One hundred years ago the Panama Canal linked east to west, opening for the first time in history a water passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Now the Panama Canal Expansion Project, slated for completion in 2016, will open a new water lane to more and larger ships. Celebrating today's Panama project, "Oh Panama! Jonas Lie Paints the Panama Canal" looks back to the determined and spirited efforts of the architects and crews who accomplished the 1914 canal that was captured in paintings by Jonas Lie from the West Point Museum Collection, United States Military Academy. Lie's paintings continue today to impress viewers as a sublime and beautiful document of man's relentless quest to conquer nature and harness its riches.
Best known for his 1985 "National Geographic" cover photograph "Afghan Girl," Steve McCurry continues to fascinate with his stunning photographs of locations from around the globe. This exhibition will highlight images taken throughout his decades-long relationship with Afghanistan, its landscape and, most importantly, its people. Visitors will be able to view both new and familiar photographs and experience Afghanistan through McCurry's thought-provoking and visually arresting lens.
Celebrate fall with a unique and stunning piece of jewelry from Bucks County designer Sherry Tinsman. Splurge on pieces made from sterling silver and 14k gold yellow or rose accents with occasional brass or copper highlights, and add a touch of whimsy with pearls or semi-precious stones. Meet Sherry and her staff, and treat yourself to a beautiful piece of wearable art.
"Jazz Night" is an all-inclusive evening that features an hors d'oeuvres reception and open gallery viewing from 8 to 10 p.m, plus live music starting at 8:30 p.m. Tonight's featured artist is vocalist Wendy Simon, who'll be joined by pianist Aaron Graves, drummer Craig McIver and bassist Steve Beskrone.
By examining contemporary artists, speaker John Caperton will discuss a new generation of documentary photographers who are authoring books, using the web, and pioneering digital tools in novel ways to share pressing local and global topics.
"Shifting the Limits: Robert Engman's Structural Sculpture" is the first monographic exhibition of Engman's work in decades. He is best known locally for his large public sculpture, especially works installed in Philadelphia such as Triune, located opposite City Hall. The exhibition will focus on Engman's more intimately sized sculpture and jewelry, accompanied by the existing book, "Robert Engman: Structural Sculpture" (Schiffer, 2012).
"The Death of Impressionism?: Disruption & Innovation in Art" explores the significance of Impressionism in the Delaware Valley Region through juxtapositions of Impressionist paintings with more modernist works, or through examinations of transitional moments in specific artists' careers--moments that transformed their practice as well as that of others around them.
"Gift of Giving" features two and three-dimensional art work created by students from Sol Feinstone Elementary School in the Council Rock School District. At the close of the exhibition all works will be gift wrapped, donated to Trinity Episcopal Church and distributed to area residents affected by HIV/AIDS.