The creative mind of an artist can be hard to understand, but sometimes a glimpse inside is all you need.
The Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford is offering just that with an exhibit dedicated to 20th-century artist Andrew Wyeth, as well as his son, Jamie, and his father, N.C. Wyeth. Andrew Wyeth, who died in 2009, is considered one of the most beloved and significant artists in American history.
"A Painter's View: The Andrew Wyeth Studio," the museum's latest Wyeth exhibit, which opened July 3, features the artist's own view of his studio in paintings and drawings created between 1943 and 2005 and now on loan from private collections. The exhibit remains on view through October.
Andrew Wyeth's art is always on display at the museum, said Hillary Holland, the director of public relations for the Brandywine Conservancy. Wyeth painted in his Chadds Ford studio from 1940 until mid-2008. The studio remains virtually intact, looking as it did when he last left it. Wyeth painted some of his most significant work in the studio, including "Winter 1946," "Groundhog Day" and "Trodden Weed."
The building also served as a studio to Jamie, one of Wyeth's two sons, where he painted many early works, including his posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy.
The studio was given to the museum by Betsy James Wyeth in 2010.
Go inside: The studio tours offer insight into Andrew Wyeth's life, working methods and sources of inspiration. He was the youngest child of renowned artist N.C. Wyeth, who was known for his illustrations in popular books "Treasure Island" and "The Last of the Mohicans."
"Kids will love the illustrations of 'Treasure Island,'" Holland said.
Tours of Andrew Wyeth's studio last about an hour and are for ages 6 and older.
The museum is a program of the Brandywine Conservancy, which preserves art and the environment, including places painted by many artists in the museum collection.
"We are not a typical museum," Holland said. "We feature art that is local to our region."
In addition to the extended Wyeth collection, the museum is currently featuring "Summer Sojourns: Art on Holiday," a collection of nearly 100 pieces created by artists when they were on vacation. Visitors will discover depictions of ocean coasts, European cities and villages, Middle Eastern markets, Asian rice paddies and bamboo forests.
"It's a really lovely exhibit," Holland said.
Pricing: Advance, timed tickets for the tours are recommended and may be purchased online. The cost is $8 per person in addition to museum admission. Tours are offered Tuesdays through Sundays. A complimentary museum shuttle bus provides transportation to the studio. Some parts of the studio tour are not accessible to wheelchairs.
The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Delaware County, just under two hours from York City by car. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors; $6 for students and children ages 6 to 12; and free for members and children under 6.
This summer, The Brandywine River Museum has teamed up with other area museums to offer a discounted admission to 11 museums and gardens with their Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport. For $35 per adult, or $75 for a family of two adults and up to three children, visitors receive a passport good for one-time admission at the Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Delaware Historical Society & Read House, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Hagley Museum and Library, Longwood Gardens, Mount Cuba Center, Nemours Mansion & Gardens, Rockwood Park & Museum and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. The sites are all within a 10-mile radius centered near Wilmington, Del. Visitors can purchase the passport online or at any participating museum or garden. The passports are good through Labor Day.
"It gives people a good reason to come back to the area," Hollard said.
For complete details, visit www.brandywinemuseum.org or call (610) 388-2700.
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