The Lost Cape May Artwork

Posted 01/26/08
Cape May, NJ - In a town that loves art as much as Cape May does, imagine the surrprise when artist Stan Sperlak uncovered a treasure trove of lost paintings depicting Cape May in the 1940's.

Philadelphia artist Herbert Pullinger captured the everyday scenes of the post war shore town on visits to the area during the 1940's.

His Cape May artwork was rolled up and stashed away in a storage locker for 60 years.

In 2004, Sperlak, the then president of the Cape May County Art League, discovered the forgotten art works.

Among the watercolors are images that have vanished from the Cape May landscape - like the old Life Saving Station. Pullinger also painted familiar spots like Congress Hall, the Mainstay Inn and the Franklin Street Methodist Church.

The Art League has donated the collection of 42 paintings and drawings to the Noyes Musuem. A special exhibit, Herbert Pullinger: A Cape May Historical Journey, is now open to the public through March 9. .

Where to See It

You can see Herbert Pullinger's exhibit at the The Noyes Museum of Art, located one and a half miles south of Historic Smithville Village, off Route 9, on Lily Lake Road in Oceanville, New Jersey. Admission fees are $4for adults and $3 for seniors and students.

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