The Kent Historical Society presents “Silhouettes by Deborah O’Connor”

Looking for an unusual Mother’s Day gift? Look no more! The Kent Historical Society is offering the opportunity to have a silhouette made! The art of silhouette cutting originated in Europe in the early 1700s. Prior to the French revolution, silhouettists were hired as an amusement for the royal class. The featured artist would attend the many extravagant balls and cut out the distinguished profiles of the Lords and Ladies capturing the latest fashions and elaborate wigs. Although you might not be royalty, you can still sit for a silhouette or order one for Mother’s Day!

Silhouettes remain as popular today as ever. In fact, they have become one of the most collectible art forms. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of silhouette cutters left, perhaps as few as 15 in the United States. We of the computer age may be seeing the last generation of silhouette artists.

Have your favorite person portrayed in a hand-cut silhouette to give to Mom. The Kent Historical Society is pleased to welcome the talented silhouette-cutter Deborah O’Connor on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Seven Hearths Museum, 4 Studio Hill Road. All ages and pets are welcome. The cost is $30 for Kent Historical Society members, $35 for non-members, and $15 for extra copies.

The silhouettes can be done at in-person sittings, or by submitting a photo ahead of time on Deborah’s website. Personal sittings are by appointment only! Book a spot by contacting or 860-927-4587. Pre-orders are available for pickup at the event. Visit her website now to order a photograph.

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