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Attend the Plein Air Brandywine Valley Opening Reception on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

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2019 Plein Air Brandywine Valley Sponsorship Opportunities

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Plein Air Brandywine Valley Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 13, 2019

  • Artists Gathering (Location to be determined) Information about the event will be shared, questions answered, and surfaces stamped. 

Monday, October 14 – Thursday, October 17, 2019

  • Opportunities for painting 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 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 18, 2019

  • Judging for the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition starting at 4:30 p.m. Opening Reception, Art Exhibition and Sale opening at 7:00 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 19 - Sunday, October 20, 2019

  • Show/Sale and Exhibition continues Saturday and Sunday (10/19 - 10/20) from 10:00am - 4:00pm.

2017 Competition Winners!

We're happy to announce the winners of the 2017 Plein Air Brandywine Valley Competition! Check out the prize-worthy work now!

Our 2017 Winners

Barbara Berry
From the rising sunlight reaching across the woodland streams in Pennsylvania to the late afternoon light stretching over the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming, the ever-changing beauty of our fragile home is my inspiration. Describing the landscape or the character in a loved one's face is an immeasurable privilege. With my paintings I hope to prompt a nostalgic memory or inspire another to pause and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.
After having had a rewarding career as a soloist in the opera in Germany I returned to America and enrolled in art classes and workshops with several esteemed artists.
I now live in a rural area in Pennsylvania where I am surrounded by a lifetime of incentive to get my paints out.
I am a signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, a member of the Oil Painters of America, the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, the International Association of Pastel Societies, and the Portrait Society of America.
* Honorable Mention Winner 2017 Artists Magazine All-Media Online Competition
* work published in North Light Shop`s Strokes of Genius 9 -a collection of 140 contemporary drawings
* Finalist September 2017 Art Muse Contest- Marc Hanson, juror
* First Award for Excellence in Works on Paper -117th Annual International Exhibition of Works on Paper -Philadelphia Watercolor Society
* Finalist June 2017 Art Muse Contest -Stephanie Birdsall, juror
* Best in Show, 2017 Wayne Art Center Student Works Exhibition
* Golden Award of Excellence, Connecticut Pastel Society Juried Members Exhibition 2016, Purely Pastel
* Outstanding Pastel Award, BoldBrush Painting Competition 2016
* Pastel Society of New Mexico Award, Pastel Society of the West Coast`s 2016 Pastels USA
* Finalist, Emerging Artist Category, Art Muse Contest July 2016
* Honorable mention, 12th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition 2016
* First Place, Expressions in Pastel, Maryland Pastel Society 2016
Best in Show, Wayne Art Center Members Exhibition 2015* Donnie Dingman Memorial Award, Shades of Pastel National Exhibition 2015*
Mary K. McGee Memorial Award for Excellence in Pastel, Philadelphia Watercolor Society 114th Anniversary Exhibition
* Finalist, Emerging Artist Category, Art Muse Contest, 2016
* Finalist, Gallery Representation Award Competition, Art Muse Contest 2016 -Jack Meier Gallery
* Norristown Art League Award, Wayne Art Center Members Exhibition 2012

The following paintings of mine have been selected as part of the FAV15% in the BoldBrush painting competition: the pastel barn door, the pastel sublime, the pastel the prayer, the pastel pause, the pastel sincerity, the pastel range rolls, the pastel repose, the pastel red settee, the pastel opera buff, the pastel light touch, the pastel beautiful skin, the pastel study of Luciano, the pastel new dress, the pastel pink carnation, the pastel respite, the pastel prophecy, the pastel river birch walk, the pastel Melody, the pastel Liquid, light and lounge, and the pastel flamenco choreographer
Exhibits and events:
*12th Annual Wayne Plein air competition 2018, Wayne PA
*Farm to Table Plein air, Chadds Ford, yPA 2018
*The Southeastern Pastel Society 18th International Juried Exhibition 2018
*Wayne Art Center's 2017 Fall Members Juried Exhibition
*Renaissance in Pastel 24th Annual National juried exhibition 2017
*Pastels USA 31st Annual International Open Exhibition -PSWC (2017)
*Shades of Pastel 2017 -Maryland Pastel Society`s National Juried Exhibition
*117th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper by Philadelphia Water Color Society (2017)
*IAPS 30th Juried Pastel World Exhibition 2017
*Purely Pastel: 2017 Connecticut Pastel Society Juried Exhibition
*2017 Pastel Society of the West Coast Online Members juried show
*Gallery 222, 222 East King Street, Malvern, PA 19355 11/16/16-12/17/16
*29th IAPS Juried Exhibition - The 2016 Webshow
*23rd Annual Renaissance in Pastel 2016 Exhibition, Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, Connecticut
*30th Annual Pastels USA International Exhibition, Art Center Morro Bay in Morro Bay, CA
*North Light Books' 2016 drawing competition Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries!
*UArt 2016 Online Pastel Competition
*Colorado Pastel Society`s 12th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition, Vida Ellison Gallery, Denver, Colorado
*Purely Pastel 2016 Juried Member Exhibition, Connecticut Pastel Society -Goodman Gallery, Lyme Art Association
*For Pastels Only on Cape Cod 2016 -Cultural Center of Cape Cod
*EXPRESSIONS IN PASTEL April 1st, 2016 - Art League of Ocean City
*Philadelphia Watercolor Society 2016 Member Exhibit
*The Pastel Society of the West Coast Online Membership Exhibition 2016
*the Shades of Pastel 2015 juried National Exhibition - Washington DC
*Members juried Exhibition 2015 Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
*the first UART online exhibition 2015, -
*Philadelphia Watercolor Society Online Member Exhibit, -online at
*114th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Wallingford, PA