Artists since antiquity have depicted, and often mimicked, the splendors of nature. Throughout the centuries, such representations have embodied the shifting relationship between humans and their natural surroundings. Nature has thus proved to be a fertile terrain for projecting a culture's desires, fears, whimsy, or will. Artists in the twenty-first century have continued this cultural dialogue with nature, and as this exhibition will reveal, expanded it in surprising ways, bringing their distinct concerns and creative vision to the subject.
Explore exhibition themes with Conservancy and Museum staff. The talk will be led by Ellen Ferretti, Director of the Brandywine Conservancy and Mary Cronin, Dean of Education for the Brandywine River Museum of Art.
Get access to Kuerner Farm, a National Historic Landmark, where Andrew Wyeth found intriguing subjects for hundreds of tempera paintings, watercolors and drawings for more than 70 years. Artists working in all media are invited to explore the property where they can sketch, paint or photograph and may gain insight into Wyeth's creative process on an optional guided tour. Purchase tickets online http://www.brandywine.org/museum/events. For more information, contact Laura Westmoreland at (610) 388-8120 or LWestmoreland@brandywine.org. ________________________________________ Also offered on July 17 and August 7 - come one or all days!
ARTZ Philadelphia joins with Brandywine to offer this popular program which welcomes a small group of visitors with dementia and their care partners to the Museum to view and discuss art in a supportive setting. ARTZ Philadelphia was founded on the belief that people living with dementia should be accorded the benefits of well-being and quality of life that others enjoy. The Museum is pleased to partner with ARTZ to provide these cultural and creative opportunities. There is no charge for this program, but registration is required. To register, contact ARTZ Philadelphia at email@example.com or 610.721.1606. Space is limited; please register at least a week in advance.
Kathleen Vance will discuss her work, including her site-specific installation that recreates a segment of the Brandywine River on the core wall of the Museum's atrium. Vance will share insights about projects that connect people to aspects of nature that are overlooked or underappreciated. Vance creates miniature landscapes inside vintage suitcases and trunks. The bucolic scenes harken to a place out of time and a romanticism of nature, with lush foliage and flowing streams. These relaxing scenarios consider personal land ownership, water rights and the need for stewardship and preservation of our green areas and water sources. These works bring nature back into everyday life and the hurried pace of each person's travels can be slowed to a moment of respite for contemplation and reflection. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m. with the program at 6 p.m. and a reception to follow.
Join author Constance L. Kirker for a lecture and food sampling inspired by the book Edible Flowers: A Global History that she co-authored with Mary Newman. Edible Flowers is the fascinating history of how flowers have been used in cooking around the world, from ancient customs to modern kitchens. Sample food prepared by Chef Kline in the Millstone Cafe. Ms. Kirker will have copies of her book available for purchase that evening.
Introduce children to art through Museum Explorer Mornings this summer. Participate in one or all four 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 one-hour sessions will be held each day: Session A: 10 a.m. or Session B: 11 a.m. Registration is requested by contacting at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610.388.8382. ________________________________________ Schedule - July 5: Learning to Look Discover the elements of art in various works such as line, shape, form, color, and texture and create a colorful and textural collage. July 12: Colorful Creatures Hunt for animals throughout the museum before using scratch art paper to design a colorful creature. July 19: Nature-a-rama Seek out traditional and unusual art about nature throughout the museum and construct a miniature imaginary environment from new and recycled materials. July 26: Imagine That Adventure through the galleries to find paintings worthy of a storybook and help re-imagine N. C. Wyeth paintings.
Investigate the concept of an "ideal landscape" as defined by artists in the Natural Wonders exhibition during a discussion and walk held both in the gallery and outdoors on the Museum's campus and riverside trail. Led by Brandywine staff including horticultural coordinator Mark Gormel and dean of education and public programs Mary Cronin. This hour-long program will include some walking on uneven surfaces. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 6 p.m. A daytime version of this program is also offered on Wednesday, July 11 at 11 a.m.
Enjoy the rich beauty of the Brandywine Creek in the summer from the museum's expansive atrium windows. Artists working in all media are invited to explore the vista from inside the museum where they can sketch, paint or photograph, while staying cool. Participants may also enjoy sketching (with pencil) in the museum's galleries. Participants are responsible for providing all art materials (including drop cloths). ________________________________________ Spaces are limited. For questions, contact Laura Westmoreland at 610-388-8120 or LWestmoreland@brandywine.org.
Join us as we explore the natural world and the art it inspires! Enjoy a variety of creative activities throughout the Museum and on its beautiful campus during this accessible program. Created in conjunction with occupational therapists and local families specifically for visitors on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorder, this inclusive program strives to provide a welcoming experience through offering: *Pre-visit social stories *Indoor and outdoor activities to meet a variety of sensory needs *Hands-on art activities for all developmental levels *Sensory break areas *On-hand support of professional and student occupational therapists and friendly volunteers *Fidgets and noise-cancelling headphones to borrow This program welcomes participants of all ages and their families (siblings welcome!). Free; space is limited and registration is requested. For more information or to register, contact Laura Westmoreland at email@example.com or 610.388.8120.
Get access to Kuerner Farm, a National Historic Landmark, where Andrew Wyeth found intriguing subjects for hundreds of tempera paintings, watercolors and drawings for more than 70 years. Artists working in all media are invited to explore the property where they can sketch, paint or photograph and may gain insight into Wyeth's creative process on an optional guided tour. Purchase tickets online http://www.brandywine.org/museum/events. For more information, contact Laura Westmoreland at (610) 388-8120 or LWestmoreland@brandywine.org. ________________________________________ Also offered on June 26 and August 7 - come one or all days!
Come to the Brandywine River Museum of Art to unwind, mingle and make art! Designed for adults who want to awaken their inner artists, this program will include inspiration from the exhibition Natural Wonders: The Sublime in Contemporary Art, and feature a hands-on silk dyeing activity. Participants will be guided by artist Mary Frances Millet in applying designs and colors to their fabric, and each person will take home a colorful 12x12" silk pillowcase. No experience necessary. Mary Frances Millet is a professional artist who works primarily in watercolor and silk dye, often depicting coastal scenes and nature-inspired images. Learn more about the artist at www.maryfrancesmillet.com. The museum will open at 5:30 p.m. with the workshop beginning at 6:00 p.m. Cost includes art materials and light refreshments. BYOB!
Philadelphia's Black Horse Motel crafts its genre-fluid city folk sound by taking traditional folk instrumentation and lyrics, blending them with Americana roots, rock, blues, and country influences and tying it all together with rich vocal harmonies. The resulting sound is infectiously foot-stomping, heart-breaking, familiar and new. The band released Parable, a 5-song EP, in January 2017 and is planning to release a new EP in early summer 2018. The current 4-piece group is made up of Desiree Haney(cello/keys/vocals), Megan Manning (drums/percussion, vocals), Galen Fitzpatrick (guitar/dobro/vocals), and Ryann Lynch (fiddle/vocals).
This inspirational and fun summer camp offers youth ages 9-14 a weeklong immersion into the Museum's outstanding art collection and nature-rich campus. Campers will become makers, learning innovative hands-on techniques for expressing themselves through art. The week culminates with an art show for family and friends. Supplies are included. Register online.