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Curator and Artists Speak About Paintings of the Susquehanna River

Photo Caption: Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900), Starrucca Viaduct, 1865. Oil on canvas, 22 3/8 x 36 3/8 in. Toledo Museum of Art; purchased with funds from the Florence Scott Libbey Bequest in Memory of her Father, Maurice A. Scott

Curator and Artists Speak About Paintings of the Susquehanna River

Held in conjunction with the exhibition, Visions of the Susquehanna: 250
Years of Paintings by American Masters, the Washington County Museum of Fine
Arts will host a Gallery Talk on Sunday, September 30, 2007 at 2:30pm.
Guest exhibition curator Rob Evans and a group of artists who paint the magnificent Susquehanna River will take visitors on a personal tour of the exhibit.
Pennsylvania artist and independent curator Rob Evans has assembled both historic and contemporary paintings to create this engaging visual history of the Susquehanna River that flows through New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Evans will discuss the creation of the exhibition, exploring the fascinating artistic heritage of the Susquehanna River that he knows and loves. Evans and fellow artists George Sorrels, John David Wissler, Robert Patierno, Paul Caranicas and others will relate their experiences painting the river and reflect on their artistic predecessors and contemporaries whose works are in the exhibition. The speakers will gladly answer questions and sign exhibition catalogues.
Visions of the Susquehanna, on view until December 2, 2007, gathers two and a half centuries of art depicting the Susquehanna River from the eighteenth century to the present day. The exhibition begins with a rare 1767 landscape by American colonial artist Benjamin West (1738-1820) and continues with depictions of the lovely green mountains and tree-lined shallows of the Susquehanna River basin by nineteenth-century masters such as George Inness (1825-1894). The human history of the river plays out across the nineteenth century in works by such major artists as Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900) and Thomas Moran (1837-1926) who depicted the growth of farms, towns, railroads and viaducts along the river. Natural beauty continues to vie with industrialization and pollution in contemporary paintings like Paul Caranicas's (b. 1946) 1993 depiction of the Three Mile Island Nuclear plant and Rob Evans' (b. 1959) haunting 1997 view of birds migrating above the river.
Sponsored by the Richard C. von Hess Foundation, Visions of the Susquehanna is mounted by the Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The lushly illustrated catalogue Visions of the Susquehanna: 250 Years of Paintings by American Masters, featuring essays by Rob Evans, Leo G. Mazow and David B. Dearinger, is available for purchase in the Museum Shop.
Thanks to the generosity of William and Anna Singer, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts opened on September 16, 1931 as the focal point of Hagerstown=s beautiful City Park. The Museum specializes in 19th and 20th century American art and holds over 6,000 pieces in its permanent collection. This "crown jewel" of Washington County has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. The Museum is now in its 76th year of offering complimentary studio art courses, lectures, chamber music, concerts and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows to the people of Washington County and visitors to the quad-state (MD, PA, VA, WV) region. For more information on the Museum, please phone 301-739-5727 or visit Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 4pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

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