The Kent Art Association was formed 1923 when a group of Kent artists that included George Lawrence Nelson, Robert Nisbet, Eliot Clark, Luis Mora, Spencer Nichols, Willard Paddock, Frederick Waugh, Floyd Clymer and Rex Brasher decided they needed a way to exhibit their artwork in Kent. So began the very first “Members Show” of the KAA, a tradition that continues this August when the second of the two yearly “Members Shows” opens on August 13.
The quality of the work and talent of the artists has remained consistently high over the past 94 years as the Association grew from the small group of founding members to over 500 active and supporting members. The type of works displayed has also changed growing from representational watercolors, oils and sculpture, to pen & ink, block prints, acrylics, and more recently, abstract, non-representational work and photography. Over the years monetary awards in each of the categories were added along with other shows, including a Student Art Show, a Spring and Fall Juried Shows, The Presidents Show, a Photography show and the Elected Artists Show. Many of these are open to non-members and require being accepted for exhibition by a jury of member artists. Each show has two judges who are working artists, the Judges for the Members 2 show are Erin Nazzaro, who works primarily in acrylics and is noted for her bold use of color and Sculptor, Gino Zenobia known for his wooden African themed sculptures. All works are for sale.
In the 1950’s the Kent Inn (that once stood at the corner of Routes 7 and 341) was torn down and a large portion of it including the front porch was moved down the road a few hundred yards to become the beautiful and modern KAA Gallery. The members now had not only an association of artists to organize exhibits, they now had a “home of their own” in which to exhibit them.
Sunday, August 13 – Monday, September 4 (Labor Day).
Artists Reception: Saturday, August 19, 2 – 4 pm
21 South Main Street