STORY WRITTEN BY GENE PISASALE
For 21st-Century Media
Art lovers know that many renowned painters like Monet, Cezanne and others took their brushes and easels outdoors into remote places to capture the beauty of a scene on canvas. The Chadds Ford Historical Society honors a long tradition this winter with the seventh annual Plein Air event on Saturday Feb. 7, from 5-8 p.m.
Plein air is a French term denoting an outdoor activity. With artists, this allows them to portray natural light, shadow and perspective that bring life to each painting. Past plein air events with the society have enabled dozens of gifted local and regional artists to depict the natural majesty of the Brandywine Valley during two days of painting in and around the region. This year will bring something special — the participation of painters from the “100 Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Artists” publication. Past years have produced superb renditions of the local landscape, with oils and watercolors showcasing the splendor of the area. The celebration allows guests to come in to the Chadds Ford Historical Society, meet and chat with the artists and purchase newly created paintings which literally came to life hours before.
The Plein Air 2015 Event will take place at the Society 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 personally attend may submit a painting created in the plein air style. Tickets for $50 admit two people, which allows entry to an exclusive Preview Party from 5-6 pm enabling guests to have the first look at these works of art while enjoying wine and hors d’oeurves and talking with the artists. Preview ticket holders will receive a $25 coupon good towards purchase of a painting. Later, from 6-8 pm, for $10 general ticket holders can mix and mingle amongst the art and artists while enjoying the displays. Paintings are available for purchase.
Signed copies of a newly published book on 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic will be available for purchase also. Noted regional artist Gary Pendleton will be giving a lecture presentation on this topic on March 10, 2015 as part of the Society’s Spring Lecture Series. For more information, contact the Chadds Ford Historical Society at 610-388-7376 or visit their website at www.chaddsfordhistory.org.
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 region. His latest book “American Revolution to Fine Art- Brandywine Valley Reflections” highlights dozens of historic and cultural sites around the region, including chapters on local artists painting in the Brandywine tradition. His books are available on www.Amazon.com and through his website at www.GenePisasale.com. Contact Gene via e-mail at Gene@GenePisasale.com.