Eighteen hundred and eighty-nine was the year painter William Lathrop came to Bucks County and founded an artist colony that would later be known as the New Hope School of Pennsylvania Impressionism.
Bucks County, its inimitable light qualities and spirited scenery of all seasons, attracted artists from far and wide.
Painters like Henry Snell, Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber, George Sotter, John Folinsbee, Harry Leith-Ross, Antonio Martino, Fern Coppedge, Rae Sloan Bredin, Kenneth Nunamaker, Walter Baum and many more came to paint, to settle, and to contribute their magic to the evolution of Bucks County’s thriving artistic and intellectual culture that remains vibrant to this day.
“The Beauty of Bucks County,” an exhibition of Pennsylvania Impressionism, was inspired by preservation efforts of the land, the history, and the cultural heritage of Bucks County.
The Heritage Conservancy’s dedication to the protection of significant open spaces, natural resources, and our historic heritage has resulted in the preservation of nearly 15,000 acres of open space, farmland, wildlife habitat, and important watershed areas in Bucks and Montgomery counties.
“The Beauty of Bucks County” is now open to the public following a celebration honoring community members and members of Heritage Conservancy.
To accompany this exhibition, Gratz Gallery, located at 5230 Silo Hill Road in Doylestown, has introduced the publication of “Artists of Bucks County Timeline – Early Impressionist Period.” This poster sized historic timeline records the arrival dates of the early and most influential Pennsylvania Impressionists to Bucks County, following the arrival of William Lathrop in 1889.
Heritage Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and protect our natural and historic heritage.
Based in Doylestown, and serving Bucks and Montgomery counties, Heritage Conservancy is committed to being the region’s premier, nationally accredited conservator.
They are a community-based organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of significant open spaces, natural resources, and our historic heritage.
A champion of conservation best practices, Heritage Conservancy believes that everyone is responsible for stewardship and seeks to enlighten, engage, and empower others to help achieve this mutual vision.
This preserved land helps to protect water quality and the quality of life for your community.
The Conservancy has also designated more than 600 historic structures on its Register of Historic Places, which recognizes the historic and architectural integrity of the structures that comprise the character of this region.
Heritage Conservancy’s national accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission affirms the organization’s commitment to excellence, trust and permanence.
To learn more about the organization and how to get involved, visit https://heritageconservancy.org/.
PHOTO CAP: Pictured is John Folinsbee’s (American, PA, ME, 1892 – 1972) “Delaware River and Lambertville”; 1930; oil on canvas.