Philadelphia Water Color Society


The Philadelphia Water Color Society offers a Plein Air Demonstration with a nod to Andrew Wyeth


Historic Kuerner Farm

Chadds Ford, PA

August 24, 2016

Stewart White demonstration begins at 2pm following a 1:15pm tour of the Farm.  To register for this demo and tour please click on the link under Upcoming Events.


The Philadelphia Water Color Society, founded in 1900 and counting Andrew Wyeth as one of its most notable past members, is offering a plein air demonstration at Iconic Kuerner Farm which provided inspiration for many of Andrew Wyeth's work.  Award winning watercolorist (and juror of awards for PWCS upcoming 2016 Annual International Exhibition of Works on Paper), Stewart White, will conduct a plein air demonstration after a docent-led tour of the farm and farmhouse.


Andrew Wyeth discovered this historic farm on one of his boyhood walks and became fascinated by Karl and Anna Kuerner, German immigrants who settled in Chadds Ford after World War I. Over time he developed a complex relationship with the family and the farmscape - aspects of which were explored in more than 1,000 of Wyeth's works.  Thanks in large part to the philanthropic spirit of Karl Kuerner Jr. and his family, the Brandywine River Museum acquired the farm in 1999.  The painting tradition continues on through  Karl Kuerner III, the grandson of the original owners.  From the age of seven Karl watched Andrew paint on the property and after Carolyn Wyeth (Andrew's sister) recognized and nurtured his talent, he eventually painted over 300 of his own works and continues painting in the area today. 


Stewart White, who will be demonstrating his award winning techniques on the 24th, is a Senior Associate at Design Collective Inc. working as an architectural illustrator in Baltimore, Maryland.  He is a graduate of U of C at Berkeley with a major in fine art and a minor in art history.  Currently president of the Mid-Atlantic Plein-Air Painter Association (MAPAPA) he is a member of the American Impressionists Society (AIS), a signature member of the National Watercolor Society (NWS), a signature member of The American Watercolor Society (AWS) and past President of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI).  A significant detail in Stewart White's biography is the unique experience of growing up in Europe and many regions of the U.S. learning from other countries and cultures.  Stewart conducts architectural illustration and watercolor workshops in both the USA and Europe.  Learn more about Stewart White by visiting his website:

Congratulations to the artists whose work was selected by our juror Mary Whyte for acceptance into the PWCS 116th Annual International Exhibition of Works on Paper!


And further congratulations to the following 19 artists who gained Signature Membership in PWCS with their acceptance into the 116th Exhibition!  Well done! 


Alayne R. Abrahams
Angela Reed Breese
Steve Cole
Roger De Muth
Dorothy Flanagan
Joseph Grubb III
Kathleen Zann Isacson
Mark A. Kaufman
Maria J. Keane
Theresa M. Kubert
Donald Leong
Karen Kierstead Miller
Emily Nicholson
Jill Hassall Rees
Dorrie F. Rifkin
Lois Sanders
Mary Rinderle Smith
Lena K. Thynell
Gilmore Van Stone


Click on the follow the link to view the list of accepted entries: 


2016 Exhibition Accepted Entries.pdf 


Sincere thanks to all artists who submitted so many beautiful works to the exhibition.  The depth and breadth of work submitted was exceptional.


The exhibition will be held in West Chester University's John H. Baker Gallery in the E.O. Bull Center on the West Chester University Campus from September 6 through October 15.




The Philadelphia Water Color Society was founded in 1900 to offset the then common exhibition prejudice against watercolor. Chartered in 1922 as a corporation, it continued its mission of furthering works on paper (including all water media, pastel, charcoal, pencil, and hand pulled prints) by offering artists the opportunities to exhibit, and to offer the public a chance to learn about these media through professionally juried exhibitions. learn more

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