Category Archives: Bucks County

Intelligent Design

An economic downturn disrupted the American marketplace, and unemployment reached double digits. Urban dwellers retreated to the country, embracing a simple and moral work ethic, and sought a path to a better life by working on farms and making things … Continue reading

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Elusive Moments

The paintings of Mavis Smith are about elusive moments — two strangers connecting on a street, for example — hinting at a narrative.  Mavis Smith: Hidden Realities will be on view at the James A. Michener Art Museum through May … Continue reading

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Leaving Bricks and Mortar for Future Generations

In museums today, there are directors and there are artists. Rarely is one person both. Bruce Katsiff, fine art photographer and Director/CEO of the James A. Michener Art Museum for more than two decades, is that rare individual. Beginning in … Continue reading

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River of Life: Paddling Gets Into Your Soul

Every river has its stories, and the Delaware is no different. There’s the one about the logger Daniel Skinner who, in the 1760s, made an 80-foot raft of logs and set off from the Catskill Mountains to the shore of … Continue reading

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Flight of the Moth

FLUTTERY swirls enchant and captivate, such as the sprays of golden leaves outside the window. When photographer Emmet Gowin was growing up in Danville, Va., he found himself thus entranced by the forbidden plume coming off the back of a … Continue reading

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Running with Wolves

The front-page picture in The New York Times shows a group of people standing on a balcony in Iraq. Flanked by colorful cloths, the men, women and children are looking down to the street, where there has just been an … Continue reading

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Inner Vision

I know this table! I’m pretty sure I saw this in his studio when I visited John Sears several years ago. The late Mr. Sears’ illustration will be on view at the James A. Michener Art Museum‘s Bucks County and … Continue reading

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Beauty in Imperfection

George Nakashima, Woodworker, will be commemorated Aug. 13 by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Nakashima Foundation for Peace with the dedication of an official Pennsylvania Historical Marker placed at 1847 Aquetong Road in New Hope. It was … Continue reading

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Moravian Tile and Pottery

Today, while cruising through Doylestown, Pa., I was reminded of a visit I made a few years ago to the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930) was a Renaissance man. Harvard educated, he was a historian, archaeologist, … Continue reading

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Eye of the Elephant

The carriage house on King’s Oaks Farm in Newtown, Pa., where Alex Cohen paints was once an apartment occupied by itinerant airmen. His grandfather was the aviator who cut a runway through the fields on the farm. While the airfield … Continue reading

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