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Attend the Plein Air Brandywine Valley Opening Reception on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

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2015 Competition Winners!

We're happy to announce the winners of the 2015 Plein Air Brandywine Valley Competition! Check out the prize-worthy work now!

Our 2015 Winners

Event Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor ($10,000)

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Platinum Sponsor ($5,000)


Gold Sponsor ($2,500)


Silver Sponsor ($1,000)


Bronze Sponsor ($500)


Plein Air Brandywine Valley Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 16, 2016

  • Artists Gathering at 7:00 pm. at the Marshalton Inn, 1300 E Strasburg Rd., West Chester, PA 19380. Information about the event will be shared, questions answered, and surfaces stamped. 

Monday, October 17 – Thursday, October 20, 2016

  • Opportunities for painting, drawing, and photographing incredible landscapes, gardens, museums, churches, and private estates will be provided. Artists are required to work only in allotted time frames. Work completed outside of those time frames will not be considered for judging. Also, all work is to be done outside, in natural lighting. Paintings or photographs of indoor spaces, although they can be included in the sale, will not be considered for judging. Please see the complete rules and regulations for artists.

Friday, October 21, 2016

  • Judging for the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition starting at 4:30 p.m. Opening Reception, Art Exhibition and Sale opening at 6:30 p.m. at The Visitor’s Center of Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library for artists, patrons, and guests. At this time, artists may choose their favorite works for inclusion in the Artists' Choice segment of the competition. Wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - Sunday, October 23, 2016

  • Show/Sale and Exhibition continues Saturday 10/22 from 10:00am - 4:00pm and Sunday 10/23 from noon - 3:00pm

Sponsor Plein Air Brandywine Valley Opening Reception or Event!

Plein Air Brandywine Valley is seeking Opening Reception and Event sponsors!

A variety of sponsorship packages are available, each offering benefits as a thank you for your support.

Welcome to Plein Air Brandywine Valley

Thank you to the Hagley Museum & Library for offering their property as a location for our artists!   

And thank you to the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library for hosting our Opening Reception as well as the weekend Art Exhibition and Sale!

Plein Air Brandywine Valley is a painting and photography competition, show and sale featuring the beauty of the Brandywine Valley interpreted by the finest artists of our nation and beyond.

For one week, artists will paint and photograph the most scenic properties of the Brandywine Valley including private estates, land preserves, and renowned duPont properties.

All works entered into the competition will be judged and then displayed for viewing and purchase at an opening reception scheduled for Friday, October 21, from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at The Visitor Center of Winterthur Museum and Garden located in Wilmington, DE. The works will remain on display for purchase and vieiwing throughout the remainder of the weekend and are free to the public. (Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 23, 2016 from noon - 3 p.m.)

A portion of the proceeds from the art sales will benefit Children’s Beach House.

If you're interested in participating in this unique event and competition, please see the applicant details.


Location for Artist Gathering Determined

Artists and sponsors will be invited to the Artist Gathering which will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the Marshalton Inn, 1300 E. Strasburg Rd., West Chester, PA.

For more information, contact us today.