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KENT HISTORICAL SOCIETY SUNDAY SERIES REX BRASHER ARTWORK AND STORIES The Kent Historical Society's Sunday Series on May 20, 2012, 2:00PM, Kent Town Hall, will feature Deborah and Melode Brasher, grandnieces of famous artist Rex Brasher. Brasher has been called the 20th century Audubon for his realistic paintings of birds in their natural settings. From 1911-1960, Brasher made his home near Kent. He was also a founder of the Kent Art Association. Rex Brasher decided at age eight to paint every bird in North America, only better than Audubon had painted with the birds he first killed. Like Audubon, for years his financing was unreliable, some of it gained from wagering on race horses. The 1929 Depression collided with his sale of the Birds and Trees of North America, his multi-volume work of 874 different species. The year 2012 brings multiple efforts to revive the work and life of this great artist. Deborah and Melode Brasher know Rex's art and stories well. They spent time with him until they were in their twenties. The Brasher sisters will bring their memories of Uncle Rex, his life story, and some of his paintings to Kent's Town Hall on May 20. Melode's long teaching career was at Kent Center School and Deborah's at the Renbrook School in West Hartford. This is an opportunity to see and hear about the artistic genius of Rex Brasher. The program will last about an hour followed by refreshments. There is no admission charge although contributions are welcomed.