Annual Chadds Ford Art Show bringing new surprises

Staff photo by Candice Monhollan The annual Chadds Ford Art Show will feature artist J. Wayne Bystrom, second from right, and donating artist Shawn Faust, left.

For the 65th year of the Chadds Ford Art Show, the coordinators decided to try something a little bigger by making it more of an artisan featured showcase to spotlight more of a 3-D aspect.

'We have a jewelry artist, a glass artist, furniture painting, wood bowls and some food sampling,' said event chair Lynda Nadin.

But an even bigger surprise is in store for visitors as special guest Victoria Wyeth will lead a presentation of her family's art and private collection.

Wyeth will begin at 11 a.m. on March 22 and will have a power point with pictures of paintings from private collections that aren't available to the public for viewing.

'I've heard nothing but rave reviews on her speaking engagements,' Nadin said. 'It should be really fun. And she will be doing a book signing right afterward.'

While Wyeth is in town, she will also do a presentation a week later for students at the school to expose them to the history stored in their own building.

Along with that, the tours of the school's art collection in the library will also continue this year with two time slots at 1 and 2 p.m. The tours will be run by Andrea Pandolfi.

'[She] is our local expert,' Nadine said. 'She has done a lot of investigating on the whole historical impact and how we got the paintings and who is connected to who. She's a wealth of information.'

But of course, what the show is all about is the art being featured.

There will be 67 artists on display at the show, which is the max capacity they can have. Some artists even had to be put on a waitlist.

'We should probably do two shows,' Nadin said with a laugh. 'Or carry it another day.'

This year's featured artist is J. Wayne Bystrom, of Kennett Square, which will be the second time around for him.

'It can be nerve-wracking [displaying your work],' Bystrom said. 'You can get a lot of people walk by your booth and never look in. But around here, I'm not nervous whatsoever.'

The donating artist for the year is Shawn Faust, from Bear, Del.

'You hear about this show through the community of artists,' Faust said. 'It has a great reputation.'

With his sister being a teacher at Chadds Ford Elementary, it was easy for her to persuade Faust into showing his work at the event.

'You put a lot of work into it and a lot of care,' Faust said. 'Every piece, you put the best of your abilities in, so naturally, that's a piece of you. It's exciting.

'There's nothing more rewarding than when you present a piece and it catches somebody's eye and it moves them or they have that connection with it.'

And that's what the event chairs and artists are hoping will happen at the show.

'The artwork that we are bringing in this year is fantastic,' Nadin said.

Friday night's events on March 21 will remain the same as always with adult-only attendance featuring hors d'oeuvres and live music.

The artisan's showcase, talk by Wyeth and book signing will all take place the following day on Saturday.

The show is at Chadds Ford Elementary and more information can be found on the website at

'I think this year is going to be really fantastic,' Nadin said. 'We're keeping our fingers crossed for no more snow and no hurricanes.'

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