So what do a crazy horse, strawberries, art and twin mansions all have in common? Find out at a new exhibit at the Winona County History Center and see Rockwell Kent in Winona, February 1 – March 31, as part of The Rockwell Kent Centennial Festival (Feb. 6-10). Explore Kent’s time in Winona during 1912-13 and the people he befriended. Kent was the builder for the twin Georgian mansions of Briarcombe Farm, belonging to lumber baron William H. Laird’s two daughters, Frances Bell and Maude Prentiss. Kent also befriended Winona musician Carl Ruggles, held an art show at the Winona Public Library and created some chaos with his wild horse down the quiet streets of the river town, Winona.
Artifacts on exhibit include the original color architectural drawings of Briarcombe done by Kent, Prentiss and Bell family items, and more from the Winona County Historical Society collections, as well as an original wood cut engraving by Kent that was an invitation to Kent’s farewell feast held at the completed Briarcombe farm courtesy, Study Collection of Jake Milgram Wien. Visitors will also take a virtual tour of Briarcombe today through a video featuring commentary from Maude’s great grand-daughter, Laurie Lucas, and Festival organizer, Taff Roberts.
Join us for a Progressive Exhibit Opening February 6 to kick off the festival! Start at the Watkins Gallery at Winona State University at 4 p.m., then check out the Lillian Davis Hogan Gallery at Saint Mary’s University and the Marine Art Museum at 5 p.m. and then the Winona County History Center at 6 p.m. for dessert.
Log onto www.rockwellkentwinona.org to learn more about the festival and other Rockwell Kent exhibits and activities going on February 6 - 10. Plan your visit to the History Center online at www.winonahistory.org or call 507-454-2723 for more information.