Monday, June 9, 2008

CASTOR TOURS BARNES FOUNDATION COLLECTION IN PREPARATION FOR MEETING WITH FRIENDS OF BARNES

The Montgomery County Commissioner is “overwhelmed” by the collection.

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor, Jr. accepted an invitation extended by Lower Merion Commissioner Lance Rogers to tour the Barnes Foundation collection on Sunday, June 8th.



“I was certain the Barnes was an asset to our county and was important to the residents of Lower Merion before. Now that I have seen the collection in person I must say my resolve has been strengthened to do everything in my power to see that the Barnes collection remains in Montgomery County where Dr. Barnes intended it to be.” said Castor.

“It was Lance who called me and suggested I tour the Barnes and see for myself what a treasure we would be allowing to leave our county. I was overwhelmed. I will strenuously argue that we should do all in our power to keep the Barnes in this county. I hope my colleagues see things the same way” Castor said.

The Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas ruled on May 15 that the county lacked standing in the fight to keep the priceless collection of artwork in the county. Castor has urged his colleagues to appeal the court decision prior to the June 16th deadline. Over Castor’s strenuous objection his fellow commissioners allowed the deadline to file for reconsideration to pass.

The County Commissioners will meet with representatives from the Friends of the Barnes foundation tomorrow.

The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to "promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts." Located in a twelve-acre arboretum, the Foundation is home to one of the world's largest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, with extensive holdings by Picasso, Matisse, C├ęzanne, Renoir and Modigliani, as well as important examples of African sculpture. The Gallery and Arboretum are open to the public.

Contact:
Bruce L. Castor, Jr. 610-278-3028
Lance Rogers 610-649-1880

(end of release)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

WOW - it only took un upcoming election to get Lance Rodgers to finally visit the Barnes. All of a sudden he's so concerned! He never stepped foot in it before. And that's a fact

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