The Michener Museum makes for a great springtime outing, from the impressive art collection to the lush sculpture garden. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)
A splendid destination to take in the work of regional artists, the James A. Michener Art Museum is named for bestselling author James Michener — the Doylestown native son who first envisioned the museum — and houses a marvelous array of both fine and decorative art.
From the sizable display of Bucks County artists like Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge and Daniel Garber to a room of gorgeous furniture by George Nakashima, the museum’s historic buildings are home to a world-class collection.
Now, the Michener presents the first major retrospective of Bucks County-born designer-craftsman Paul Evans (1931-1987) in Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism, on view in Doylestown through June 1.
Renowned for his creative sculpted metal furniture, Evans’ innovative experimental approaches to metalworking have ultimately attracted a remarkable international following. An artist of New Hope, Pennsylvania, much of Evans’ work was produced in a showroom he shared with woodworker Phillip Lloyd Powell.
Now, see a display of 65 works representing the artist’s entire career and including large pieces as well as sculpture and a selection of work he produced for Directional Furniture Company.
In addition to the artwork, the exhibition includes a short-form documentary with interviews from Evans’ shop workers, family members and collectors of Evans’ work, including musician and actor Lenny Kravitz. Check out the film online for a sneak peek of the show.
Of course, a full calendar of related events are set for the spring. Check out the schedule of gallery talks, receptions and more online.
Dated and timed tickets, $18 for adults, can be reserved ahead online or purchased on-site, and include admission to all the museum galleries.
Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism
When: Through June 1
Where: Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown
Cost: $18, adults; $17, seniors; $16, college students; $8, children 6-18
More info: www.michenermuseum.org