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Jamie Wyeth shares father’s wit and wisdom

Jamie Wyeth converses with Brandywine River Museum Curator Audrey Lewis

Artist Jamie Wyeth, with his handsome looks and charm, has always left the ladies swooning. Since the death of his famous father, Andrew Wyeth, in 2009, however, Jamie has taken on an almost avuncular persona when talking about his father’s art and growing up Wyeth. For local residents, his stories are not new, but they are so funny, no one minds hearing them again. ...

 
 

Andrew Wyeth Forever Stamps the day

Chadds Ford neighbors, art fans and philatelists stormed the Brandywine River Museum of Art courtyard Wednesday to get their hands on the newly minted Andrew Wyeth Forever Stamps. The official ceremony to unveil the stamps was a steamy affair even though a white tent provided some relief from the blazing hot sun. Ironically, or fittingly, the ceremony was hosting by ...

 

Jim Duff’s lecture enchants and educates

Bernie and Jim Garrison of Phoenixville came prepared to immerse themselves in the life and art of Andrew Wyeth at the Brandywine River Museum of Art last Saturday. They sat in the lecture room, each holding a book in their laps, waiting for James (Jim) H. Duff, Executive Director Emeritus of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, to begin his talk. Duff ...

 

Exhibit marks centennial of iconic artist’s birth

 “Andrew Wyeth is not only one of America’s iconic artists, he was a beloved fixture in this community,” said Thomas Padon, director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art at the opening of this first major retrospective of the artist’s career since his death in 2009. Many local residents have firsthand accounts of seeing Wyeth working alongside the road, eating in ...

 

Cheers to balloon animals at the Creamery

Are those balloon animals in that wall or have I had one too many beers? Owners of the Creamery in Kennett Square, Dot and Mike Bontrager, are true visionaries who always wanted to include work by local artists in their pop-up beer garden and community gathering space. Every Thursday evening in June, from 5 to 7 p.m., trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”) artist Robert ...

 

Antiques Show bursts into bloom

Like a precious spring bud, the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s annual Antiques Show develops from the parent organism, in this case, the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art. During the months of the preceding year, layer upon layer of detailed planning forms an organism that duplicates its parent. On Friday morning of Memorial Day Weekend, the antiques show ...

 

Gala caps 50th anniversary celebration weekend

The more than 600 guests who came to the Brandywine Conservancy & River Museum’s “Frolic in the Garden” Gala Saturday evening might have thought they had somehow stepped into another dimension and arrived at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Stoney Bank Nurseries transformed the Museum courtyard into a floral delight with displays throughout. A billboard-sized image ...

 

Guest bartenders serve Andy’s Potion

It was not Mike Connolly’s first time behind the Brandywine Brewing Company bar for a Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Guest Bartender Night, but it was his first time as the Society’s executive director. Connolly, along with popular celebrity bartender Victoria Wyeth and others, took orders from the crowd to support the Society. 100% of their tips were donated to ...

 

Brandywine In Black has partygoers in the pink

Brandywine in Black was “wildly” successful—With a Pop of Pink—as elegantly dressed partygoers dined and danced among the dinosaurs, bears and leopards on display at the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville, Delaware, Saturday, March 25. Co-organizer Elizabeth Roche explained that she and event founder Vince Moro decided on pink as the accent color at the ...

 

Uptown! Performing Arts Center opening soon

The scent of wet paint and the racket of drills, hammers and saws will soon be replaced with the smell of greasepaint and the roar of the crowd at the old armory on 226 N. High Street in West Chester. The three-story building was a beehive of activity on a recent snowy day as electricians, carpenters, painters and plasterers worked feverishly to prepare the ...

 

Conservancy helping the monarch butterfly

The monarch butterfly may soon be on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered Species List. Since the 1990s, the number of monarchs across North America has declined by more than 80 percent, from almost one billion to about 56.5 million today. Over-logging in Mexico — where the butterflies live in winter — is wiping out the monarch’s southern forest habitat and, in ...