Woods Are Lovely..."
Priscilla Payne Hurd, chair of the Board of Trustees,
gave a painting by Walter Elmer Schofield (1867-1944), one of
the New Hope circle
of painters whose work she collects, to the College. An autumn
woodland scene painted in the 1930s and left untitled at his death,
it was unveiled October 3 during a faculty get-together at Payne
Gallery, whose renovation Mrs. Hurd supported and which is named
for her parents.
The gift was intended as a surprise to gallery director Diane Radycki. “That
afternoon I went out to lunch with one of my students, while [Art
Department administrative assistant] Jan Ciganick went up north
to fetch the painting,” Diane said. Then Mike Seidl [executive
assistant to President Rokke] took me away from the reception on
some pretense or other as the painting was being set up under a
black velvet drape in the gallery. When I went in, Mrs. Hurd unveiled
it and read a prepared statement about the painting to the assembled
Thanks to Mrs. Hurd, the gallery also owns works by Edward Redfield
and Daniel Garber, fellow members of the New Hope circle. Several
of them traveled this fall as part of an exhibit organized by the
Michener Museum in Doylestown.