Mick McAndrews, “Kuerner’s Barn,” 2017, watercolor on paper, PleinAir Award

Collectors, connoisseurs, and plein air enthusiasts definitely need to hear about the amazing partnership between the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Water Color Society (PWCS) that resulted in this…

In celebration of Andrew Wyeth’s 100th birthday, the Brandywine River Museum of Art has mounted a significant exhibition featuring over 100 of the master’s finest paintings and works on paper. In addition, however, is an equally beautiful exhibition of works by signature members of the PWCS, on view at the Chadds Ford Historical Society. Working with the Brandywine Museum, these signature members were invited to paint en plein air on the museum’s grounds, including the home of NC Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth’s studio, and the iconic Kuerner Farm. In addition to their regular tours, the museum sold timed tickets to the public offering them the opportunity to meet and speak to the artists painting on location.

Three artists working during the event
Mick McAndrews, “Approaching Storm,” 2017, watercolor on paper, People’s Choice Award
Artist Donald Leong

The well-organized event also had a competitive element. Karl Kuerner, grandson of the original owners of the Kuerner farm and an artist in his own right, was judge of awards. Signature members of the PWCS who participated in the event included Deena S. Ball, Nancy Barch, Dee Casner, Cheryl Decker Sauder, Carol Freas, Kass Morin Freeman, Jeanne E. Gunther, Carol Kardon, Madeleine Kelly, Donald Leong, Mick McAndrews, Jane McGovern, Geraldine McKeown, Jane Miluski, Bruce Poulterer, Richard Ressel, Mary Smith, Radhika Srinivas, and Lena Thynell.

(left to right) Tracey Norvell (Fine Art Connoisseur and PleinAir magazines), PWCS Vice President Mick McAndrews, PWCS President Deena S. Bell, Bruce Poulterer, and Director Donald Leong
Deena Ball, “Birthday Morning,” 2017, watercolor on paper, Daniel Smith Award
Radhika Srinivas, “Kuerner’s Tools,” 2017, watercolor on paper, Fine Art Connoisseur Award
Lena Tynell, “Looking In,” 2017, watercolor on paper, (Brandywine River Museum Award)

Awards totaled more than $4,500. Kuerner awarded artist Kass Morin Freeman the Best in Show award, sponsored by PleinAir magazine, for “Overcast.” Radhika Srinivas’ “Kuerner Tools” also received a Best in Show award sponsored by Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. Richard Ressel’s “Looking Out His Front Door,” Mick McAndrews’ “Kuerner’s Barn,” and Madelienne Kelly’s “Whispering Force” each won awards sponsored by the PWCS.

The exhibition continues through September 22.

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