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The Historic Breck’s Mill on the Brandywine River houses the Somerville Manning Gallery.

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Located in historic Breck’s Mill adjacent to the Hagley Museum, Somerville Manning Gallery is unique among small city galleries. For over thirty five years the Somerville Manning Gallery has introduced current art trends into an area already steeped in a rich art tradition, mounting exhibitions that relate to this cultural heritage both past and present. Recognized as experts on N.C. Wyeth and his family, Somerville Manning Gallery has created multiple exhibitions on N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth. Also represented are the Wyeth women, daughters of N.C. Wyeth, Henriette Wyeth Hurd, Carolyn Wyeth, and Ann Wyeth McCoy.

Exhibitions such as American Masters and Wyeth to Warhol: Modern Masters from Past and Present places the three generations of the Wyeth family, N.C., Andrew, and Jamie, in context with artists of their times. These exhibitions show the Wyeths with 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, Andy Warhol, and David Hockney.

Somerville Manning Gallery represents and exhibits 21st century paintings and sculptures by American artists Timothy Barr, Robert C. Jackson, Greg Mort, Robert C. Jackson, Peter Sculthorpe, and many others. Artists from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts are a strong component of the gallery including Bo Bartlett, Francis Di Fronzo, Alex Kanevsky, Christine Lafuente, Sarah McRae Morton, and Jon Redmond. Also exhibited are miniature to life-size bronzes by sculptors such as J. Clayton Bright, Olivia Musgrave, Rikki Morley Saunders, and Margery Torrey.

“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, [Somerville Manning Gallery] 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
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