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Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Rd. Chadds Ford, PA 19317
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    Upcoming events
      From Homer to Hopper: Experiment & Ingenuity in American Art
    • Thursday, April 27, 2017
    • This exhibition reflects the rich diversity of style and expression in American art created between 1870 and 1950. Assembled by the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, it features fifty-four superb paintings by Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Thomas Eakins, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, Horace Pippin, Maurice Prendergast, John Sloan, and many others who revolutionized picture-making in the United States. The exhibition traces the course of modern art in the works of these artists--from the bold, investigative realism of Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins at the end of the nineteenth century, to the reductive views and psychological insights of Edward Hopper and Morris Graves at mid-twentieth century. This exhibition is made possible by William and Laura Buck. Additional support provided by FREEMAN's.
      Tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio
    • Thursday, April 27, 2017
    • Tour artist Andrew Wyeth's studio while learning about his life and working methods. His library and items such as photos, fencing gear, military miniatures, costumes and props provide insight on his interests and sources of inspiration. Tours on April 20th-21st and May 18-19th will also include a tempera painting demonstration by artist Terry Wolf of the Society of Tempera Painters.
      50th Anniversary Gala: Frolic in the Garden
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    • Join us on April 29th for a gala to mark Brandywine's 50th anniversary. That night, we'll frolic in a garden of perennial favorites, celebrate the friendships we've cultivated over the years, and plot our exciting future as we toast fifty years of blooming successes. Together, we'll dance to The Chatterband and enjoy mouthwatering offerings by Garces Events and Blanch & Shock Catering in a verdant landscape designed by Stoney Bank Nurseries. We promise you, it won't be a garden variety event. Black tie is optional; dancing shoes are a must.
      "Realism Meets Abstraction" Gallery Talk
    • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    • In the early 20th century, two seemingly disparate types of art came together to form what is known as Modernism. In this gallery talk, Virginia O'Hara, curator of collections, looks at paintings featured in the exhibition From Homer to Hopper: Experiment and Ingenuity in America and discusses how artists created new and diverse visions of reality through innovative styles of painting.
      Kuerner Farm Plein Air Days
    • Friday, May 5, 2017
    • Get all-day 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 via an optional guided tour. Participants will meet at the Brandywine River Museum of Art parking lot at 9:15 a.m. before driving to the farm. Water and bathrooms are available at the site. Participants are responsible for providing all art materials. Rain or shine. Spaces are limited; register online or by calling 610-388-8326. For more information, contact Laura Westmoreland at (610) 388-8120 or
      PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families
    • Sunday, May 7, 2017
    • "Mix and Mash (up)" - transform ordinary and unusual art supplies into new creations, and awaken the imagination with the return of the renowned Funicular Circus, who will amaze all with their innovative wire-walking performance. PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families at the Museum presents free, hands-on workshops with creative art activities and performances for visitors of all ages.
      "Shake Up Your Landscape" Lecture
    • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    • Learn about native plants of the region that fit the aesthetics of your landscape design, provide multi-seasonal interest, and bring habitat back into the garden. Renee Kemmerer, a native plant expert and the Dogwood Path area horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center, will share her experiences and adventures in designing her own front yard. This lecture will inspire and spark your creative spirit to enhance your foundation plantings by adding native plants. Discover native substitutes for the traditional and common foundation plantings which often include exotic invasive plants like Japanese barberry, burning bush, and Bradford pear. You will go home inspired to shake up your foundation and use native plants to make the garden surrounding your home a beautiful and bountiful oasis. Registration required: visit or call 610-388-8326.
      Wildflower, Native Plant & Seed Sale
    • Saturday, May 13, 2017
    • Shop for a wide variety of native grasses, ferns, vines, shrubs, and trees. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide planting and horticultural information. Native Plants have evolved in the region and: are highly adapted to local growing conditions; require less water and no fertilizer; directly benefit our local birds, bees and butterflies; strengthen the local ecology; help preserve the character of the regional landscape.
      Creative Escape: Silk Scarves Workshop
    • Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    • Are you seeking a creative outlet but find that your time - and training - are limited? Come to the Brandywine River Museum of Art to unwind, mingle and make art. Led by local artist Meredith Langer, participants will create wearable silk scarves using natural dyes from foraged plant materials. No experience necessary; fee includes everything needed to make a silk scarf and light refreshments. BYOB. $35 members; $40 non-members. Purchase tickets at or call 610-388-8326.
      Antiques Show Preview Party
    • Friday, May 26, 2017
    • Antiques Show weekend starts off with a Preview Party on Friday evening, May 26. This celebration allows for a first look at the extraordinary objects and furniture beautifully displayed by the dealers in the courtyard and throughout the museum. And, it's not just the antiques that are tempting. Enjoy the many food selections prepared and presented by caterers Blanch & Shock. A delicious array of passed hors d'oeuvres along with many other culinary creations will be found throughout the museum. Then, just when you think the party is over, desserts and coffee are served. This event is creatively organized by volunteers Valerie Bozzone and Karen Carson, with exquisite flower arrangements and live music flowing through the building. Tickets are $125 per person ($50 tax deductible) and include valet parking, open bar, and abundant hors d'oeuvres. Purchase tickets at or call 610-388-8326.
      46th Annual Antiques Show
    • Saturday, May 27, 2017
    • Fine antiques including furniture, rugs, porcelain, needlework and much more from distinguished dealers from the mid-Atlantic and beyond will be on sale. Proceeds from this annual fundraising event benefit the Museum Volunteers' Purchase Fund, and Art Education and Programming. Visit for more information and for the list of exhibitors.
      Antiques Show Breakfast & Tour
    • Saturday, May 27, 2017
    • Head to Millstone Café overlooking the scenic Brandywine River for a continental breakfast and lecture by Amanda C. Burdan, Brandywine's associate curator, along with Allison Schell, program and development manager at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, for a demonstration of the preparation of chocolate from bean to bar followed by a tour of the exhibition, Sipped and Savored: The Art of Chocolate. Museum doors will open at 8:45 a.m. The presentation will begin at 9:30 a.m. following a continental breakfast in the Millstone Café at 9:00 a.m. $30; purchase tickets at or call 610-388-8326.
      "A Passion for Collecting": Antiques Show Dealer Talks
    • Sunday, May 28, 2017
    • The Antiques Show will feature a variety of talks given by the dealers. These eight 30-minute lectures will be held in the dealer booths and are scheduled as follows: Sunday, May 28: 10:30 a.m. - Tin-Glazed Pottery, by Mark Allen; 11:30 a.m. - True American Beauty: Celebrating Revolutionary Folk Art, by Bev Norwood; 12:30 p.m. - Windsor or Loser: How is a beginning collector to know the difference? by Lee Hanes; 1:30 p.m. - What to Look for When Buying an Oriental Rug, by Frank Shaia. Monday, May 29: 10:30 a.m. - Transfer-printed English Pottery, by Michael Weinberg; 11:30 a.m. - If It Makes You Smile, It Is Folk Art! by Harold Cole; 12:30 p.m. - Things Are Real to Those Who Believe, Living in an Age of Misconceptions, by Scott Ferris; 1:30 p.m. - English Pottery from Creamware to Pearlware, by Peg Sutor. For advanced reservations please call 610-388-8318, or meet in the first-floor lobby of the museum on May 28 or 29 to register.
      Artz Philadelphia: Meet Me at the Museum & Make Memories
    • Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    • This special program, currently held at a variety of institutions in the Philadelphia region, welcomes a small group of visitors with dementia and their care partners to museums and art centers, where they can 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 organization provides these benefits through cultural and creative opportunities, in partnership with other organizations. To register, contact ARTZ Philadelphia at or 610-721-1606. Space is limited; please register at least a week in advance.