Charlestown Township, Chester County, PA

How To Exhibit Your Art At Our Show
How To Sell Art From Your Private Collection
Celebrating Charlestown Artists Now and Then
When: Saturday May 16, 2009 from 10 am to 7 pm
Sunday May 17 from 1 pm to 5 pm

Where: Charlestown Elementary School
This section is for owners (collectors) of qualifying art
who will allow us to exhibit their art at the show
and who may wish to sell one or more of their items.

Jump to Important Info Entry Form FAQ Pre-Qualified Artists
Qualifying Art and Artists
All art at the show, whether for sale by the artist or the owner (not the artist) or for exhibit only must meet the following qualifications.
  1. Only original "Fine Art" will be accepted. However, artists bringing their original work may also bring a portfolio that includes reproductions of the artist's work for sale.
  2. Art is not limited to paintings but encompasses other forms of fine art including wood work, sculpture, ceramics, etc.
  3. Fine art photography may be entered in this show. However, be aware that the show committee anticipates a future show featuring photos of scenes within Charlestown Township.
  4. The creators of the art must be current or past residents of Charlestown Township. This must be verifiable. A list of already qualified artists is provided below. Artists who currently live outside Charlestown Township who are not on our list will be asked to verify that they at one time lived in the Township. Owners of art by Charlestown artists living or deceased who are not on our list should have some evidence that each artist lives or has lived in the Township. (See the list below of known artists who qualify as one time Charlestown Township residents.)
  5. Art must be suitable for family viewing. Remember this show is being held in an elementary school. The decision of the show committee as to suitability will be final.
  6. Paintings may be of any suitable subject, though local subject matter is especially welcome.
If you are an artist selling your own work,
please do not use this section.  Instead, click here
Information for Owners (collectors) exhibiting qualifying art and perhaps wishing to sell qualifying art.
  1. An application form must be submitted no later than March 30, 2009. See the entry form link at the end of this yellow section.
  2. If you possibly can, we ask that you bring your art to Charlestown Elementary before the show and take it home after the show. If you are unable to do this, the show committee will arrange to pick up your art and return it to you.
  3. The show committee will hang your art for you.
  4. Art for sale hung at the show must be framed.
  5. Owners (collectors) bringing "table-top" art will be provided one table approximately 3'x6'.
  6. Take-In Time is from 5-9 pm Fri May 15 (preferred) and from 7-9:30 am Sat May 16.
  7. We ask that oversize art, hanging or free standing, be brought in Fri May 15 between 4-9 pm. There is limited space for oversize art and the art show committee will direct the hanging/placement.
  8. Costs - The Charlestown Historical Society will charge a 30% commission on all sales.
  9. Buyers will be able to take their purchases with them at time of purchase, but will be encouraged to leave their purchases displayed until the end of the show.
  10. Have Questions? Check the FAQ below. Still have questions? Email or call Debbie Kuhn - or 610-935-9337
On-Line Entry Form for Owners (Collectors) wishing
to exhibit/sell qualifying art.

Click here to complete and submit the entry form.

Frequently Asked Questions
When and where will the art show be held?
The Art Show will be open to the public Saturday May 16, 2009 from 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday May 17 from 1 pm to 5 pm. The show will be at the Charlestown Elementary School at 2060 Charlestown Road, Malvern. The school is a short distance north of the intersection of Rt. 29 and Charlestown Road.
The detailed event schedule is shown below-
  • Friday May 15 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm : Owners (collectors) bring their art to the school and check it in.
  • Friday May 15 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm : Artist bring and hang/position the display of their own work (unless oversized).
  • Saturday May 16 from 7:00 am - 9:30 am : Artist bring and hang/position the display of their own work (unless oversized). Owners (collectors) bring their art to the school and check it in.
  • Saturday May 16 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm : The show is open to the public.
  • Saturday May 16 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm : A reception will be held for all artists and owners (collectors) participating in the show. Featured from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm will be music performed by the Great Valley High School Honor String Ensemble. Refreshments will be served from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
  • Sunday May 17 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm : The show is open to the public.
  • Sunday May 17 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm : Artists and owners (collectors) pick up their (unsold) art and take it home.
Why is this show limited to creations by Charlestown artists?
Last year the Charlestown Historical Society conducted an art show limited to painted scenes of our township. This precluded many artists from our township whose work is of other subject matter as well as media other than paintings. It also precluded additional art by some Charlestown artists who created wonderful works unrelated to our township. This year we have kept the focus on Charlestown but in terms of the creator of the art, not the subject matter.
Several members of the Historical Society privately own art by Charlestown artists, some recent, and some in media other than painting (i.e. sculpture, woodwork, etc.). It's reasonable to assume that quite a few other residents own art by Charlestown artists, and through that ownership, those residents would probably enjoy seeing the work of Charlestown artists displayed in other residents' homes. We would like to display as many of these works of art as possible in one place, and invite all residents to come and enjoy looking at the items being displayed, whether for sale or exhibit only.
Does the artist have to be (or have been) a Charlestown resident?
Yes!   This is the only restriction, other than the subject matter being suitable for family viewing. The show committee has prepared a list of "pre-qualified artists", living and deceased, which is available here.
I know a qualifying artist or owner (collector) with qualifying art, but he/she does not have Internet access. How can I get the show information to that person?
Either print out the relevant information (including the appropriate form) from this site and mail or deliver to that person, or contact Jacob Merriwether and he will get the material to that person.
I am an amateur artist and have never exhibited or sold my work. May I exhibit or sell in this show?
Absolutely!  The only requirement is that you live (or have lived) in Charlestown Township. We encourage "unknown" Charlestown artists to participate. There is no judging or awards, so this is an easy way to "get your feet wet" exhibiting and possibly selling your own work.
How do my items get to and from the show?
We will ask you to transport your own art. Artists must bring their art to the show between 7 and 9 pm Friday March 15 (preferred) or between 7 and 9:30 am Saturday, March 16. The same applies to owners (collectors) who are exhibiting art and possibly selling individual items. CHS will provide transport for owners (collectors) who are unable to transport their own items.
I am physically unable to deliver and pick-up my art. Can I still exhibit at the show?
Absolutely! Let the show committee know when you apply to submit your art and someone will be assigned to pick up your art (May 14 or 15) and return it to you (May 16 [evening] or Monday May 17).
How secure will my art work be?
The show will be indoor in a secure, climate controlled building and your treasures will be handled carefully, protected from the elements, and displayed by experienced art show organizers. Security will be provided and art will be insured.
Do I hang/position my own art?
It depends. If you are an artist selling your own work, you will hang/position your own work where you are assigned at check-in, unless it is oversized. If oversized, the show committee will hang/position the oversized item(s). If you are an owner (collector) loaning your art for the show, the show committee will hang/position your art.
I will be selling my own art. Can I determine where it will be displayed?
No, but we will consider your preference. The location of your art at the show will be determined by the show committee when you check-in. However, there is obviously an advantage to getting your art there Friday (7-9 pm) as locations will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
How will I know you received the form I submit?
When we receive your form we will email you a confirmation, including a copy of what you entered in all fields of the form.
Is there a fee to get in to see the show?
No. The show will be free. This is part of the Charlestown Historical Society's outreach program aimed at acquainting residents with the creativity and beauty created by our township residents.
Will it cost anything for me to exhibit or sell items?
There is no fee for exhibiting qualifying art at the show, whether for sale or not. A 30% commission will be charged by the Charlestown Historical Society for all actual sales, whether by the artist or by the owner (collector).
Are photos included in the show?
Yes. Fine art photography is welcome. However, be aware that the show committee anticipates holding a show in the near future which will focus on Photographed Scenes of Charlestown.
After reading this FAQ, I still have questions.
Email or call Debbie Kuhn - or 610-935-9337. If you do not get a timely reply (she may be out of town), contact Jacob Merriwether or Barbara DeWilde (610) 827-7530.

Pre-Qualified Resident Artists   (Please let us know of qualified artists we have missed.)
Pre-Qualified Living Artists
Giovanna Adimarie
Eleanor Allen
Michael Allen
Sue Andrews √
Gene Baldwin, Jr. √
R. A. Beel
Douglass Behrle √
Miranda Behrle √
Hugh Bodine √
Edwina Brennan
Eleanor Calvecchio √
Carolyn Casswell
Susan Chambers
Barry Chester
Alix Coleman
Al Derkas √
Al Derkas Son
Robert DeWilde √
Sally Dixon
Richard Eastwick
Roslyn Epstein
Marylouise Forcine
John Gerhart
Julia Grace
Barbara Grant
Lynne Dian Gulezian
Jody Haller
Mabel Hanscom
Paul Hogan
Pamela Jones √
Ann Kline √
Vincent Kling
Debbie Kuhn
Rebecca Kuhn
Neila Kun
Lu Li √
Dan Leonard
Christine Merryman √
Maureen Mesher
Kavita Mohite
Nancy Most √
Michell Muldoon
Cecile Newbold √
David Parsons √
Heather Peacock
Kathy Piccio
Louis Pyle √
Rick and Deb Reis
Max Richter
Jeannie Roggio
Nicole Sakowitz √
Cathy Sbarbaro
Charles Segal
Peter Segal √
Pearl Slobodian √
Charles Suddard
Harriet Rhoad Swanson √
Pre-Qualified Deceased Artists
Alfred Bendiner √
Hugh Bodine √
Geraldine Berg √
Lucius Crowell √
Elsie DeWilde √
Tom Jenkins
Stinson Markley √
Carol Nesspor Neskie
John R. Peirce √
Joanna Reed √
Henry Soulen √
Oskar Stonorov √
Milo Winter, Jr. √
Bold name is an artist who will be exhibiting and selling his/her own work at the show.
"" after a name indicates works by that artist will be exhibited and possibly for sale.

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