PA First Lady Michele Ridge Opens PA Impressionism Exhibit, Starts Governor's Residence Spring Tours

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the First Lady

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- On behalf of Pennsylvania
 Gov. Tom Ridge, First Lady Michele M. Ridge today announced that a collection
 of works by a group of painters known as the "Pennsylvania School" will be on
 display at the Governor's Residence during the spring public tour season,
 which opens Tuesday, April 3.
     "We are proud to continue the tradition of showcasing important
 Pennsylvania artists in the Governor's Residence," Mrs. Ridge said.  "The
 gifted artists who make up this school truly bring the beauty of our
 Commonwealth's rural attributes alive.  Their powerful paintings highlight one
 of the most important movements in regional art and an important stop on the
 `Pennsylvania Trail of History.'"
     "Pennsylvania Impressionist Paintings from the Collection of Marguerite
 and Gerry Lenfest" include 24 paintings by 17 artists associated with the
 artist colony in New Hope, Bucks County, established in the late 19th century.
 The exhibit, on loan from the personal collection of Marguerite and Gerry
 Lenfest and the James A. Michener Art Museum, Bucks County, will be open to
 the public by reservations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 3 to June 28.
     "The New Hope school is identified with some of America's leading
 landscape artists," Mrs. Ridge said.  "Their paintings bring the countryside
 of Bucks County to life and inspire a great respect and love for nature,
 adding to Pennsylvania's rich artistic heritage."
     The New Hope Artist Colony owes its roots and longevity to Edward W.
 Redfield, a notable painter whose presence lent consequence to the group in
 its infancy and whose approach to landscape painting inspired students for
 generations; William L. Lathrop, also a well-known artist whose classes were
 extremely popular and who, along with his wife, Annie, was the nurturing force
 behind the movement; and Daniel Garber, a major artist and respected teacher,
 who had many students from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in
 Philadelphia follow him to Bucks County.
     The Governor's Residence has proudly hosted exhibits showcasing such
 world-renowned artists as Andy Warhol; Rembrandt Peale; N.C., Andrew and Jamie
 Wyeth; and the only existing artist palette of the father of modern art, Paul
 Cezanne.
     Free guided tours will be available at the Residence on Tuesdays and
 Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. through June 28.  Advance reservations
 are required and can be obtained by calling (717) 772-9130.
     More than 12,000 visitors tour the home of Pennsylvania's First Family
 each year.
 
     CONTACT:  Sally Bair of Pennsylvania Office of the First Lady,
 717-787-1965.
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the First Lady
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- On behalf of Pennsylvania
 Gov. Tom Ridge, First Lady Michele M. Ridge today announced that a collection
 of works by a group of painters known as the "Pennsylvania School" will be on
 display at the Governor's Residence during the spring public tour season,
 which opens Tuesday, April 3.
     "We are proud to continue the tradition of showcasing important
 Pennsylvania artists in the Governor's Residence," Mrs. Ridge said.  "The
 gifted artists who make up this school truly bring the beauty of our
 Commonwealth's rural attributes alive.  Their powerful paintings highlight one
 of the most important movements in regional art and an important stop on the
 `Pennsylvania Trail of History.'"
     "Pennsylvania Impressionist Paintings from the Collection of Marguerite
 and Gerry Lenfest" include 24 paintings by 17 artists associated with the
 artist colony in New Hope, Bucks County, established in the late 19th century.
 The exhibit, on loan from the personal collection of Marguerite and Gerry
 Lenfest and the James A. Michener Art Museum, Bucks County, will be open to
 the public by reservations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 3 to June 28.
     "The New Hope school is identified with some of America's leading
 landscape artists," Mrs. Ridge said.  "Their paintings bring the countryside
 of Bucks County to life and inspire a great respect and love for nature,
 adding to Pennsylvania's rich artistic heritage."
     The New Hope Artist Colony owes its roots and longevity to Edward W.
 Redfield, a notable painter whose presence lent consequence to the group in
 its infancy and whose approach to landscape painting inspired students for
 generations; William L. Lathrop, also a well-known artist whose classes were
 extremely popular and who, along with his wife, Annie, was the nurturing force
 behind the movement; and Daniel Garber, a major artist and respected teacher,
 who had many students from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in
 Philadelphia follow him to Bucks County.
     The Governor's Residence has proudly hosted exhibits showcasing such
 world-renowned artists as Andy Warhol; Rembrandt Peale; N.C., Andrew and Jamie
 Wyeth; and the only existing artist palette of the father of modern art, Paul
 Cezanne.
     Free guided tours will be available at the Residence on Tuesdays and
 Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. through June 28.  Advance reservations
 are required and can be obtained by calling (717) 772-9130.
     More than 12,000 visitors tour the home of Pennsylvania's First Family
 each year.
 
     CONTACT:  Sally Bair of Pennsylvania Office of the First Lady,
 717-787-1965.
 
 SOURCE  Pennsylvania Office of the First Lady