Paint Out Chadds Ford: Plein Air Art Reception and Wet Paint Sale @ Chadds Ford Historical Society
Feb 3 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Paint Out Chadds Ford: A Plein Air Event

Saturday, February 3, 2018 - Reception & Wet Paint Sale from 6 to 8pm

CFHS Barn Visitor Center

The Chadds Ford Historical Society is hosting its 10th annual Plein Air art event, Paint Out Chadds Ford.  From February 1 to 3, 2018, artists from the Mid-Atlantic region will be painting outside around the Chadds Ford area as well as at the Barns Brinton House, John Chads House and along Brandywine Creek.

The Society will host a special art exhibition at the CFHS Barn Visitors Center that will be open on Saturday evening, February 3. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. there will be an Artist Reception and Wet Paint Sale, where guests can view and purchase artwork made during the event. Tickets are $15 per person ($30 for Chadds Ford Historical Society members) and includes light refreshments. Guests can view and purchase displays of the work just completed by the artists for the plein air event as well as other plein air paintings of the Brandywine Valley.

Please help support local artists by joining us for this fun event that steps back into time when early American illustrators and painters such as Howard Pyle, Bayard Berndt, and N.C. Wyeth were inspired by the beauty of our region and painted outdoors.

Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table @ Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Apr 1 all-day

From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range of dishes and plates. Whether it’s a recipe for “Barbecued Fawn,” fabulous tureens in the shapes of various animals, or instructions on how to fold a napkin so that it resembles a palm tree, prepare to be delighted by this unusual, often humorous exhibition that lets you explore a visual feast of flora and fauna adorning hundreds of dazzling ceramics and tablewares.

Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden @ Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Apr 1 @ 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden! The exhibition showcases whimsical and classic garden structures located throughout the Winterthur estate.

Follies are architectural constructions, often extravagant or picturesque, positioned within the landscape to amuse, frame a view, or pique your curiosity. You may have seen follies at other estates or in television shows or movies, such as Downton Abbey or Brideshead Revisited. Henry Francis du Pont, who developed Winterthur’s expansive gardens from 1902 to 1969, was familiar with follies throughout America and Europe and incorporated several into his own garden plans.

Some of the follies you will see in the exhibition were created or procured by H.F. du Pont as he developed the garden. Others are newly built structures inspired by follies at other estates. Together they offer a fresh and delightful way for visitors to experience Winterthur’s sweeping vistas, quiet corners, and winding paths.

The exhibit can be enjoyed on foot or from the garden tram. The walking loop takes approximately 45 minutes at a leisurely pace. The main path through the garden is wheelchair and stroller accessible.