Friday, September 1, 2017
"It's All in the Genes"- Family of Artists Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library
GRETCHEN HOFFMANN ABENE (Mother)
Gretchen Hoffmann Abene began painting at a very early age. Her independent study
with noted established artists such as Albert Handel, Daniel Green, Mario Cooper,
Frank Webb, David Dunlop, Ati Gropius Johansen and Christine Debrosky has
strengthened her pursuit of color relationship and composition in the painting process.
”I am most inspired by the spaces that have been enjoyed by all of the families of
beings on earth.” Gretchen continues to work within the Music and Art communities and
balances her creative and family life on a number of different continents. Gretchen is an
Elected Member of Kent Art Association.
KATHY L. BRAUN (Daughter)
Artist ~ Architect
A native of Cincinnati, Kathy Braun was raised in New York City. After a career as an actress, she moved to New Mexico where she pursued a degree in architecture. Kathy, a Registered Architect, received her BAA from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning and has her own practice which concentrates on residential work. She later returned to New York and now lives in Dutchess County with her husband and two Labrador retrievers. Kathy works primarily with watercolor, graphite pencil and photography. She is inspired by forgotten and discarded objects and buildings, the rich diversity of the southwest and northeast, and the simple things in life.
Roxanne Loudin (Niece)
Roxanne Loudin is a New York City native who draws inspiration from the multitude of urban and rural settings where she spent her childhood. She received her first camera while living in Oak Park, Illinois and later developed a passion for industrial architecture and abandoned spaces while exploring the deserted mills and military forts of New England’s rocky seacoast. Through the process of documenting these settings, she identified beauty in the emptiness of these environments and poetry in the words written by others as they had their own unique experience. This is a collection of the words, spaces, and people of her hometown.