Gratz Gallery has decided to ring in the new year with a special Made in America event– no sales tax on any fine art purchase! We will pay the tax for you. This special exhibition will begin February 1st and run through March 31, 2013. The show will feature work by Pennsylvania Impressionists, artists from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Philadelphia Ten painters. In the 19th and 20th centuries it was common for American art students to travel abroad and study the masterworks of their European predecessors; however, upon their return their work was often undeniably American in nature. Many artists, including many in the New Hope Circle, used their experience overseas to develop their own particular style; although they picked up ideas about technique and composition they painted with a very American palette and often choose subject matter that was typically driven by the American experience. This American aesthetic can be found in all of the paintings in our Made in American exhibition. For instance, the painting at right, Henry Soulen's, Flowers of Gold, depicts an Eastern scene, but does so in a way that is very reminiscent of American Illustration in the 1920s and 1930s. Visit the gallery for a glimpse of this special exhibition and bring a piece home with you– tax free!