The New Hope Art League was formed in March of 1974. The first meeting was held at the home of the Floyd James Torbert, the founder. The first officers were elected with Mr. Torbert, president. Charter members included Betty Chardon, Helen McCook, Ellen Donovan, Virginia Stemmetz, Rudy Rossway and Lawrence McCarthy.
The first art show was held above the co-op grocery store in New Hope, above Farley’s Bookstore. Other shows followed in various locations. The early notes also show that the League members traveled to paint in locations throughout New England.