Press Release:  Event Date September 14, 2015


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Local Artist Daniel Garber Featured at NM Historical Society Program


Peabody Retirement Community’s recent auction of oil paintings by Indiana artist Homer P. Davisson created quite a buzz locally.  But what about another distinguished artist who was born and raised in North Manchester and went on to become an award-winning artist with a national reputation?  That artist is Daniel Garber. 


Manchester University Professor Thelma Rohrer will tell his story at the North Manchester Historical Society’s monthly program on Monday, September 14, at 6:40 p.m. in the Timbercrest Assembly Room.

Daniel Garber was born in North Manchester in 1880.  After high school he attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he studied from 1897 to 1899.  Garber was an American Impressionist landscape painter, who painted en plein air, outdoors and directly from nature. He exhibited his works nationally and earned many awards.  His paintings are considered by art historians to be among the finest to be produced by the New Hope, Pennsylvania art colony, where he lived and worked.  He taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for over forty years.  Major museums which own his paintings include the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.   One of his paintings is owned locally.  Rohrer will tell us about it.

Professor Rohrer has presented excellent Historical Society programs in the past.  She is the new MU Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and continues to serve as Chair of the Department of Art and Director of the Office of Study Abroad and Off-Campus Academic Programs.  Rohrer has an extensive list of research and teaching experiences, and continues with her own studio artwork in ceramics and photography.  She became interested in Garber having studied American Impressionism for her graduate degree in Art History and finding herself living in the town where he grew up. 


While many attend only the program, the public is also invited to come to the Assembly Room at 6 p.m. for a meal prior to the program.  For those who wish to attend the dinner, reservations must be made no later than noon on Friday, September 11.  The cost of the meal is $8.50, $3.50 on the Timbercrest meal plan.  Reservations may be made by calling Evelyn at 260-982-6777, Mary at 260-982-1813 or the Center for History at 260-982-0672. 


For more information call the North Manchester Historical Society at 260-982-0672.



 Daniel Garber, Artist

Daniel Garber


    Painting, 1916, Daniel Garber-Buds and Blossoms       

Buds and Blossoms, 1916  Painting by Daniel Garber