4 Studio Hill Rd., Kent, CT 06757. Phone: 860-927-4587.
"In the Looking Glass: Portraits by GLN" is an art exhibit that features the portraits of George Laurence Nelson, who became famous in the 1920s for his ability to capture people's likeness on canvas. Seven Hearths, Kent Historical Society, 4 Studio Hill Rd.,
Kent, will exhibit the show Saturdays and Sundays in August, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. During a time when preserving someone's image was not as easy as touching the screen on a smartphone, portrait painters were valued for their ability capture a person's essence using paint and canvas and a talented eye. George Laurence Nelson made a name for himself during the early 20th century for his ability to do just that. His portraits will be featured during a month-long exhibit, "In the Looking Glass:
Portraits by GLN," on weekends at Seven Hearths, the Kent Historical Society museum. The show begins Aug. 3 and will be open Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 A.M. to 4:00P.M. Nelson, trained at the Art Students League and the National Academy, and began
teaching at the Art Students League in his early 20s. He was also one of the founders of the Litchfield Hills Art Colony and the Kent Art Association, which is celebrating its 90th year during 2013. The Kent Historical Society wants to encourage the public to rediscover the work of Nelson and decided its vision for the future of the organization must include a focus on Nelson and his work. Artist Bob Lenz of South Kent is one of the members of the Steering Committee working on organizing a series of events this year celebrating Nelson and his work. Lenz has studied Nelson's work and found it to be representational of the American art of the period.