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MAY 2015

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Artists' Studio Tours

Daily, through November 22

Learn more about the artists on tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, N.C. Wyeth House and Studio, and the Kuerner Farm, all National Historic Landmarks..



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 Horace Pippin's development as a self-taught artist with a unique, profound vision whose bold and powerful paintings brought him national recognition. Pippin's place in the context of American art and the significance of history, memory and imagination in his work will be explored. American art history. Join Audrey Lewis, associate curator at the Museum and curator of the exhibition, and catalogue essayists Jacqueline Francis, Associate Professor of Visual and critical Studies at the California College of the Arts, and Anne Monahan, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Modern Art at the Philips Collection for this special evening. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6 p.m. and a reception and book signing to follow. Members, $15; non-members, $20. Tickets available online or by calling 610.388.8326.


Woodland Wildflowers walk
Wednesday, May 6, 9 a.m., at the Laurels Preserve
Join local botanist Janet Ebert on a walk through the Laurels in celebration of native woodland wildflowers. Please register by contacting Laura Olds-Schmidt at 610.388.8386. This walk is exclusively for members. Not a member? Join now!

Members' Shopping weekend

Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 10, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Members will receive an extra 10% discount on most purchases in the Museum shop. Find a terrific selection of gifts for seasonal events like Mother's Day, as well as items related to the Horace Pippin: The Way I See It exhibition.



Photo by Mark Gormel
Wildflower, Native Plant & Seed Sale

Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Special Members' Preview on Friday, May 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.

elebrate 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. Click here for the list of plants expected at the sale. Admission to the plant sale is free.


Horace Pippin (1888-1946) Amish Letter Writer, 1940, oil on fabric, 12 x 20 in.

The Davidsons, Los Angeles

Horace Pippin: The Way I See It

curator's tour

Wednesday, May 13, 2 p.m.
Led by associate curator Audrey Lewis. Free for members and included in Museum admission.

Birding the Brandywine

Friday, May 15, 8 to 9:30 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 to see spring migrants. Bring your binoculars! Please register by contacting Laura Olds-Schmidt at 610.388.8386.


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.

Tree Planting at East Fallowfield Park

Saturday, May 16

Help us to plant 300 trees and shrubs for the Conservancy's Reforestation Campaign. The planting will take place at 930 Buck Run Road, Coatesville, PA 19320. No experience is necessary. Volunteers should dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes, and bring gloves and a shovel if possible. 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 nearly 70% 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 at 610.388.8351 for further information.


 

Free Admission

for International Museum Day

Monday, May 18

The Brandywine River Museum of Art will join more than 35,000 museums in over 140 countries and offer free admission to all visitors on this day. The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that "Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of  mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among peoples."


Art Class with Karl J. Kuerner

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. Participants will provide art materials of their own choosing, and should dress appropriately for working outdoors.

Sorry, this event is sold out. The next session will take place in September, with registration open in June.


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


Photo by Ben Fournier
May 23 to 25, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.


Plus Ultra, 1911, 13 1/2 x 10 inches
Breakfast and Tour of Plus Ultra exhibition
Saturday, May 23, 9:30 a.m.
Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator and curator of the Plus Ultra: Moravian Tiles of the New World exhibition will lead a tour of the exhibition. Her tour will begin at 9:30 a.m., following a continental breakfast in the Museum cafe at 9 a.m. Breakfast, tour and Antiques Show admission is $30 per person.

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The Intertwined Lives of Man and Trees walk
Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m. at the Laurels Preserve
Join us for a fun and informative tree identification walk in the Laurels. Along the way, we'll talk about the many uses humans have for tree species and how we are giving back to the plants that provide us with so much. Please register by contacting Laura Olds-Schmidt at 610.388.8386. This walk is exclusively for members. Not a member? Join now!

Annual Bonsai Show
Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31
An outstanding selection of bonsai (ornamental trees and shrubs whose growth is trained using an ancient Japanese craft) will be on display in the Courtyard. Members of the Brandywine Bonsai Society will be present to demonstrate handling techniques and answer questions regarding special care of the trees. Free for members and included in Museum admission.

JUNE 2015

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Artists' Studio Tours

Daily, through November 22

Learn more about the artists on tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, N.C. Wyeth House and Studio, and the Kuerner Farm, all National Historic Landmarks.


Horace Pippin (1888-1946), The End of the War: Starting Home, 1930–33, oil on fabric, 25 x 32 inches. Philadelphia Museum of Art. Given by Robert Carlen, 1941

African Americans in
World War I Lecture
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. $15; $20, non-members.Tickets available online or by calling 610.388.8326.

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Plein Air Painting at the Laurels Preserve

Wednesday, June 3, 9 a.m. to dusk at the Laurels Preserve

Calling all artists! Spend a day painting outdoors, drawing inspiration from Brandywine's beautiful natural preserves. $10 per person. Please register by May 29 by contacting Laura Olds Schmidt at 610.388.8386 or loldsschmidt@brandywine.org.


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"Tell Me a Story"

PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families

Sunday, June 7, 10 a.m. to noon. Free admission until noon.
Share a personal story through creative writing and drawing activities. Stay for a special presentation at noon by master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston, who will share stories and songs from the African and African American tradition.

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. For more information, visit www.pncartsalive.com.


Plein Air Painting at Waterloo Mills

Wednesday, June 10, 9 a.m. to dusk at Waterloo Mills Preserve

Calling all artists! Spend a day painting outdoors, drawing inspiration from Brandywine's beautiful natural preserves. $10 per person. Please register by May 29 by contacting Laura Olds Schmidt at 610.388.8386 or loldsschmidt@brandywine.org.


Horace Pippin (1888-1946), Old King Cotton (also known as Cabin in the Cotton IV) 1944, oil on fabric, 16 x 27 1/8 inches. Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Jaffe (Adele Hillman, Class of 1939), 1956

Curator's Tour
Wednesday, June 10, 2 p.m.
Audrey Lewis, associate curator, will discuss Horace Pippin: The Way I See It.

Breeding Birds
Friday, June 12, 8 to 10 a.m.
The Laurels Preserve contains one of the largest intact stands of mature woodlands in Chester County. Help staff monitor the rich abundant bird life that breeds in this habitat. We will focus on species that depend on healthy woodlands such as Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, Red-eyed Vireo and Louisiana Waterthrush. Meet in the Laurels parking lot. This event is exclusively for members. Please contact Laura Olds Schmidt at loldsschmidt@brandywine.org or 610.388.8386 to register.

Fonthill Castle by 2daysphoto.com

Members' Day Trip to Doylestown

Tuesday, June 16

Bus departs at 9:15 a.m. and returns at 3:45 p.m.

Explore the life and art of Henry Chapman Mercer, maker of the tiles on view in the Plus Ultra: Moravian Tiles of the New World exhibition. Join us for a members-only day trip to Fonthill Castle and Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, PA. Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, will join the trip and will answer questions and provide additional information between museum visits. The cost is $75 and includes transportation, admission to both museums, and lunch. To purchase tickets call 610.388.8139 after May 1. Seats are limited.


Fairy House workshop              

Saturday, June 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Celebrate the beginning of summer and the magic of the natural environment by making a fanciful fairy house for your garden. All ages are welcome. Natural materials will be provided to create an enchanting home. $16, member adult, $12, member child.$20, non-member adult, $15, non-member child. Purchase tickets online or by calling 610.388.8326.


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. This week-long program for youth ages 9 and up will use 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. For more information, please contact the Education office at 610.388.8382 or education@brandywine.org

JULY 2015

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Artists' Studio Tours

Daily through November 22

Learn more about the artists on tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, N.C. Wyeth House and Studio, and the Kuerner Farm, all National Historic Landmarks.


 

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.


"Shape Escape"

PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families

Sunday, July 5, 10 a.m. to noon
Escape off the page with a morning of three-dimensional art-making in response to sculpture from the Brandywine's collection, both inside the Museum and on its grounds.

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. For more information, visit www.pncartsalive.com.


Horace Pippin (1888-1946), Floral Still Life, circa 1944, oil on board, 10 1/8 x 14 1/8 inches.

 

Gallery Talk

Wednesday, July 8, 2 p.m.

Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, will discuss Horace Pippin: The Way I See It.

Tip-a-Canoe and Barbecue, too!

Saturday, July 11, noon to 10 p.m.

Join the Young Friends for this unique event. Take in the natural surroundings of the Brandywine that the Conservancy has worked so hard to protect while enjoying a summer afternoon with family and friends.

The event begins with a tranquil canoe trip down the Brandywine, savoring the breathtaking views that have inspired so many painters. The day ends with a barbecue and barn dance. Canoe rental, barbecue dinner and barn dance are included in the cost. Space is limited; the event sells our each year. Advance registration is required. There are no day-of-event sales. Tickets go on sale June 2.

Proceeds support the Brandywine Conservancy's clean water and reforestation programs.


Victoria Wyeth

Celebrating the Artist: Andrew Wyeth's Birthday

Sunday, July 12
The Brandywine River Museum of Art honors the life and legacy of Andrew Wyeth on the day of his birth by offering free admission to all visitors.


Crafts in the Courtyard

July 18 and19, 9:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.
Shop unique wares made by independent American artists in a variety of media. This event showcases exceptional works from 13 juried members of the Chester County Craft Guild, a chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Free for members and included in Museum admission.


Animal Sign in the Laurels

July 25, 8:30 to 10 a.m.
The Laurels Preserve Manager will lead a walk to look for various types of signs left by inhabitants of the property. Look for beaver teeth marks, muskrat and raccoon tracks, and much more. Also learn how to use plaster of Paris to preserve animal tracks. Meet in the Laurels parking lot. This event is exclusively for members. Please contact Laura Olds Schmidt at loldsschmidt@brandywine.org or 610.388.8386 to register.


AUGUST 2015

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Artists' Studio Tours

Daily, through November 22

Learn more about the artists on tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, N.C. Wyeth House and Studio,and the Kuerner Farm, all National Historic Landmarks.


"Summer Art & Nature"

PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families

Sunday, August 2, 10 a.m. to noon
Capture the summer richness of the Brandywine's native plant gardens in nature-themed collages.

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. For more information, visit www.pncartsalive.com

                                                                             

Butterfly Walk

August 5, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Join staff at Waterloo Mills for a summer butterfly identification walk. Expect to see and learn to identify various species of butterflies and discover which plants are used in restoration projects to attract them. Meet in the Waterloo Mills Preserve parking lot. This event is exclusively for members. Please contact Laura Olds Schmidt at 610.388.8386 or loldsschmidt@brandywine.org to register.


Music on the Brandywine

August 19, 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a performance by the Deb Callahan Band, led by the Philadelphia singer/songwriter. Arrive early to tour the museum and enjoy light fare and full bar (available for purchase). Tickets cost $12, members; $15, non-members and $8, students, through August 11. Prices increase to $20, members; $25, non-members, and $10, students after August 11. Tickets will be available in June.



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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