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Chadds Ford Elementary School presents 71st annual Art Show and Sale

03/10/2020 05:51PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Chadds Ford Elementary School will present its 71st annual Art Show & Sale on March 20 and 21. The event, held at the school, will showcase more than 65 local and regional artists, and will once again include a visit from Karl J. Kuerner, whose family’s farm was the inspiration for many of the late Andrew Wyeth’s paintings.

The adults-only opening reception takes place on Friday, March 20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will feature music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists, many of whom will be available to sign or personalize their work.

The family-friendly exhibit and sale is Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Exhibiting artists display and sell their work in an array of mediums to satisfy every taste and budget. The show, which is free and open to the public, also spotlights local artisans, whose crafts include jewelry, wooden items, glass, and much more.

This year’s Featured Artist is Rick Phillips, whose style, critics say, is “reminiscent of 19th century painters who used the richness of light and color to create atmosphere that could almost be touched.” Philips’ 24” x 24” oil painting titled “From the Garden” will be available for purchase on stretched canvas.

The show’s Donating Artist is Stephen Brehm, who seeks to capture light and shadow with loose, direct, and vibrant brushwork, and to portray a gesture or object with as few strokes as needed.

An art class (pre-registration required) will be offered by artist Christine Burke from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For $22 per person, adults and children ages six and up can paint their own Kuerner Hill masterpiece in a relaxing “paint party” atmosphere.

To purchase tickets go to or contact Christine Burke at 302-419-6401 or email [email protected] A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Chadds Ford Elementary.

A raffle featuring many local items and services is drawn at the event’s conclusion. Proceeds support educational enrichment programs at Chadds Ford Elementary.