The Mercer Museum’s new major exhibit, “200 Years of Bucks County Art,” opens in the Martin & Warwick Foundation Galleries Friday, March 20, and runs through Sept. 7.
Since its founding in 1880, the Bucks County Historical Society has collected works of art – fine and folk paintings, portraits and landscapes, genre and decorative works. Never before displayed together, this collection is the centerpiece of the Mercer Museum’s new exhibit, “200 Years of Bucks County Art.”
“Our audiences are often astonished by the extraordinary depth and breadth of the museum’s collections,” said Vice President of Collections and Interpretation Cory Amsler.
“I believe ‘200 Years of Bucks County Art’ will surprise once again as visitors discover the many remarkable paintings, drawings and watercolors featured, and encounter the artists – both prominent and obscure – who produced them.”
This exhibit highlights local portraiture and landscape painting by noted American artists and important regional painters, as well as numerous companion pieces, such as historical artifacts, documents and images from the Bucks County Historical Society collection that relate to the artists or their subjects.
The exhibit features over 100 works, including paintings by Charles Willson Peale, Edward Hicks, Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Hicks, Thomas Otter, William Lathrop and Daniel Garber, as well as by Jonathan and William Trego, Edward Trego, Samuel DuBois, Robert Street, Samuel Moon, and many others.
Notable works on display include “The Peaceable Kingdom” by Edward Hicks, “October” by Daniel Garber, an early self-portrait of Thomas Hicks and several of Henry Mercer’s pastels and illustrations.
The “200 Years of Bucks County Art” exhibition also offers audiences experiential opportunities to “step into” portraits and become part of the artwork.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the Mercer Museum will host a wide array of community programs from March through September, including special behind-the-scenes tours, evening lectures highlighting the society’s art collection and talks and demonstrations with well-known experts from the Smithsonian Institution. Up-to-date schedules are available at mercermuseum.org.
“We look forward to highlighting our vast collection of art and artifacts and sharing the fascinating stories behind the artists and their work,” said Mercer Museum Vice President of Community Services and Marketing Marjan Shirzad. “Our community programs for this exhibit offer our guests an opportunity to be inspired as well as entertained.”
Entrance to the exhibit is included with general museum admission. The Mercer Museum, at 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown, is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, visit mercermuseum.org.