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Art Hotel show opens at Centre Bridge Inn



The work of the late Bernard Harmon is on view at the Centre Bridge Inn in New Hope, as part of an Art Hotel venture.

Bucks County’s first Art Hotel venture begins Oct. 5 at the Center Bridge Inn, 2998 River Road, New Hope.

The Art Hotel exhibition and art sale blends art and hospitality and features the works of Bernard Harmon (1935 – 1989), an African American expressionist painter from Philadelphia.

Curated by Stephanie Lisle, the exhibition offers works from Doylestown’s Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio’s collection of works by Harmon.

Harmon was primarily a portrait painter and a well-loved teacher in the Philadelphia area. He was a graduate of the Philadelphia Museum School and Temple’s Tyler School of Art.

He taught in the Philadelphia School District, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, at the University of the Arts, and at Drexel University.

Harmon’s portraits were commissioned by Philadelphia jazz organist Jimmy Smith and Mayor Richardson Dilworth.

Harmon was considered a Renaissance man for his interests not only in art but music and theater as well. His work has a loose expressionist style that can be related to the work of Alice Kneel.

Exhibitions at the hotel, with eight guest rooms already featuring themed artwork by Bucks County contemporary and traditional artists, will change with the seasons.

For information, visit the Centre Bridge Inn online or Gratz Gallery online.




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