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Brandywine River Museum of Art will be prominent at the Philadelphia Flower Show,
Ben Franklin plans to visit, Music on the Brandywine is back and so is our lecture series!

Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania February 6, 2014 Spring is just around the corner, and the Brandywine River Museum offers stimulating programs and activities to entice visitors out of the house after a long, cold winter.

Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia Convention Center
March 1 to 9
The Brandywine River Museum will share center stage at the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show! This year's theme is "ARTiculture, where art meets horticulture" and in an unprecedented collaboration, floral and garden designers will take their inspiration from art found in the nation's leading museums. The Brandywine River Museum is honored to be included and to be partnering with Stoney Bank Nurseries. Their display, The Beauty of the Brandywine, is inspired by art by three generations of the Wyeth family. Stoney Bank Nurseries, a 35-year Flower Show exhibitor, has won some of its most prestigious awards, including Best in Show five times.

A Walk through Time with Benjamin Franklin
Sunday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to noon
N.C. Wyeth (1888-1945), Benjamin Franklin, 1938/39 History comes alive through the special exhibition, N.C. Wyeth's America in the Making. Visitors of all ages are invited to meet Benjamin Franklin impersonator Ralph Archbold, the official Franklin for the City of Philadelphia, from 11 a.m. to noon. Archbold was designated the official "Ben Franklin" for America's Constitutional Bicentennial and has appeared on the History Channel, in TIME magazine, USA Today, the New Yorker and the New York Times. In the spirit of Franklin, everyone is invited to make a kite. Free for members and included in museum admission (which is free on Sunday mornings until noon).

N.C. Wyeth (1888-1945),
Benjamin Franklin, 1938/39
Pianist Catherine Marie Charlton
Wednesday, March 12, 1 - 3 p.m.
Steinway artist Catherine Marie Charlton will perform original piano improvisations and compositions inspired by the works of the Wyeth family. Charlton's album Red Leaf, Grey Sky: Piano Improvisations was the winner of the 2013 Independent Music Awards (Instrumental EP).
"New Perspectives:" Lecture Series
Thursdays, March 13 - 27, 2 p.m.
Look at art history in a new way through this three-part lecture series. Do you ever find yourself looking at a work of contemporary art and thinking, "How did we get here?"

Join us as we follow the roots of American art history, including artists from the museum's permanent collection, to investigate popular themes in contemporary art. This format will help establish a progression of artistic concept and practice that will result in a deeper understanding and appreciation of American art in the 21st century. The series is presented by assistant educator Jane Chesson.

  • Thursday, March 13: The Figure & Narrative
  • Thursday, March 20: Time & Memory
  • Thursday, March 27: Science & Technology
Series tickets are $30 for adults, $24 for members; tickets for individual lectures are $15 for adults, $12 for members. Tickets are available online, by phone at 610-388-8326, or at the museum.

The Brandywine Conservancy and Art Museum is participating in the first ever Community Read. Initiated by Longwood Gardens, the Community Read is a project designed to inspire people to read Aldo Leopold's environmental classic, A Sand County Almanac and to explore the book's themes of environmental conservation, land stewardship and community engagement. The Conservancy and Museum is hosting these events for Community Read:
Green Fire Screening
Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m.
This Emmy Award-winning documentary tells the story of legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold's extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped the modern environmental movement. His work is even more relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land. The film will be introduced by Edie Dondero, senior planner for land and easement management at the Brandywine Conservancy. The screening is free for members and included in museum admission. The museum and galleries will open at 6 p.m.

"Lighting a Local Fire" Presentation and Book Discussion
Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Aldo Leopold's enthusiasm for the environmental movement took root locally in the work of the Brandywine Conservancy and many others, including Ted Browning, an important voice for the environment in the Brandywine Valley. Browning's book of essays, Notes from Turtle Creek, provides a local perspective on topics that Leopold explored in A Sand County Almanac. Join in a discussion led by Conservancy staff on issues raised by both writers and learn how historic developments in land stewardship and conservation have shaped the look and feel of this region. Both books are available in the Brandywine River Museum Shop (it is not necessary to have read the books to participate.) The presentation is free for members and included in museum admission. The museum and galleries will open at 6 p.m.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Hilly Holland or Lora Englehart or 610-388-8337

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