alumni Day for those who attended Kent Center School from 1929 to 1989 in celebration of the school’s 90th anniversary. Her idea flourished and her planned Alumni Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the grounds of CT Antique Machinery Association.

One day she was in the Kent Memorial Library and discovered there was an opening in the Library’s Gallery for the May/June slot. This coincided with the get-together she was planning for the last Saturday in June. Dianne began sending out emails in search of artists to exhibit. She had immediate positive responses.

“Having an exhibit with multiple artists requires a curator. We were lucky to find Kate Kovacs Luurtsema ’97, who agreed to take on the enormous task of organizing and communicating with potential alumni artists. Everything came together and the exhibit opened on May 1,” said Dianne Lang, who graduated in 1963.

“The last time our class got together, it was like we picked up where we left off many years ago. We were a family during our time at KCS. I was always aware that my class had a number of budding artists. I love seeing how their abilities have developed into the amazing talent that adorns the walls of the Library’s Gallery.”

When asked about her involvement as curator, Luurtsema said, “I’ve done a number of volunteer events to support my childhood school, and any chance I can get to give back to Kent Center School is well worth my time or effort. I count my time at KCS as some of the best of my life. I felt welcome there, safe and cherished, sadly, something not all children are blessed with. I loved art and music as a child, and credit Mr. Al Coffill, Mrs. Lois Fiftal and David Poirier with nurturing my interests and talents. Here’s to the many artists in this exhibit, showcasing their talent, quite possibly begun in the sunny classrooms of our beloved elementary school.”

The exhibit features the work of 13 former students of the KCS. There are 55 pieces of work in a variety of mediums. The artists are David Armstrong, Andy Barrett ’97, Patricia Chase ’65, Sonny Crawford ’63, Joel Foster ’63, Andrew Jack ’97, Margery Jennings ’64, RJ Lucas ’87, Kate Kovacs Luurtsema ’97, Peter Nichols ’63, Mike Redmond ’61, Pat Redmond ’63, and Paul Sakren ’63. Their biographies can be found at www.kentmemoriallibrary.org under “Events and Exhibits.”

The exhibit is showing now through June 29. On Saturday afternoon, June 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. there will be a closing reception in the library’s gallery to see the show and meet the artists.

The exhibit will close that afternoon and artists will be taking their work with them when the reception ends.

The Kent Memorial Library is at 32 North Main Street, Kent. Visit www.kentmemoriallibrary.org for more information.

Connecticut Media Group