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Being Elizabeth Tashjian

Can there be a more appropriate name for a movie about 91-year-old Elizabeth Tashjian, the eccentric artist who launched a late-in-life career as curator of nuts at the Nut Museum in Old Lyme?

“In a Nutshell,'' which debuts at 6 p.m. Friday at Connecticut College, is a documentary by Don Bernier about Tashjian's life. She was a first generation American of aristocratic Armenian immigrants, and her journey through life includes chapters as a concert violinist, award-winning painter studying at the National Academy of Design in New York, and a Christian Science healer. At age 60, she created the Nut Museum and opened her home to thousands. After falling ill at home, Tashjian lost her home and is now confined at a nursing home. Her house was sold at auction.

The film coincides with the exhibition at Lyman Allyn Museum called “The Nut Museum: Visionary Art of Elizabeth Tashjian.''

Kathleen Edgecomb

“In a Nutshell: A Portrait of Elizabeth Tashjian'' premieres at 6 p.m. Friday at Blaustein Humanities Center, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London. A reception begins at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For reservations, call 443-2545, x112.
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