The Seven Hearths, the Kent Historical Society Museum, will re-open this summer after being closed for two years with a series of new art exhibits focusing on the life and work of George Laurence Nelson. The Seven Hearths Museum is located on Rte. 7 north of Kent center on the corner of Studio Hill Road in Kent in the historic Flanders area that was once the original center of Kent.
The first show will begin July 6 and end on July 28. The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the month.
The first show, “Who is GLN” will be a multi-faceted history and art exhibit featuring the art and lives of the talented Nelson/Hirschberg family, who owned the historic Seven Hearths house in Kent for much of the twentieth century.
Carl Hirschberg was a founding member of the Salmagundi Club and the Arts Students League in New York. His wife, Alice Kerr-Nelson Hirschberg, was considered by William Merritt Chase to be THE Woman of the 19th century, and was a gifted portraitist of children.
Their son, George Laurence Nelson, trained at the Art Students League and the National Academy, and began teaching at the Art Students League in his early 20s. Carl and Laurence were among the founders of the Litchfield Hills Art Colony, and Laurence was later one of the nine founders of the Kent Art Association.
This is the first time that the work of these three artists is being presented together along with highlights from their rich cultural lives.
Set within Nelson’s beloved pre-Revolutionary Seven Hearths, which he donated to the Historical Society, this in-depth exhibit will examine the roots of the art and culture movement that is so deeply embedded in the Litchfield Hills today.
The Litchfield Hills Art Colony would go on to play a meaningful role on a national scale in twentieth century American art. George Laurence Nelson’s studio in Seven Hearths is the only remnant of the colony that is open to the public today.
Image Kent Historical Society: George Lawrence Nelson