KAA talks to focus on its founders
The Kent Art Association will present the fourth lecture in its “Discovering Our Founders” series, focusing on sculptor and artist Willard Dryden Paddock, Aug. 11 at 3 p.m. at 21 South Main St. gallery.
Husband and wife artists Deborah Chabrian and Ed Martinez, who currently reside in Paddock’s former home and studio in South Kent and who have done extensive research on Paddock, will discuss his life and work.
A question and answer session will follow, along with refreshments.
Paddock was the only founding member of KAA who is primarily known for his work in sculpture.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and studied art at the School of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute and was the first student to receive scholarship from Frederick Pratt to study in Europe.
In Paris, he attended the Ecole de Beaux Arts and the Academy Collarossi.
He married sculptor Charlotte Smith in 1904 and, in 1912, the couple purchased a home in South Kent. Prior to his marriage he had shared a studio in New Milford with the painter Francis Von Der Lancken.
Paddock is best known as a sculptor although he also painted murals and landscapes.
A donation of $5 is suggested.
For information, call 860-927-3989.