Located in historic Breck’s Mill adjacent to the Hagley Museum, Somerville Manning Gallery is unique among small city galleries. Since 1981, owners Vickie Manning and Sadie Somerville have used their expertise and vision to create exhibitions from the art traditions of the Brandywine Valley and to bring to Wilmington the best of regional, national, and international art.
For over thirty years, Somerville Manning Gallery has introduced current art trends into an area already steeped in a rich art tradition, mounting exhibitions that relate to our cultural heritage both past and present. With respect to the Illustration School begun by Howard Pyle in 1894, the gallery has arranged shows such as Howard Pyle and His Students. Recognized as experts on N.C. Wyeth and his family, Somerville Manning Gallery created the exhibitions N.C. Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth Six Decades, as well as Wyeth Women: Henriette Wyeth Hurd, Carolyn Wyeth, and Ann Wyeth McCoy, paintings by the three daughters of N.C. Wyeth.
The annual American Masters show places the three generations of Wyeths, N.C., Andrew, and Jamie, in context with their times, showing artists from the late 19th to the 21st century such as Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Burchfield, Milton Avery, Hans Hofmann and many others.
Somerville Manning Gallery represents and exhibits 21st century paintings and sculptures by American artists Peter Sculthorpe, Greg Mort, Robert Jackson and many others. Artists from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts are a strong component of the gallery including Bo Bartlett, Alex Kanevsky, Jon Redmond, Christine Lafuente and more.
“An art gallery’s success is based on relationships-between owners and artists, owners and clients, and gallery staff. The Somerville Manning Gallery is a stellar example of what can be achieved when good relationships are created and developed. Since 1981, Sadie Somerville and Victoria Manning have used their knowledge and integrity to cultivate long-term associations with artists and collectors, and to create a harmonious, welcoming environment. As a result, their gallery is the place for high-end art of the Brandywine tradition and twentieth-century American realism.”
- Sharon Hernes Silverman, Brandywine Valley, © 2004, Stackpole books.
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