June 11, 2014: Remarkable Landscape by N.C. Wyeth on Loan to Us
We're pleased to announce that through the end of August, we will display N. C. Wyeth’s Pyle’s Barn, an exceptional oil on canvas from 1917 by the renowned Brandywine Valley artist and illustrator. The painting is on loan from the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania as part of an exchange with the institution. The Reading Public Museum’s own N. C. Wyeth, Buttonwood Farm, 1920, will be on view at the Brandywine River Museum of Art through August 10, featured in a temporary exhibition titled Lure of the Brandywine: A Story of Land Conservation and Artistic Inspiration

In 1908, N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945) and his wife, Carolyn, rented property in Chadds Ford that included Pyle’s Barn. The structure, located on the south side of the main road through Chadds Ford (now U.S. Route 1) just east of the village, became one of Wyeth’s favorite motifs, even after the family moved to another property in 1911. He painted the barn at least six times, in daylight and moonlight, using a variety of impressionistic styles. In the painting, he laid down small strokes of unmixed color, taking advantage of the eye’s tendency to blend colors. The technique was derived from Wyeth’s study of the work of the Swiss-Italian artist Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899), whose paintings he admired greatly. 

In 1918, rumors that the old barn would be torn down prompted Wyeth to construct a replica of it from packing crates as a Christmas present for his nine-year-old daughter, Carolyn. The toy barn still can be seen in the N. C. Wyeth studio, which is open to the public through the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

By 1927, the deteriorating barn was owned by the Pyle family of Chadds Ford (unrelated to Howard Pyle), hence the name “Pyle’s barn.” In 1936, the barn’s foundation was moved to make way for a widening of U.S. Route 1. A modern building, incorporating aspects of barn architecture, now includes some of the original stone foundation.


July 22, 2014: Arboretum Learning Opportunity This Tuesday!
On Tuesday, July 22, join us in the Arboretum for a variety of learning opportunities presented by Master Gardeners, avid horticulturists, and other industry specialists.

For more info, check our Web site or call 610-371-5850 x223

Cost: Free for Members; $5 for Non-Members

Today's Program: Weeding out Unwanted Plants from Your Garden
– Knowledge is power, and when it comes to weeds you need every advantage. We’ll focus on a dozen common summer weeds and use them to demonstrate how important weed identification is to successful management. After looking at some live samples to learn identification features we’ll go over their life cycles, when they are most vulnerable to controls, and management practices including hand-pulling, mulches, competitive groundcovers, and herbicides.


July 25, 2014: Berks Opera Workshop Presents "Butterfly Tales"
This Friday at 7 p.m., The Berks Opera Workshop will be hosting a special event in The Museum Auditorium and Atrium. The title of the program is "Butterfly Tales" and the evening event will involve a presentation on Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly - Italy Meets Japan or Why the the Japanese and Americans Spoke Italian" by David Richie and another presentation on "The Nature of Butterflies and the Museum's Levi Mengel Worldwide Butterfly Collection" by Karl Gardner.

These presentations will be followed by a viewing of a portion of The Museum's expansive butterfly collection, exhibits of Japanese culture and art forms, and refreshments.

Tickets are $20 and will be available for purchase from the Miller Center for the Arts Box Office. Please call 610-607-6270 to get tickets. The box office is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. so be sure to call soon. For more information on the Berks Opera Workshop and other special events check out their website.


July 22, 2014: Stephanie Gets Inspired!
This month, Berks County Living Magazine has posted an interview with our very own Director of Event and Exhibition Rentals, Stephanie Hafer Shaak on their Web site. It's part of their "Get Inspired" Project, and both the written and recorded versions can be found by clicking here. Check it out!