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Paintings of Paterson: Exhibition in Florida

Bluemner's America Post Card PromoA new exhibit, Oscar Blumener's America: Picturing Paterson, New Jersey, featuring selections of artwork from the Vera Blumner Kouba collection, runs through April 29, 2011, at the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center, Stetson University, 139 E. Michigan Avenue, DeLand, Florida. Regular hours are: Mon-Fri 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The galleries are closed on the weekends, and on all national and university holidays.

On February 23 at 7 p.m. there will be a curator talk by Dr. Roberta Smith Favis in Room 25 of the Instructional Media Center. Further information is available by calling Hand Art Center 386-822-7270 or Stetson Art Department 386-822-7266 or by e-mail to seules@stetson.edu.

Paterson's Great Falls and historic factories have inspired great artists since the 18th century. At the same time that recent books and exhibitions are providing fresh insights on Hamilton and Paterson, museum and gallery shows are calling attention to the outstanding Paterson paintings by one of America's most important twentieth-century artists, Oscar Bluemner. A major show at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York in 2006 featured many Paterson paintings and sketches by this great American modernist. The show included his magnificent painting Expression of a Silktown, New Jersey (Paterson Centre) that is in the collection of the New Jersey State Museum. The New York Times, the New Yorker, and leading American art journals have featured Bluemner's large colorful paintings and powerful charcoal drawings of Paterson silk mills, other factories, and the vibrating river waters below the Great Falls.

Another extraordinary Bluemner Paterson painting in the Stetson collection, Jersey Silkmills, appeared on the cover of the Smithsonian American Art Museum journal, American Art. Studies for this striking painting of glowing red Paterson silk mills are in the Oscar Bluemner papers in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art.