The New Milford Historical Society will present a live painting demonstration, "Experiencing Luminosity in the Contemporary American Portrait," with oil painter Vincent Giarrano Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Focusing on the fine art of portrait painting in oils, the artist will explain contemporary realism in painting, starting with conception and design, artistic interpretation of the subject and presentation to the viewer.

The program is designed to be an introduction to portrait painting and to provide an opportunity for the audience to experience the contrast between realism in portrait painting today and realism in portraits painted in Colonial America.

"I paint what speaks to me about real life experiences," Mr. Giarrano said of his work. "I want my viewer to feel the true-to-life quality of my images."

Patrons may view some of the Colonial-era portraits and other items on display at the museum located at 6 Aspetuck Ave.

On view for the first time will be a recent portrait acquisition, "Catherine Mygatt," by Daniel Huntington.

The event is co-sponsored by the New Milford Commission on the Arts.

For more information, call the Historical Society at 860-354-3069.