Celebrating Wyeth art

Deal Of The Week

March 19, 2006|By TONI STROUD SALAMA | TONI STROUD SALAMA,CHICAGO TRIBUNE

There's no such thing as too much Andrew Wyeth. In the words of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the American painter is one of the country's most recognized and beloved artists. His career has, so far, spanned seven decades and is the subject of an exhibition at the museum: Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic, March 29 to July 16.

During those same dates and some 30 miles away, the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Del., will exhibit Something Waits Beneath It: Early Work by Andrew Wyeth, 1939-1969.

Wyeth hails from Chadds Ford, Pa., where the Brandywine River Museum has a permanent collection of Wyeth art - three generations' worth, counting works by Andrew's father, illustrator N.C. Wyeth, and by Andrew's son, Jamie Wyeth. Chadds Ford is 12 miles from Wilmington and 32 miles from Philadelphia.

The Brandywine Valley Inn in Wilmington brings these three Wyeth venues together in its "Wyeth Country Memory & Magic" package.

For Wyeth followers, it's a good trip. Is it a good value as well?

`Memory & Magic'

Good March 29 to July 16 at Brandywine Valley Inn in Wilmington, Del. $279 per couple.

Includes: two nights in a deluxe room at Brandywine Valley Inn; reserved-time admission to the Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic; admission to Brandywine River Museum; admission to Delaware Art Museum; photo book of Brandywine Valley valued at $45.

Doesn't include: transportation to or from the destination; hotel taxes of 8 percent.

Contact: 800-537-7772; brandy wineinn.com.

The value

Of package inclusions, if purchased separately.

Hotel: $178 (two nights at $89 per night) for a deluxe room at Brandywine Valley Inn, assuming a stay the nights of April 28 and 29.

Exhibition tickets: $46 ($20 per adult, plus $3 per ticket fee) for reserved-time admission to Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic.

Museum admissions: $16-$36 for admission to the Brandywine River Museum ($8 per person); and for admission to the Delaware Art Museum ($10 per adult, or free on Sundays).

Book: $45.

Total: $285-$305.

Difference: $6-$26 less with the package.

Toni Stroud Salama writes for the Chicago Tribune.

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