CHADDS FORD – The Chadds Ford Art Sale & Show will welcome two special guests, authors Barbara Walsh and Catherine Quillman, at its 63rd Annual Show on March 23-24, 2012. Both authors will lead a discussion and offer a book sale and signing on Saturday, March 24th.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barbara Walsh recently released her first children’s book, Sammy in the Sky, illustrated by painter Jamie Wyeth. The book was inspired by the loss of the author’s family pet dog, Sam. Jamie Wyeth, an alumnus of Chadds Ford Elementary School, will pre-sign a limited number of books, which will be available for purchase and co-signing by Walsh at the show.
Catherine Quillman, former arts journalist with the Philadelphia Inquirer, is author of 100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley, a comprehensive guide to the artistic history of the Brandywine region. Quillman will present an informal, illustrated discussion titled the Artistic History of the Brandywine Tradition, including what every art enthusiast should know about its history and relevance today. The illustrated program will cover a range of artwork including that of 19th century photographers, Howard Pyle’s students and Chadds Ford painters.
The popular Chadds Ford Art Sale & Show features works by over 70 local and regional professional artists from the Brandywine Valley and beyond. This year’s “Featured Artist” is Paul Scarborough and the “Donating Artist” is Stephen Brehm. A complete list of participating artists and artwork samples are available at http://cfes.ucfsd.org/artshow.
63rd Annual Chadds Ford Art Sale & Show
When: Friday, March 23rd, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Preview, Complimentary Reception & Sale Saturday, March 24th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Exhibit, Book Signing & Art Sale.
Guests: Barbara Walsh, discussion 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; book sale and signing 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Numbered tickets will be distributed beginning at 10:00 a.m. Wyeth pre-signed books will be available for sale by ticket number until supplies last. Tickets do not guarantee book purchase. The price of the book is $40, limit 2 per person, cash or check only. Catherine Quillman, discussion titled Artistic History of the Brandywine Tradition – 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; book signing 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The price of the book is $35.
Where: Chadds Ford Elementary School, 3 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317 (610) 388-1112
What: Regional Art Sale & Show – artists display and sell artwork
Admission: Free – open to the public.
Raffles: Rare exhibition posters “Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth” and “Andrew Wyeth in Maine”; Andrew Wyeth print “Sea Anchor”; signed Andrew Wyeth bookplate titled “Kerosene Lantern” and more
Details: 30% of all art purchases are tax deductible. All proceeds support educational enrichment programs at Chadds Ford Elementary School. Click here for more information.
About the Chadds Ford Annual Art Sale & Show
Betsy Wyeth, wife of the late Andrew Wyeth, started the Chadds Ford Annual Art Sale & Show in 1949 and continued her involvement in the show while her son Jamie Wyeth was a student at Chadds Ford Elementary. The annual sale continues to serve as the school’s largest fundraiser, providing funding support for school programs. Chadds Ford Elementary was founded in the early 1900s and received the National Blue Ribbon in Excellence Award in 2008.