Exhibitions & Events
 
2014
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Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor, charcoal and white chalk on joined paper mounted on board, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Charles Rand Penney

Exalted Nature:

The Real and Fantastic World of Charles E. Burchfield

on view 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. This exhibition was co-organized by the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Click here to see images.

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.

Read what Thomas Hine of The Philadelphia Inquirer said about the exhibition, "with works that seem at once to echo both Van Gogh and Walt Disney."


Matthew Jensen, Alongside Tall Grasses (detail)

Matthew Jensen: Alongside Tall Grasses

on view through November 16

The scenic backdrop of the Brandywine River inspires a newly commissioned work by Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Jensen, an artist known for embracing new photographic technology. This museum 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.


SEPTEMBER 2014

©Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), Roasted Chestnuts (1956), tempera on panel.

Andrew Wyeth: Lines of Thought

September 20 through February 8

Over his remarkable seven-decade career, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) created thousands of drawings in graphite and watercolor, a body of work that he rarely exhibited. The drawings in this exhibition provide a fascinating glimpse into his creative process. They were created by Wyeth in preparation for four paintings—

Faraway (1952), Corner of the Woods (1954), Roasted Chestnuts (1956), and Garret Room (1962). Each drawing is part of the process Wyeth used to work out his vision for his paintings. Many were sketched outdoors and reveal Wyeth’s immediate response to figures or objects in a composition. The exhibition includes 23 drawings and three paintings.


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.

September 20 & 21

Quilted items by members of the Brandywine Quilters

Jewelry by Susan Schulz, member of the Chester County Craft Guild chapter of

    the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen

Sterling Handcrafted Jewelry by Janet Kofoed

Hooked Rugs by Allie Barchi

Hand woven items by Pam Horstman

Artistic Wool Designs - wool animals by Lois Grace

Jewelry by Shirley St. Jean-Davis

Wood items by Bob Rogers

Handmade Soap  by Jean Innocenti


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.


Tree Planting - Pocopson Home

Saturday, September 27, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Help keep the Brandywine clean. Reforestation focuses on water resources, including enhancing water quality, restoring natural flows in the Brandywine, and improving plant and animal habitat. The planting will take place at the Pocopson Home; please click here for directions. Help the Conservancy reach its goal of planting 50,000 trees by its 50th anniversary in 2017--we're more than halfway there.

No prior experience is necessary. Volunteers should wear layers and sturdy shoes and bring a shovel, mallet, and gloves if possible. Lunch will be provided. Please click here to register or call 610.388.8351.


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 restored 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     Photo: Jack Kennealy

Music on the Brandywine concert

October 2, 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a dynamic performance by violinist Nikki Chooi, who will play on the 1700 "Taft" Stradivari violin. Pianist Henry Kramer will accompany Chooi. The artists come to the museum through Astral Artists, a non-profit organization that discovers and promotes classical musicians. The program will include works by Beethoven, Ravel, Chopin, and George Gershwin and Jascha Heifetz.

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 online or by calling 610.388.8326.


Nature's Music

October 5, 10 a.m. to noon, free admission from 9:30 a.m. to noon

What do sounds look like? Artist Charles Burchfield's paintings show us the sounds and reverberations of nature, from insects to birds to a breeze. Discover the sounds that inspired Burchfield's "real and fantastic world" and express yourself through imaginative art projects set to music during this colorful workshop.

This program is part of the PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for families, free hands-on workshops to engage visitors of all ages in creative art activities. 


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 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 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 online or by calling 610.388.8326.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1919/1963, watercolor on paper, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of the Burchfield Foundation, 1975

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.


Tree Planting - Wyebrook Farm

Saturday, October 18, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Help keep the Brandywine clean. Reforestation focuses on water resources, including enhancing water quality, restoring natural flows in the Brandywine, and improving plant and animal habitat. The planting will take place at Wyebrook Farm; please click here for directions. Help the Conservancy reach its goal of planting 50,000 trees by its 50th anniversary in 2017--we're more than halfway there. This Project was financed in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority.

No prior experience is necessary. Volunteers should wear layers and sturdy shoes and bring a shovel, mallet, and gloves if possible. Lunch will be provided. Please click here to register or call 610.388.8351.


Rally 'Round the Races

October 19, starts at 9:30 a.m.

This fun fall drive through open space and clean water projects of the Brandywine Conservancy is a popular event for the competitive environmental enthusiast. Lunch and prizes await at the end the 90-minute drive. $150 per car includes lunch for four. Children are welcome. This event is presented by the Radnor Hunt Race Committee. Please call 610.388.8324 or 610.388.8398 to reserve your spot.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Midsummer Caprice, 1945, watercolor on paper, Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio. Acquired through exchange. Bequest of

Francis C. Sessions, 1991

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.


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.

 


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Summer Afternoon, 1917-48, watercolor and charcoal on joined paper. Williams College Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Lawrence H. Bloedel

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. Tickets available online or by calling 610.388.8326.


NOVEMBER 2014

Pirate Adventure Day

November 2, 10 a.m. to noon, free admission from 9:30 a.m. to noon

Ahoy! Set sail for a morning of amazing adventures for all ages as Pirate Day returns to the museum! Create pirate-themed crafts, participate in a rope-tying demonstration led Pirates of the Northern Star, hunt for art treasures in the museum, and hear daring tales of journeys at sea presented by Hedgerow Theatre.

This program is part of the PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for families, free hands-on workshops to engage visitors of all ages in creative art activities. 


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor, charcoal and white chalk on joined paper mounted on board, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Charles Rand Penney

Seeing Sounds with Charles Burchfield gallery talk

Wednesday, November 5, 2 p.m.

Sunday, November 9, 1 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. Tickets available online or by calling 610.388.8326.


Matthew Jensen Artist Talk

Saturday, November 8, 2 p.m.

The artist will discuss his installation, Matthew Jensen: Alongside Tall Grasses, and how he uses photography, walking and collection building to reinvent the way landscape is represented and understood. Free for members and included in museum admission.


Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring, 1966-67, watercolor, charcoal and white chalk on joined paper mounted on board, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Charles Rand Penney

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. Lam comes to the museum through Astral Artists, a non-profit organization that discovers and promotes classical musicians.

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 online or by calling 610.388.8326.


N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) The Boy's King Arthur, title page illustration, 1917, oil on canvas. Andrew and Betsy Wyeth collection

Enchanted Castles and Noble Knights

November 28 through January 4

Unforgettable, iconic paintings and drawings that bring to life 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. This exhibition will feature over 35 works of art by Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish and others will also be on view. The display will include Andrew Wyeth’s model medieval castle, made for him in 1927 by his brother Nathaniel and painted by their father N.C. Wyeth. The exhibition is supported by the Davenport Family Foundation Fund for Exhibitions.


 

A Brandywine Christmas

November 28 through January 4

Experience a Brandywine Christmas!  See the O-gauge model train display and marvel at thousands of Critter ornaments displayed throughout the museum.


 

Creative Castles family program

Saturday, November 29, 10 to 11 a.m.

Who lives in a castle? Find out in the Enchanted  Castles and Noble Knights exhibition, then decorate your own castle fit for a princess – or prince! $12 adults, $8 children, includes Museum admission. Members, $6 per person. Tickets limited; reserve online or by calling the museum shop at 610.388.8326 after October 1.


 

Knights and Ladies Meet and Greet

Saturdays, November 29, December 6, 13, 20, 27 and January 3,

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursdays, December 4, 11 and 18, 6 to 8 p.m.

Honorable knights and elegant ladies will greet visitors in the museum’s lobby.


Holiday Shops

Weekends, November 29 through Deecember 21

Daily, December 26 through 30

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.


 

Carols Concert

Sundays, November 30, December 7, 14 and 21, 2 to 4 p.m.

Listen to international opera singer Peter Campbell, accompanied by pianist Laura Cilia.


DECEMBER 2014

Polar Express Read-Aloud Pajama Night family program

Thursday, December 4, 7 to 8 p.m.

Children are invited to wear their pajamas as they delight in the tale of The Polar Express and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, from 7 to 8 p.m. $12 adults, $8 children, includes museum admission. Members, $6 per person. Tickets limited; reserve online or by calling the museum shop at 610.388.8326 after October 1.


 

Evening Hours on Thursdays in December

Thursdays, December 4, 11 and 18, Open until 9 p.m.

Enjoy the sounds of the season with special musical performances, activities for children and our holiday displays. Find unique gifts for everyone on your list in the Museum Shop, also open until 9 p.m. The museum cafe will be open serving light fare until 7:30 p.m.

December 4            Media Chamber Chorale

December 11          The Tonics

December 18          Wilmington Handbell Ensemble


Critter Sale

Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Special member preview.December 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Children's Christmas Party

Wednesday, December 10, 6-8 p.m.

Celebrate the season at a beloved family tradition. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy entertainment, costumed characters, face painting, Cookie Land and our holiday displays. $12, members and free for member children. $15, nonmember adults and $5, nonmember children. Call 610.388.8112 for tickets after October 1.


Breakfast with the Trains all ages program

Saturday, December 13, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

All Aboard! Join us for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit with the Brandywine River Museum of Art Railroad. Discover how the extensive layout, one of the world’s largest, is created and what it takes to keep everything running. This before-hours event includes a private tour of the trains in action with Brandywine Railroad engineers and a continental breakfast in the museum’s cafe. Children will receive a Brandywine Railroad souvenir; ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome. $25 per person; members, $20. Tickets limited; reserve online or by calling the museum shop at 610-388-8326 after October 1.


N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) The Boy's King Arthur, title page illustration, 1917, oil on canvas. Andrew and Betsy Wyeth collection

King Arthur in American Popular Culture lecture

Saturday, December 13, 2 p.m.

From the Excalibur hotel in Las Vegas to Game of Thrones, the notion of knighthood influenced – and continues to influence – many areas of American popular culture. Alan Lupack and Barbara Tepa Lupack, creators of the award-winning website The Camelot Project and authors of King Arthur in America, will discuss how the moral view of chivalry and knighthood originally popularized by Alfred Lord Tennyson resulted in an explosion of illustrations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and still emerges today in literature, cinema and the arts. Free for members and included in museum admission.


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

Knights and Ladies in Training family program

Sunday, December 14, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 20, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Aspiring young knights – and ladies – are invited to complete a series of noble tasks. Design a family coat of arms, decorate a crown, learn sword fighting movements and follow clues on a quest throughout the museum. Participants will be honored in a knighting ceremony at the conclusion of the program. Designed for children ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult. $12 adults, $8 children, includes museum admission; members $6 per person. Tickets limited; reserve online or by calling the museum shop at 610.388.8326 after October 1.



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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