On Sunday evening we attended a New Members Orientation at The Brandywine River Museum which is in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania about an hour from where we live. We decided to join this year because it's one of my favorite museums-- it's set inside two nature preserves and the building itself is so aesthetic. It's unpretentious and surrounded by the landscape that you see in much of Andrew Wyeth's work. There are even tours of the farm which is in much of his paintings and his father N.C. Wyeth's studio is open in the summer months for tours. As members we now get invited to members only pre-show openings and special events, which is why I would encourage anyone who loves art, to look into that at their local museum.
While we were there, we got to tour the art storage areas which was fascinating to see all the works that are not on display all year around. We also were able to view the newest show which just opened this past Friday of Barry Moser's work. I have to say that nothing compares to seeing it in person! His intricacy of the linework in his prints is amazing. I did a lot of printmaking in college and so I know how difficult it is to create what he does. I was so inspired by it... I just wanted to run home and start carving!
The most amazing body of work was the illustrations he did for the Bible. I couldn't even imagine owning something so full of amazing art! His Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz pictures were just as interesting. We got home pretty late for a Sunday evening but it was so worth it, just to be able to see this show!