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Birds & Blossoms


The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown will present Birds & Blossoms, an exhibition of the paintings from the Permanent Collection. The exhibit includes beautiful cascades of flowers, twinning rose bushes and vases of enchanting posies accompanied by colorful avian images, as well as sculpture and decorative arts that show birds surrounded by flowers and foliage. This soothing and beautiful selection of works will be on view in the Smith Gallery from January 30 through April 11, 2004. (right John LaFarge (1835-1910), Bowl of Flowers, watercolor on paper, Gift of Mr. Robert McIntyre, New York)

Lovely floral arrangements can be seen in works by Arrah Lee Gaul, Everett Bryant and William Glackens. Born in Philadelphia, Glackens approached painting with an innovative vision, and his subjects are unlimited including landscapes, portraiture and still life. His only training was a brief stint at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the first art school in the country. He had a position on the art staff of the Philadelphia Press along with John Sloan, George Luks and Everett Shinn, who like him would achieve fame as being a part of "The Eight," a group of artists that became a leading force in the American realistic movement in the early twentieth century.

Exquisite paintings from the nineteenth century will include George C. Lambdin's Roses given to the Museum by Mrs. Frances B. Newcomer, in memory of her husband, Mr. Harry Newcomer, Ellen Robbins' Appledore Poppies, a gift of an anonymous donor in memory of Mr. J. J. Kaiser and Mary Jane Peale's Tiger Lilies, a bequest of Mrs. Jane Ankeney Stansbury, Clear Spring, Maryland. The daughter of Rubens Peale and the granddaughter of Charles Willson Peale, Mary Jane was born in New York City and like so many of her family, inherited an interest and ability in painting. Although she did numerous still life works, her principal talent was expressed through her portraits, and she was considered a professional in the field. Mary Jane never married and lived in Philadelphia most of her life. She died at the age of 75 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. (left: painting from the exhibition Birds & Blossoms)

Twentieth century artists will include Carl Peters, Don Rees, Linda Postelle and Marguerite Stuber Pearson. Pearson was born in Philadelphia, but was reared in an area where thousands of artists flock each summer to paint the harbor of Gloucester and Rocky Ledge, as well as the nearby towns of Pigeon Cove and Rockport. Stricken with polio as a young girl, she was confined to a wheelchair where she found freedom in art. Pearson is classified as one of this country's premiere women Impressionists.

Avian works such as Barnyard with Chickens, an oil painting by Melchior d'Hondecoeter, a gift of Mr. Francis Bartow, New York, New York, Blue Jays, a Bien Edition Chromolithograph by John J. Audubon, donated by Mr. & Mrs. L. E. Jenneke of Hagerstown, Maryland and a hand-colored etching entitled, Scissor-Tail Flycatcher of Mexico, 1780 by Francois Martinet. Complementing the paintings will be a large bronze sculpture of birds in flight over the sea, a vibrant painted vase depicting a parrot by the Dutch pottery Rozenburg, two pieces by Rookwood Pottery, several exquisite porcelain birds by Edward Marshall Boehm and beautiful plates inspired by Boehm birds manufactured by Lenox.

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