Adams County Arts Council – Supporting the arts in Adams County, PA

GALLERY

Robert C. Hoffman Charitable

Endowment Trust Gallery

The Center offers beautiful exhibition space in the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust Gallery, Reception Hall, and throughout the building.

EXHIBITS

SHOWING THROUGH MID-JUNE 2018

RECEPTION HALL & GALLERY

CHARLES ALBERT MORGENTHALER

Collector Brandon Stone pictured with one of the Gallery murals

The Adams County Arts Council will be featuring an American Regionalist format mural exhibition of collected works by artist, illustrator and mural painter; Charles A. Morgenthaler on loan from the Stone Family Collection from May 3 through June 15. A First Friday opening reception took place on Friday, May 4 from 5-7:30p.m. and is open to the public.

The ten mural collection was acquired from the Hall of Presidents Museum in Gettysburg in 2017 by local amateur fine art collector, Brandon Stone. The murals were commissioned by LeRoy Smith in the late 1950’s and idealize the American Experience by depicting iconic events associated with the U.S. Presidents. The murals range in size from 6′ to 16′.

Charles Albert Morgenthaler worked extensively in Gettysburg during the 1950’s and 60’s. In 1960, as part of the National Park Service’s Mission 66 Project, he was hired to help move and restore Paul Philippoeaux’s expansive Cyclorama mural at the Gettysburg National Military Park. It was during this time that he created these murals, other sketches for the GNMP, and a postcard design for the Eisenhower Farm.

The American Regionalists were a group of artists whose paintings, prints, and drawings depicted realistic scenes of rural and small-town America. The movement arose in the 1930’s as a response to the Great Depression and was widely appreciated for its reaffirming images. Some of the most important artists associated with the regionalist style were Thomas Hart Benton, John Stuart Curry, Frederick E. Shane, Grant Wood, and Andrew Wyeth. This exhibit highlights Morgenthaler’s role in the Regionalists’ school and are part of our shared Gettysburg history.

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