Waco painter Kermit Oliver is hardly unknown.

His deeply allegorical work was included in the inaugural exhibition of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016. There was a retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2005. And curator Dave Hickey selected him for SITE Santa Fe’s fourth International Biennial in 2001.

Despite this storied history, Oliver has remained peripheral to the Texas art world and is best known as the postal worker who became the first American to design a scarf for the French fashion house Hermès.

Born into a family of ranch workers in Refugio, Texas, in 1943, Oliver would go on to study at Texas Southern University in Houston. Having decided against a career in teaching, and although exhibiting with Houston galleries, he took a job with the U.S. Postal Service. In 1984, he and his family moved to Waco. He

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During a Norwich Arts Center monthly Board of Directors meeting, Guy Smith of Mystic was voted in for a two-year term.

Guy was born in what he views as “New York City’s best borough, The Bronx.” He studied education and psychology in Florida and was a counselor for the hearing impaired at the Florida School of the Deaf & Blind, Ray Charles’ alma mater. Guy moved on to Orlando, where he was manager of the Disney Institute and has also worked in health care as a people strategist. Guy has lived in New York City, St. Augustine, Orlando, Dallas, Nashville and now Mystic — and art has always been by his side.

“I’ve found that most artists, in some way, are storytellers,” Smith said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to live following both my passions – Speaking and Paintography. Paintography is a relatively recent art form/expression that combines

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VERNON — Arts Center East in Vernon presents the Biennial Regional Show of the New England Watercolor Society, through Sunday, Oct. 31.

The show, juried and judged by acclaimed artist Anni Crouter AWS, SAA, features 66 watercolor paintings from all six New England states.

The New England Watercolor Society (NEWS) sponsors numerous shows throughout each year, but only the Biennial (Regional in odd years and North American in even) is open to nonmembers, and only acceptance to the biennial counts toward earning Signature Membership in NEWS. This is the first NEWS Biennial hosted by a Connecticut gallery in more than a decade.

Arts Center East is at 709 Hartford Turnpike. The gallery is open Thursday–Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Visitors are required to wear masks in the building.

Arts of Tolland, 22 Tolland Green, wil host local contemporary landscape artist Blanche Serban during October.

Gallery hours are on Wednesday

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