The Chadds Ford Gallery, which primarily shows paintings by the Wyeth Family, has set aside a room away from the oil and acrylic for the photography of Richard Schwartzman. The exhibit, called Buzz because of a favorite photo featuring a bee, will be presented until June 27, 2010.
Schwartzman has photographed Chadds Ford since 2001, when he began working for the local newspaper. When the paper closed, he and a local writer teamed up to launch ChaddsFordLive.com, where several of Schwartzman’s images accompany stories. The Chadds Ford Gallery is the only place that formally shows Schwartzman’s work; this is his second show with the gallery, whose staff enthusiastically reports “a very strong community reaction” to Schwartzman’s photography.
Originally from Philadelphia, Schwartzman took pictures as a child but did not pursue the interest seriously until he was an adult in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Okinawa and Thailand. Upon his return, Schwartzman completed a communications degree at Temple University, where an advanced photographic journalism class taught him the basics of the art. He now pursues photography in his spare time, capturing dozens of local subjects that draw his interest.
Chadds Ford Gallery, open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 5pm, is located at 1609 Baltimore Pike in the Village of Chadds Ford. All of Schwartzman’s pieces are for sale; gallery visitors can add Schwartzman’s striking photographs to their private collections. For more information about Richard Schwartzman and the Chadds Ford Gallery, please visit http://www.awyethgallery.com/, or call the gallery toll free at 877.WYETHAJ (1.877.993.8425).