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Plein Air painting by  Jacalyn Beam Plein Air painting by Jacalyn Beam

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The 7th Annual Winter Plein Air Event

Chadds Ford Historical Society's Barn Visitors Center

 

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Exclusive Preview Party

Price: $50 (admits up to 2 people)

Preview ticket holders will be treated to a first look and sale of wet paintings. They will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine while browsing the gallery of fine art.

 

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. General Admission

Price: $10 per person

Plein Air event will be open to the general public so everyone will enjoy an evening of wine and cheese with the artists.

 

Note to Artists:

The Plein Air event of 2015 will feature a special exhibition by the 100 Mid Atlantic Plein-Air Painters. This special show is by invitation only.

 

Participating Artists:

 

Bruno Baran
Jacalyn Beam
Michael Budden
Jackie Clark
Mark Coates
Henry Coe
Bethanne Copple
Valerie Craig
David Diaz
Brian Eppley
Ellen Gavin
Joe Gyurcsak
Desiree Holmes
Greg Johannesen
Janice Kirsch
Kathleen Kotarba
Michael Kotarba
Chuck Law 
David Lawton
Lynn Mehta
Jane Ramsey
Roberta Staat
Stewart White

Monday, February 16, 2015

Presidents’ Day Celebration

at the John Chads' House

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

 

Join us on this 9th year celebration! There will be many exhibits and special activities at the Visitors Center, free of charge. Younger visitors will enjoy the coloring station and the collection of Presidents and First Ladies paper dolls. Older visitors can be challenged by the Presidential quizzes or the “Name that US State” game. There will be refreshments, costumed interpreters, and beehive oven bread for sale.

 

Costumed guides will lead tours of the little stone mansion that survived the Battle of Brandywine and tell about its fascinating history. Don’t miss bread baking in the beehive oven in the cellar kitchen! The John Chads House is one of the Delaware County Historical Society’s Passport to History sites. Admission to the John Chads House is $5 for adults; members of the Chadds Ford Historical Society and children 12 and under are free.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spring Lecture Series

Katie Turner, How the Other Half Ate

7:30 p.m.\

Barn Visitors Center

Admission is $10;  Free for members of CFHS. Please call 610-388-7376 to reserve a seat. Seating may be limited.

 

Katie turner will present a lecture on her latest book: How the Other Half Ate, a deep exploration of the changing food landscape in American working class families from industralization through the 1950's.

 

Signed copies of  "How the Other Half Ate" will be available for sale following the lecture.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Lecture Series

Gary Pendleton, 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid Atlantic

7:30 p.m.\

Barn Visitors Center

Admission is $10;  Free for members of CFHS. Please call 610-388-7376 to reserve a seat. Seating may be limited.

 

Gary Pendleton is a noted plein air painter and illustrator. He has a passion for art, nature and art history. He combined these three passions into a magnicifent book: 100 Plein Painters of the Mid Atlantic. 

Gary began exploring painting outdoors, en plein air, the scenes he saw everyday around the, the country side and the Chesapeake Bay, inspired him to join the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and in 2010 he was elected president of the association. He has participated in numerous plein air events across the Mid Atlantic including the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Annual winter plein air event.

Signed copies of this magnificent book will be available for sale following the lecture.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Lecture Series

Chuck Feld, The History of Horticulture in America, Part II

7:30 p.m.\

Barn Visitors Center

Admission is $10;  Free for members of CFHS. Please call 610-388-7376 to reserve a seat. Seating may be limited.

 

Chuck Feld will give an insight on Horticulture in America from 1750-1825. By the mid 1700’s the wealthy were planting gardens with native plants and new plants from Europe. Nurseries were coming big business supplying fruit trees, vegetable seeds, and ornamentals. Mc Mahon Nursery in Philadelphia was one of the leaders in the seed and nursery business. Lewis and Clark returned from the West with new plants, and seed which M’Mahon propagated and sold to the influent gardener.


Washington and Jefferson in the post-revolutionary period were leaders in new agriculture practices including compost, and manures as fertilizer.Perhaps greatest progress in agriculture in the first third of the nineteenth century was the westward spread of the industry.The lecture will include Mount Vernon, Monticello, the mulberry and the silk worm, the Shaker’s seed business, many nursery and seed companies of that period, and gardens of the wealthy in the Philadelphia area.

Barn Visitors Center, Meeting Room Rental

The meeting room at the Barn Visitors Center is available to the public for business, individual or organizational use. The room size is 23 feet by 32 feet. Please call (610) 388-7376 or e-mail at info@chaddsfordhistory.org for fee schedule and additional information.