A feast for adult eyes feeds the need for the education of youth

As has been going on for 60 years, professional artists showed and sold their works at Chadds Ford Elementary School to benefit the PTO and its educational programs.

Perennial favorites Paul Scarborough and Len Garon had their work on display and Chadds Ford resident Judy Jarvis was the featured artist this year. In all, there were 70 artists showing and selling their work.

Catherine Varallo, one of this year's cochairmen along with Diane Micklin, said that this year they had to turn away artists because there were so many who wanted to show.

“It's a popular show and a good cause,” Varallo said.

That good cause is that artists return 30 percent of their sales back to the PTO for use in educational programs and projects. In previous years, the proceeds went to build the outdoor classroom and have helped pay for special assemblies.

There was financial no goal set this year, and Micklin said that the artists were sensitive to the harsh economic climate in the country.

“Some artists were concerned about the economy and were realistic. They lowered their price point,” she said.

This year's show was dedicated to the Wyeth family both in honor of the death of Andy Wyeth in January and that it was Betsy Wyeth who started the show in 1949. Andy was a judge that first year.

The art show committee wrote for the program: “[W]e are eternally indebted to the entire Wyeth family for all they have given our community and for the integrity and grace they have shown us through both their deeds and their art. We are honored to have the opportunity to carry on this wonderful tradition.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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