Farm that inspired Andrew Wyeth opened

May 3, 2004 at 1:45 PM
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CHADD’S FORD, Pa., May 3 (UPI) -- The historic Kuerner Farm in Pennsylvania that has inspired artist Andrew Wyeth for more than 70 years has been opened to the public for educational tours.

The farm is part of a $25 million expansion and restoration project of the Brandywine Conservancy.

The Building For A New Century Project has included two new buildings, two renovated office buildings, a new wing with two exhibition galleries for the Brandywine River Museum, and a new classroom. George A. Weymouth, the conservancy's chairman, said the improved facilities were necessary to meet an increased in the number of visitors to Chadd's Ford and their educational requirements.

The area was made famous by a family of artists including illustrator N.C. Wyeth, his son Andrew, and his grandson James, and several other family members. The Conservancy has acquired the N.C. Wyeth house and studio and the Kuerner Farm which Andrew Wyeth first painted in 1932 and where he found subjects for more than 1,000 works of art.

Coinciding with the opening of public tours of the farm last weekend, the Brandywine Museum is presenting a special exhibition on the farm through Nov. 21.

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