CCAA fundraiser to support local art legacy

The annual Invitational Exhibition of the Chester County Art Association (CCAA) is an anticipated event that has grown to include a varying selection of artists each year.

Work by Brett Anderson Walker will be part of the Chester County Art Association's Invitational

Work by Brett Anderson Walker will be part of the Chester County Art Association's annual Invitational Show.

The board and staff curated this year's exhibition with an emphasis on creating a unified, dynamic show.  Every show at the Chester County Art Association is an opportunity to engage members, the artists, and the community at large with local artwork, a CCAA press release said.

Join us for our ticketed opening reception and dance on April 24, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The night promises to be a celebration of art and an evening of music and merriment with a full bar, hors d'oeuvres and a scavenger hunt within the art. A local DJ will spin the tunes.

The Chester County Art Association prides itself on inclusion of all levels of artists; both students and professionals frequent our space.  We also pride ourselves on inclusion of all styles of artwork.  CCAA has a staff, board and many volunteers dedicated to our mission:  being a source of inspiration, creativity, and community by connecting artists, students, patrons and the wider community to and through art, the release said.

CCAA was founded in 1931 by several prominent artists and community leaders including William Palmer Lear (1908-1970) and N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), both renowned illustrators, and Christian Brinton (1870-1942), an internationally-known art critic and early promoter of Modernist art movement.

The original group met weekly to sketch and plan exhibits, many of them featuring the works of the young Andrew Wyeth as well as that of other soon-to-be celebrated artists such as Horace Pippin, Tom Bostelle, Barclay Rubincam, Philip Jamison, Peter Sculpthorpe and Harry Dunn.

This year’s invitational lineup includes Ellie Byrom-Haley, Glen Calabria, Diane Cannon, Diane Cirafesi, Heather Davis, Doris Davis-Glackin, Favi Dubo, Kathleen Friedenberg, Lele Galer, Barbara Grant, Rhoda Kahler, Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian, Donald Leong, Emily Manko, Jeremy McGirl, George McMonigle, Kathy Miller, Anne Milner, Paula Mintzer, Steven Mogck, Victor Mordasov, Peter Quarracino, Jeff Schaller, Wendy Scheirer, Denise Sedor, Don Shoffner, Dale Shuffler, Alan Soffer, Libbie Soffer, Vaughn Stadtmiller, John Suplee, Lin Tan, Denise Vitollo, Brett Anderson Walker, and Robert Wellings.

The Invitational Exhibition is generously sponsored this year by Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery.  Visit their website to learn more about the ways in which they bring good spirits and the arts together

Tickets are $50 per person and $90 per couple.  Ticket purchases will support CCAA and, in turn, support the arts in Chester County.  Purchase by calling 610-696-5600, ext. 12, or online at


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