Seven Hearths, the Kent Historical Society museum, will reopen this summer with a series of new art exhibits focusing on the life and work of George Laurence Nelson.

The first show will begin July 6 and be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment throughout the month.

"Who is GLN?" is a multifaceted history and art exhibit featuring the art and lives of the Nelson/Hirschberg family, who owned the historic Seven Hearths house in Kent for much of the 20th 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.

Never before have the works of the three artists been presented together the way they will be in this exhibit.

Set within Nelson's pre-Revolutionary Seven Hearths, which he donated to the historical society, the exhibit will examine the roots of the art and culture movement embedded in the Northwest Hills today.

The Litchfield Hills Art Colony would go on to play a meaningful role on a national scale in 20th 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.

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