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Pyle studios get helping hand from weekend art event

09/11/2013 03:04PM, Published by ACL, Categories: Arts+Entertainment, In Print


The historic Howard Pyle studios in Wilmington are being preserved with money raised by this weekend's '100 Artists Helping Artists' event.



This weekend, the Howard Pyle Studio Group will hold its first major outdoor fundraising event to benefit the preservation and continued maintenance of the 130-year-old buildings that comprise the Howard Pyle Studios in Wilmington,  Del. 

More than 100 professional regional artists will exhibit original works on a clothesline display on the grounds of the Twin Lakes Brewery in Greenville, Del., on Sept. 14 from noon to 5 p.m., and Sept. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. A silent auction will be offered both days.  In addition, a VIP silent auction of an original painting by Frolic Weymouth, and a raffle original artwork by Tubby Raymond, will be held throughout the event. The winner will be announced on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

There will be free beer tasting and free wine at the event, which is for ages 21 and older only. Admission is $10.

The proceeds from “100 Artists Helping Artists” will help maintain the historic studios where Pyle taught and created early masterpieces of illustration art.

Pyle, a native of Wilmington,  opened the Howard Pyle School of Art in 1900, adding three studios for his students’ use. Among the many students who thrived under his teaching were Harvey Dunn, Frank Schoonover, Jessie Willcox Smith and N.C. Wyeth. Pyle came to be known as “The Father of the Brandywine Tradition.”

Since 1938, members of the Studio Group, Inc., a non-profit group of 36 artists, have met and painted in the studios.  The members, who are also the owners of the studios, are determined to preserve this site, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Twin Lakes Brewery is at  4210 Kennett Pike in Greenville, Del.


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