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Nelson Holbrook White, inspired by his time in Florence and the legacy of academic training, continues to paint vibrant intersections of sky, earth, and water. His survey exhibition, "Nelson H. White: Scenic Spirit," will showcase about 30 works, including two by his father, Nelson Cooke White (1900-1989) and grandfather Henry Cooke White (1861-1952), at the New Britain Museum of American Art through Oct. 14.
The exhibition showcases White's landscapes and portraiture from 1980 to 2011. Taking viewers from the sandy beaches of Tuscany in "Bagno La Salute-Viareggio, Italy" to a picturesque waterfront in "The Marsh-Waterford, CT," White believes "the essential objective of art is to render beauty." (White is a Waterford native.)
The museum at 56 Lexington St., New Britain, is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri. (till 8 p.m. Thurs.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., and noon-5 p.m. Sun.; Admission is $12 adults, $10 senior citizens, $8 students, free kids under 12. Admissionis also free from 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Call (860) 229-0257 or visit nbmaa.org.