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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.



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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!

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July 28, 2014: Discovery Camp Continues!
Museum Discovery Camp is back in session this week, July 28 - August 1, with the theme being "Girls Club." Watch for daily photos posted on our Facebook page!

For more info, click here.

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