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George Sotter: Light and Shadow

Organized by the James A. Michener Art Museum with Valerie Ann Leeds, Ph.D., Guest Curator

July 29 – December 31, 2017
Paton | Smith | Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries

George Sotter (1879-1953), Silent Night, 1932, oil on canvas. Carol and Louis Della Penna.
George Sotter (1879-1953), Brace’s Cove, n.d., oil on canvas. James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest.
George W. Sotter (1879-1953), Buckingham Mountain, n.d, oil on canvas, H. 36 x W. 40 inches, James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of Charles W. Hargens, Jr.

George Sotter (1879-1953), an artist strongly identified with Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is best known for his magical winter nocturnes, scenes made even more enchanting by the blanket of snow that is a recurring motif in his work. Equally evocative, however, are his tranquil marines and sunlit landscapes. Sotter was a master at rendering sweeping panoramic vistas of Bucks County’s hills, gently rolling under cumulous cloud-filled skies that create dramatic patterns of light and shadow. He was also well known for his work in stained glass. In addition to a significant investigation of Sotter’s nocturnal landscapes, Light and Shadow presents the various other types of landscape he produced throughout his career, introduces his work as a stained-glass artist, and examines the artistic exchange between the media in which he worked. Chronological and geographic in scope, the exhibition provides a regional context for the nocturne theme—the subject with which Sotter is most often recognized—and includes nocturne subjects by many of his Bucks County artistic contemporaries as well as some from further afield.

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.

 

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