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Plein Air Brandywine 2014 Artist Schedule

Plein Air Brandywine Valley is almost here!  For one week, artists will paint and photograph the most scenic properties of the Brandywine Valley including private estates, land preserves, and renowned du Pont properties.

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Monday: Janssen’s Market, Haskill’s Market, Milner Property (Stroud’s Preserve), Cigler, McCoy Property – West Chester, Marshall Square Park – West Chester, Auburn Heights – Hockessin

Tuesday: Janssen’s Market, Haskill’s Market, Poston Estate – Chadds Ford, Nielsen Estate – Chadds Ford, Gahagan Estate – Greenville

Wednesday: Janssen’s Market, Haskill’s Market, Haskel Farm – Wilmington, Hagley Museum – Wilmington

Thursday: Janssen’s Market, Haskill’s Market, Frederick Estate – Hockessin.

Friday: Attend the Plein Air Brandywine Valley Gala on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Purchase tickets today! 


Plein Air Brandywine Valley is pleased to announce a new award this year to eligible Artists. A $500 cash prize for the winning painting or photograph taken at Marshall Square Park in West Chester, PA, one of our new sites this year.  The winning and willing artist will, in turn, donate the piece to Friends of Marshall Square Park for their use in their fundraising campaign to restore the Park’s 1889 Fountain. For more information about Friends of Marshall Square Park and the Fountain visit





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Apply to be Part of This Years Plein Air Competition

Plein Air Brandywine Valley is a painting and photography competition, show and sale featuring the beauty of the Brandywine Valley interpreted by the finest artists of our nation and beyond.

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For one week, artists will paint and photograph the most scenic properties of the Brandywine Valley including private estates, land preserves, and renowned du Pont properties.

All works entered into the competition will be judged and then displayed for viewing and purchase at an opening gala scheduled for Friday, October 24 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The Visitor Center of Winterthur Museum and Garden located in Wilmington, DE. The works will remain on display for purchase and vieiwing throughout the remainder of the weekend. (October 25, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and October 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

A portion of the proceeds from the art sales will benefit Children’s Beach House.

If you’re interested in participating in this unique event and competition, please see the applicant details.

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Winter Camps are the time to get ready for Summer!

Even for those of us who enjoy the change of seasons, this has been a rough winter. Low temperatures that haven’t been recorded in decades closed schools for an excessive number of days in January. It’s no wonder that when Children’s Beach House called to see who was coming for the weekend, 29 of our campers said YES! So what do you do at the beach on a cold winter day? The same thing everyone else does. You get ready for summer! This was the theme of last month’s camp.

Our Camp Director John Sadler and his talented team of counselors gave our campers the opportunity to develop their own set of rules for their stays at CBH. They were reminded of an important Children’s Beach House goal as they prepared to write their lists: Friendships, with Unique individuals, enjoying New experiences – in other words, make sure you have FUN!

Three teams of 8 or 9 campers rotated between three pairs of counselors, moving around the Beach House as they brainstormed lists of rules for how they would behave with each other. These lists grew large so campers voted for the rules they each believed were most important. They talked about each one, describing what it would look like when they were following the rule and what it would look like if they were NOT following the rule. The campers acted out different skits to demonstrate these examples to each other.

By the close of their weekend these are the rules all of the campers agreed to for the year ahead:

·       Have Fun!

·       Treat others as you want to be treated – follow the Golden Rule

·       Be respectful to everyone at the Beach House, don’t yell or scream

·       Be polite, be nice, be kind, be happy, don’t be mean, don’t judge

·       Always use good manners, keep your hands to yourself

·       Don’t hide in the closet

·       Don’t stand too close to the fireplace

·       No running

The counselors asked the campers if these rules were only for the time they were at the Beach House.


“Wait, maybe we should follow the rules on the bus too.”

“Coming to and going home?” “Yes!”

“We could follow the rules at school too.”

“Yes, that would be really good.”

“Maybe we could get the other kids to follow these rules too.”

“How about at home?”

“Wow, I would really like all of my brothers and sisters to follow these rules too.” “Yeah, my mom and dad would like that too.”

When you ask children what the rules should be, they will come up with some great ones, and be more inclined to follow these rules because they are theirs, not ours. This first weekend camp of 2014 was a terrific example of the Positive Youth Development Model at work at Children’s Beach House.

Please mark your calendars for our annual Golf Classic, Thursday May 22 at The Peninsula Golf and Country Club. You can learn more at .

Close Up of Friends 2 Skits on Rules Brainstorming Group All Together

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Plein Air Brandywine 2013 Winners

Painting and Drawing:

First prize, Heather Davis


Second prize, Susan Stephanski

Third prize, Monique Kenndikian-Sarkessian

Third prize, Mick McAndrews

Honorable mention, Cynthia Howar and Randall Graham


Artists’ Choice Award: Kathie Odom

Biggest Seller: Kathie Odom – 5 pieces sold


First Place: Bruce Burk photo

Second Place: Robert Schock

Third Place: Charles Stevens

Honorable Mention: Carol Grant Stevens

Biggest Seller: Patrick McCoy – 7 pieces sold

High School Seniors:

First Place: Deanna Wingel

Second Place: Ian Edstrom

Third Place: Grace Hunsinger

Honorable Mention:

Talia Borofsky

Chelsea Martin

Carolina Velazquez

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Katie Odom

Kathie Odom graduated from The University of Tennessee in Art Education/Fine Arts and received early recognition in 1982 for pastel works in the Knoxville Dogwood Arts Festival. Following that brief attention, Kathie began a 26-year absence away from the flow of creative expression on canvas. Her energies were spent (with gratitude) in the world of caregiving. Caring for the young (her children), the wild (her husband), and the dying (her parents)… years of living that deserve 1000 canvases to express; a long period of giving and preparation that has formed her for this new season.

Now four years in, it’s clear to see how her painting reflects her life. Almost exclusively Kathie’s compositions are places where the possibility of life exists: barn, nest, field, bud, shed. A Vision of Home.







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Alison Rae Nichols

Allison Rae Nichols lives and works in Chicago. She was raised in an environment full of artists, so the symmetry between art and life has always been an obvious but gracious reality for her. She earned a BFA in painting from Northern Illinois University. Upon completion of her studies at NIU she began to show work throughout the country including Chicago, New York and New Mexico. She was awarded the Jack and Eleanor Olson Scholarship and is a two time recipient of the CAAP Grant from the City of Chicago. She recently was an artist-in-residence at the Historic Santa Fe Foundation in New Mexico. Her paintings explore themes of romance and relationships, love and loss.

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Randall Graham

Born in Malvern, Pa in 1977. Now lives with his family in West Chester,Pa. My aim in creating a painting is to awake the viewer. I use a representational methods to convey the magic of light felt in nature. Plein air painting energizes my inner artist through the juxtaposition of challenges and the simple pleasure of being outside doing what I love. Living in the Brandywine Valley is a blessing because of all the great Wyeth art and natural beauty that surrounds me at all times. I work mostly in oils, but enjoy watercolor as well. I also paint murals for corporations and residential homes. Recently I worked on a giant mosaic mural at West Bradford Elementary. It was a very rewarding experience because all the students participated in the creation! I have also participated in the “Paint the Town” plein air event in West Chester. This year my work has been included in shows at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Chester County Art Association and The Arts and Environmental Jamboree. I am a member of The Chester County Art Association and The Brandywine Concervancy. www.grahamartanddesign.comhorsham spring house_31_0

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Judy Antonelli

After being a watercolor teacher for 30 years, I began showing pastels, and oils. I paint in a colorful, impressionistic style and have had work and articles in American Artist Magazine’s Spring of ’93 & ’07 Watercolor Magazine. Galleries are Chadds Ford, Hardcastle & Longwood.

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Plein Air Brandywine Schedule

Daily Schedule of Sites and Locations:Plein Air Brandywine Monday:

Birmingham Friends           1245 Birmingham Road, West Chester, PA  19382

Bradford Friends                 1366 West Strasburg Road, West Chester, PA  19382

Westtown School                975 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA  19382

Christ Church                      505 E. Buck Road, Wilmington, DE  19807

Janssen’s Market                3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE


Janssen’s Market                3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE

Granogue Estate                 Details will be provided at the Artist’s Orientation

Mt. Cuba                               3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE  19707


Hagley Museum                  200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE  19807

Point Lookout                      701 Smiths Bridge Road, Wilmington, DE  19807

Gahagan Residence              Details provided at Artist’s Orientation Wilmington, DE  19807

Janssen’s Market                3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE


Winterthur                         5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE  19807

Janssen’s Market                3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE

Art due at Winterthur by 7:00 p.m. on Thursday 


7:00 p.m. Show opens to the general public

8:00 p.m. Awards presented

10:00 p.m. Gala ends


9:30 a.m. Students arrive for the Student Plein Air Competition

10:00 – 4:00 p.m. Show is free and open to the public – work remains for sale.

10:00 – 2:00 p.m. Student PAINT OUT!

3:00 p.m. Student Scholarships awarded


10:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Show is free and open to the public – work remains for sale.

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List of Artists:

Elizabeth Abrams

Annette Alessi

Matthew Amey

Judy Antonelli

Fran Atkinson

Richard Bazelow

Jacalyn Beam

Elinor Boyd

Jack Broderick

Jeanne Kirby Bruneau

Anne M. Buck

Lisa BurgerLentz

Bruce Burk

Catherine Carney

James Carney

Karen Cashman

Caroline Chen

Rosemary Connelly

Ann Crostic

Heather Davis

Thomas Dempsey

Matthew De Prospero

David Diaz

Carol Dixon

Helen DuBois

Beth Duncan

Kristina Duncan

Anna Galer

Gerilyn Gaskill

Paul Gilmore

Elissa Gore

Randall Graham

John Griem

Tara Funk Grim

Ronald Hermeling

Cynthia Howar

Maryanne Jacobsen

Judith M. Jarvis

Charlene Jobe

Debra Kail

Elsa Keller

Christine Kerrick

Fiona Keyes

Monique Lazard

Annette LeMaire

Robert Lott

Hong Luo

Joyce Lupresto

Shanthi Manickam

Michelle Marshall

Mick McAndrews

Anne McNally

Sherry McVickar

Lynn Mehta

Laurie H. Mercer

Larry Meyers

Allison Butkus-Nichols

Kathie Odom

Bruce Poulterer

Lisa Prinzo

Jim Rehak

Kate Ryan

Monique Kenndikian-Sarkessian

Robert Schock

Shauna Shane

Don Shoffner

Linda P.-Singleton

Doug Small

Mary Rinderle Smith

Nancy Smith

Lothar Speer

Roberta Staat

Michael Stancato

Susan Stefanski

Barbara Stepura

Carol Stevens

Charlie Stevens

Annie Strack

Deb Stuckey

Joseph Sweeney

Ellis Underkoffler

Denise Vitollo

Patricia Wall

Rita Walter

Steven White

Dennis Young

Patrick McCoy


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