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Recalling life of a local artist

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In 2004, I came into contact with this mild-mannered artist as he was putting the finishing touches on his “Laundromat series,” to be displayed in the art tour. These were paintings that depicted real people he had observed in everyday settings over a 10-year-period.

“I’ve been waiting a long time to do this series,” Kennedy told me.

“Before I went back to school, I was a carpenter and a house painter, and I went to many Laundromats. I would sketch people there, who usually did not know I was drawing them.”

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