Art and Conservation in the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania

A resident of Chester County, Pennsylvania, Stewart Strawbridge is an investment manager for Selkirk Management, LLC. Originally from Chester County, Pennsylvania, Stewart Strawbridge is passionate about the Brandywine River Museum and the Brandywine Conservancy, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He has a seat on the board at Brandywine.

Chadds Ford and the Brandywine Valley have a rich history in American art. The museum showcases three generations of artists in the Wyeth family. N.C. Wyeth, the eldest, won acclaim as an illustrator of children’s books. Andrew Wyeth, his son, created egg tempera and watercolor masterpieces of rural life. His son, Jamie, has gained a reputation for using sharp contrasts in animal portraits.

In order to preserve artistic landscapes and other natural areas, the Brandywine Conservancy’s Environmental Management Center has taken a lead in bringing together stakeholders, such as farmers, landowners, developers, and municipalities.

The Brandywine Creek Greenway forms a major component of the conservancy. Sixty-eight miles of creek bank trails and sidewalks wind through 24 cities and towns. The greenway accesses some 36,000 acres of open land and many municipal and state parks.


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