Art and the River


Art and the River

June 13, 2008 - October 5, 2008

Sponsored by Jim’s of Lambertville Fine Art Gallery. Additional funding was provided by Lou & Carol Della Penna, Marsha Brown Creole Kitchen at the Olde Stone Church, Nouveau Magazine, Park Place Antique Jewelry, and Lambertville House. Annual support is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Bucks County Commissioners, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, with additional funding by a grant from the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Heritage Area Program.

The James A. Michener Art Museum in New Hope celebrated the iconic influence of Bucks County’s waterways, the Delaware River, and the Delaware Canal, as a powerful pull on regional landscape artists in Art and the River. This exhibition of over 50 works of nearly 40 artists featured historic and contemporary paintings, drawings and photographs from important institutional and private collections across the United States. Artists included in Art and the River ranged from classic Pennsylvania Impressionist painters such as William L. Lathrop, Harry Leith-Ross, Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield and George Sotter through the New Hope Modernist era of the 1930s including C.F. Ramsay, B.J.O. Nordfeldt and R.A.D. Miller, to the diverse group of artists who are continuing the visual tradition in Bucks County today, such as Randl Bye, Diane Burko and Paul Matthews.

‘Since early times, the gorgeous vistas along the Delaware River and Canal have lured artists to their shores for subject matter,’ says Erika Jaeger-Smith, Associate Curator of Exhibitions at the Museum. ‘These waterways have been celebrated in countless paintings, drawings and photographs, no matter what the prevailing style of art happened to be in a given decade or century. Part of my concept is to underscore this enduring subject in the present day.’

In conjunction with this exhibition, the Museum offered a special lecture, ‘The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and State Heritage Area’, presented by Elissa G. Thorne, Vice President of Heritage Programs with the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Currently, her work with the Landmark Towns of Bucks County focuses on boosting the economies of Delaware River communities through public and private partnerships while preserving and enhancing heritage, natural, and cultural resources. This lecture took place Thursday, July 10, 2008, at 2:00 p.m., at Occasions, adjacent to the Museum.