Saturday, December 28, 2019

Brandywine River Museum of Art (12/28/2019)

Saturday, December 28, 2019
A balmy winter day, great for a trip to the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, PA.
The former Hoffman's Mill (1864) was renovated in 1971 for the
Brandywine River Museum of Art, as part of the Brandywine Conservancy
The renovation project was designed by architect James R Grieves, who was also involved in a 1984 addition, and the 2004 expansion. The sculpture of Boy with Hawk (1971) is by Charles Parks.
A Brandywine Christmas features trees decorated
with Critter ornaments, handmade from natural materials
A fish Critter (KSS)
A human Critter? (KSS)
Alien flowers and is that the Frog Prince?
Dried hydrangea blossoms and corn husk dolls
On the third level is a panoramic view of Brandywine River
The Nicholas Wyeth Train Display, commissioned in 1976 for
the older son of Andrew Wyeth; it was designed to fit in his
Manhattan apartment and to run his 1920s Lionel train
The train display was donated to the museum in 2014, and enhanced with reproductions of vintage monorail and race cars.
A nearly three-story tree
One tree was decorated only with bear Critters
A Noah's Ark of Critters
Volunteers take all year to create the Critters, of which hundreds are also for sale. No two alike!
Part of an eleven-room dollhouse (c 1900)
A Brandywine Christmas also features an O-gauge model train display in a darkened room, the better to see lighted buildings, train cars, the movie at the drive-in theater, etc..
An endless freight train enters a tunnel,
as a UFO hovers over the mountain
At least five trains are constantly on the go
There are some concessions to modern times
The train yard is behind the oil refinery
Panning right to the residential area (KSS)
From residential to commercial (KSS)
The control board
Katrina, Kyle, Tamiko, and Kent pose with Helen
Then the spouse of the photo-taker grabbed the camera
for some non-posed pictures...
Helen (1989) by André Harvey; is a
portrait of a pig personally known to Mr Harvey
Next: The Art of Brandywine River Museum of Art.

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