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For Immediate Release:

Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art
Calendar of Events: July, August, September 2014

Please note: This events schedule is current as of June 23, 2014.
Please visit for updates.

JULY 2014

Through August 10
Celebrating the dual mission of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, Lure of the Brandywine examines the art of the region through the lens of land conservation.    

Through August 17
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 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

Museum Explorer Mornings
Thursday mornings, July 3 - 31 Introduce children to art 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. 
Free with regular museum admission. To register, contact the education office at 610.388.8382 or

Brandywine Arts Evening
riday, July 11, 6 - 9 p.m. Join us for an evening of immersive arts experiences featuring dance and music performances and art-making activities, all connected to the significance of water in our lives. This innovative program will feature the premiere of We Are Water, an original dance by Brooklyn-based Sight-Specific and original compositions by acclaimed pianist Catherine Marie Charlton.   Full bar and small-plate offerings available for purchase. 
Included with museum admission; free for Brandywine members and children under 6.

Celebrating the Artist: Andrew Wyeth's Birthday
Saturday, July 12, all day
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
Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m. - noon
TInvestigate the dynamic qualities of water through first-hand observation, original movement, creative mapping and art projects.  Workshop projects are suitable for all ages. 
Free admission. Registration is requested; please contact the education office , 610.388.8382.

Tip-A-Canoe & Barbecue, Too!
Saturday, July 19, starts at noon
Take a relaxed canoe trip down the Brandywine, enjoying the breathtaking views that have inspired so many painters, and end the night with a barbecue and barn dance.  Canoe rental, barbecue dinner and barn dance are included in the cost. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. There are no day-of ticket sales. This family-friendly event is hosted by the Young Friends and supports the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art's clean water and reforestation programs.Purchase your tickets now.  

Crafts in the Courtyard
Saturday, July 19, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 20, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Shop unique wares made by independent American artists in a variety of media. This two-day event showcases exceptional works from 13 juried members of the Chester County Craft Guild, a chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In Lecture and Book Signing by National Gallery of Art curators Nancy K. Anderson and Charles Brock 
Wednesday, July 23
Museum opens at 5:30 p.m., lecture at 6 p.m., followed by a book signing and reception The Brandywine River Museum of Art will hold a lecture and book signing in conjunction with the National Gallery of Art's major and acclaimed exhibition, Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In.  Exhibition curators and catalogue authors Nancy K. Anderson and Charles Brock will present an enlightening and entirely new approach to Wyeth's work, as they investigate the artist's fascination with windows and consider his own statement that he was an "abstract artist." The richly illustrated catalogue is available in the museum shop or online at  $20;  $15 for Brandywine members. Buy tickets online or by calling 610.388.8326. 


Lure of the Brandywine Gallery Talk
Wednesday, August 6, 2 p.m.
Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator at the Brandywine River Museum of Art and Sheila E. Fleming, senior planner at the Brandywine Conservancy will discuss the artistic and environmental themes contained in this special exhibition. Included with regular museum admission.   

Brandywine Brings the Blues  
August 15, Galleries open 6 - 9 p.m.  
Performance at 7 p.m.  in the courtyard by Philadelphia Blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Steve Cal'. $12; $10 for Brandywine members and $6 students until August 13. After August 13, $25; $20 Brandywine members and $10 students.

Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield
August 23 - 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. Co-organized by the Brandywine River Museum and the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York, the exhibition will feature over 50 paintings borrowed from important public and private collections across the United States. The exhibition is co-curated by Audrey Lewis, associate curator, Brandywine River Museum of Art, and Nancy Weekly, head of collections and Charles Cary Rumsey, curator at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. 


Drawing Kuerner Farm
Saturday, September 6, 9:30 a.m. - 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. Participants should dress appropriately for the outdoors; covered areas will be used in case of rain.  $30; $24 for Brandywine members

PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families Art All Around
Sunday, September 7, 10 a.m. - noon
Lines on the street, texture in the trees, patterns on your shirt--art really is all around us! Join in a fun morning of art-making and explore the elements of art and principles of design in innovative new ways. After making a masterpiece, visit the galleries and see how many art elements you can find in the collection.  Free admission

The Art of Charles E. Burchfield
Wednesday, 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.  $20; $15 for Brandywine members

Charles Burchfield's Exalted Nature
Wednesday, September 17, 10:30 a.m. - 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 day 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. 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.   $40; $32 for Brandywine members includes guided tours and lunch.

Fall Harvest Market
Most weekends, September 21 through November 9
From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum.  Hand-woven rugs, dried flowers and wreaths, pottery, quilted fabric items and handcrafted dolls are featured on a rotating basis. Free with museum admission.

Capturing the Barns-Brinton House on Canvas
Saturday, September 27, 2 p.m.
Artists were drawn to the Brandywine Valley beginning in the 19th century because of its natural beauty and sense of history, with buildings predating the American Revolution dotting the landscape. The Barns-Brinton House of Chadds Ford has been standing in its spot on U.S. Rt. 1 for 300 years, rescued from demolition by the Chadds Ford Historical Society in 1968 and carefully restored. Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, will introduce and discuss several paintings depicting the Barns-Brinton House in various media. Following the lecture, members of the Chadds Ford Historical Society will serve complimentary tea and cookies.  Included in museum admission and free for Brandywine members 

Art Class with Karl J. Kuerner
Tuesdays, September 23  - November 11, 11 a.m. -  1 p.m.
Saturdays, September 27 -  November 15, 11 a.m. -  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. Class size is limited to allow for individual instruction.  $250; $200 for Brandywine members. 

Imagine Brandywine
September 28, 2014 - January 4, 2015
The display will feature creative landscapes by fifth grade students from Garrettford Elementary School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Hillary Holland 610.388.8336 or
Lora Englehart 610-388-8337

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