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For Immediate Release:

Celebrate the Holidays with a Visit to the
  Brandywine River Museum 

A Brandywine Christmas features an exhibition of pop-up books, handmade critter ornaments
on trees throughout the Museum, and an extensive O-gauge train display.   

Chadds Ford, PA November 1, 2012 - The Brandywine River Museum will be all decked out for holiday fun with its popular O-gauge model train display, thousands of whimsical "critter" ornaments, an exhibition of jewelry inspired by the art of Andrew Weyth and the fascinating exhibition, Pop-Up! Illustration in 3-D, all on view from November 23 through January 6.  

With the element of surprise and the excitement of motion, pop-up books delight everyone. Pop-Up! Illustration in 3-D presents a selection of books that ranges from late 19th century examples to the sophisticated constructions designed by contemporary paper engineers working with noted artists/illustrators like Edward Gorey, Maurice Sendak and Tomie dePaola. Other artist/illustrators, such as Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, create both the art and the intricate pop-up mechanisms. The exhibition also features books by contemporary pop-up book masters David Carter, Chuck Fischer, Bruce Foster and Chuck Murphy. To show the complexity of the artist/illustrator's process, the exhibition includes pre-production mock-ups by Chuck Fischer, Edward Gorey and Robert Sabuda. The exhibition is drawn largely from the extensive collection of Ann Montanaro Staples, founder of The Movable Book Society and preeminent authority on movable books.

Also on view is Donald Pywell: Golden Impressions of Andrew Wyeth. This display features exquisitely-crafted jewelry by Donald Pywell and inspired by Andrew Wyeth's paintings. Pywell collaborated with Wyeth on the design for each piece of jewelry.  Architectural designer T. Mark Cole has created settings for each item of jewelry, also inspired by the paintings.       

The spectacular O-gauge train display, beloved by visitors of all ages, fills an entire gallery. As many as five of 150 locomotives and 300 freight cars run simultaneously on more than 2,000 feet of track, winding past a village, stone quarry, oil refinery, mountains, and running waterfall, as Santa and his sleigh fly overhead. A "rail cam," mounted on a snowplow, gives visitors a view from the perspective of a miniature locomotive driver.   This year's display highlights the train experience in Japan following WWII. It includes Japanese model trains made by Sakai, Stronlite, Ajin and IMP. Copies of Japanese ukiyo woodblock prints, which helped popularize train transportation, are also included.

Fabulous "critter" ornaments, created from natural materials by Conservancy volunteers, will adorn seven fresh-cut fir trees on the first and third floors. Charming critter scenes surround the base of the trees and fill display cases. A stunning, towering tree--also laden with critter ornaments--rises up three stories through the central lobby of the Museum.

Critter ornaments and a new children's picture book, Teasel & Twigs, 'Tis a Critter Christmas Tale ($20), will be available for purchase at the Museum's Annual Critter Sale on Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Following the sale, critters and the book will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop. Proceeds from the sale of the book and the critters benefit the Volunteers' Art Purchase Fund, which has added more than 200 paintings, drawings and prints to the Museum's holdings since 1975.

As part of A Brandywine Christmas, choral groups from local schools will provide musical entertainment in the second floor lobby area throughout December. A complete list of the groups, with the dates and times of their performances, can be found on the Museum's website,

A Brandywine Christmas is presented by Otto's BMW and supported by Herr Foods Inc, and The Frelinghuysen Foundation.

The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The museum is open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for Christmas Day. Admission costs $12, adults; $8, seniors age 65 and over; $6, students and children ages 6-12; free for children under age 6 and Brandywine Conservancy members. For more information, call 610-388-2700 or visit the Museum's website

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