Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Andrew Wyeth Was Here! And You Can Be Too!

Andrew Wyeth was here!  And you can be too!
Photo by Deb Grove, Lancaster Online
The photograph above shows Ephrata Cloister Director, Elizabeth Bertheaud standing in the third floor of the 1743, Sisters House or Saron.  She is holding a print of an Andrew Wyeth watercolor the Chester County artist painted in 1949 of the same spot. The painting is titled "The Cloisters."
Wyeth never forgot that painting, and in 1996 he returned to the Cloister to revisit the humble room that a celibate sister of the religious community called home years before the American Revolution. Wyeth died in 2009.
On Saturday, September 12th, you too can take advantage of a rare opportunity to walk in the footsteps of this and other famous artists as well as visit a part of the Ephrata Cloister rarely open to the public.  This coming September 12th, from 10AM-4PM, join us for our Founders’ Day – Block Party Event.  A limited number of special guided tours will be given of the upper floors of the Sister’s House and Meetinghouse by reservation only at 10AM, 11:30AM, 1PM, and 2:30PM. Curator, Virginia O’Hara from the Brandywine Museum of Art will be on hand to speak about Andrew Wyeth and Howard Pyle, another well know artist that portrayed the Cloister in the late 1800’s.  The works of other artists, Henry Rankin Poore, and Joseph Pennell will also be addressed during these special guided tours. 
The Sisters House and Meetinghouse, built in 1743 and 1741 respectively, are open regularly for guided tours on the first floor only. It is only once a year that the upper floors are opened to visitors. 
V.I.P. tickets for this special event are $20.00 each and include a print of Andrew Wyeth’s The Cloisters (1949).  Also included will be a special Q & A opportunity with Ephrata Cloister curator Kerry A. Mohn about Henry Rankin Poore’s painting Plowing of the Brethren(1899) on special exhibit. Tour tickets provide access to the site-wide Block Party event which includes a silent auction, live music, games, and food trucks: (Gourmand from Reading, Pa. & Lickety Split from New Holland, Pa.). For an additional $10.00, purchase an exclusive Founders Day t-shirt.  Call Today to make your reservations for the upstairs tours. Tickets are limited to 25 people per tour. No more tickets will be made available after they sell out. Call for tickets: (717) 733-6600.
General admission tickets will also be made available allowing access to the grounds and first floors of the historic Sisters House and Meetinghouse, but not the special upstairs tours.  General admission tickets will also include access to live music, games and art activities, the silent auction, and food trucks.
 -Nick Siegert

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