How a West Bradford Artist Supports His Community 

West Chester Mayor Lillian DeBaptiste, left, and artist David Katz.
Image via Bill Rettew, Daily Local News.
West Chester Mayor Lillian DeBaptiste, left, and artist David Katz.

Oil renderings of scenes from Chester County and the Delaware Valley show a “grittier” side of the area, thanks to the talent of West Bradford artist David Katz. Community leaders have taken quite an interest in his work, allowing Katz to take his art beyond his 128 East Gay Street gallery, writes Bill Rettew for Daily Local News.

West Chester Mayor Lillian DeBaptiste wanted six of Katz’ “gritty” paintings to hang up in her office. Katz fulfilled her request, including a portrait of a homeless woman who used to visit his gallery. The painting, now hanging in her office, serves as inspiration for the mayor.  

Several of Katz’s works depict the homeless, and he prefers not to sell these, instead keeping them for his personal collection.  

His works are also on display in the West Bradford township meeting room where they are on sale. The proceeds of the sales go towards important causes, such as West Bradford’s Land Preservation Fund.  

The public can find a series of the PAFA alum’s paintings on display at the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce at 137 N. High Street, which has since attracted an array of new visitors. Proceeds from the sales of those paintings also go towards the Chamber in their initiative to support local businesses and organizations. 

Katz is mostly known for his vibrant depictions of cloudy skies in Chester County, referring to himself as the “Sky Painter” on his gallery’s website.  

Read more about David Katz in the Daily Local News.

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