Get together with your friends and come downtown to see what’s new and what’s cool around town. Shops and boutiques are open late in order to show off their newest Spring fashions and giftware. Browse the in-store specials while enjoying refreshments. See some of the participating shops on Facebook or see the complete retail directory by visiting Downtownwestchester.com or simply click here.
Photo | Matthew Steindl
This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Brandywine River Museum. After conducting a bit of research online, before visiting the museum, I was excited to learn that they provide free admission on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to12:00 p.m. If you have never been I would suggest taking a trip. The quaint little art museum is located along the Brandywine River in the heart of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
Even before visiting the museum I heard a lot about the many works of art it has on display by the Wyeth family. They are a famed family of local artists living in Chadds Ford, who have been producing great works of art for generations. The Wyeth family works of art are very interesting to me because they capture and depict many scenes I see every day, such as landscapes around Chester County.
Upon arriving at the museum, I was instantly struck by the simplistic old-fashioned building. It was evident that the building had been around for quite some time. The outside consisted of a courtyard that was surrounded by walls comprised of stone. As I entered the museum I was quickly greeted by a nice woman at the front desk. She informed me that my visit would be free due to the special Sunday morning hours. After explaining of my first time visit, she handed me a map and informed me of the various locations within the museum. Overall, the staff was very kind and informative throughout my visit.
Photo | Matthew Steindl
After departing the front desk, I was overwhelmed by the enormous glass windows that overlooked the Brandywine River. Each floor of the museum had these windows and it was one of my favorite aspects of the museum. It was almost as if you were in an observatory tower that overlooked the beautiful Brandywine River. In my eyes the beautiful scenery, visible through the windows, was a display of artwork in itself.
The museum consisted of three floors, but overall my favorite exhibit was located on the third floor of the museum. It was titled “Mohegan” because all of the works involved were portrayals of the island Mohegan, which was located off the coast of Massachusetts. Both Jamie Wyeth and Rockwell Kent had paintings featured in the exhibit. However, I enjoyed Jamie Wyeth’s paintings more because they consisted of much more color and detail. Also, I enjoyed the landscapes of the island Jamie chose to portray in his paintings a significant amount more than Kent’s.
In the end, my visit to the Brandywine River Museum was magnificent and breathtaking; from the scenic overlook of the Brandywine River to the many great works of art throughout the museum. I could not have asked for a better museum visit. I would recommend all to visit the Brandywine River Museum at least once in your lifetime. Make sure to take advantage of the free Sunday morning special now through November 24, 2013. For more information visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.
Come downtown next Thursday, September 5th for the final Swingin’ Summer Thursday festival of the season! Enjoy great food, live music, clowns, dancers, and more. The event is FREE for the whole family and will be taking place from 6:30-9:30pm! Rock-n-roll is the theme of this month’s event and Chaos Thompson and Blue Apple Groove will play between High & Matlack Streets. For more information on Swingin’ Summer Thursday visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com or click here.
Now through November, gaze into the recent and distant past of Chester County through the people captured in painted portraits. Before Facebook, paintings revealed people, their settings and artistic styles of their era. An extensive collection of portraits in the Chester County Historical Society museum collection spans two centuries of men, women and children who lived here, opening windows into the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people. Some are important because they are rare images of people before the invention of cameras. Others reflect the artists’ attempts to convey the personalities of their subjects long after photography could capture precise features. Most of the examples on view in this colorful installation depict Chester County people. A few paintings depict people from other places by Chester County artists. For more information on the exhibit visit www.chestercohistorical.org or click here.
Swingin’ Summer Thursdays will be taking place this Thursday from 6:30PM-9:30PM! The ever so popular downtown street festival offers great food, live music, clowns, dancers, and much more. This month Jazz is the theme with Venom Blues and TONEY. The event is located on West Gay Street Between High & Darlington and is FREE for the whole family, See the complete summer line-up by visiting http://www.downtownwestchester.com.
Also, start the weekend off right with First Friday in Downtown West Chester! This Friday, August 2nd, Downtown shops will be open late offering specials, new items, and refreshments. It’s the perfect time to come to Downtown West Chester and see what’s new and cool!
Get ready for an evening of oohs and ahhs, as Longwood Gardens presents a spectacular display of Fireworks & Fountains this weekend, July 20th at 9:15pm. The show is guaranteed to make your summer memorable. The shows theme is Festive Fireworks and will be featuring the famous works by the celebrated Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. The program features Shostakovich’s joyful Festival Overture and Jazz Suite No 2. To purchase tickets online visit http://www.longwoodgardens.org or by phone at 610-388-1000 (additional fees apply for phone orders).
Despite the heavy rain, the Gallery Walk will still be taking place tonight from 5:00pm to 9:00pm in Downtown West Chester. Enjoy art openings and special events throughout downtown including Classic Towns Photo Contest winners and Vintage Garage Sale at Chestnut Street Garage. For more information on the event check out the flyer below or visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com.
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