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New Hope Arts exhibits rediscovered artists



An untitled work from 1970 by Franz Jozef Ponstingl (1927-2004), who grew up in Bucks County.

“Rediscovering Ponstingl,” an exhibition of more than 20 works by a Bucks County artist who was virtually forgotten until recently, is showcased at New Hope Arts, 2 Stockton Ave., New Hope, from April 22 to 30.

Franz Jozef Ponstingl (1927-2004) grew up and frequently returned to the Bucks County farm which was his home. He was also a self-taught craftsman, world traveler, outsider artist and original talent chronicled for the first time in an exhibition of work at The Baum School of Art in Allentown, in 2016.

The resurgence of interest in his work also featured Ponstingl’s inclusion in the James A. Michener Art Museum’s “The Death of Impressionism? Disruption and Innovation in Art,” which closed in February.

New Hope Art’s “Rediscovering Ponstingl” marks a first solo exhibition of work, representing the talent of original painting present here in the 1960s and 70s. Ponstingl is among the working artists not acknowledged by popular conceptions of Bucks County landscape painting – and now being rediscovered and appreciated.

The Opening Reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Kirsten Jensen, chief curator of the James A. Michener Art Museum, will present an introduction to Ponstingl’s work.

Gallery hours are Sunday, April 23, Saturday, April 29 and Sunday April 30, from noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment.For information, call 215-862-9606 or visit newhopearts.org.

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