Museum’s ‘critter’ craze extends to Halloween

Just in time to create a ghoulishly well-decorated Halloween venue, volunteers at the Brandywine River Museum of Art are expanding their critter craze.

A witch crafted from natural materials collected by Brandywine Museum of Art volunteers will for sale at the museum starting on Oct. 15.

A witch crafted from natural materials collected by Brandywine Museum of Art volunteers will for sale at the museum starting on Oct. 15.

For four decades, the museum “critters,” whimsically-crafted ornaments of natural materials that have graced the White House and the Smithsonian, have proven particularly popular during the Christmas holidays. Spring critters, which ranged from ducklings and bunnies to sheep and doves, were introduced earlier this year, and this month will mark the debut of fall and Halloween-themed creations, according to a museum press release.

The museum’s latest offerings will include ghosts, goblins, witches, spiders, vampires, bats, turkeys, squirrels and owls, ranging in price from $10 to $30. They will be available from Oct. 15 through Nov. 15 in the museum shop, which is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the release said.

Proceeds will benefit the Museum Volunteers’ Art Purchase Fund, Art Education and Programming. Hillary Holland, a communications specialist for the museum, said critter sales have raised over $1 million since the program’s inception in 1975.

Collecting the body parts for the critters — including seeds, pods, teasel, dried flowers, corncobs, even banana peel - is a yearlong effort. The woods, fields, and roadsides near the museum offer the volunteers' primary resource for critter "ingredients," which are then used to design a creature boasting distinct shapes, textures and colors.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art is located on Route 1 in Chadds Ford. For more information, visit http://www.brandywinemuseum.org.

 

 

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