Modernist Exhibit To Open Saturday

Posted: February 07, 1991

The Impressionists were not the only painters to leave a lasting impression on Bucks County's 20th-century art scene. The New Hope Modernists blossomed during the '30s and '40s and added to the town's reputation as an artists' community. The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown is exhibiting the works of more than 20 of these Modernists in an exhibit that opens Saturday and runs through April 28.

Elsie Driggs, Lee Gatch, Henry Baker and Ethel Wallace are just a few of the Modernists who will be represented. They crafted experimental works that departed from the landscapes painted by the Impressionists. The Modernists were known for their bold, vivid use of color and abstract forms and concepts.

The Michener Art Museum is at 138 S. Pine St. in Doylestown. Admission is $3 for adults; $2.50 for senior citizens and $1.50 for students. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 340-9800.


The "distorted reality" of artist Willi Schiener will be on display at the Silver Lake Gallery in Yardley from Sunday through March 16. Schiener was born in Germany and came to the United States in 1963. His style is surrealistic and photo-realistic; his favored media are oil paintings and detailed wood sculptures.

There will be a special reception to celebrate the exhibit's opening, on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gallery, 90 W. Afton Ave., Yardley. For information, call 321-9191.

Searching for something different to talk about on Valentine's Day? How about 19th-century Valentine's trivia?

The Mercer Museum in Doylestown will present a light-hearted lecture on Victorian Valentines at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Elkins Gallery. Terry McNealy, Bucks County Historical Society Librarian, will lead the lecture.

Museum admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for senior citizens, and $1.50 for students. For information, call 345-0210.

Book lovers of all ages are invited to participate in the spring Book Discussion Group that will be held on selected Thursday nights through May, at Bucks County Community College in Newtown. The group's first meeting is tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Room 12 of the college's library. The book to be discussed is The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing.

On Feb. 28 the Group will explore the tragedy of King Lear by William Shakespeare. Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant by popular novelist Anne Tyler will be examined on March 14 and William Wharton's Birdy, which was set in Philadelphia, is scheduled for April 11. May will begin with a discussion of Perfume by Patrick Susskind on May 2. The series will conclude on May 23 with As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner.

Admission is free. For information, call 348-8212.

For literati who prefer verse, Bucks County Community College is presenting Irish poet Paul Muldoon on Feb. 15. He will read from his works, which include four published books of poetry: New Weather, Mules, Why Brownlee Left and Meeting The British.

The reading is free and will take place in Room 239 in Founder's Hall. For information, call 968-8150.

Neighbors welcomes news about art and entertainment in Bucks County. Send information, including a telephone number, to Kathryn Quigley, Bucks County Neighbors, 830 Town Center Drive, Langhorne, Pa. 19047.

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