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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


  • Janet C. Hohnholt
  • Jerome I. Marcus, MD
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  • Ellison M. Carey
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  • Martha and Jay Tschantz
  • Patricia B. Loew
  • James R. and June Buck
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  • Senator Gregory Lavelle
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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

Ann Guidera-Matey
Juried Shows
2017 - 2007 - Yellow Springs Art Show, Chester Springs, PA
2015 Main Line Art Center Spring Gala Show, Bryn Mawr, PA
2008 - Philadelphia Sketch Club Works on Paper
2007 - Philadelphia Watercolor Society Franklin and Marshall College
2006 -Daylesford Abby Art Show Paoli, PA

Invited Shows
2007 2016 Art Long the Creek Heron Crest Studios, Aston PA
2016 Delaware County Studio Tour
2015 Station Gallery, Wilmington Delaware Art for the Holidays
2014 D&R Greenway Land Trust, Princeton, NJ Spring Show
2013 - William Ris Gallery, Stone Harbor NJ - Nature Inspired
2013-2011 -Chadds Ford Art Sale and Show, Chadds Ford PA
2013 - D&R Greenway Land Trust, Princeton, NJ - Sky Gazing
2011- The Art Trust, West Chester, PA - Gifted
2009- Darlington Art Center, Garnet Valley, PA - Artists of Heron Crest Studios
2008-2006 - Station Gallery Greenville DE - Holiday Show
2008 2007 Station Gallery, Greenville DE Spring Thaw
2007 Longwood Art Gallery, Kennett Square PA 2007 - Summer's Eve
2005 Hardcastle Gallery, Wilmington,DE - Touch of Class

William Ris Gallery, Stone Harbor NJ - 2010 -2016
Station Gallery, Greenville DE 2006 - Present

Salmagundi Club
Pastel Society of America
Maryland Pastel Society Signature Member

2000- 2015 - Studied with Master Pastelists - Elizabeth Mowry PSA, Liz Haywood Sullivan PSA and Terri Ford PSA along with Susan Oglivie PSA, Carolyn Caldwell PSA, Christine LaFuente,
1996-1998 - Philadelphia Museum of Art - Guide Training Program
1981- Villanova University M.S. in Counseling and Human Relations
1975 - Saint Joseph's University B.S. in Psychology

Pastel Artist and Member of Heron Crest Studios, Inc. - 2007 - Present
Docent/Guide Philadelphia Museum of Art -1996- 2009
Manager Volunteer Services, Philadelphia Museum of Art 2009-2015