Wilhelm Schimmel: A Bold Piece of Work
on view through June 22
This exhibition features wooden sculptures hand-carved in the 19th century by German immigrant Wilhelm Schimmel (1817-1890). Although famed for his carved birds, from his large eagles to the smaller parrots, Schimmel also created dogs, lions, squirrels and other more fantastic creatures. Schimmel's dramatic sculptures, striking in their simplicity, have an expressive and sometimes whimsical nature and are highly collectible today.
June 7 through August 10
Celebrating the dual mission of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, this exhibition examines the art of the region through the lens of land conservation. The approximately 45 works show the unique attributes of the landscape that attracted artists such as Jasper Cropsey, William T. Richards and members of the Wyeth family to the area are now largely protected by the activities of the Brandywine Conservancy, which works to preserve and sustain the natural and cultural resources of the Brandywine watershed.
Spanning over a century, the exhibition will present artists' responses to the pastoral Brandywine valley while making fascinating connections to the Conservancy's activities that preserve thousands of acres of scenic and natural resources farmland and historic properties. Together, the selected works of art convey a strong sense of the region's distinctive identity and reflect the Brandywine River Museum of Art's rich holdings in landscape paintings. Lure of the Brandywine underscores the innate link between artists' appreciation of the Brandywine region's natural beauty and the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art's commitment to ensuring that legacy for generations to come.