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Masterworks of American Impressionism
January 25-April 20, 2014

(Above, Guy Wiggins, (American, 1883 – 1962), Gloucester at Twilight, 1916, oil on canvas, 21-3/8 x 25-1/8 inches, Gift, George D. Horst, Reading Public Museum)

“Masterworks of American Impressionism” features more than 50 pieces by well-known American Impressionists, including Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent and Childe Hassam. The works represent the golden age of the movement, from the 1880s to the 1940s, demonstrating an interest in capturing the effects of light in loosely brushed compositions.

The collection includes landscapes showcasing America of the era, from its harbors to its corn fields. It also features portraits, from John Singer Sargent’s “Man Reading” to William Paxton’s “Girl with a Hand Mirror.” Viewers will have the chance to see not only William Merritt Chase’s still life painting, “My Palette,” but will also view one of Chase’s paint palettes and a paintbrush.

The exhibition is on loan from the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pa., where “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony” was presented in 2011. The exhibit reflects the critical role of artists’ colonies in the development of the Impressionism movement in America, with artists gathering to teach and collaborate in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and California.

PFAC is seeking docents for this exhibition. If interested, contact Becky Fitchett by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling (757) 596-8175.

Portraits from the Boston School
January 25-April 20, 2014

(Above, William Worcester Churchill, (American, 1858-1926), Untitled (Seated Young Woman with Fan),oil on canvas, 40x50 inches, Loan, Malcolm Anglin)

“Portraits from the Boston School” features a collection of portraits, from drawings to oil paintings, from a group of painters and friends living in the Boston area at the turn of the 20th-century. The Boston School aesthetic blended sophistication, exacting skill, and draftsmanship with mastery of light and dedication to representing the "truth" of the visible world; it was driven by an earnest faith in the ideal of beauty and in the act of painting as an essentially good and worthy contribution to humanity.

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National Watercolor Society Touring Exhibition
May 3 to June 29, 2014

(Above, John Salminen, Winter's Alley, 24 x 36 inches, watercolor)

Since 1925, the National Watercolor Society has selected paintings from its members to tour the United States, often giving exposure to artists who went on to become masters of the medium, such as Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth. The highly selective juried exhibition features 30 paintings, from more than 1,000 entries.

Visitors are invited to discover the new generation of master watercolorists in the Traveling Exhibition, which features artworks varying in subject matter and technique, but all pushing the boundaries of watercolor.

Wanted: The Best High School Artists on the Peninsula!

Each spring, Peninsula Fine Arts Center hosts Prefaces, an annual juried exhibition of art created by high school students from across the Peninsula. The 2014 exhibition will be juried by artist Lee Gerry Wertheimer and the PFAC curator. Find the prospectus with details on how to enter here.  



(Right) Winslow Homer, The Sharpshooter on Picket Duty

Picturing the Civil War: Engravings by Winslow Homer and other Artists


For Loan! - Peninsula Fine Arts Center acquired thirty original wood engravings (20 single sheet and 10 double-sheet images), which include 11 of Homer’s works, as well as others by Thomas Nast, Alexander Simplot and additional artists—some unidentified—of the period. Using archival materials, we have beautifully matted, framed, and labeled each engraving, so we may lend them to anyone interested in hosting a piece of the Civil War in their classroom, business, or any other facility.  Click here for more info.

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