HAMBURG PA – An April 20 (2012; Friday) artist’s reception will mark the official opening of an exhibition of railroad-related paintings and drawings by the late James L. Holton, on display through Oct. 14 in the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum, 500 S. Third Street, Hamburg PA.
The reception will feature the artist’s wife, Ruth Holton, in sharing stories of the Reading Railroad and her husband. The event is open to the public from 7-9:30 p.m. at the museum; tickets cost $10 at the door.
Holton, a Reading PA native, spent more than 30 years as a writer and editor for The Reading Eagle, the Associated Press, and NBC News. He was a fourth-generation descendant of employees of the Reading Railroad, and memorialized its history on canvas and also by writing a two-volume history titled, “The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal-Age Empire”.
His art focuses on scenes from the railroad, incorporating vignettes from along the rails and around Reading during the era of steam locomotives. Admirers claim his colorful paintings draw the viewer into a by-gone golden era of travel and hometown life. All of these paintings will be on public display for the first time.
Photo from the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum