Exhibitions & Events

Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966),Prometheus,

oil on panel, 1919.  The Illustrated Gallery, Fort Washington, Pa. For 1920 GE Edison Mazda calendar.

A Date with Art:

The Business of Illustrated Calendars

on view through May 18

Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth—foremost illustrators in the first half of the 20th century—created some of their best-known images for advertising calendars. Calendars hung in millions of homes, shops and offices, providing artists with an opportunity to disseminate their work to a much broader audience than that for books or magazines.  A Date with Art: The Business of Illustrated Calendars introduces visitors to the once-thriving, lucrative business of illustrated calendars. From Parrish’s haunting work for General Electric’s Edison Mazda brand to Norman Rockwell’s iconic images for the Boy Scouts of America, calendar images contributed greatly to an artist’s popular reputation. Yet just as these four artists reaped financial benefit and fame by creating art for calendars, the connection to commercial ventures at times undermined their critical reputations as artists. This exhibition will reveal the various ways in which Pyle, Parrish, Rockwell and Wyeth integrated calendar work into their careers, adapting to shifting views of contemporary art, illustration and business.  This exhibition is made possible by a generous gift from Linda L. Bean.

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), George Washington at Yorktown, 1938/1939. Oil on hardboard (Renaissance Panel). Gift of John Morrell & Company. In the permanent collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Image © University Museums, Iowa State University, 2006.

N.C. Wyeth's America in the Making

on view through May 18

Images of inspirational and patriotic events in American history, from Coronado’s 16th-century expedition through the Southwest to Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address in 1865, will be on view in this exhibition.  N.C. Wyeth’s America in the Making features 12 dramatic paintings, created by the artist in the late 1930s for a popular advertising calendar, and shows Wyeth’s renowned mastery of stirring action and authentic detail. Props from the artist’s Chadds Ford studio, such as a life mask of Abraham Lincoln, a coonskin cap and a Kentucky rifle, will provide fascinating insight into how Wyeth created these paintings. The America in the Making paintings are on loan from the collection of the Brunnier Art Museum of Iowa State University in Ames. An illustrated catalogue from the Brunnier Art Museum will be available.

Imagine Brandywine

on view through April 13

This new exhibition space displays creative art projects by area school students and inspired by the museum's collection and landscape. More than 150 works by students in Caln Elementary School will be on view through April 13 in the museum's lower level. The Brandywine River Museum of Art serves more than 6,000 students, from kindergarten through grade 12, through its field trip program.

APRIL 2014


Tree Planting

Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m.

Join the Conservancy as we plant 300 native hardwood saplings in East Bradford Township.  This planting is funded by the West Chester Sunrise Rotary.  Volunteers include students from Henderson High School and from West Chester University as well as Township groups (Green Committee and others).  For information or to volunteer, please call Wes Horner at 610.388.8124.


Birding the Brandywine

Wednesday, April 16, 8 a.m.
Join Conservancy staff members on a walk along the Brandywine River Trail to look for spring migrants.  Bring binoculars if you have them.  Meet in the Brandywine River Museum of Art parking lot. Free and open to the public.

Catherine Marie Charlton Performance

Wednesday, April 16, 1 p.m.
This award-winning pianist will perform original piano improvisations and compositions inspired by the works of the Wyeth family. Her album Red Leaf, Grey Sky: Piano Improvisations won the 2013 Independent Music Awards (Instrumental EP).

Tree Planting Party

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9 a.m.
Come one, come all and help the Brandywine Conservancy plant their 25,000th tree for their reforestation initiative. For the last five years, volunteers and staff have been planting trees throughout the Brandywine Watershed. The event will take place in East Brandywine Township. Get your gloves and shovel ready to help plant 600 native hardwood saplings. For information or to volunteer, please call Wes Horner at 610.388.8124.

Tree are provided by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s TreeVitalize program, through the Stroud Water Resource Center. Partners include East Brandywine Township, Guardians of the Brandywine and Victory Brewing, with help from West Chester University and the Downingtown Municipal Water Authority.


Spring Hike through the Laurels

Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m.
Search for wildflowers and enjoy the unfolding of spring  on a guided walk with Conservancy staff members through the Laurels PreserveTo register, please contact Laura Olds Schmidt at 610.388.8386.  This event is for Brandywine Conservancy members.  To join, please click here.

Guest Bartender Night

Wednesday, April 23, 6 - 9 p.m.
This fundraiser for the Radnor Hunt Races is sponsored by the Junior Board and features local "celebrities" pouring the spirits at Brandywine Brewing Company in Greenville.

Arbor Day Celebration

Friday, April 25
Celebrate this special day! See a screening of Green Fire, the Emmy Award-winning documentary about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold at 1 p.m. Next, enjoy an "Art and Nature" gallery talk at 2:30 p.m. These activities are included with museum admission.

Drawing Kuerner Farm

Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
If you have had the pleasure of visiting Kuerner Farm, you know there is something magical about the property. Join us for a drawing workshop led by assistant educator and artist Jane Chesson. The workshop is open to all levels and will include individualized instruction and guidance. Drawing materials will be provided. Participants will meet at the Brandywine River Museum of Art and take a museum shuttle to the farm. Participants should dress appropriately for the outdoors; covered areas will be used in case of rain. Workshop cost is $30 or $24 with member discount. Register and purchase tickets online or by calling 610.388.8326 after March 1.


Tree Planting

Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.

Join the Conservancy as we plant 1,200 native hardwood saplings at Oxford Area School District’s Nottingham Elementary School.  This planting is funded through Growing Greener Plus and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; partners include local Rotary, school and scout groups, and nearby homeowners associations.  For information or to volunteer, please call Wes Horner at 610.388.8124.


Preview Party & Auction for Radnor Hunt Races

Sunday. April 27, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy delicious food from some of the area's top restaurants and caterers and bid on more than 150 silent auction items. The bidding is fast and competitive on handheld wireless devices. Live auction includes priceless trips, art and experiences. The Preview Party sets the stage for the 84th Radnor Hunt Races on May 17. For information or reservations call 610.388.8324.


"Another Day, Another Dollar" Gallery talk

Wednesday, April 30, 2 p.m.
Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, will lead a tour of the calendar exhibitions.


"Tea Time" Lecture by Brock Jobe

Wednesday. April 30, 7 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. Mr. Jobe teaches graduate courses in historic interiors, decorative arts, and twentieth-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. His fields of interest are early American furniture and upholstery, and domestic interiors from 1700 to 1900.

The galleries and the museum shop will open at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided with a complimentary glass of wine prior to the lecture. After, coffee and dessert will be served at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online or by calling 610.388.8326. Cost is $25. This Antiques Show program benefits the Volunteers' Art Purchase Fund through which works of art are purchased for the Brandywine River Museum of Art's collection.

MAY 2014

Catherine Marie Charlton Performance

Friday, May 2, 1 p.m.
This award-winning pianist will perform original piano improvisations and compositions inspired by the works of the Wyeth family. Her album Red Leaf, Grey Sky: Piano Improvisations won the 2013 Independent Music Awards (Instrumental EP).


Tree Planting

Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.

Join the Conservancy as we plant 650 native saplings at Pennsbury Township historic mill site (part of the Pennsbury Land Trust). Funding is provided by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's TreeVitalize program, administered by Stroud Water Research Center. For information or to volunteer, please call Wes Horner at 610.388.8124.


Self Processes in Motion: The Self-Proliferating Landscape

Tuesday, May 6, 7 p.m.
Learn how we can capitalize on plants’ reproductive abilities, and actively encourage planted as well as existing and new species to colonize our landscapes in a free lecture by Larry Weaner, Principle and Founder of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates.  Advanced reservations are required. Call 610-388-8386 or send an e-mail to loldsschmidt@brandywine.org.  For more information, please click here.

Art Class with Karl J. Kuerner

Thursdays, May 8 to June 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

Immerse yourself in Kuerner Farm 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. The first class will begin at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Cost is $250 or $200 with member discount. Class size is limited to allow for individual instruction; register online or by calling 610.388.8326.

Please note: Tuesday classes are filled.

Wildflower, Native Plant and Seed Sale

Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, 9:30 a,m. to 4:30 p.m.

Gardeners can choose from a superb selection of low-maintenance, beautiful plants. This annual event offers a wide variety of regional plants and seeds that are suitable for full sun to deep shade and all types of landscapes. Many are not available in retail garden centers. Native plants are a great way to "go green" because they are adapted to the local growing conditions and require less water and maintenance. Many varieties will attract songbirds, hummingbirds and butterflies and help strengthen the local ecosystem.

Photo: Mozingo Photography

Music on the Brandywine

May 15, 7:30 p.m. Galleries open at 6 pm

Enjoy a performance by The Jasper String Quartet, featuring J. Freivogel, violin; Sae Chonabayoshi, violin; Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello. Based in Philadelphia, the quartet is the Ensemble-in-Residence at Class Chamber Concerts in Naples, Fla.  They recently released two highly acclaimed albums featuring the works of Beethoven, Schubert, and Aaron Jay Kernis.  

The Jasper String Quartet Program:

Quartet in D major Op. 18 No. 3
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
   Andante con moto

Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36 Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
   Allegro calmo

Through May 12, admission costs $15, non-members; $12, members, and $6, studentts.  After May 12, admission costs $25, non-members, $20, members, and $10, students. Full bar and small plate offerings available for purchase. Tickets available by calling 610.388.8326 or online.


Radnor Hunt Races

May 17, Gates open 9 a.m.

Don't miss this Main Line spring tradition, which attracts the best horses and riders in steeplechasing.  Six steeplechase races are held at the Radnor Hunt in Malvern, PA.  "Racing for Open Space" which benefits the environmental programs of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art. To purchase your ribbons or for more information, please visit the website.  Advanced sales only!

Wilhelm Schimmel, (1817-1890), Eagle, painted wood Private collection.

Wilhelm Schimmel: A Bold Piece of Work

May 23 - June 22

Known for his hand-carved wooden sculptures of animlas, Wilhelm Schimmel (1817-1890) was a Greman immigrant who lived and worked in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania in the years following the Civil War. A drifter, he often traded his colorful carvings for room and board or a drink in a tavern as he wandered the countryside. His larger carvings of eagles--made with only a simple pocket knife--were particularly successful in striking a patriotic chord with Pennsylvanians.  Often in trouble with the law, Schimmel and his exploits repeatedly found their way into local newspapers, growing his reputation as an artisan and a miscreant. This exhibition opens in conjunction with the 2014 Antiques Show and features work from local public and private collections. Selected by Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator at the museum, the exhibition showcases the whimsical nature of Schimmel's art, which became highly collectible as an authentic expression of vernacular art and remain so more than a century after his death. 

Annual Antiques Show

May 24 - 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thirty-one of the nation's most outstanding antiques dealers will showcase a variety of American and English furniture, glass, ceramics, folk art, quilts, European and Chinese export porcelain, metalware, rugs, and other fine antiques at the Annual Brandywine River Museum of art Antiques Showy. All proceeds benefit the Volunteers' Art Purchase Fund which has added more than 200 paintings, drawings and prints to the museum's holdings since 1975. For more information, please click here.

Annual Bonsai Show

May 31 and June 1, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 haldling techniques and answer questions. 

JUNE 2014


"Wilhelm Schimmel and the Original Angry Birds"

Curator's Tour

June 4, 2 p.m.

Join associate curator Amanda C. Burdan for stories of Schimmel's ife and work in Pennsvylvania, particularly his colorful carved birds. This program is included with museum admission. 

John W. McCoy (1910-1989), Brandywine at Twin Bridges, 1953, Egg tempera on renaissance panel, Permanent collection.

Lure of the Brandywine:

A Story of Land Conservation and Artistic Inspiration

June 7 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 principally from the Brandywine River Museum of Art's outstanding collection of American art. 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 by the activities 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 will present 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 stron 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.

Guest Bartender Night at BBC Greenville

June 19, 6 to 9 p.m.


"In the 'Spirits'  of Schimmel

Thursday, June 12, 6 to 9 p.m.

Jon the Young Friends for a whiskey tasting and entertaining talk about Wilhelm Schimmel, led by Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator. $30 per person, advanced reservations requested.  For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Kathy Freney Smith at 610.388.8315.

SarahStilwell Weber (1878-1939) The Fairy Godmother circa 1907, oil on canvas, permanent collection. 


Fairy House Workshop

Saturday, June 21, 10-11 a.m.

Celebrate the first dayof summer and the magic of the natural environment by making a fanciful fairy house for your garden. Natural materials will be provided to create an enchanting home.  Cost is $15 per adult and $10 per child; members, $12 per adult and $8 per child. All ages welcome; recommended for ages 3 and up. Purchase tickets online or by calling 610.388-8326. 


Advanced Explorers Art Classes

Week-long programs encourage youth to experiment with traditional artistic approaches while also introducing new techniques. Classes include guided museum tours, art projects, and supplies. Cost is $100 per child; $75 for Brandywine Conservancy members. Reservations available at 610-388-8326 or education@brandywine.org.

Outdoor Adventure: Drawing Inspiration from Nature
June 23 - 27, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., ages 8 - 11
Register and pay online
Just another landscape? Not during this adventurous week! Find inspiration in the local environment to develop new and innovative works of art. Use traditional techniques like painting, photography, and printmaking while trying new approaches like assemblage and found-object sculptures to create a new art adventure every day!

Artstagram: Illustration in the 21st Century
June 23 - 27, 1 - 4 p.m., ages 12 - 15
Register and pay online
From illuminated manuscripts to the work of N.C. Wyeth, illustrations have enriched stories for centuries. Today we illustrate our lives daily through social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. During this week, take a fresh look at illustration and consider how stories are captured and communicated in today's world. Use painting, drawing, and photography in traditional and non-traditional ways to learn how elements of design, portraiture, and landscape can bring a story to life!


Lure of the Brandywine Gallery Talk

June 25, 2 p.m.

Discover the artistic and environmental themes in this special exhibition, led by staff members Virginia O'Hara (curator of collection) and John P. Goodall (western area  manager).  Included with museum admission. 

JULY 2014

Museum Explorer Mornings

Introduce children to art through Museum Explorer Mornings, to be held at the Brandywine River Museum on Thursdays in July 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 with regular museum admission. To register contact the Education office at 610-388-8382 or education@brandywine.org.

  • July 3: Red, White and Blue
    Find red, white and blue in works of art and design a flag using these colors and more.
  • July 10: Paint by Nature
    Observe how artists paint nature and capture the beauty of the Brandywine landscape using watercolor crayons.
  • July 17: Amazing Animals
    Look for animals in paintings and sculpture and assemble an imaginative creature.
  • 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.


Brandywine Arts Evening

Friday, July 11, 6 to 9 p.m.

Join us for an evening of immersive art experiences, featuring dance and jazz performances and art-making activities, all connected to the significance of water in our lives. See Lure of the Brandywine: A Story of Land Conservation and Artistic Inspiration and hear about the exhibition from museum and environmental staff.  Full bar and small plate offerings will be available for purchase. Tickets available by phone at 610.388.8326.  $25 per person; $20 members, $10, students. 


Celebrating the Artist: Andrew Wyeth's Birthday

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. 


"Water Moves" Family Workshop

July 12, 10 a.m. to noon

Investigate the dynamic qualities of water through first-hand observation, original movement, creative mapping and art projects.  Workshop projects are suitable for all ages, and include with museum admission. Registration is requested; please contact the education office, 610.388.8382.


Lure of the Brandywine Gallery Talk

June 25, 2 p.m.

Discover the artistic and environmental themes in this special exhibition, led by staff members Virginia O'Hara (curator of collection) and John P. Goodall, western area  manager.  Included with museum admission. 

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.

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