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For Release Prior to December 5, 2008 For further information contact:

Paul or Harriet Gratz (215) 862-4300 / (215) 348-1428

In a holiday celebration exhibition,

New Hope’s Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio presents

Pennsylvania Painters

Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio will be presenting a holiday celebration exhibition from Sunday, December 7 through Saturday, January 31, 2009. A preview reception will be held Saturday, December 6th, 6 to 9 pm. This year’s exhibition, Pennsylvania Painters, highlights many Pennsylvania Impressionist artists, including Walter Baum, Rae Sloan Bredin, William Lathrop, Harry Leith-Ross, Arthur Meltzer, Antonio Martino, M. E. Price, Edward Redfield, George Sotter and others. Philadelphia Ten painters Constance Cochrane, Nancy Ferguson and Cora Brooks are included. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts painters are featured as well, including works by Hugh Breckenridge, Hermann Herzog, Leon Kelly and Leonard Nelson.

Paul Gratz, owner and head-conservator of Gratz Gallery, trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, among other places. It was at the Academy that he gained his interest in painters from the Academy and, ever since, has been collecting work by Academy artists. Gratz’s expertise has been focused on Pennsylvania painters’ significant and important contribution to the American Impressionist movement. This year’s holiday exhibition features works by many of the members of The New Hope Circle, the group of painters from the geographic area of the Delaware Valley surrounding New Hope. Art historian Sam Hunter first wrote of this group in his 1984 book and exhibition catalog American Impressionism: The New Hope Circle for The Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Today, the New Hope Circle is recognized nationally, if not internationally, as among the most eminent of the contributing groups to the American Impressionist art movement.

The Philadelphia Ten, founded in 1917, provided a forum for professional camaraderie and aggressive self-promotion among women artists in a male-dominated art establishment. Many had studied at the Philadelphia School of Design (now Moore College of Art and Design). Fewer were students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally organized before women had the constitutional right to vote in the United States, The Philadelphia Ten enjoyed a hugely successful annual exhibition schedule in its nearly thirty-year lifespan. Given their important and impressive place in the history of American Impressionism, Gratz has developed a keen interest in this group of women artists for both the aesthetic quality and investment value of their work. A variety of canvases of various Philadelphia Ten members are included in the December exhibition.

A catalog of the show will be available on the Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio website prior to the event. The Gallery will be closed from Wednesday, December 3 through December 6 for the installation of the exhibition.

Located at 30 West Bridge Street in New Hope, The Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio features 19th and 20th century American Art, as well as museum quality fine art conservation services and custom framing. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sundays, 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m., as well as by appointment. Call 215-862-4300 or visit the Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio website at

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