Event details

  • Thursday | September 30, 2021
  • 11:30 am

Thursday, September 30 11:30 a.m./

THE GENIUS BELT with KATHLEEN ABBROGI, docent Michener Museum This Art Talk travels Bucks County’s “Genius Belt,” an area with a rich and extensive artistic tradition. The story begins with the 19th century’s best-known primitive painter, Edward Hicks, and continues to a turn-of-the-century Impressionist art colony establishing itself in the New Hope area along the Delaware River. Such notables as Daniel Garber and Edward Redfield were among a group of more than eighty artists in the area who would come to be known as the Pennsylvania Impressionists. They were followed by Studio Craftspeople, such as George Nakashima and Phillip Lloyd Powell, and Modernist painters like Lloyd Ney. Literary and theatrical figures — including Pearl Buck, James Michener, and Oscar Hammerstein — added new energy as the area began to flourish as a cultural destination. The Bucks County Playhouse played an important part in the process by bringing New York to New Hope, enhancing the “Golden Years” of this creative hub nestled in an idyllic setting. Join us for a journey through art and history, as our remarkable story unfolds, enhanced by images from The Michener Art Museum’s extensive collection of regional art. Kathleen Ambrogi has been a teacher of Art, Literature, and Information Technology, both in the US and abroad. This life experience suits her perfectly in her role of docent at the James A. Michener Art Museum, where she has created and presented a variety of programs for visitors and for groups meeting offsite. Her broad knowledge base includes such regional topics as the Pennsylvania Impressionists and Grace Kelly, along with more universal subjects, such as Fashion of the Twentieth Century. Each presentation is intended to be both informative and entertaining, with an eye to the audience’s interests and experiences. Dr. Phyllis Gotkin has agreed to give us a personal tour of the newly remodeled Philadelphia Museum of Art. As soon as the Museum is scheduling these, I will make a reservation. This is for Adult Ed registrants only, who are also members of the Museum. There will be an additional charge since this is a personal group tour. Phyllis will show us the paintings about which she has spoken.


ADULT EDUCATION: CLICK TO JOIN! Thursdays | 11:30 am Meeting ID: 863 810 961

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