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Plein Air Brandywine 2015 is Here!


pleinairFinally, Plein Air Brandywine Valley is here!  Starting Monday, October 18 thru Thursday October 22, artist will interpret their vision of the Centreville countryside into various forms of paintings, drawings and photography.  Days of artistic expression will culminate Friday into the Gala Art Exhibition & Sale at Winterthur Musuem, Garden & Library.

Schedule of events & locations:


Janssen’s Market - 3801 Kennet Pike, Wilmington, DE

Oberod Estate - 400 Burnt Mill Road, Wilmington, DE

Coverdale Farm Preserve - 543 Way Rd, Greenville,DE

Fredericks Property - 1472 Ashland Clinton Rd, Hockessin, DE




Janssen’s Market

Main Street - Marshallton

Lilley Residence - 644 Sugars Bridge Rd. West Chester, PA

Four Dogs Tavern-1300 W Strasburg Rd, West Chester, PA 

Marshalton Inn - 1300 W Strasburg Rd, West Chester, PA

Cox Property - 1364 W Strasburg Rd, West Chester, PA

Kaat Property (Martin’s Tavern & Blacksmith Shop) - 1400 W Strasburg Rd, West Chester, PA




Brooklawn – 1825 Newark Rd., Kennett Square, PA

Bright Property - 1399 Doe Run Rd. Coatesville, PA

 Meyer Farm - 1711 Newark Rd. Kennett Square, PA

Thayer Residence - 1583 W Doe Run Rd, Kennett Square, PA

Janssen’s Market



Jansen’s Market 

Granogue - 2900 Montchanin Road, Wilmington, DE

Winterthur - 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE

Main Street - Centreville

Centreville-Layton School - 6201 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE


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Visitors Center of Winterthur Museum, Gardens & Library

Judging for the Plein Air Brandywine Valley competition starting at 4:30 pm

Gala, Art Exhibition and Sale at 6:30

The Exhibition and Sale will continue Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thank You to Plein Air Brandywine Sponsors:

bessemer trust



KBRsycamore wilmington trust

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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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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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Art by Rosemary Connelly

People say my paintings make them happy, which is very rewarding for me as an artist and a personal goal. I paint in acrylic and in watercolor, often with pen and ink, both en plein air and in the studio, on paper and in watercolor journals, from life and from photographs always working to achieve fluid line quality, layers of translucent color and strong compositions.

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I am fascinated by the textures and colors of a world where doors, windows and peeling paint reveal the passage of time and human existence. My work is in private collections throughout the United States and in Europe.

My passion is watercolor journaling and I love teaching it as well as doing it, whether I am away on vacation or in my own home. There is something magical about focusing on an interesting object or place and capturing that moment in a journal with your own words and images. I have taught all over the country, from New York City to Decatur, Illinois; Los Gatos, California, and Swanton, Vermont and all over the state of Delaware.

Focusing on art and travel, my husband Bob, a photographer, and I lived simply in Italy for two years,  a subject I never tire of painting. The philosophy of our lives is to “live cheap and make art.” Since moving to Milford in 2007, I have been inspired by the aging barns and the beauty of the eastern shore and the lovely rustiness of old cities and explored working in pastels and oils on canvas.

Basilica di San Antonio, Padova, Italy

Basilica di San Marco, Venezia

I studied fine art and graphic design at Arizona State University, Mesa Community College and at workshops in Arizona and Delaware and I worked for over 20 years as a graphic designer before moving to Italy. I maintain a studio in the Studios Upstairs, in historic downtown Milford, DE, at 4 Park Avenue.

I am a member of the Mispillion and Rehoboth Art Leagues and the Delaware Watercolor Society and paint regularly with the Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic throughout the state of Delaware. I participated in last year’s Plein Air Coastal Delaware, receiving an honorable mention for one of my paintings, and in Plein Air Brandywine.

My Watercolor Journaling Workshop and Exhibit Schedules can be found on my website at Events & Workshops

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Don Shoffner – Plein Air Brandywine

Award winning artist Don Shoffner grew up in Chester County, Pennsylvania amid the old buildings and barns that fill his works.  His challenge is to try and capture their utility, texture and integrity before they disappear from our landscape.  Working in watercolor and India ink, his works depict fall and winter scenes in their subdued hues.  His seascapes reflect the peaceful nature and warmth of the Southshore and bring a certain balance.

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Kuerner Farm

After graduating from West Chester University, he then studied textile design at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, gaining new appreciation for texture and composition. Don has been a participant in numerous group shows and associations in Pennsylvania and New England including: Chester County Art Association, Buck Hill Falls Fine Arts Festival, Duxbury Art Association, North River Arts Society, Yellow Springs and Daylesford Abbey.

In 2013 “Spring Again” won 1st Prize for Works on Paper at the Buck Hill Falls Arts Festival. 2012 brought new challenges. Winning prizes for Best Architectural Scene at the first annual Chester County Art Association Plein Air event, Best Water Based Media at the NOVA Art Galaxy and 1st Place for Landscape at the annual Pocono Mountain Arts Council members show.  In 2008 his painting, “A Hard Winter” was awarded 1st prize at the 64th annual Buck Hill Falls Fine Arts Festival.  He received a Merit Award for “Well Hidden” at the 2008 Pocono Mountain Arts Council members exhibition and a First Prize for his Landscape “Cranberry Fields Forever: at their 2012 exhibition .   His watercolor, “Hatch’s Mill Shadows” was selected as one of the twelve finalists to be included in the North River Arts Society 2008 calendar.  A watercolor, “Nesting” was given an Excellence Award at the Chester County Art Association’s 2006 members exhibition and was also selected as the November 2010 North River Arts Society calendar winner.  “Winter Skies” was awarded First Prize for Watercolor in 2006 at the Buck Hill Falls Fine Arts Festival, and his watercolor, “Barefootin” received Honorable Mention at the 89th annual Duxbury Art Association’s Midsummer Exhibition.   And, working with the Redesign Group, Don developed a series of seven drawings of the Buck Hill Falls community and integrated them into a toile fabric which is currently in production.

Selected as the Association of Retarded Citizens(ARC) artist for 2005, his watercolor “Frozen Memory, Caln Meeting” was their featured print and greeting card for the year.  He also completed and provided the watercolor for the Anselma Mill Foundation 2005 Note Card.

Recent works can be found at the Chadds Ford Gallery, Chadds Ford, PA; Barnstone Gallery, Phoenixville, PA; Morgan Gallery, Blakeslee,PA;  Russell Gallery, Plymouth, MA and the Sprag Mill Gallery, Cresco, PA.  He is represented in corporate and private collections throughout the United States.

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