April 25, 1995 |
Daniel Garber, the late Bucks County impressionist, loved to paint from real life. That's how he created The White Porch, one of his earlier and most memorable works, on the spur of the moment in 1909. Garber's granddaughter, Dana Garber Applestein of Doylestown, recently recalled the now-legendary story during a telephone interview. While driving his pickup truck along River Road, on his way to collect the mail in Pleasantville, Garber came across a white porch where houseplants had just been set out. The serene view, with its exquisite play of natural light, stunned him. He quickly got permission from the owner to paint the scene and rushed home for a canvas, his paint box, paintbrushes and his wife, May Franklin Garber, who brought along a kimono to wear while posing in a rocking chair on the porch.
August 26, 1993 |
"To know me now you would have to know the place. Everyone knows it's half of me. " - Daniel Garber, 1929, writing about Cuttalossa. It's there, in the shadow. Cuttalossa. Look closely at The Studio Wall, the Daniel Garber painting featured in a new exhibit of Bucks County artists at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. Garber's portrait of his wife, Mary, standing by a wall in his studio, captures the shadow cast by the studio's French doors. And in the shadow is a hint of the enchanted world Garber created just outside those doors - the 10-acre former mill not far from New Hope where he settled in 1907, then rebuilt into a lush, flower-filled oasis as dream-like as the landscapes he is noted for. He called the estate, along a narrow, winding road off Route 32, Cuttalossa.
February 15, 1994 |
In the summer of 1992, author James A. Michener set a challenge for the art museum in Doylestown that bears his name. If the museum could generate gifts of at least 40 museum-quality works by artists associated with Bucks County, Michener would enrich the museum's endowment by $500,000. The idea, Michener explained at the time, was to build up the museum's collection of Bucks County art by encouraging area residents to participate in the museum's growth. As it developed, the museum went well over the top of Michener's goal.
April 16, 1997 |
Grace Berst d'Entremont, 84, of Feasterville, an artist whose works hang in buildings designed by her architect husband, died Sunday at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mrs. d'Entremont was born in China's Hunan Province, the daughter of medical missionaries who spent 35 years in China. Her early education came in China, and she spent her high school years in Orlando, Fla. After graduation, she spent a year with grandparents in Erie, then accepted a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
April 24, 1994 |
The big event at the James A. Michener Art Museum this spring and summer is the exhibit devoted to "Masterworks of American Impressionism: Edward Redfield and the New Hope Group. " The display contains 34 items. The title is a bit grandiose for its contents, though undoubtedly three of the seven featured artists may be considered full-fledged masters - Edward W. Redfield, Daniel Garber and Robert Spencer. Some first-rate large paintings are in the show, enough to suggest a general outline of Pennsylvania impressionism.
October 1, 1995 |
BEFORE civilization intruded, Pennsylvania's Delaware Water Gap was the domain for all that was natural and beautiful. Near the river's edge, where effervescent light, shadows and reflections beckoned from the mountains in the distance, deer pranced through the foliage at the feet of statuesque sycamore trees. Bucks County landscape artist Daniel Garber captured this pristine setting in his celebrated mural A Wooded Watershed, on view in the borough through Nov. 12 at the James A. Michener Art Museum.
June 11, 1992 |
As 100 supporters cheered him on, Doylestown's Pulitzer-Prize winning author James A. Michener yesterday heralded the $1.65 million expansion of the Bucks County art museum that bears his name. "Neighbors, to turn this old jail into an art museum is a monumental act and one that speaks well for the future," the author told the people assembled on the lawn of the James A. Michener museum in Doylestown. Michener, author of Hawaii, Centennial and Chesapeake, and his wife, Mari, agreeably posed for photos with a ceremonial shovel, decorated with marbleized motifs by Bucks County artist Robert Dodge.
December 11, 1993 |
A major collection of paintings by artists of the Bucks County school will be offered next week by the Alderfer Auction company - including an Edward Redfield landscape that may sell for more than $100,000. The landscape done by Redfield is one of 15 in the collection, which also contains works by George W. Sotter, Fern Coppedge and Henry Snell. The pictures are part of Alderfer's Holiday Auction, a catalogue sale that will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Alderfer Auction Center, 501 Fairgrounds Rd., Hatfield.
September 6, 2002 |
Quita Brodhead, 101, of Wayne, a prolific painter, died of colon cancer Wednesday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mrs. Brodhead's work evolved over a career that spanned more than 80 years from figurative still-lifes and portraits to abstracts, and then to a series of spirals and circles. The common thread in her painting was vivid color and luminosity. Marie Waggaman Berl was born in Wilmington and acquired her nickname from her father, who called her Mariequita - "little Marie. " She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she struggled in the required drawing class.
March 2, 2002 |
The Alderfer Auction Co.'s two-day catalog sale next week is attracting nationwide attention, thanks to a landscape by Daniel Garber that is expected to sell for $180,000 to $200,000 at the auction's first session Wednesday. But another suburban auction Wednesday is also drawing notice, thanks to its unusual main offering: a complete barbershop interior. Dating to the 1930s, the interior will be offered by Evans Auction at a sale beginning at 6 p.m. in Hulmeville. Auctioneer Bob Evans plans to sell the whole shop as a unit, whatever the price.