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“Complete surprise”

Merrick Art Gallery
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

We were attending a family event in near-by Cranberry (a strip mall-laden bland suburb) when we found out about the gallery on Tripadvisor. It's an idiosyncratic collection reflecting the founder's taste--everything from Hudson River School paintings to seascapes to the art of the European Grand Tour. As noted, it's a step back in time to the pre-Impressionists and reminds me of smaller galleries in London. We were the only visitors and the docent was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was complete surprise to find it and I'm glad we visited.

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Reviewed 3 May 2013

Hidden away in quiet New Brighton, Beaver County, about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, is the Merrick Art Gallery. Other reviews have told the story of Edward Merrick and his spending of his fortune on gorgeous art of the 19th century -- both European and American. There is much to be seen here -- spend some time with each painting, and you will find something special to appreciate. There are portraits, seascapes, landscapes, and scenes of dramatic events. A room setting shows some furnishings related to New Brighton. You can spend a quiet afternoon here, and at a reasonable price -- free! There is free parking on the street, too.

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Reviewed 26 January 2013

Located in the small town of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, this facility has been in existence since the early 1900's and has been the benefactor of the Merrick Family a local family with deep ties to the community. Special shows are presented at various times during the year as well as the Christmas season.
This facility is well worth visiting and many school field trips end up here.

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Reviewed 25 January 2012

Edward Merrick was a wealthy industrialist living in the manufacturing town of New Brighton, PA during the nineteenth century. He was interested in art and traveled to Europe to acquire a collection of paintings from who he deduced were the most famous painters of the age. Little did he know that a revolution in art was just about to turn the art world upside down. This art gallery is a remarkable trip into the past where you get to see the works by artists soon to be eclipsed by the now famous names of Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, etc. Paintings of classic ladies from Roman times sitting in idyllic country settings that were soon to be discarded by the abstractions of the new age. American painters are represented through the Hudson School. Paintings fill the walls from all heights and remind me of pictures of late nineteenth century salons. This is a step back into time and was thoroughly enjoyed.

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