CFES Art Show

March 16, 2018 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

It was 69 years ago when Betsy Wyeth started what has become the annual Chadds Ford Elementary School Art Sale and Show. That tradition is not lost on today's artists. One of those artists is Kathy Ruck, this year's donating artist.

Ruck said in an interview that she's drawn to the show because of its quality and history.

"It's a wonderful show, very well attended, and the history of the show. It goes back 69 years. I'm just proud to be a part of this show, said Ruck who refers to herself as a contemporary realist who concentrates on the natural beauty of Southern Chester County. She said she comes away from the CFES show looking at the surrounding area and she can portray it in her art.

Ruck added that one of the bonuses in showing is social. She gets to touch base with fellow artists that she doesn't get to see during the rest of the year. The Landenberg resident has been painting for more than 20 years, but this is just the third time she's showing at CFES.

The piece she's donating this year is entitled "Sunset on Sycamore," and the title is true to the image.

This year's featured artist is Jacalyn Beam, also showing at the school for the third time. Beam is well-known in the area as a plein air impressionist. She spearheaded the effort to start the plein air event at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, has shown at the Chadds Ford Gallery and will have an exhibit at Barbara Moore Fine Art in April.

Her main piece this year is called "Pair," a farm scene done in Unionville. Beam can often be seen pulling off a road, setting up her pallet and painting. She said she found the subject for "Pair" just driving around the area.

The title comes from the cows depicted. Beam said they were paired off two-by-two. Beam added that she chose not to manipulate the scene for compositional purposes. The house and barn are unusually close to each other in reality, and she decided not to change that.

This year's show runs Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17. The Friday night reception runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and is adults only. Saturday is open to families and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will also be an Art Salon with Chadds Ford artist Karl Kuerner who will be exhibiting selected works of his own as well as those of one of his students, Shay Allen.

Admission is free, and 30 percent of sale prices go to the school's PTO for educational enrichment programs.



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