July 12, 2017
George Sotter: Light and Shadow will be on view from July 29 through December 31, 2017
Doylestown, PA — Beginning July 29, the James A. Michener Art Museum will present George Sotter: Light and Shadow, the largest-ever survey of the work of George Sotter (1879-1953), a Bucks County-based artist best known for his winter nocturnes. In addition to a significant investigation of Sotter’s nocturnal landscapes, the exhibition will feature tranquil marines and sunlit landscapes he produced throughout his career, and will introduce his work as a stained-glass artist. The exhibition will be on view through December 31, 2017.
“George Sotter is one of the most revered artists from the New Hope art colony, and this landmark survey of his work is a powerful reminder of the importance of the Pennsylvania Impressionist movement in the history of American art,” said Lisa Tremper Hanover, director and CEO of the Michener Art Museum. “We are looking forward to welcoming many new and returning visitors to our galleries for this opportunity to see many striking works that are rarely, if ever, on public view.”
In 1902, while studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, George Sotter discovered Bucks County. He spent that summer studying under Edward Redfield, who became a lifelong friend. After returning to his hometown of Pittsburgh to work in the stained glass studio of Horace Rudy and to teach at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) for nearly ten years, Sotter moved to Bucks County permanently. There, he redirected his energy towards painting, frequently rendering sweeping panoramic vistas of Bucks County hills.
The exhibition is organized by guest curator Valerie Ann Leeds, Ph.D., and will be complemented by curator talks and a guest lecture. For details, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition and will be available for purchase ($19.95) in the Museum Shop.
Advance tickets and group tours for George Sotter: Light and Shadow are available at MichenerArtMuseum.org or by calling 215.340.9800.
A member reception will be held on the evening of July 28, 2017, the day before the exhibition opens for public view. To become a Michener Art Museum member and receive an invitation, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org or call 215.340.9800 x110.
George Sotter: Light and Shadow is generously supported by Visit Bucks County, Kathy and Ted Fernberger, and Carol and Lou Della Penna. Additional support is provided by Bob and Joyce Byers, Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio, Syd and Sharon Martin, George and Patricia Miller, The Pfundt Foundation, Bob and Amy Welch, FREEMAN’S, Thomas and Karen Buckley, Dr. Willys Silvers, and Eleanor and Malcolm Polis. The publication is supported by the Virginia B. and William D. Williams Endowment Fund, Kathy and Ted Fernberger, and Carol and Lou Della Penna.
About the James A. Michener Art Museum
The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American art, and promotes the work of nationally and internationally known Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines. The museum presents exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions and offers diverse educational programs that develop a lifelong involvement in the arts. Throughout the year, the Michener Art Museum hosts a wide range of programs open to the public, including lectures, artists conversations, gallery talks, artist studio tours, dance performances, jazz performances, family-themed activities, and other events. The museum also offers diverse selection of art classes for children and adults, which include instruction in drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking as well as programs for the public, schools, and teachers designed to support arts education. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday noon – 5:00 pm. For more information, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org or call 215.340.9800.
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