To promote community art, the Michener collaborates with Hortulus Farm

To promote community art, the Michener collaborates with Hortulus Farm

"Akebono: Dawn of the New Spring" by James Fuhrman

“Akebono: Dawn of the New Spring” by James Fuhrman

The Michener Art Museum has partnered with Hortulus Farm, a nonprofit 18th-century farmstead comprising 100 acres in Wrightstown, PA, to showcase the work of regional sculptors. The first jointly arranged installation, called “Contemplative Spaces,” features monumental pieces created by James Fuhrman, whose large-scale sculptures explore the connections between humans and the natural world. Fuhrman’s work was presented in an exhibition at the Michener Art Museum in 2008.

Lisa Tremper Hanover, director and CEO of the Michener Art Museum, recognized the opportunity to realize the mission of the Michener—to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit American art, and promote the work of nationally and internationally known Bucks County artists of all eras and creative disciplines—on a gorgeous “adjunct” property that is also a publicly accessible nonprofit.

“It’s a win-win arrangement,” said Hanover. “Expanding exhibition opportunities benefits the public, the vibrant arts community in Bucks County, and the living artists whose work is on display.”

Hortulus Farm has extended an invitation to all Michener supporters to attend a reception with the artist from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, July 28. Admission to the reception is free.

Hortulus Farm is operated under the auspices of The Hortulus Farm Foundation, a nonprofit organization that first opened its gardens to the public in 2005. Created and owned by garden and event designer Renny Reynolds and garden author Jack Staub, Hortulus Farm has been called one of Pennsylvania’s secret treasures. The Farm is located at 60 Thompson Mill Road in Wrightstown, PA.