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PHILADELPHIA, PA (June 2005)—The Schwarz Gallery, one of the pre-eminent fine art galleries in Philadelphia and in the United States, will celebrate its seventy-fifth anniversary in the Fall of 2005.

The highlight of the event is a major exhibition titled New Jersey Remembered: Seventy-Fifth Anniversary, consisting of seventy-five paintings by nineteenth and early twentieth-century artists who were either born in New Jersey or represented the state in their paintings. This is a particularly appropriate subject because the Schwarz Gallery had its origins in Atlantic City. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with full discussions of the works, as well as an illustrated history of the Gallery that focuses on its early years in New Jersey. A series of events is being planned to gather old and new friends of the Schwarz Gallery and to recognize the continuing leadership of the Schwarz family, now in its third generation of ownership.

The anniversary exhibition will open on October 10, 2005, and remain on display until March 1, 2006 at the Schwarz Gallery at 1806 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, where it has been since 1942. The exhibition will include important works by Oliver Tarbell Eddy (1799–1868), George Robert Bonfield (1805–1898), John Hermann Carmiencke (1810–1867), James Hamilton (1819–1878), William Trost Richards (1833–1905), Edmund Darch Lewis (1835–1910), Robert Blossom Farley (1875–1954), Leon Kelly (1901–1982) and others. Some of the New Jersey locales represented are Absecon, Barnegat, Beach Haven, Bordentown, Cape May, Morristown, North Wildwood, the Palisades, Ventnor and, of course, the Gallery’s birthplace Atlantic City.

Many of these seventy-five paintings have been collected and “saved” for as long as twenty-five years in anticipation of being included in this special exhibition, and have never been displayed in the Gallery.

Frank Schwarz Antiques - Atlantic City Boardwalk
Frank S. Schwarz American Antiques, Atlantic City NJ
Founded by Frank S. Schwarz in 1930, the Schwarz Gallery opened on Atlantic City's famous boardwalk as specialists in antique furniture, silver and paperweights. The Gallery began to specialize in the fine and decorative arts of Philadelphia, and relocated to Center City Philadelphia during the Second World War. Marie Devlin Schwarz, Frank’s wife, became active in the Gallery in 1961. European and American paintings became the Gallery's primary focus when their son, Robert D. Schwarz, Sr., joined the firm in 1964. As time passed, the Gallery achieved recognition as the nation's foremost specialist in Philadelphia artists from the colonial through the early modernist periods.

To accompany its exhibitions, the Schwarz Gallery has published numerous scholarly catalogues including A Gallery Collects Peales (1987), featuring paintings by sixteen members of the Peale family, and 150 Years of Philadelphia Still-Life Painting (1997), including essays by twenty renowned art experts. Both of these publications are now considered standard references. Robert D. Schwarz, Jr. joined the firm in 2002 and became the Gallery’s third generation president after the untimely death of his father in 2004. The seventy-fifth anniversary celebration will include tributes to both his father and mother, and his grandparents.

The Schwarz Gallery has been a featured gallery at The Winter Antiques Show in New York and the Philadelphia Antiques Show for many years, and has been exhibiting at USArtists, the annual fine art show and sale that benefits the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts since 1993, a year after the show debuted.
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