The Art Spot
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Through May 18
The Brandywine River Museum (Route 1, Chadds Ford) presents "A Date With Art: The Business of Illustrated Calendars," featuring original works by Maxfield Parrish and Norman Rockwell, through May 18. Also on view through May 18 is "N.C. Wyeth's America in the Making," featuring images of inspirational and patriotic events by the renowned illustrator, including props from his Chadds Ford studio. Visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.
Through Feb. 28
'Catch & Release'
Landenberg artist Nanci Hersh will have a solo show, "Catch and Release," at Project Space (2003 W. 17th St., Wilmington, Del.) from Feb. 3 to 28. There will be a reception on Feb. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m., and an artist's talk on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Hersh's paintings, drawings and sculptures are inspired by the sea and the shapes and shadows of fishing nets. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.projectspacede.com.
Feb. 7 to 23
The Chadds Ford Gallery (Route 1, Chadds Ford) presents "Energy," a show of artworks with an energetic theme, from Feb. 7 to 28. There is an artists' reception on Feb. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. Exhibitors include William Basciani, Jacalyn Beam, Richard Bollinger, John Hannafin, Paul Scarborough, Margaret Smith, Robert Stack and others. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Call 610-388-2412 or visit www.awyethgallery.com.
Feb. 7 and 8
Plein air event
The Chadds Ford Historical Society will be hosting the Sixth Annual Plein Air event, welcoming artists from around the mid-Atlantic region to depict the Chester County countryside. Dozens of artists will be working on Feb. 7 to capture winter scenes around Chadds Ford. An event highlighting the works will be held at the Barn Visitors Center (1725 Creek Rd., Chadds Ford) on Feb. 8. A preview party from 5 to 6 p.m. will allow visitors a first look at the paintings, along with hors d’oeurves, wine and a chance to meet the artists. General ticketed admission is from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 610-388-7376 or visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org.
Feb. 7 to March 1
Winter group show
The Station Gallery (3922 Kennett Pike, Greenville, Del.) presents a winter group show from Feb. 7 to March 1, with an opening reception on Feb. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. Exhibiting artists are Rosemary Castiglioni, Rosemary Connelly, Stephen Springer Davis, Janis Fitch and Kate Mundie. Call 302-654-8638 or visit www.stationgallery.net.
Painting event for couples
Kennett Design (117 W. State St., Kennett Square) is holding a two-hour painting event on Feb. 14, during which two people can each paint half a canvas depicting a "Tree of Life." No experience is necessary, and all materials are provided. Visit www.kennett-design.com or call 610-444-4400.
March 7 to April 5
'Under the Influence'
Somerville Manning Gallery (101 Stone Block Row, Greenville, Del.) presents "Under the Influence," an exhibition of contemporary artists and the masters who inspire them, from March 7 to April 5. An opening reception will be held March 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Exhibiting artists are Jeff Moulton, who draws inspiration from Richard Diebenkorn; Dan Rizzle, who is inspired by Donalt Sultan; and Vicki Vinton, who is inspired by Willem de Kooning. Also included will be Scott Prior, who is inspired by Gregory Gillsepie; and Jane Morris Pack, whose photos draw inspiration from Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Works by painter Kay Jackson, who uses old master techniques inspired by Italian gothic artists, are also featured. Call 302-652-0271 or visit www.somervillemanning.com.