The KENT FLOWER MARKET will take place once a month May 8th - Oct 9th (ON THE SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH) on the front porch of RT Facts in Kent Barns. It will showcase local flower growers and their talents along with local artisans and small businesses focused on flowers and gardens. The market strives to create an opportunity for our small community to come together and have their day brightened by the beauty on display.
Please join us in Kent Barns for our Exciting, New 2021 Second Saturday Season.
9:00-1:00 Community Farmers Market & Swyft
10:00-11:00 House of Books Story Hour
10:00-1:00 Kent Flower Market at RT Facts
10:00-5:30 Art Galleries & Shops Open with New Exhibits and Inventory
12:00-3:00 Live Music Under the Big Maple Tree
Antiques, Art, Plants, Books, Artisanal Gifts, Pop-Ups, Coffee Bar, Specialty Foods, Local Produce & More!
We look forward to the community coming together to support local businesses and artisans for these monthly events. It's a perfect, family-friendly event to enjoy on the Second Saturday of each month. Look for news about exciting pop-up shops, demonstrations and author talks throughout the season on our website or give us a follow on Instagram & Facebook!
The House of Books is offering exciting author talks, book club, Saturday Storytime, and more. Just click HERE for a complete listing of summer events.
Seven Perfect Syllables - New Paintings by Janna Watson
Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to present a solo exhibition of abstract paintings by Canadian artist Janna Watson. This is the artist’s third one-person exhibition with the gallery that has represented her since 2017.
In Janna Watson's latest series Seven Perfect Syllables, the artist uses her titles as an entryway to interpret her visual abstractions. In her words, "The titles are as malleable as the materials that I use to paint. Each piece focuses on the middle line of the standard haiku and humors the measurement of syllables."
Like a traditional haiku, Watson’s paintings suggest subtle observations of quotidian life and nature; the way the air feels, the glow of a firefly, or the angle of a river. The appeal of this poetic form is its intention to expresses much and suggest more in the fewest possible words. Janna Watson’s compositions and color choices are both careful and spontaneous, each gesture evoking an unstated emotional response. The paintings are generous smeary passages of vivid color with swooping buttery paint strokes, and calligraphic marks floating on fields of saturated color. They are not spare, but they have an implied economy of language, each gesture gathered towards the others with an unseen gravitational force coalescing into a graceful equilibrium.
Gallery Hours: Kent, CT: Thursday - Saturday, 11:00 - 5:30 and Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 And by appointment
Kenise Barnes Fine Art
ELISE ANSEL: THE WOMEN
Opening reception Saturday, September 25 from 4-6 pm
Elise Ansel is a visual translator, taking paintings by the Old Masters and rendering them in a contemporary artistic language, shifting them from figuration into abstraction, transforming their meaning and message. For Ansel, the act of painting represents an alternative way of seeing, allowing her to engage in an intimate dialogue with her source and to comprehend it on a more profound level. By applying her contemporary female perspective to centuries-old male works of art, Ansel is addressing the continued gender inequality in our society. (Stacey Kors)
Exhibition on view at Carol Corey Fine Art from Saturday, September 25th -Sunday, October 31st; gallery hours Thursday to Sunday, 11 to 5:30: