This week, 100 painters and photographers are working outside to complete their works for the third annual Plein Air Brandywine Valley event to benefit the Children's Beach House in Lewes, Del. 
The works will be judged before a gala party at Winterthur Museum and Gardens on Oct. 25, with wine beer and hors d'oeuvres. Patrons can arrive at 7 p.m. to see and buy works created this week at places including Westtown School, Birmingham Friends Meeting House, Grenoque in Greenville, Winterthur, Hagley, Mount Cuba, Bradford Friends Meeting, Christ Church in Greenville, and Pointe Look Out, the home of Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth.  
Winning artists will get cash prizes for first, second and third place, as well as an artists' choice and honorable mention. The works will remain on display and for sale throughout the weekend. (Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). 
In addition, this year the Plein Air committee will hold a student “quick draw” competition for local high school art students on Oct. 26. Three winners will be awarded $1,000 scholarships to further their arts education.  
Tickets to the gala on Oct. 25 are $100 ($200 for patrons), and are available online at www.pleinairbrandywinevalley.org. Purchased tickets will be held at the door. 
Children's Beach House is a Delaware-based  non-profit organization that fulfills founder Lydia Chichester du Pont's vision to help children with special needs reach their highest potential. She  founded Children's Beach House in the early 1930s as a place where she could help children with special needs benefit from the same healing qualities that she had derived from the coastal environment.