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A showcase for regional artists at Chadds Ford Art Sale and Show

03/09/2015 12:58PM ● By J. Chambless

'On the Move' (2014) by Shawn Faust.

Certainly, the Chadds Ford Art Sale and Show has an impressive pedigree, since it was founded in 1949 by Betsy Wyeth and supported by members of the Wyeth family, who lived less than a mile away from the school. But for any art show to continue into its 66th year means that it has something extra.
This year's show features original artwork by more than 70 local and regional professional artists. The show is set up gallery-style in the school gym, and while the surroundings may not be fancy, the artwork is often top-notch. The featured artist is Shawn Faust, an award-winning Brandywine Valley painter known for his oils of horses, landscapes and people. He has been commissioned to paint renowned horses such as Barbaro and Seattle Slew. The donating artist is Ana Delia McCormack, whose florals and landscapes are infused with warm colors.
On March 20 and 21, visitors can visit The Salon, which is hosting "Other Points of View," an exhibit curated by local artist Lele Galer. It features contemporary works by David Oleski, Rhoda Kahler, Jasmine Alleger, Erica Brown and Stan Smokler.
Art collectors who want first crack at the show never miss the free reception and sale, which this year is on March 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. The adults-only event offers hors d'oevures and prime art browsing opportunities. 
The show opens to the big crowds on March 21. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., shoppers of all ages can see the work and talk to the artists themselves, who will be sitting at their booths throughout the gym. Artisans will also be selling handmade jewelry, wood crafts and more in the school's hallway area.
On Saturday at 1 and 2 p.m., there will be guided tours available of the school's permanent art collection, which features dazzling works by members of the Wyeth family and associated Brandywine artists who have donated works over the decades. Children can take part in the Art Cafe offered on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., where they can create their own artworks for a small fee.
While visitors will have plenty of chances to expand their own art collections -- or just enjoy seeing the huge show free of charge -- those who buy will be supporting educational enrichment programs at the elementary school. Thirty percent of all purchases are tax-deductible as well.
The school is in the heart of Chadds Ford, at 3 Baltimore Pike. There's plenty of parking. For more information, call 610-388-1112 or visit http://cfes.ucfsd.org/artshow.
To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, e-mail jchambless@chestercounty.com.

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