The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College invites the community to the exhibition, “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony” on view from March 9 through April 24. This comprehensive exhibition features, for the first time, one of the Reading Public Museum’s greatest strengths—its collection of works by American Impressionists. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “American Impressionism” exhibition on March 20, followed by a hands-on workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All are welcome, no registration necessary.
The exhibition includes 50 oil paintings and nearly 20 works on paper dating from the 1880s through the 1940s. Outstanding landscapes—ranging from snow covered hills to sun filled harbors—seascapes, penetrating portraits, and remarkable still lifes, imbued with rich textures, reveal the artists’ interest in capturing effects of light and atmosphere in their work.
For more information, visit www.sjc.edu/mitchellgallery or call 410-626-2556.
The “American Impressionism” exhibition is arranged according to the artists’ colonies that played a critical role in the development of American Impressionism, including those at Cos Cob and Old Lyme in Connecticut; Cape Cod, Cape Ann, and Rockport in Massachusetts; New Hope and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; Taos, New Mexico; and California. In addition, American expatriate artists such as Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent are examined.
Other leading artists of the movement include William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson, Julian Alden Weir, John Twachtman, Chauncey Ryder, Frank W. Benson, William Paxton, Abbott Thayer, Guy Wiggins, Charles Webster Hawthorne, Colin Campbell Cooper, Daniel Garber, and Edward Redfield, among others. This exhibition is generously supported by the Helena Foundation.
Exhibition-related events include:
March 11 Members Preview Reception. Be the first to preview the “American Impressionism” exhibition at this elegant wine and hors d’oeuvres reception from 6 to 8 p.m. By invitation only.
March 23 Lecture. Scott Schweigert, curator of art and civilization at the Reading Public Museum, will lecture on “American Impressionism through the Lens of the Artists’ Colonies” at 5:30 p.m. in the Conversation Room, across from the Gallery.
March 29 Tuesday Try-It. Artist Abigail McBride will lead a workshop on Impressionist palettes from 3-4:30 p.m. No experience necessary. Basic materials will be provided. Registration is required: 410-626-2530.
April 7 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the “American Impressionism” exhibition followed by a discussion of Strapless by Deborah Davis from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required: 410-626-2530.
April 13 Art Express Lunchtime Tour. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give a lunchtime gallery talk on the “American Impressionism” exhibition from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
April 17 Sunday Afternoon Lecture. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “American Impressionism” exhibition at 3 p.m.