Campaign seeks to restore the birthplace of Pennsylvania Impressionism

    The foundation has acquired this gothic cottage that once belonged to the painter Morgan Colt Phillips Mill Foundation for the Arts

    The Phillips Mill Foundation for the Arts (PMFA) has launched a $35m campaign to restore and revive sites associated with a historic artist colony in New Hope, a town in Bucks County known as the “birthplace” of the Pennsylvania Impressionist movement.

    The project “builds on the rich history of the arts” in the multi-acre region along the Delaware River—where the New Hope artist colony emerged in late 1800s with the arrival of painters like William Langson Lathrop, Edward Redfield and Daniel Garber—and aims to “reinvigorate the cultural fabric of the birthplace of Pennsylvania Impressionism”, the founder and president of the PMFA, Brett Webber, tells The Art Newspaper.

    Edward W. Redfield, New Hope (around 1926) Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    Webber, a Philadelphia and New York-based architect, and Eleanor Miller, a descendant of the New Hope School painter R.A.D. Miller, founded the non-profit organisation in 2018 with the mission to acquire and restore historic buildings and sites tied to the legacy of the colony, and to repurpose the spaces into galleries and artist studios and residences.

    In the first phase of the campaign, the PMFA has raised more than $425,000, with initial funds used to restore buildings along the Delaware Canal that once belonged to the painter and architect Morgan Colt, including a Gothic iron forge and a cottage that Colt used as his dog kennel. The foundation has also established its headquarters in one of the former dormitories of the New Hope School for Girls, near Colts painting studio and workshops.

    Morgan Colt at Phillips Mill Phillips Mill Foundation

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