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MARCH 2015


N.C. Wyeth Studio ©Carlos Alejandro

Andrew Wyeth studio ©Carlos Alejandro

The Art of Jamie Wyeth Tour
Fridays and Saturdays, February 6 through March 14, at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. (weather permitting)
In conjunction with Jamie Wyeth's major retrospective, visit two of the Museum's National Historic Landmark sites that have particular significance to his development as an artist.

The N.C. Wyeth Studio, built by Jamie Wyeth's grandfather, is the place where the young artist studied painting with his aunt, Carolyn Wyeth. The Andrew Wyeth Studio is a restored schoolhouse that was the home of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth and their two sons, Nicholas and Jamie. Later, when the entire structure became Andrew Wyeth's studio, the building was the location of Jamie Wyeth's first studio. It is here that the artist painted important works including Draft Age and Portrait of John F. Kennedy.

Guided tours leave from the Museum. Limited tickets for this special experience are available at the Museum on the day of the tour and cost $10 in addition to Museum admission ($5 for members).


Children's Read-Aloud Tours family program
Thursdays, through March 12; Tuesday, March 17; and Thursday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m.

Young children and their grown-ups hear a story, interact with art in the Museum and make their own creative works to take home. In addition, they will enjoy a special program on Tuesday, March 17, for St. Patrick's Day, with a reading of The Tallest Leprechaun and green-themed art activities. As part of the Longwood Gardens Community Read project, the selection for March 26 will beThe Great Kopek Tree.

Registration is requested by contacting the education office at 610.388.8382 or education@brandywine.org. Free for members and included with Museum admission.

March 5: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
March 12: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Tuesday, March 17: The Tallest Leprechaun by Emily Grace Koenig
March 26: The Great Kopek Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry

The Read-Aloud Program has been made possible by Joseph and Diane Packer in memory of Emily Grace Koenig.


Wyeth on Wyeth: A Family Perspective
Friday, March 13, 6 to 9 p.m.
Join Victoria Wyeth for a lively discussion and fascinating overview of the work of her uncle, Jamie Wyeth. She will discuss his oeuvre and the evolution of his subjects, in particular his portraits, and the range of media in which he works. Ms. Wyeth will also reveal an intimate view of this renowned artist in the context of one of America's most important families of artists.

Sorry, this event is sold out.


Frontispiece from Tuesday by David Wiesner

 

David Wiesner: Storytelling with Pictures
Sunday, March 15, 1 to 3 p.m.
Enter into the imagination of three-time Caldecott Medal winner David Wiesner as he discusses the creative process behind writing and illustrating his popular children’s books. Immediately following the presentation, Wiesner will sign copies of his beautifully illustrated books, including the three award-winning titles, Flotsam, Tuesday, and The Three Pigs, available for purchase in the museum shop.

The talk is best for ages 10 and up; all ages are welcome to meet the artist at the book signing. No registration required. Free for members and included in Museum admission.


Art Class with Karl J. Kuerner
Tuesdays, March 17 to May 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, March 21 to May 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Immerse yourself in Kuerner Farm, a source of inspiration for Andrew Wyeth for over 70 years, and a featured property on the National Register of Historic Places, with an art class led by Karl J. Kuerner. As the grandson of two of Andrew Wyeth’s best-known subjects and a student of Carolyn Wyeth, Karl’s personal experiences with the farm provide special insight into the property and its rich history.

Sorry, this event is sold out. Classes will also be held in May. For information, please send an email to education@brandywine.org


©Jamie Wyeth (born 1946) The Sea, Watched, 2009, oil on canvas. Private Collection.

Jamie Wyeth Curator's Tour
Wednesday, March 25, 2 p.m.
Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, will focus on Jamie Wyeth's paintings made in Maine and Chadds Ford, as well as his most recent work. Included with Museum admission and free for members.


Woodcock Walk
Friday, March 27, 6:45 p.m. at the Laurels Preserve
Join Conservancy staff on an evening walk to witness one of the most remarkable signs of spring, the display of the American Woodcock. The walk will end by (hopefully!) watching the remarkable courtship dance and song of this secretive bird. Please bring binoculars and boots for walking on wet trails. This walk is exclusively for members. Not a member? Join now!


APRIL 2015

credit Carlos Alejandro

Historic Property Tours
Daily, April 1 through November 22

Learn more about the artists on tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, N.C. Wyeth House and Studio, both National Historic Landmarks sites, and the Kuerner Farm. Each property may be toured individually or on package tours


Slow Art Day
Saturday, April 11, discussion at 1 p.m.

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. One day each year people all over the world visit local museums to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience.

To participate at the Museum, send an e-mail to education@brandywine.org or call 610.388.8382. On April 11, visit the museum between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to view the selected works and join the Slow Art discussion group in the Museum cafe at 1 p.m. Free for members and included in Museum admission; lunch is available for purchase.


PNC Arts Alive Family Programs
"Spring into Action"
Sunday, April 12, 10 a.m. to noon.  Free admission until noon. Find action and adventure in illustrations for classic tales as seen in the museum, and add dynamic characters and movement to your own painted creations.

PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative of the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. The goal of PNC Arts Alive is to help area residents gain access to the arts and to help arts organizations expand and engage audiences.


Birding the Brandywine
Wednesday, April 15, 9 a.m., at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

Join Conservancy staff on a birding walk along the Conservancy's river trail in Chadds Ford. One of our most popular spring walks with lots of opportunity for exciting spring migrants. Bring your binoculars!


Tree Planting at Wyebrook Farm
Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Wyebrook Farm

Help us to plant 2,000 trees for the Conservancy's Reforestation Campaign. No experience is necessary. Volunteers are asked to bring a shovel, mallet and gloves if possible, dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. The Brandywine/Christina Basin provides 100 million gallons per day of drinking water to over 500,000 people in three states. Reforesting the watershed ensures and improves water quality. The Conservancy is midway through its "50 by 50" campaign to plant 50,000 trees by its 50th anniversary in 2017.

To sign up, please click here. Please contact Meredith Mayer for further information.


 
"Spring Mix" - Musical Performance by students from The Tatnall School
Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m., included with museum admission.

Tree Planting at West Chester University
Friday, April 24, 2 to 5 p.m., South Campus

Help us to plant 300 trees for the Conservancy's Reforestation Campaign. No experience is necessary. Volunteers are asked to bring a shovel, mallet and gloves if possible, dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. The Brandywine/Christina Basin provides 100 million gallons per day of drinking water to over 500,000 people in three states. Reforesting the watershed ensures and improves water quality. The Conservancy is midway through its "50 by 50" campaign to plant 50,000 trees by its 50th anniversary in 2017.

To sign up, please click here. Please contact Meredith Mayer for further information.


Spring Back to Life
Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m., at the Laurels Preserve

Come witness the sights and sounds of spring in the Laurels. This walk will focus on the changing weather and how it impacts the lives of plants and animals. We'll investigate a variety of changes, both big and small throughout the preserve. Please bring binoculars and boots for walking on wet trails. This walk is exclusively for members. Not a member? Join now!


Horace Pippin: Visions of War
Sunday, April 26, 1 p.m.

Horace Pippin is the only known World War I African American soldier to have created both a visual-consisting of sketches and oil paintings-and textual archive of his war experiences. Celeste-Marie Bernier, Professor of African American Studies at the University of Nottingham and author ofSuffering and Sunset: World War I in the Art and Life of Horace Pippin(October 2015) will discuss Pippin's art and autobiographical writings and how they restore the realities of black military experiences and lay bare his conviction, "I cannot forget suffering, and I will never forget sunset." Free for members and included in Museum admission.


Courtesy Winterthur Museum, credit Gavin Ashworth

"Taking Tea: The Tea Table in 18th Century Britain and America" lecture
Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m. Galleries open at 6 p.m. Tea-drinking was a social ritual in 18th century Britain and its American colonies.  The ceremony offered the opportunity for good gossipy conversation while enjoying a tasty beverage poured from a ceramic or silver pot into cups, all laid out on a handsome tea table. Join Brock Jobe for a fascinating look at the popularity of tea-drinking and the development of the tea table in the 18th century. Jobe teaches graduate courses in historic interiors, decorative arts, and 20th-century design in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. He assumed the position of professor of American decorative arts in 2000 after a twenty-eight-year career as a museum curator and administrator.  

Light refreshments will be provided with a complimentary glass of wine. Coffee and desert will be provided after the lecture. The costs is $30; members, $25. Tickets will be available in March, online or by calling 610.388.8318.   


credit Vanessa Briceño

Music on the Brandywine
Thursday, April 30, Performance at 7:30 p.m. Galleries open at 6 p.m.
Enjoy a performance by mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams, who has won numerous prestigious international awards. She holds a Master's degree from the Yale School of Music and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Ms. Williams will be accompanied by pianist Sejoon Park. Arrive early to tour the museum and enjoy small plates and full bar (available for purchase).

Arrive early to tour the museum and enjoy small plates and full bar (available for purchase). Tickets cost $12, members; $15, non-members and $8, students, through April 27. Prices increase to $20, members; $25, non-members, and $10, students after April 27.

Tickets will be available mid-March, online, by phone at 610.388.8326, or at the Museum. Please click here for the program.


MAY 2015

A Splash of Red - First Sundays for Families
May 3, 10 a.m. to noon. Free admission until noon.
Experience Horace Pippin's bold use of color and experiment with vibrant hues while learning more about this renowned artist,the subject of the Brandywine's latest exhibition. Author Jen Bryant will read and sign copies of her children's book, A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin.



Horace Pippin (1888-1946) Self-Portrait (II), 1944
Oil on canvas board, adhered to cardboard, 8 x 6½ in.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Bequest of Jane Kendall Gingrich, 1982
True to Himself: The Art and Life of Horace Pippin
Wednesday, May 6, 6 p.m.
This discussion will trace Pippin's development as a self-taught artist and his place in American art history. Audrey Lewis, associate curator and curator of the exhibition, will lead the discussion, joined by noted scholars Jacqueline Francis and Anne Monahan. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6 p.m. and a reception to follow. Members, $15; non-members, $20. Tickets available in April online or by calling 610.388.8326.


Photo by Mark Gormel
Wildflower, Native Plant & Seed Sale
Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate spring and help sustain the nature around you with wildflowers, native plants and seeds. Choose from a wide variety of regional plants and seeds suitable for full sun or deep shade, and for wet or dry soil. Many are less attractive to deer. Conservancy staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide planting and horticultural information. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Conservancy's diverse and beautiful gardens. Free admission.

Curator's Tour of Horace Pippin: The Way I See It
May 13, 2 p.m.
Led by associate curator Audrey Lewis. Free for members and included in Museum admission.

Radnor Hunt Races
Saturday, May 16
We're celebrating 85 years of horseracing in the open countryside. Join us to enjoy the six thrilling steeplechase races featuring the finest horses and riders competing for $180,000 in total purses. Invite some friends and tailgate on the rail or enjoy the view from your box seat. Don't miss the action or the fun at the Radnor Hunt in Malvern, PA. All proceeds benefit the open space and clean water programs of the Brandywine Conservancy. Advance sales only. For more information or to reserve your spot, visit www.radnorhuntraces.org.

Antiques Show Preview Party
May 22, 6-9 p.m.
Preview the antiques show and enjoy delicious food in a beautiful setting. $125 per person.


Photo by Ben Fournier
44th Annual Antiques Show
May 23-25
Come and experience the new look of the Antiques Show this Memorial Day Weekend. For the first time, all six galleries will be open during the Antiques Show. The 30 dealers will be located in the first, second and third floor lobbies as well as in the lecture room and courtyard. The Antiques Show is a fundraiser for the Museum Volunteers' Art Purchase Fund, and Art and Education Programming.$18; three day pass, $45.

JUNE 2015

African Americans in World War I
Wednesday, June 3, 6 p.m.
Horace Pippin's experiences as a soldier in World War I greatly influenced his work as an artist. As he later commented, "The war brought out all of the art in me." Pippin served in the 369th US Infantry Regiment, also known as the Harlem Hellfighters. Chad Williams, author of Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era, will discuss the fascinating history of this regiment and the significant impact of World War I on African Americans. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6 p.m. and a reception to follow. Members, $15; non-members, $20. Tickets available in April online or by calling 610.388.8326.

Curator's Tour of Horace Pippin: The Way I See It
June 10, 2 p.m.
Led by associate curator Audrey Lewis. Free for members and included in Museum admission.

Advanced Explorers Art Class:
"Making It Real"
June 22 to 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Experiment with traditional approaches and try new techniques while learning about artists' methods for making objects look realistic at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. This week-long program for youth ages 9 and up will be held from June 22 to 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program uses the museum's rich collections and surrounding landscape to inspire young artists as they express themselves with varied media. Teaching artist Jen Polillo leads classes for children and adults throughout the region.. Supplies are included. Cost is $100 per child; $75 for Brandywine members. To register, please contact the Education office at 610.388.8382 or education@brandywine.org

JULY 2015

Museum Explorers
Thursdays, July 2 through 30
Session A: 10 a.m. Session B: 11 a.m.
Dynamic art programs designed to excite children about art will take place at the Museum this summer. Participate in one or all five of these workshops designed for children ages 3 to 10 accompanied by an adult. Each program will include a thematic, interactive guided tour followed by a creative art project. Two sessions will be held each day: Session A: 10 a.m. or Session B: 11 a.m. Workshops are free for members and included in Museum admission. To register, please contact the Education office at 610.388.8382 or education@brandywine.org.

July 2: Learning to Look
Discover the elements of art on a museum tour and create a colorful and textured collage.

July 9: Summer Stories
Explore stories in the work of Horace Pippin and other artists and start a sketchbook of summer experiences.

July 16: Treasure Tales
Find hidden details in paintings of pirates and other adventurers and decorate a special container for personal treasures.

July 23: Animals in Art
Search the museum for animals of every shape and size and make imaginative creatures from Crayola Model Magic.

July 30: Riverscapes
Observe the changing colors and reflections of the Brandywine River as seen in paintings and in nature, and capture the view on paper using oil pastels.



The Brandywine River Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Brandywine River Museum of Art, U.S. Route 1, P.O. Box 141
Chadds Ford, PA 19317 • Phone: 610.388.2700



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