Artistic plein air to be in plain sight

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The Plein Air event will showcase talented artists, breathtaking views.

A plethora of prominent artists will pick up easels for the inaugural Plein Air Brandywine Valley Painting and Photography Competition, Gala, Art Show and Sale, which begins today.

For one week, artists will paint and photograph the most scenic properties of the Brandywine Valley, including private estates, land preserves, and renowned du Pont properties such as Longwood Gardens, Hagley Museum, Winterthur, and Mt. Cuba Center.

Celebrated Brandywine Valley artist Frolic Weymouth and Stephen Perloff of Photo Review, will judge all works entered into the competition.  All art will then be displayed for viewing and purchase  during the opening gala scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2011, at the Tatnall School in Wilmington as well as throughout the remainder of the weekend.

For those interesting in the process, day passes can be purchased for one of the painting locations. On Thursday, a block party and "wet paint" sale will be held on West Gay Street in West Chester. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

The gala will feature hors d'oeuvres, open bar, music and auctioneer Victoria Wyeth. A portion of the proceeds from the art sales will benefit Children’s Beach House and Chester County Art Association.