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Silverman Gallery exhibits plein air works of Anita Shrager



“Old Canal, Lambertville” is an oil on canvas by Anita Shrager.

The Silverman Gallery of Bucks County Impressionist Art presents “Anita Shrager: Reflections.”

The first solo exhibition in many years for the Philadelphia native will continue through Nov. 26, at the gallery in Buckingham Green, on Route 202 just south of Peddler’s Village, at 4920 York Road in Holicong.

“I work exclusively in oil because of the richness of color and like to keep my palette clean and pure. It’s important to me to do all or most of my painting outside,” Shrager said.

“I often have to return to the same location at the same time of day to finish a painting.”

Color and light abound in “Old Canal, Lumbertville” and in the sweeping sky of “Sunset, Bucks County,” just two examples of Shrager’s commitment to plein air work in the exhibition.

After a brief hiatus in Denver, where Shrager began “The Flatirons, Boulder” and was inspired to paint “At the Botanical Garden,” she returned to her beloved Bucks County.

Shrager has put together this collection of work over the past two years.

“There is no place that I would rather paint than Bucks County, inspired by the luminous Delaware, colorful river towns and snowy vistas,” she said.

Among her accomplishments, Shrager is the recipient of two awards from the National Arts Club in New York City and multiple honors from the Phillips Mill Art Association and the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

A collection of Shrager’s work also hangs in the orthopedic offices of Dr. Joseph Kipp in Newtown.

Rhonda Garland, Silverman Gallery owner, said she “first became aware of Anita’s work in 2013 on the recommendation of fellow Bucks County artist Alan Fetterman.”

“I found her website and was immediately taken with her use of color and glazing, I thought that what I was looking at were watercolors, which I have always loved. To find that they were all rendered in oil made them even more amazing.

“Mr. Silverman and I invited her to be part of the gallery and we began by having her ship some of her Bucks County work from Denver. We also liked the plein air work she did in Colorado and our customers have fallen for it, too. We were thrilled when she decided to move back and live in Doylestown.”

Call 215-794-4300 for information. An online listing of available work can be found on the Silverman Gallery website. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment.

The gallery’s artists also include local favorites: Joseph Barrett, Jennifer Hansen Rolli, Desmond McRory, Glenn Harrington, Jim Rodgers, David Stier, Jean Childs Buzgo and Jonathan Mandell.

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