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Area artists to take part in a showcase of winter beauty

01/26/2015 11:59AM ● By J. Chambless

'Winter Barn' by Jacalyn Beam.

By Gene Pisasale

Generations of renowned painters took their brushes and easels outdoors to capture the beauty of a scene on canvas. The Chadds Ford Historical Society will honor this long tradition with the Seventh Annual Plein Air event on Feb. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Past plein air events with the Historical Society have enabled dozens of gifted regional artists to depict the beauty of the Brandywine Valley during two days of painting. This year will bring something truly special -- the participation of painters from the "100 Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Artists" publication. Past years have produced superb renditions of the local landscape. Guests can come to the Chadds Ford Historical Society Barn, meet and chat with the artists, and purchase paintings created only hours before.

The Plein Air 2015 Event will take place at the Visitor Center at 1736 Creek Road (just up the road from Hank’s Place) in Chadds Ford. Artists are invited to paint on Saturday; those who can’t attend may submit a painting created in the plein-air style. Tickets for $50 admit two people, including early entry from 5 to 6 p.m. With wine and hors d’oeurves. Preview ticket holders will receive a $25 coupon good towards purchase of a painting. Later, from 6 to 8 p.m., $10 general ticket holders can mix and mingle with the artists while enjoying the works.

Signed copies of a newly published book on the 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic will be available for purchase. Noted regional artist Gary Pendleton will be giving a lecture presentation on this topic on March 10 as part of the society’s spring lecture series. For more information, call 610-388-7376 or visit

Gene Pisasale is an author and lecturer based in Kennett Square. His eight books and historic lecture series focus on the history of the Chester County and Mid-Atlantic regions. His books are available on and through his website at Contact him via e-mail at [email protected].