As Wilmington enjoyed some of the best temperatures of the season, art lovers responded by the thousands by attending the 56th annual Brandywine Festival of the Arts. The two-day fair kicked off on Saturday, when approximately 5,000 people entered the grounds of the arts and crafts fair, which is held in Brandywine Park next to the zoo.
Visitors nearly doubled on Sunday, strolling the many aisles, admiring the some of the 200 art and craft exhibitors, and stopping for a bite to eat or a cold drink. Since Barry Schlecker assumed management of the festival 6 years ago, patrons can now purchase food from several food trucks, bakeries and restaurants as well as beer.
Exhibitors offered something for just about everyone — works on paper, sculpture, jewelry, wood carvings, decorative glass, tea cup clocks, soaps, olive oils, even hair bows.
Two fantastic art displayed greeted visitors at the fair’s entrance — whimsical, floating birds, dragons, peacocks and frogs by WGK Glass Art out of Toughkenamon, PA, and an enormous bird house created by artist Thomas F. “BirdHouseMan” Burke as a tribute to Delaware’s own Vice President Joe Biden. Surrounded by several American flags, “This Train is Bound for Glory” is a replica of the Wilmington/Biden Train Station as well as the National Observatory (the Vice President’s residence in Washington) and features inscriptions and pictures of VP Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on Inauguration Day, January 21, 2009. Burke’s exceptionally elaborate works include several inspirational recreations of homes painted by Andrew Wyeth and one house commissioned for Star Wars creator George Lucas.