- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
"Old Church in Caldwell", NJ, 1933
World-renowned artist Richard Hayley Lever
Oil on canvas laid to board
10 x 12 inches
Signed Hayley Lever (lr); inscribed Old Church in Caldwell/New Jersey 1933/Painted on canvas. on a old label affixed to the reverse
Loan of Janet and Bob Markman
"Many of the images, and a few of the artists,
were well-known and commercially successful,"
commented Beverly Chisolm, a spokeswoman for the organization.
"Other pieces were created for personal use or adorning homes.
Long time Caldwell residents Janet and Bob Markman,
both interested in local history,
have lent a 1933 oil painting by renowned impressionist
Richard Hayley Lever, who lived in Caldwell during the 1930’s
as well as another painting from North Caldwell artist, Janet Sperber.
Additionally, retired pharmacist, photographer and historian,
John J. Collins, has loaned his watercolor still life
by former Caldwell resident and artist Nat Lewis."
The collection will be exhibited at the Library from May 2 until May 30.
Highlights of the exhibit include:
- “Old Church in Caldwell”
Richard Hayley Lever
Lever’s “Old Church in Caldwell” shows a church that once stood on Fairfield Avenue. Lever was also teacher of local artist, teacher and historian Josephine Mahon (1863-1949). Mahon’s oil of the revolutionary-period West Caldwell Corey House, which stood on Bloomfield Avenue across from Lane Avenue until it was moved after Mahon’s death, is also included in this exhibit.
- “County Farm Laborers”
Janet R. Sperber
Sperber, a resident of North Caldwell, painted local scenes. Her September, 1946 painting, “County Farm Laborers,” depicts a scene that many local residents will remember: prisoners at the Caldwell Penitentiary working in the prison fields along Mountain Avenue.
The Historical Society received an operating support grant from the NJ Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State and a project grant from the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.