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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

Event Sponsors

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  • Jerome I. Marcus, MD

 

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  • June Buck
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  • Mary and Jim Culley
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BRONZE

  • Joe and Bernie Polinski
  • Jay and Martha Tschantz
  • John Lilley and Bob Lohrmann
  • Brooke Mitchell and Scott Best
  • Nancy Ellis, State Farm
  • Karen D. Poore, ChFC
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Plein Air Brandywine Valley Schedule of Events


Sunday, October 13, 2019

  • Artists Gathering: Abbotts Barn, located at 315 North Creek Road, West Chester, PA at 6:00pm. 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

Carol Douglas

Carol L. Douglas lives and works in Rockport, ME. A native of Buffalo, NY, she studied painting and sculpture with her father from a very young age. She studied painting at the Art Students League in New York with Cornelia Foss, Joseph Peller, Nicki Orbach and others. In 1997, she quit working as a graphic designer to take up painting full time. Two bouts with cancer were transformative experiences. In 2016, she traveled across the continent from Anchorage, AK to St. John, Newfoundland, sleeping and working out of an old Suzuki SUV. Her goal was to paint the vast sweep of the northern wilderness. Her 46 finished paintings can be seen here. I find great peace in the natural world, she said, and I want to share that with others. Douglas' paintings are never about mimicking the styles of great artists before her. Her paintings are a response to her environment, which translates into her mark making. They are meant to be a dialogue between the viewer and the work. She is, however, keenly aware of her place in the continuum of art. I use direct painting and abstraction because these are the tools of our time, she said. As with other New York artists who came to Maine, the draw isn't primarily the art community, but the natural world itself: the sky, the dark pines, the ceaseless rise and fall of the tide, and the granite outcroppings. For many years, she has taught an annual workshop in Acadia National Park, Sea & Sky. She will be teaching a four-day workshop on a heritage schooner this June, Age of Sail. She taught in Taos, NM, and elsewhere in the US.Douglas writes a popular painting blog, Watch Me Paint, which has been ranked among the top 75 art blogs worldwide.

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