“The Beauty of Bucks County, an exhibition of works by Pennsylvania Impressionists, opens to the public at Gratz Gallery on Oct. 6, following an invitational celebration to honor community members and members of Heritage Conservancy.
The exhibition was inspired by the preservation efforts of the land, the history and cultural traditions by the Heritage Conservancy
That local organization’s dedication to the protection of significant open spaces, natural resources, and our historic heritage has resulted in the preservation of nearly 15,000 acres of open space, farmland, wildlife habitat, and important watershed areas in Bucks and Montgomery counties.
“It seemed like a natural choice to partner with Heritage Conservancy in this special exhibition and dedicate a portion of the proceeds to their mission,” said Paul Gratz, owner of the gallery.
To accompany the important exhibition, Gratz Gallery is introducing the publication of “Artists of Bucks County Timeline – Early Impressionist Period.” The poster-sized historic timeline records the arrival dates of the early and most influential Pennsylvania Impressionists to Bucks County, following the arrival of William Lathrop in 1889.
Gratz Gallery created the testimonial timeline to share with the community of art and history enthusiasts, and to contribute to the preservation of Bucks County’s cultural heritage.
Painter William Lathrop founded an artist colony that would later be known as the New Hope School of Pennsylvania Impressionism.
Bucks County, its inimitable light qualities and spirited scenery of all seasons attracted artists from far and wide. Painters like Henry Snell, Edward Redfield , Daniel Garber, George Sotter, John Folinsbee, Harry Leith-Ross, Antonio Martino, Fern Coppedge, Rae Sloan Bredin, Kenneth Nunamaker, Walter Baum and many more came to paint, to settle, and to contribute to the evolution of the thriving artistic and intellectual culture that remains vibrant today.
Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio is at 5230 Silo Hill Road, Doylestown. View the collection at gratzgallery.com.