New Hope Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio Presents Pennsylvania Painters

Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio of New Hope, Pennsylvania, will be presenting a holiday celebration exhibition from Sunday, December 7 through Saturday, January 31, 2009. A preview reception will be held Saturday, December 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. This year’s exhibition, “Pennsylvania Painters,” highlights many Pennsylvania Impressionist artists, including Walter Baum, Rae Sloan Bredin, William Lathrop, Harry Leith-Ross, Arthur Meltzer, Antonio Martino, M.E. Price, Edward Redfield, George Sotter and others. Philadelphia Ten painters Constance Cochrane, Nancy Ferguson and Cora Brooks are included. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts painters are featured as well, including works by Hugh Breckenridge, Hermann Herzog, Leon Kelly and Leonard Nelson.

Paul and Harriet Gratz have chosen Fisherman’s Mark as the recipient of a portion of the proceeds generated by this season’s celebration and exhibition. Fisherman’s Mark is a broad-based social services organization located in Lambertville, New Jersey, that provides invaluable support to families and individuals in need. Whether through its emergency support services, its accredited child care program or its various empowerment programs, Fisherman’s Mark makes a meaningful difference to many lives. Profits from every painting purchased during the exhibition will directly benefit Fisherman’s Mark through a single contribution by the gallery to the organization. For more information go to www.fishermansmark.org.

Paul Gratz, owner and head-conservator of Gratz Gallery, trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, among other places. It was at the Academy that he gained his interest in painters from the Academy and, ever since, has been collecting work by Academy artists. Gratz’s expertise has been focused on Pennsylvania painters’ significant and important contribution to the American Impressionist movement. This year’s holiday exhibition features works by many of the members of The New Hope Circle, the group of painters from the geographic area of the Delaware Valley surrounding New Hope. Art historian Sam Hunter first wrote of this group in his 1984 book and exhibition catalog American Impressionism: The New Hope Circle for The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Today, the New Hope Circle is recognized nationally, if not internationally, as among the most eminent of the contributing groups to the American Impressionist art movement.

†The Philadelphia Ten, founded in 1917, provided a forum for professional camaraderie and aggressive self-promotion among women artists in a male-dominated art establishment. Many had studied at the Philadelphia School of Design (now Moore College of Art and Design). Fewer were students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally organized before women had the constitutional right to vote in the United States, The Philadelphia Ten enjoyed a hugely successful annual exhibition schedule in its nearly thirty-year lifespan. Given their important and impressive place in the history of American Impressionism, Gratz has developed a keen interest in this group of women artists for both the aesthetic quality and investment value of their work. A variety of canvases of various Philadelphia Ten members are included in the December exhibition.

†A catalog of the show will be available on the Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio Web site prior to the event. The Gallery will be closed from Wednesday, December 3 through December 6 for the installation of the exhibition.

†Located at 30 West Bridge Street in New Hope, The Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio specializes in 19th- and 20th- century American paintings. In addition to art investment we also offer custom framing, and run a conservation studio specializing in the treatment and stabilization of oil paintings. We have over thirty years of conservation experience and have worked with an array of museums, historical societies, universities, government institutions, churches and private collections. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m., as well as by appointment. Call (215) 862-4300, or visit the Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio Web site at www.gratzgallery.com.

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