Art, history mix well for Paint Out Chadds Ford

The Chadds Ford Historical Society's Visitors' Center will double as an art gallery for the 10th Annual Paint Out Chadds Ford.

Art will intersect creatively with area landscapes this week as the Chadds Ford Historical Society (CFHS) hosts its 10th Annual Paint Out Chadds Ford.

The “plein air” event will feature paintings done outdoors, typically in a single sitting. From Thursday, Feb. 1, through Saturday, Feb. 3, area residents will see artists set up around the area, bringing their palettes and canvases to locations ranging from the scenic banks of the Brandywine Creek to the historic Barns Brinton House.

On Saturday, the CFHS will hold a reception and aptly named “wet paint sale” from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase artwork from a variety of artists from the Mid-Atlantic region.

The influx of painters also serves as a reminder that many artists throughout history – from Frank Schoonover to Howard Pyle to members of the Wyeth dynasty – have found inspiration in the region.

In addition to braving whatever weather Mother Nature provides, the artists always enjoy interacting with the public. In past years, many people have had a chance to meet the artists and then bought paintings that they saw in progress, giving the purchase personal as well as aesthetic value.

The Chadds Ford Historical Society will perfect the art of plein air for the 10th Annual Paint Out Chadds Ford.

Admission is $15 per person ($10 for CFHS members) and includes light refreshments. All exhibited artwork will be available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds from each sale will help support the society.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 610-388-7376. Tickets are also available in advance or on the night of the reception at our Barn Visitor Center at 1736 Creek Road in Chadds Ford, which is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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About Kathleen Brady Shea

Kathleen Brady Shea, a nearly lifelong area resident, has been reporting on local news for several decades, including 19 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer. She believes that journalists provide a vital watchdog service in the community, and she embraces that commitment. In addition to unearthing news, she also enjoys digging up dirt in her garden, a hobby that frequently fosters Longwood Gardens envy. Along with her husband, Pete, she lives in a historic residence near the Brandywine Battlefield, a property that is also home to a sheep, a goat, and a passel of fish.



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