His work is represented nationally in over 30 museums and public collections including the Newark Museum, Montclair Museum, Birmingham Art Museum, the Isaac Delgado Museum in New Orleans, and the Butler Art Institute. Worldwide he is also represented in collections in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Israel, Scotland and Switzerland.George Schwacha of New Jersey is president of the American Artists Professional League and a past president of the Audubon Artists and Art Centre of New Jersey. He belongs to the American Water Color Society, The National Society of Painters in Casein, and the Philadelphia Water Color Club. His painting shave been shown throughout the country at museums such as the Pennsylvania Academy. The Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC and the Birmingham Art Museum, The Butler Art Institute in Youngstown, Ohio the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, as well as in leading New Jersey and New York exhibitions, including the American Society of Arts and Letters. He is listed in Who's Who in American Art and International Directory of Arts.
One of New Jersey’s foremost Impressionist painters, also an etcher and lithographer, Thomas Manley was known as “...the Dean of Montclair artists." Born in Buffalo, New York in1853, Manley first attempted to study law. Not inspired by the legal profession, he scraped together enough money to study for two months at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Thomas Eakin’s life class.
While in Philadelphia he met Joseph Pennell and became intrigued with the famous etcher's work. He moved to New York to freelance in etching and painting and although primarily self-taught, he quickly became successful selling his own work. Newspapers and magazines were publishing Manley’s illustrations at a time when it was still technically difficult to print photos on newsprint. New York's leading print dealer, Frederick Keppel began to sell his etchings and Manley began to supply plates to New York dealers and publishers for years to follow.
Manley married in 1887 and moved with his wife to Montclair, New Jersey in 1893, where he set up a studio and resided permanently until his death.
Manley painted bright colored landscapes with a unique style of applying a thick impasto in short dashing strokes giving his paintings a textured pointillist effect. His most common subjects are scenes of rural New Jersey and views of the Morris Canal.
He was a member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Arts Club and the New York Watercolor Club. He exhibited at the Boston Art Club, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis(1904 medal) Society of Independent Artists, the National Academy of Design and the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, 1915.
Vintage Bloomfield On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Historical Society of Bloomfield (HSOB) will hold a Museum Attic Treasures Sale. Historical items from the HSOB museum and other Bloomfieldiana and New Jerseyana will be available for purchase, as well as other vintage items... All proceeds go to support the Historical Society of Bloomfield. Come and find some cool and nifty hometown items! Help spread the word and bring your friends for some old-school retail therapy. Images of sale items to follow... Details:
The Historical Society of Bloomfield, NJ (HSOB) Museum Attic Treasures Sale
265 Belleville Avenue (just east of Oakeside), built 1895. Architect: Charles Granville Jones who also designed Oakeside, Bloomfield High School, and Brookside and Fairview Elementary Schools. All of the houses pictured in the photo below were demolished to build the Garden State Parkway. The house on the right was on Walnut Street which intersected Belleville Ave. HSOB