On Friday, April 14, Victoria Wyeth, granddaughter of Andrew Wyeth, niece of Jamie Wyeth, and great-granddaughter of N. C. Wyeth, will make an audio/visual presentation about her family's artistic legacy. The event, which takes place at the Park Theater, 723 Warren Street, is a benefit for Perfect Ten Afterschool.
The Wyeth family name references an artistic dynasty spanning three generations of American painters. N. C. Wyeth was one of America’s foremost illustrators in the 20th century. His images are well known through such treasured childhood books as The Deerslayer, Robin Hood, The Last of The Mohicans, and Treasure Island. His son Andrew is remembered as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Primarily a realist painter, Andrew's favorite subjects were his surroundings, whether in Maine or Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. His son Jamie has continued in the realist approach of the Brandywine School tradition: painters who worked in the rural Brandywine River area of Delaware and Pennsylvania portraying its people and landscape.
Victoria Wyeth, the only grandchild of Andrew Wyeth, spent most of her childhood into adulthood absorbing the stories of “Andy.” She became heir to all of the tales behind the paintings and, with this inside knowledge, has become a popular speaker worldwide on her family’s legacy. According to Ms. Wyeth, “I feel it’s time the world saw the Andy in Andrew Wyeth. My hope is that people who love his work will now fall in love with him as a person--a husband, a father, and, of course, a grandfather.” Victoria’s energetic and impassioned presentation brings a personal level to the art, and her enthusiasm is infectious. A gifted photographer herself, Victoria has stepped into the role of preserver of the Wyeth family name.
The pre-event mingle begins at 6 p.m., and the presentation at 7:00 p.m. Capacity is limited, with seats for 50. Tickets are available at perfecttenhudson.org.