A reception this evening will unveil the recent works of Bridgeport’s new art czar, but the gathering is up in Hartford where for many years he was executive director for the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Yes, Kenneth Kahn doesn’t just promote the arts, he’s also an accomplished painter.
The exhibit, “A Year in Pompano,” was inspired by Kahn’s time spent in South Florida during the past year, where he served as public art administrator of Broward County’s Cultural Division.
Kahn is donating 25 percent of the proceeds of the sale of his work to benefit the Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign. Here’s a price list and more information.
According to the council’s press release, the works are primarily 5″x7″ works on board, with several pieces ranging up to 10″x14.” The collection “offers the vision of sun-soaked, salt-sprayed South Florida coastal living, including paintings focusing on beach cottages, people frolicking on the sand, beach horizon lines spotted with ocean-going vessels, clusters of boats, and rosy sunsets.”
“I hope my quickly painted oil sketches of South Florida landscape subjects speak directly to you in a compelling way even if the work is unassuming and makes no great demands on your senses or on those of would-be art ‘crickets’,” said Kahn. “I spent early mornings, late afternoons, and weekends during the past year with paint, in order to connect with my surroundings, mostly in Pompano and Ft. Lauderdale and a bit in Miami Beach, an old haunt where I lived during my tenure as Director of the Miami Dade Cultural Affairs Department all through the ’80s.”
The Greater Hartford Welcome Center, 45 Pratt St., Hartford, (860) 244-0253
Kenneth Kahn: A Year in Pompano, Through June 7—Aug. 6, 2010.
Artists’ reception: Tues., July 6, 5:30—7 p.m.