History

The New Hope Art League was formed in March of 1974. The first meeting was held at the home of the Floyd James Torbert, the founder. The first officers were elected with Mr. Torbert, president. Charter members included Betty Chardon, Helen McCook, Ellen Donovan, Virginia Stemmetz, Rudy Rossway and Lawrence McCarthy.

The first art show was held above the co-op grocery store in New Hope, above Farley’s Bookstore. Other shows followed in various locations. The early notes also show that the League members traveled to paint in locations throughout New England.

The organization grew and meetings were moved to various locations including the New Hope Presbyterian Church, The New Hope Library, Solebury School and St. Phillips Chapel. Early membership ledgers show members attended from areas outside of the New Hope area and traveled from as far away as Philadelphia, PA and Califon, NJ.

Presently the League meets in the Classroom Building at St. Martin of Tours Church School in classroom 104. The church is located at 1 Riverstone Circle in New Hope (just north of the high school). We meet the last Tuesday of the month from 7 to 9 pm from September to May. There are no meetings during the summer months.

Today

2019

2019 Scholarship Recipient, Lauren Adler
The Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School, Culture and Media

2018

Morgan Grabarz (right) our 2018 scholarship winner.