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KAA 95th Anniversary 'Roaring Twenties'

  • eSaturday, Apr 28
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  • jKent Art Association
  • b$10 suggested donation

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“Celebrating 95 Years of Great Art”



The Kent Art Associations’ Spring Juried Show opens on Saturday, April 28 with a “Roaring Twenties” Cocktail Party to kick off the 2018 season’s celebration of the Association’s 95th year. The KAA was founded in 1923 by nine local artists with national reputations: Robert Nisbet, George Laurence Nelson, Spencer Nichols, Rex Brasher, F. Luis Mora, Eliot Clark, Frederick Waugh, Floyd Clymer and sculptor Willard Paddock.  Nisbet and Mora both studied and were instructors at the Art Students League in NY, and with Frederick Waugh were National Academicians. The KAA’s first show, held in the fall of 1923 at the recently completed Kent Memorial Library, attracted 600 visitors.  Admission was a nickel and the money was donated to the library.


In addition to the always exciting works in the Spring Juried Show, there will be an exhibition of works by the KAA founders in the smaller, first floor, Aiken Gallery.  Lectures on each are being scheduled for our 2018 show season. The KAA Gallery is on the Register of Historic Places and once was the front section of the Kent Inn that stood on the corner of Rtes. 7 & 341 until it was moved to its currant location in 1956.


Everyone is invited to our “Roaring Twenties” Cocktail party and we ask you to come “Dressed” for the period. There will be an award for the “Best Dressed” The party is from 2-6 pm on April 28 at KAA’ s Gallery in Kent (21 So. Main St., Kent, CT). There is a suggested donation of $10. The party will feature 1920’s Jazz by the Roger Young Quartet, lots of Champagne and hors d’ourves, the Presentation of Awards to the winning artists in the Spring Show and short speeches by special guests at 3 pm.  and a 1919, 24hp, Dodge “Woody” Station Wagon, on loan from the CT Antique Machinery Assoc., with the opportunity to have your photograph taken in it.


As an added bonus, most of the businesses in Kent will be celebrating with us and “dressing up” for the day. They will also have something in their business with a 1920’s theme. So if you are planning to come to Kent to shop, or eat at one of our many excellent restaurants, please come “dressed” and join the fun. 




Kent Art Association
21 South Main St
Kent, CT 06757


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