The Silverman Gallery of Bucks County Impressionist Art presents “Anita Shrager: Changing Seasons,” her 2019 solo exhibition.
Join Shrager for her opening receptions this weekend, from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and again from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. The exhibition continues through Dec. 1.
The gallery is located in Buckingham Green, on Route 202, just south of Peddler’s Village, in Holicong.
Bucks County is well-known for the distinct beauty of its various seasons, and there is no place that Shrager would rather be than out painting in plein air.
Her paintings “Canal Bridge, Lambertville” and “Fleecydale Road” are set in two of her favorite locations. Local farms, gardens, river villages and the towpath are other places Shrager may have been seen out with her oils, palette and canvases. “Changing Seasons” captures the area’s notable offerings in Shrager’s unique, translucent and layered style.
Shrager knew with certitude from an early age that she was going to be an artist. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, she won a citywide full scholarship to the school of her choice. She decided on The Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts), where she graduated as an illustration and painting major. Later, she attended The Graduate School of Painting at Pratt Institute in New York City.
She worked as an illustrator and teacher, but for more than 40 years her passion has been portraying the color and light of the ocean and river towns of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
She has studied and painted with some of the most acclaimed artists in the country, including T.M. Nicholas, Kevin McPherson, Will Barnett and Irby Brown. Her journey brought her to the art community of New Hope, where she draws great inspiration from the past tradition of Pennsylvania Impressionism.
Her work has received recognition and national press, and won top honors from some of the most esteemed national organizations. Her awards include two gold medals from the National Arts Club in New York, where she was an exhibiting member for more than 10 years. Shrager has attained a long list of awards in the Delaware Valley, including three from the Phillips’ Mill Art Association of New Hope, and “Winter Creek” (Cuttalossa) was juried into the 90th annual Phillips’ Mill Art Show this year.
Shrager is currently a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club.
“Her ability to perceive light, form and color is equal to her facility in interpreting and expressing the subjects so privileged to be painted by her,” wrote fellow Bucks County artist Glenn Harrington.
Lynn Larson, former president of Art Goes to School in the Delaware Valley, added Shrager’s “Bear Creek” to her art collection.
“Her paintings are gracefully vibrant and uplifting. There is a purity and warmth in Anita’s painting, awakening a daily burst of happiness to this home,” Larson said. “She embraces nature’s radiant colors in her beautifully timeless landscapes of Colorado, the mountains, and snowy winters in Bucks County. I adore Anita’s work.”
Call 215-794-4300 for information. An online listing of Shrager’s available work can be found on the Silverman Gallery website. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, and by appointment.