Press Release 4/22/17

(Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that South Kent artist Thomas Franken will have a retrospective of over 50 years of his artwork displayed in the Gallery in an exhibit titled, Then and Now, beginning May 1 until June 30, 2017.

Thomas Franken is an innovative and imaginative artist and designer. His portfolio encompasses oil paintings, silk-screen prints, collages, greeting cards, designs in wood, and graphic arts.

Oil paintings on canvas have been the primary medium for his art. The inspirations for his paintings have largely come from his travels throughout the United States and Europe, and from his local surroundings in the northwest corner of Connecticut. His interpretations are abstract and impressionistic and incorporate the use of bright, strong colors. There is a lively aspect to his work offering the viewer to have a positive interaction.

“I want my work to be enjoyed and to enrich the lives of people who come to view it. Since much of my work is abstract, I like when people have differing interpretations of what they see in my art,” shares Franken.

The quality and richness of the silk screened print attracted Franken to this medium. He began by creating exclusive card designs for The Metropolitan Opera, Georg Jensen, and UNICEF. Later he expanded to include larger scale works. Woodworking is another artistic medium that he has used to create decorative and functional one-of-a kind constructions.

A native New Yorker he now lives and works in South Kent, Connecticut. His art has been acquired by collectors and exhibited in a variety of galleries. He is on the Board of Directors of the Kent Art Association and a member of the Washington Art Association.

Come meet the artist at an opening reception on Saturday, May 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Gallery. It is free and open to the public. Please register. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to kentmemoriallibrary. The public is invited to attend.