Art Gallery Calendar
Kent has been called the "Cultural Heart of the Litchfield Hllls" and for good reason. Kent has focused on art ever since a colony of artists discovered its natural beauty in the late 19th century. Members of that colony established the Kent Art Association in 1923 and this year the organization, still going strong, is celebrating its 96th year.
The legacy of those pioneering artists is everywhere. A casual visitor to Kent will notice that art graces the walls of the Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant and of the Kent Memorial Library. A number of craft galleries also grace the town center where you can find work of some of the top craftspeople from across the country or an assortment of American, Asian, African and Pacific Island art and antiques.
Click the images (below) for more information on the current exhibits at our galleries.
21 South Main Street
Presidents Show ~ thru Sun. Aug. 4.
This is the KAA’s biggest and most diverse show with over 100 individual pieces of artwork in numerous categories, styles and mediums. The Best in Show winner wins a Solo Show during the 2020 Elected Artist Show.
Gallery hours: Thursday - Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 PM during shows
12 Old Barn Road
“Here and There” ~ thru August 7
A show on realist artist, Eric Forstmann, highlighting his recent work. For two months in 2019, he held a prestigious residency at the Vermont Studio Center and much of the work will be from that experience. Other paintings created at his main studio in Torrington, CT will be included.
Gallery Hours: Thursday thru Saturday 11:00 to 5:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 PM and by appointment.
Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
17 Old Barn Road (Kent Barns)
Some Women and A Triangle ~ thru August 25
Our exhibition highlights a selection of women artists and continues to blur the boundaries between trained and untrained artists, a distinction we believe will become inconsequential in the future.
Gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 12:00 to 4:00 PM, Saturday 12:00 to 5:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 PM & by appointment.
Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
32 North Main Street
“Born to be Wild” by Paul Sakren ~ thru August 31. Always a rebel, Sakren currently rebels against the art establishment by painting simplistic, harmonious abstracts that don’t fall into any standard category. His work captures glimpses of a wild alternate universe where simple forms and passionate colors fly in the face of the viewer. Works mostly in acrylic on canvas but also in mixed media and occasionally oils.
Library hours: Mon - Fri: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Sat. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Sun (summer only) 12:00 to 4:00 PM
4 Fulling Lane (Kent Barns)
“Conversations with Alex Katz” ~ thru Sept. 8
Alex Katz (born 1927) is an American figurative artist well known for his large scale depictions of landscapes, flowers and portraits. The show comprises five unmistakable portrait prints by Alex spanning the 1970s to today each paired up, or “in conversation”, with work by another artist. The other artists are Elad Lassry, Paul Sepuya, Alex Prager, Henry Taylor and Tony Oursler.
Gallery hours: Thurs - Sat. 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
7 Fulling Lane (Kent Barns)
Cool & Collected CT ~ thru Sept. 8
A group show featuring nine contemporary artists:
Jackie Battenfield, Brett Eberhardt, Carlos Gamez de Francisco, David Licata, Melanie Parke, Thomas Sarantonnio, Yolanda Sánchez and Sophie Treppendahl and Josette Urso.
Gallery hours: Thursday - Saturday 11:00 to 6:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 PM, Monday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and by appointment.
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
25 North Main Street (Kent Town Center)
On view now: Alexander Liberman. A pioneer in the creation of monumentally scaled abstract sculpture, Liberman's colossally scaled compositions are constructed from discarded tank drums, boiler heads, giant pipes, and steel beams. They are cut and sliced to evoke baroque sculpture and architectural models, from grain silos to Greek temples and medieval cathedrals. Liberman's sculpture and paintings are included in the collections of some of the world's most prestigious museums.
Gallery hours: Wed - Sat 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Closed Monday & Tuesday