Exhibitions & Events
 
2014
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ONGOING

George A. Weymouth (b. 1936), Indian Hanna, 1990, watercolor on panel.

 

John W. McCoy (1910-1989) Brandywine at Twin Bridges, 1959, tempera on renaissance panel

Lure of the Brandywine:

A Story of Land Conservation and Artistic Inspiration

on view through August 10

Celebrating the dual mission of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, this exhibition examines the art of the region through the lens of land conservation. The approximately 45 works are drawn from private and public collections, including the Museum's own holdings. The unique attributes of the landscape that attracted artists such as Jasper Cropsey, William T. Richards and members of the Wyeth family to the area are now largely protected through the efforts of the Brandywine Conservancy, which works to preserve art and sustain the natural and cultural resources of the Brandywine watershed.

Spanning over a century, the exhibition presents artists' responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley while making fascinating connections to the Conservancy's activities that preserve thousands of acres of scenic and natural resources, farmland and historic properties. Other Conservancy initiatives, including reforestation, promoting the use of native plants and the creation of trail networks all tie into the overarching goal of protecting the water quality of the Brandywine. Together, the selected works of art convey a strong sense of the region's distinctive identity and reflect the Brandywine River Museum of Art's rich holdings in landscape painting. Lure of the Brandywine underscores the innate link between artists' appreciation of the Brandywine region's natural beauty and the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art's commitment to ensuring that legacy for generations to come.

This exhibition is made possible by PECO.  Additional support is provided by Victory Brewing Company.


Treasure Trail Passport

valid through September 1

Visit the beautiful Brandywine Valley from Memorial Day through Labor Day and get one-time admission to 11 top Brandywine Valley attractions with the passport. Participating museums and gardens include the Delaware Museum of Art, the Delaware Museum of Natural History, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Delaware Historical Society, Hagley Museum, Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba Center, Nemours, Rockwood and the Costumes of Downton Abbey® exhibit at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

Passports cost $45 per person and $95 for a family. Purchase your passport at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, or online


Blue Star Museums

valid through September 1

The Brandywine River Museum of Art joins more than 2,000 museums across the country for Blue Star Museums.  For this program, the Museum offers free admission to active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, for up to five people.  For details, please click here.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art offers free admission to active military duty personnel every day of the year.


Imagine Brandywine

on view through September 14

This new exhibition space displays creative art projects by area school students and inspired by the Museum's collection and landscape. Works by students from the Chester Charter School of the Arts will be on view in the lower level. The Brandywine River Museum of Art serves more than 6,000 students, from kindergarten through grade 12, through its field trip program

Imagine Brandywine is sponsored by Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown.


JULY 2014

Museum Explorer Mornings

Thursday mornings, through July 31

Introduce children to art this summer. Participate in one or all 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 take place each day: Session A at 10 a.m. or Session B at 11 a.m. Workshops are free with Museum admission. To register contact the Education office at 610.388.8382 or education@brandywine.org.

  • July 24: Fine Lines
    Discover lines of every kind in art throughout the Museum and draw a scratch art scene.
  • July 31: Portrait Parade
    Explore traditional and unusual portraits and create a self-portrait collage.

AUGUST 2014

 

Lure of the Brandywine gallery talk

August 6, 2 p.m.

Learn about the artistic and environmental themes in this exhibition from Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, and Sheila E. Fleming, senior planner.  Free for members and included in Museum admission. 


"What's Bugging You?" walk at the Laurels Preserve

August 7, 9 to 11 a.m.

Catch, study and identify the water-loving insects in our streams. Learn what bugs tell us about stream health and water quality. Meet in the Laurels parking lot. Wear shoes that can get wet! Please register by contacting Laura Olds Schmidt at loldsschmidt@brandywine.org or 610.388.8386. This event is exclusively for members. Not a member? Join now.


Brandywine Brings the Blues - The Steve Cal' Band concert

August 15, 6 to 9 p.m. 

Performance at 7 p.m. in the courtyard

Blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Steve Cal' hails from Philadelphia. He released his debut album in 2013 with his band, featuring Sandy Eldred (bass) and Melinda Gervasio (drums). The Steve Cal’ Band was the winner of the 2013 Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival at World Cafe Live, which highlighted the finest emerging songwriters in the region.

Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 members and $6 students through August 13.  After August 13, prices are $25 adults, $20 member and $10 students. Cash bar and food available for purchase. This concert is presented in conjunction with the World Cafe Live at the Queen. Tickets available online or by calling 610.388.8326.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

Exalted Nature:

The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield

August 23 through November 16

The vibrant, visionary landscapes of Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), one of the leading American artists of the 20th century, are the focus of this major exhibition, featuring over 50 paintings borrowed from important public and private collections across the United States. The exhibition will provide a remarkable opportunity to examine the artist’s luminous, spiritual interpretations of the world around him. At the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the exhibition has been generously sponsored by Chuck and Adriane Bowers, in honor of Matthew DiSalvo, an artist and outdoorsman. Additional support has been provided by Morris and Boo Stroud. For more information, please click here.


 

Matthew Jensen: Alongside Tall Grasses

August 23 through November 16

The scenic backdrop of the Brandywine River inspires a newly commissioned work by Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Jensen. The installation derives from immersive walks taken by Jensen throughout the summer months in the landscapes along the Brandywine and its tributaries. The verdant slopes, quiet footpaths, native flora, historic towns and small discoveries are all subjects in Jensen’s photographic work. The artist is known for embracing new photographic technology as means to explore landscape and he will continue to push the medium with this new work. The exhibition will be on display in a setting designed by the artist in the Museum’s third floor corridor, directly juxtaposed with the landscape that inspired the work. A map created by Jensen will invite visitors to explore the environment surrounding the Museum.  


SEPTEMBER 2014

Drawing Kuerner Farm workshop

September 6, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 6, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This workshop, led by associate educator and artist Jane Chesson, is open to all levels and will include individualized instruction and guidance. Drawing materials will be provided. Participants will meet at the Museum. Please dress appropriately for the outdoors; covered areas will be used in case of rain. Workshop cost is $30; members, $24. Tickets available online or by calling 610.388.8326.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

The Art of Charles Burchfield lecture

September 10, 6 p.m.

Burchfield has been identified as a naturalist, realist, modernist, romantic, synesthete, and transcendentalist—all with equal validity.  He broke all the rules of traditional watercolor painting, pioneering techniques and inventing methods for conveying emotions and symbolizing sounds. Enjoy a lecture presented by Nancy Weekly, Head of Collections and Charles Cary Rumsey Curator at the Burchfield Penny Art Center in Buffalo, NY, who will discuss the many facets of the artist. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20; members, $15.  Tickets available after August 1 online or by calling 610.388.8326.


Preserving the Bridges lecture

September 16, 7 p.m.

Enjoy a fascinating lecture by Dale Frens of Frens and Frens restoration architecture firm and Frank Stroik of the Country Homestead, detailing their recent restoration of the two historic covered bridges in the Laurels Preserve. The restoration was funded by generous contributions from private donors and a matching grant from the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation. The Museum will be open from 6 to 7 p.m.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

Charles Burchfield's Exalted Nature tour and program

September 17, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Experience nature through the eyes of artist Charles Burchfield.  The day begins with a guided tour of the exhibition, Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles E. Burchfield. Following lunch in the Museum’s scenic café, the class continues with a guided tour of Mt. Cuba Center, focusing on native plants and natural settings whose visual qualities suggest Burchfield’s work. The class will be team-taught by Audrey Lewis, associate curator at Brandywine, and Eileen Boyle, director of education and research at Mt. Cuba Center. The cost is $40; members, $32 and includes guided tours and lunch. Rain date is September 18. Tickets available after August 1 online or by calling 610.388.8326.

For the Mt. Cuba tour, participants should wear comfortable outdoor walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Directions will be provided for driving to Mt. Cuba from the Museum.  

 


Fantastic Ferns walk

September 17, 9 to 11 a.m.

The Laurels is rich with a diversity of fern species. Local plant expert Janet Ebert will lead us on this walk to celebrate ferns...it won't be sporing! Meet in the parking lot. Please register by contacting Laura Olds Schmidt at loldsschmidt@brandywine.org or 610.388.8386. This event is exclusively for members. Not a member? Join now.


Brandywine Harvest Market

September 20 through November 9, most weekends

From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the Museum's courtyard. Handwoven rugs, dried flowers and wreaths, pottery, quilted items and handcrafted dolls are featured on a rotating basis. Please check to find out which crafts are available each week.


Art Class with Karl j. Kuerner

Tuesdays, September 23 to November 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturdays, September 27 to November 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Noted Chadds Ford artist Karl J. Kuerner will teach a series of classes at the Kuerner Farm. 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. The first class will begin at the Museum. Cost is $250; members, $200. Class size is limited to allow for individual instruction. Tickets available online or by calling 610.388.8326.


Birding along the Brandywine walk

Friday, September 26, 8 to 10 a.m.

Kevin Fryberger, natural resources manager, will lead a walk along the River Trail at the Brandywine River Museum of Art to look for fall migrants.  Meet in the Museum parking lot. Free. Please register by contacting Laura Schmidt at loldsschmidt@brandywine.org or 610.388.8386.


 

Capturing the Barns-Brinton House on Canvas lecture

September 27, 2 p.m.

Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, will introduce and discuss several paintings depicting this historic home in Chadds Ford. The Barns-Brinton House has been standing on its spot on US Route 1 for 300 years, rescued from demolition and restore by the Chadds Ford Historical Society (CFHS). Following the lecture, members of the CFHS will serve complimentary tea and cookies. Free for members and included in Museum admission.


Imagine Brandywine

September 28, 2014 through January 4, 2015

This exhibition space displays creative art projects by area school students, inspired by the Museum's collection and landscape. Creative landscapes by fifth grade students from Garrettford Elementary School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania will be on view in the lower level. The Brandywine River Museum of Art serves more than 6,000 students, from kindergarten through grade 12, through its field trip program. 

Imagine Brandywine is sponsored by Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown.


OCTOBER 2014

Photo: Steve Riskind

Music on the Brandywine concert

October 2, 7:30 p.m.

Violinist Nikki Chooi has been described as “a model of taste and tonal refinement” (The Boston Globe) and “vigorous and colorful”(The New York Times). He began violin studies at the age of four in his native Canada. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Chooi received the Milka Violin Artist Prize. He currently studies at The Juilliard School of Music. As the winner of a Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition, he currently performs on a 1700 “Taft” Stradivari violin.

Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $6 for students through September 29. After September 29 ticket prices are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $10 for students.  Full bar and small plate offerings available for purchase. Tickets available after August 1 online or by calling 610.388.8326.


Autumn Bird walk at Waterloo Mills

October 8, 8 to 10 a.m.

Expect to see and learn to identify various species of sparrows and other fall migrants on this walk led by Conservancy staff.  Meet in the Waterloo Mills parking lot. Please register by contacting Laura Schmidt at loldsschmidt@brandywine.org or 610.388.8386. This event is exclusively for members. Not a member? Join now.


Read-Aloud Tours program

Thursday mornings, October 9 through November 13, 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 in this popular program. Free for members and included in Museum admission. To register, please contact the Education office at 610.388.8382 or education@brandywine.org.

October 9

The Museum by Susan Verde

October 16

Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin

October 23

Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman

October 30

How Big Could your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor

November 6

Press Here by Herve Tullet

November 13

Art and Max by David Wiesner

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

Emily Grace Koenig.


Autumn Bird walk at the Laurels Preserve

October 11, 8 to 10 a.m.

Enjoy a guided morning hike while searching for fall migrants. Meet in the Laurels parking lot. Please register by contacting Laura Schmidt at 610.388.8386 or loldsschmidt@brandywine.org. This event is exclusively for members. Not a member? Join now.


 

Discover Brandywine walk

October 11, 1 to 3 p.m.

Challenge your observational skills while discovering new ways of engaging with the environment. Join artist Matthew Jensen on a walking exploration of the local landscape that inspired his installation. The walk will begin include the option of recording findings through sketching or photography. Rain or shine. Participants should be prepared to walk a mile or more over uneven terrain. Program is appropriate for adults or teens. Group size is limited. Cost is $12 for members and students and $15 for adults. Register after August 1 online or by calling 610.388.8326.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

Curator's Tour of the Exalted Nature exhibition

October 15, 2 p.m.

October 19, 1 p.m.

Join Audrey Lewis, associate curator, for a tour of Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield. Free for members and included in Museum admission.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

Charles Burchfield: The Artist As Composer concert

October 19, 2 p.m.

Charles Burchfield immersed himself in classical music, often listening in his studio and responding to personally resonant pieces in his paintings. Expressing sound visually was important to the artist; in 1915 he wrote, “It seems at times I should be a composer of sounds, not only of rhythms and colors. Walking under the trees, I felt as if the color made sound.” Steinway artist Catherine Marie Charlton will play a selection of works by composers specifically mentioned by Burchfield in his journals: Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms and Sibelius. Free for members and included in Museum admission.


Ways of the White-Tail walk

October 25, 9 to 11 a.m.

Love them or loathe them, deer are an integral part of our local ecosystem. Ian Gereg, Laurels Preserve manager, will lead this program, providing a glimpse into the life of white-tailed deer. Meet in the Laurels Preserve parking lot. Please register by contacting Laura Schmidt at loldsschmidt@brandywine.org or 610.388.8386. This event is exclusively for members. Not a member? Join now.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

American Transcendentalism and the Natural World lecture

October 29, 6 p.m.

Why have so many artists, including Charles Burchfield and N.C. Wyeth, been influenced by the writings of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson? Professor Ashton Nichols will discuss Transcendentalism and its significant influence on American culture. Nichols is the Walter E. Beach ‘56 Distinguished
Chair in Sustainability Studies and a Professor of Language and Literature at Dickinson College. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at

6 p.m. and a reception to follow. Cost is $20; members, $15.


22nd Anniversary All Hallows' Eve Ball

October 25, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The All Hallows’ Eve Costume Ball is the Young Friends' annual gala fundraiser. This year’s theme is Mid-Autumn’s Night Dream.  Mortal, friend or foe, you are invited to enter if you dare! Tickets start at $85 per person and include cocktails and concessions, music and more. Those not in costume will suffer an unspeakable fate. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative costumes. Guests must be 21 to attend. Sponsors include Wilmington Trust, Kalmar Investments and Otto’s Mini. All proceeds will support programs of the Brandywine River Museum of Art School and Community Access Programs. To request an invitation or purchase a ticket, please contact the Young Friends office via e-mail youngfriends@brandywine.org or call 610-388-8315.

 


NOVEMBER 2014


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

Seeing Sounds with Charles Burchfield gallery talk

Wednesday, November 5, 2 p.m.

Sunday, November 9, 2 p.m.

Walk through the Exalted Nature exhibition with Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, as she discusses Charles Burchfield’s painted representations of non-visual aspects of the landscape. Just as Burchfield “saw” the sounds of nature, we can “listen” to his watercolors. Free for members and included in Museum admission.


The Brandywine: An Intimate Portrait

lecture and book signing

Thursday, November 6, 6 p.m.

This new book traces the rich vein of history in the region, from original European settlement to the Battle of the Brandywine—the largest land battle of the Revolutionary War—to the establishment of First State National Monument on its banks in 2013. Available in the museum shop and online, the book is richly illustrated with seldom-seen historical photographs, paintings and drawings.

Author W. Barksdale Maynard will discuss this fascinating story in an illustrated talk followed by a book signing and reception. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $15; non-members, $20.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

Charles Burchfield: The Artist As Composer concert

Sunday, November 9, 2 p.m.

Charles Burchfield immersed himself in classical music, often listening in his studio and responding to personally resonant pieces in his paintings. Expressing sound visually was important to the artist; in 1915 he wrote, “It seems at times I should be a composer of sounds, not only of rhythms and colors. Walking under the trees, I felt as if the color made sound.” Steinway artist Catherine Marie Charlton will play a selection of works by composers specifically mentioned by Burchfield in his journals: Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms and Sibelius. Free for members and included in Museum admission.


credit: Greg Barrett

Music on the Brandywine concert

November 13, 7:30 p.m.

Pianist Andrea Lam will perform. Lam was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn competition and has degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.

Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $6 for students through November 10. After November 10, ticket prices are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $10 for students.  Full bar and small plate offerings available for purchase. Tickets available after August 1 online or by calling 610.388.8326.


N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) "They fought with him on foot more than three hours, both before him and behind him" (detail), 1917, oil on canvas. Private collection

Enchanted Castles and Noble Knights

November 28 through January 4

Unforgettable, iconic paintings and drawings that illustrate the romantic and daring stories of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and other tales of quests and chivalry will be on view this holiday season. These legends were immensely popular in the late 19th century, and artists of America’s Golden Age of Illustration (1880-1930) took up brush and pen to create art as dramatic as the stories. This exhibition will include a selection of Howard Pyle’s intricate, compelling pen drawings depicting Arthurian legends, and N.C. Wyeth’s gorgeously colored, romantic paintings for illustrated editions of The Boy’s King Arthur and The White Company, as well as work by Walter Crane, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Maxfield Parrish, Louis Rhead, Frank Schoonover and others will also be on view. Over 35 works of art are drawn from private collections and from the rich holdings of the Brandywine River Museum of Art. The exhibition will feature a model medieval castle owned by Andrew Wyeth. Made for him in 1927 by his brother Nathaniel and painted by their father N.C. Wyeth, the castle reminds us that such tales did indeed spark imaginations. The exhibition is supported by the Davenport Family Foundation Fund for Exhibitions.

 

 

 


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
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