Brandywine River Museum Rte. 1 & Rte. 100, Chadds Ford; 610-388-2700. www.brandywinemuseum.org. Flights into Fantasy: The Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection of Children's Illustration. Closes 11/18. $8; $5 seniors, students & children 6-12; free for children under 6. Daily 9:30 am-4:30 pm.
1st Fri Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington; 302-571-9590. www.delart.org. First Friday - Monthly evening of free art-related programming. 9/7 6 pm. Glory of Stories - Fri. 10:30 am. $2. Children's storytime & craft activity. Starving for Art - Thu. noon. Guided tour followed by informal discussion over lunch. Contemporary Photography & the Garden: Deceits & Fantasies - Work by American & European photographers. Closes 9/16. The Cultivated Eye: Brandwine Valley Photographers - Nature photography. Closes 10/23. $10; $8 seniors; $5 students; $3 youths; free for children under 7 & for all Sundays. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm, Sun. noon-4 pm.
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington; 302-656-6466. www.thedcca.org. MFA Biennial Exhibit - Work created by current regional MFA students. Closes 9/9. Rebecca Dietz - Photographs & installations. Closes 9/9. Michael Aurbach: The Administrator - A biting commentary on contemporary academia & its abuses of power. Closes 9/23. Dale Shuffler - Improbable, fun & funky ceramic creations. Closes 11/4. Ben Whitehouse - Contemporary landscape paintings. Closes 1/6. Tue., Thu.-Fri. 10 am-6 pm, Wed. 10 am-8 pm, Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 1-5 pm.
*FREE* The Fabric Workshop & Museum 1315 Cherry St., 5th Fl.; 215-568-1111. www.fabricworkshop.org. Selections From the Permanent Collection - Works by internationally recognized artists Louise Bourgeois, Mona Hatoum, Kiki Smith & others. Closes 9/29. Ongoing: Artist Boxes Collection - Samples, prototypes, swatches & other materials related to the creative process; Commissioned Works of Art Collection - Artwork from the Artist-in-Residence program; Photography & Video Archives - This collection documents the creative process. Mon.-Fri. 10 am-6 pm; Sat. noon-4 pm.
1st Fri James A. Michener Art Museum 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-340-9800. www.michenerartmuseum.org. First Friday - Monthly event featuring family activities. 9/7 6-8 pm. ArtCycle 2007 - 20-to-100-mile bike ride through Bucks County, followed by party. $30; $35 after 9/7. 9/9 6:30 am. Doylestown Arts Festival: Silk Scarf Painting - Craft activity offered as part of the Arts Festival programming. 9/9 10 am-5 pm. The following all close 10/21: Fire & Ice - Watercolors & drawings by Marine Warrant Officer Michael Fay; Soldier - Photographic portraits by Suzanne Opton of military men & women shortly after their return from deployment; Roger Loos - Outdoor installation featuring abstract & semi-abstract stone sculptures. $6.50; $6 seniors; $4 students 6-18; free for children under 6, military & family. Tue.-Fri.10 am-4:30 pm, Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.
James A. Michener Museum, New Hope Branch Union Square, New Hope; 215-862-7633. www.michenermuseum.org. Gershwin to Gillespie: Portraits in American Music - Photographs of music legends taken by Annie Leibovitz, Ansel Adams & more. Closes 10/7. Ongoing: The Artists Among Us - Interactive mosaic of local artists & images; Creative Bucks County: A Celebration of Art & Artists - Spotlights the county's artist/creative residents. $5; $4 seniors 60 & over; $2 children 6-18; free for children under 6. Tue.-Fri. & Sun. 11 am-5 pm; Sat. 11 am-6 pm.
1st Fri Noyes Museum of Art 733 Lily Lake Rd., Oceanville; 609-652-8848. www.noyesmuseum.org. First Friday: Opening Reception for Three New Exhibitions - Mingle with the artists & discuss the methods & processes used to create their work. Refreshments served. 9/7 5-8 pm. 8th Annual Just for Seniors Day - Morning of art, entertainment & refreshments to honor the elders in the community. Registration required. 9/10 10 am-1 pm. Jr. Duck Stamp Program - On display in the Young-at-Art Gallery (YAG). Closes 9/30. Senior Artists: 4 Seasons Community Residents - Displayed in Community Gallery. Closes 9/30. Nancy Cohen - Water Ways: Interpretations - Closes 1/6. $4; $3 seniors, students; free for children under 6. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4:30 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.
Pearl S. Buck House 520 Dublin Rd., Perkasie; 215-249-0100. www.psbi.org. Personal Pearl Exhibit - Highlights of the exhibit & guided tour include elegant, custom gowns & suits that Pearl Buck wore. Closes 10/31. Ongoing: Walk-In Tours - Great opportunity to become acquainted with the Pearl S. Buck House; Chinese Calligraphy & Art Exhibit - Ongoing silent auction of exhibit pieces. $7; $6 seniors; free for children under 6. Open Tue.-Sat at 11 am; Sun at 1 pm.
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 118-128 N. Broad St.; 215-972-7600. www.pafa.org. Dreaming of a Speech Without Words: The Paintings & Early Objects of H.C. Westermann - Seeks to present what Westermann often struggled to verbalize. Closes 9/16. This Place is Ours! Recent Acquisitions at the Academy - Features a range of objects that have recently become part of the Academy's collection. Closes 9/23. $7; $6 seniors & students; $5 youth 5-18; free for children under 5. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm.
Philadelphia Museum of Art 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-763-8100. www.philamuseum.org. Art After 5 - Fri. 5-8:45 pm. Live music at the museum by artists in a variety of genres. The Bizarre & the Beautiful: Silks of the 18th Century - 13 exquisite silk items from the museum's collections. Closes 9/30. Celebrating American Craft - Display of outstanding American craft items. Closes 9/30. Pop Art & Its Affinities - Pop art from the '60s & '70s. Closes 9/30. Japanese Literati Culture in the Edo Period - 17th-century Japanese response to the Chinese literati movement. Closes 10/30. Particulars of Place: Photo Portfolios From the Collection - Showcases artists who have created portfolio boxes containing prints which explore "place." Closes 11/3. Bosch & Bruegel in the John G. Johnson Collection - Works by Hieronymous Bosch & followers & Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Closes 11/23. Kiefer, Polke, Richter - Features work by several significant painters who arose from post-WWII Germany. Closes 11/25. Tibetan Ritual Arts - Exhibit on Tibetan art & the rituals built around it. Closes 11/30. The Book of War - 25 illustrated pages from a centuries-old Indian document. Closes 12/9. $12; $9 seniors; $8 students & youth 13-18; free for children 12 & under. Tue.-Thu., Sat.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm; Fri. 10 am-8:45 pm.
Rosenbach Museum & Library 2008-2010 Delancey Pl.; 215-732-1600. www.rosenbach.org. Martha Colburn: Don't Kill the Weatherman - Film installation. Closes 9/16. $8; $5 seniors, students; free on Tuesday & for children under 5. Tue., Thu.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm; Wed. 10 am-8 pm.
Trenton City Museum 319 East State St., Trenton; 609-989-3632. www.ellarslie.org. Ongoing: Decorative Arts Collection - Pottery, ceramics & other objects, most of which were made in the Trenton area; Fine Arts Collection - Contemporary & historic pieces created by Trenton-area artists; Historical Artifacts Collection - Range of objects from postcards to furniture. Tue.-Sat. 11 am-3 pm; Sun. 1 pm-4 pm.
*FREE* Woodmere Art Museum 9201 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-0476. www.woodmereartmuseum.org. Narratives: Meaning in Context - Selected works by photography & honors art students from Wissahickon H.S. Closes 10/28. Ongoing: Woodmere's Permanent Art Collection - Paintings, sculptures, prints & drawings, with a focus on works by artists from the Philadelphia area. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm.
1st Fri Artists' House
57 N. Second St.; 215-923-8440. www.artistshouse.com
. September Group Exhibition - Paintings, drawings & pastels by five artists. First Friday reception 9/7. Closes 9/30.
Bambi Gallery 1817 Frankford Ave.; 215-423-2668. www.bambiproject.com. Derek Myers: Pure as the Driven Snow - Three-dimensional construct pieces. Closes 9/16. Terrence Laragione: Some Assembly Required - Diptych, triptych & single panels offer soft dashes of vivid, yet complimentary, brush strokes & tones. Closes 9/16.
The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (formerly Creative Artists Network) 237 S. 18th St., Ste. 3A; 215-546-7775. www.cfeva.org. Amy Stevens: Confections - Series of larger-than-life photographs of decadent cakes. Reception 9/14. Closes 9/20.
Cerulean Arts 1355 Ridge Ave.; 267-514-8647. www.ceruleanarts.com. Neo-Pink: New Paintings by Jaime Treadwell - Closes 9/21. Jaime Treadwell - Art discussion. 9/9 1-4 pm.
Drexel University - Picture Gallery 32nd & Chestnut St., 3rd Floor; 215-895-0480. www.drexel.edu/drexelcollection. Houses paintings by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Dusseldorf Academy, Francis Martin Drexel, Astronomical, Musical Clock by David Rittenhouse. Ongoing.
Dupree Studios 703 S. Sixth St.; 215-413-3884. www.dupreestudiosinc.com. Student Exhibition - paintings, drawing & prints. Reception 9/7. Closes 9/23.
Esther M. Klein Art Gallery 3600 Market St.; 215-966-6188. www.kleinartgallery.org. The Great Society - Investigates the unfulfilled dreams of utopia. Closes 9/29.
F.A.N. Gallery 221 Arch St.; 215-922-5155. www.fanartgallery.com. Tim Conte: Recent Paintings - New oil & linen paintings. Closes 9/22.
Falling Cow Gallery 732 S. Fourth St.; 215-627-4625. www.fallingcow.org. Tim Bowen: Hodgepodge - Over 100 paintings & mixed-media works. Fundraiser. Closes 9/29.
Fleisher Art Memorial 719 Catherine St.; 215-922-3456. www.fleisher.org. Walter Plotnick, Roger Matsumoto & Richard Ryan: Challenge 1 - Annual exhibition series committed to enriching & expanding people's lives through art. Opening reception 9/8. Closes 10/6.
Gallery 51 51 N. Second St.; 215-413-3191. www.gallery51.net. Felt as Art - Work by Master Felters Mehmet Girgic of Konya, Turkey & Theresa May O'Brien. Closes 9/9.
1st Fri Gallery Siano 309 Arch St.; 215-629-2940. www.gallerysiano.com. David Foss & Michelle Marcuse: Present Tense - New works. Closes 9/22.
Gross McCleaf Gallery 127 S. 16th St.; 215-665-8138. www.grossmccleaf.com. Chris Nissen - Colorful landscape & town scenes. Closes 9/28.
Khmer Art Museum Gallery 319 N. 11th St.; 215-922-5600. www.khmerartgallery.com. Memorial art museum dedicated to the Cambodian people's suffering under the Khmer Rouge. Permanent collection includes stone & wood sculptures, paintings, silver jewelry, copper metals, silk textiles, pottery.
1st Fri Locks Gallery 600 Washington Square South; 215-629-1000. www.locksgallery.com. First Friday at the Locks Gallery - An opportunity to meet the artists whose work is on display in the gallery. 9/7 5:30-7:30 pm. Eileen Neff: Photographs - Coincides with a major presentation of the last 10 years of Neff's work, on display at Institute of Contemporary Art. Closes 9/29. Robert Zakanitch: The Lace Series - Zakanitch is a New York-based painter associated with the Pattern & Decoration movement of the '70s. Closes 9/29.
Manayunk Art Center 419 Green La.; 215-482-3363. www.manayunkartcenter.org. Fine Art Auction - Paintings, photography, computer generated art, inventive mixed-media. 9/8 6 pm. Art Show - Works by members of the Manayunk Artists' Co-Op as well as diverse work from private collections. Reception 9/9. Closes 9/30.
Moderne Gallery 111 N. Third St.; 215-923-8536. www.modernegallery.com. David Roth: The Interference Color Paintings - Paintings created with a reflective paint that seems to change colors. Closes 9/8.
1st Fri Mt. Airy Germantown Ave.; 215-967-1422. Mt. Airy First Friday - Area stores, galleries & restaurants will be open until 9 pm. 9/7 5-9 pm.
1st Fri Muse Gallery 52 N. Second St.; 215-627-5310. www.musegalleryphiladelphia.com. Lydia Hamilton Brown: Life in the Black Hole - Over 250 books, journals, collages & paintings on the art-making process. First Friday reception 9/7. Closes 9/30.
Nexus Gallery 1400 N. American St.; 215-629-1103. www.nexusphiladelphia.org. Elaine Erne: The Lives & Traumas of Stuffed Animals - Series of drawings reflecting childhood anguish & pain. Closes 9/30. Jody Sweitzer - Mix of animation, installation & video work. Closes 9/30.
1st Fri Old City Between Front & 5th; 215-440-7000. www.oldcity.org. First Friday - Hosted by the Old City Arts Association, this monthly arts community open house is one of the city's most popular evening escapes. 9/7 5-9 pm.
1st Fri Painted Bride Art Center 230 Vine St.; 215-925-9914. www.paintedbride.org. The Exquisite Corpse - Collaborative art project featuring 9 artists from NY & Philly. First Friday reception 9/7. Closes 10/13. Miriam Singer - Mixed media & works on paper. Reception 9/7. Closes 10/13.
Pentimenti Gallery 133 N. Second St.; 215-625-9990. www.pentimenti.com. In the Summer the Song Sings Itself - Work by 8 artists who bring a fresh voice to the summer art scene. Closes 9/15.
Philadelphia Folklore Project 735 S. 50th St.; 215-726-1106. www.folkloreproject.org. If These Walls Could Talk - Posters, handbills, pictures & other social change-themed memorabilia. Ongoing.
Philadelphia International Institute (PII) 242 Race St.; 215-592-1022. Asya Livshits - New paintings. Closes 9/30. Peter J. Obst: Bridges by Modjeski - Closes 9/30.
1st Fri Projects Gallery 629 N. 2nd St.; 267-303-9652. www.projectsgallery.com. First Friday Reception. 9/7 5-8 pm. Henry Bermudez & Florence Putterman: Paper Cuts - Features works of & on paper. Closes 9/29. Steve Cope: Night Watch - Solo exhibition of paintings. Closes 9/29. Jen Blazina: Reflection - Vintage photographs, silk-screened on frosted glass. Closes 10/27.
Sande Webster Gallery 2006 Walnut St.; 215-636-9003. www.sandewebstergallery.com. Arlene Love: Walking Distance - Photos taken within walking distance of artist's studio in Center City. Reception 9/14. Closes 10/3. Larry Walker - Paint, textures & diverse materials to create paintings that explore the complexities & challenges of life. Reception 9/14. Closes 10/3.
1st Fri Schmidt/Dean Gallery 1710 Sanson St., 2nd Fl.; 215-569-9433. www.schmidtdean.com. First Friday Reception. 9/7 5:30-7:30 pm. Robert Straight: Laser Cut - Laser cut paper on canvas. Closes 10/13.
Seeber Fine Arts Gallery 2007 Chestnut St.; 215-756-7999. www.seeberfinearts.com. TaiWoong Kang: Vestiges From Nature - Mixed media installations. Closing reception 9/7 5 pm-10 pm.
Space 1026 1026 Arch St., 2nd Fl.; 215-574-7630. www.space1026.com. Broadside Battle: Call for Entries - Broadside is usually a public notice or advertisement printed on one sheet of paper. Call for details & contest information. Entries due by 10/1.
The Stratasphere 1854 Germantown Ave.; 215-235-4726. www.thestratasphere.com. Multiplicity - Uses the characteristics of the multiple to the artist's own visual ends. Closes 9/29.
Temple University - Temple Gallery 259 N. Third St.; 215-925-7379. www.temple.edu. (Re)print - Artists' works reflect commitment to community, collaboration & concept of fine print. Closes 11/3.
Twenty Two Gallery 236 S. 22nd St.; 215-772-1911. Bruce Murray: Images of Summer - Photography. Closes 9/12.
University of Pennsylvania - Burrison Gallery 3611 Walnut St.; 215-898-4618. Paul W. Meyer - A Plantsman in Asia: 1979-1999 - Mr. Meyer is a leader in the field of plant exploration & evaluation, & has completed 9 expeditions to China & Korea. Closes 9/7.
University of the Arts - Gallery 1401 211 S. Broad St., 14th Fl.; 215-717-6300. www.uarts.edu. Casey Orr: By Water - Depicts how water connects people, places & things. Closes 9/21.
University of the Arts - Sol Mednick Gallery 211 S. Broad St., 15th Fl.; 215-717-6300. www.uarts.edu. Bill Westheimer - Manual: The Personalities of Hands - Using 19th century collodion wet plate photography & other techniques, artist creates unique portraits of his subjects. Closes 9/21.
Wood Turning Center 501 Vine Street; 215-923-8000. www.woodturningcenter.org. allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2007 - Multi-disciplinary exhibit. Closes 9/22.The Arts Scene
530 E. Union St., West Chester; 610-644-6555. www.theartsscene.org
. Erica Brown: Painting, a Passionate & Maddening Dance - 40 new, mostly abstract paintings in encaustic, acrylic & mixed media. Closes 10/6. Art Show & Party With Darius Homay - Textile & indigo art display, Hawaiian music & snacks. $10. 9/9.
Barnstone Gallery 388 W. Pothouse Rd., Phoenixville; 610-917-0140. www.barnstonegallery.com. John Costanza: Reflections - Paintings & sculptures. Reception 9/7. Closes 9/31.
BOI's of New Hope Art Gallery 9 West Mechanic St., New Hope; 215-862-8292. www.BOIsofnewhope.com. Second Saturday in New Hope - Features a guest artist, refreshments & special activities the 2nd Saturday of the month. 9/8 5-9 pm.
Briar Bush Nature Center 1212 Edgehill Rd., Abington; 215-887-6603. www.briarbush.org. Rhythms of Nature - Philadelphia Calligraphers' Society exhibit. Opening reception 9/7. Closes 9/30.
1st Fri Brush & Palette 123 E. State St., Kennett Square; 610-444-4565. www.brushandpalette.net. Mimi & Art Peterson: A Couple of Artists - Paintings & small sculptures. First Friday reception 9/7. Closes 9/25.
Bucks Gallery of Fine Art 201 S. State St., Newtown; 215-579-0050. www.bucksgalleryoffineart.com. Inside the Artist's Studio - Photographs of the studios & work of 17 Bucks County artists. Closes 9/14.
Chester County Art Association 100 N. Bradford Ave., West Chester; 610-696-5600. www.chescoart.org. Dennis Haggerty: A Retrospective at Sixty - Retrospective of 40 years of paintings. Closes 10/5. Opening reception. 9/9 1-4 pm.
1st Fri Downtown Newtown 40 S. State St., Newtown; 215-968-3440. www.newtownpa.org. AHA! Friday - Open-house evening blending the arts & history, with a marketplace boasting shops & restaurants. State & Sycamore Sts. 9/7 6-9 pm.
The Gallery at Cedar Hollow 2447 Yellow Springs Rd., Malvern; 610-640-2787. Wearable Art & Jewelry Show - Hand-crafted jewelry & other accessories on display & available for purchase. Closes 10/31.
Langman Gallery 2500 Moreland Rd., Willow Grove; 215-657-8333. www.langmangallery.com. Kimberly Willcox: Story Poles - Contemporary spin on primitive forms using found objects. Closes 9/30.
Main Line Unitarian Church 816 S. Valley Forge Rd., Devon; 610-688-8332. www.mluc.org. Crafts & Conversation - Weekly crafting demonstrations, workshops & conversation. 9/11 noon-2:30 pm.
Midlantic Gallery Arts Consortium 19 N. 7th St., Perkasie; 215-453-1208. mgarts.org. Call for Artists: Women, A Celebration - Entries sought by, for or about women.
Phillips' Mill Community Association 2619 River Rd., New Hope; 215-862-0582. www.phillipsmill.org. Call for Artists: 78th Annual Juried Art Exhibition - Registration/Submission deadline 9/7-9/8. Works will be juried on 9/9. Call for details. $20-$25 entry fee.
Travis Gallery 6089 Lower York Rd., New Hope; 215-794-3903. www.travisgallery.com. Peter Fiore: The Luminous Landscape - 2007 oil paintings. Reception 9/8. Closes 9/29.
The Upstairs Gallery Rte. 202 & Street Rd., Lahaska; 215-794-8486. www.theupstairsgallery.com. Sun-Kissed - Group exhibit. Closes 9/28.
1st Fri Viking Culinary Arts Center One Town Pl., Ste. 100, Bryn Mawr; 610-526-9020. www.vikingcookingschool.com. Main Line's First Friday: Collaborative/26 - Gallery reception with refreshments. 9/7 5-9 pm. Collaborative/26 - Works by 26 painters & printmakers in collaboration. Closes 9/29.
Wayne Art Center 413 Maplewood, Wayne; 610-688-3553. www.wayneart.com. Call for Artists: Annual National Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft - Anyone interested in exhibiting must have their art work postmarked by 9/20. Call 610-688-3553 for information.Atlantic Cape Community College
5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing; 609-625-1111. www.atlantic.edu
. Annual Faculty/Staff Exhibit - Photographs, prints, sculpture, crafts, watercolor, mixed media, paintings & drawings. Call 609-625-1111 for hours. Closes 9/24.
Atlantic City Art Center New Jersey Ave. & the Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-347-5837. www.acartcenter.org. Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibition - Work by Hispanic artists. Closes 9/30.
Center for the Arts in Southern New Jersey 123 S. Elmwood Rd., Marlton; 856-985-1009. www.cfasnj.com. Annual Juried Exhibition - Mixed media. Reception 9/13. Closes 9/25.
Gloucester County Historical Society Museum 58 N. Broad St., Woodbury; 856-848-8531. ...And Baby Makes Three - Features artifacts related to "bringing up baby" from pre-Victorian times to the mid-20th century. Closes 10/28.
Hammonton Arts Center 107 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton; 609-567-5306. www.hammontonartscenter.org. Indian Summer Art Exhibit - Works from area artists produced during the summer months. Closes 9/30.
Historic Smithville Mansion Annex Art Gallery Smithville Rd., Easthampton; 609-265-5068. Juried Art Exhibit - Annual exhibit with awards presentation. Closes 10/28.
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences 120 Long Beach Blvd., Beach Haven; 609-494-1241. www.lbifoundation.org. Craft Gallery - Display of unique juried crafts including clay, wood, metal, paper, fabric, glass & jewelry. Closes 10/31.Delaware College of Art & Design
600 N. Market Street, Wilmington; 302-622-8000. www.dcad.edu
. Artists Ourselves XI: Annual Faculty Exhibiton - Closes 10/22. Opening reception. 9/7 5-8 pm.
Hardcastle Gallery 5714 Kennett Pike, Centreville; 302-655-5230. www.hardcastlegallery.com. Steven J. White: Deeper Reasons - Watercolor landscapes. Opening reception 9/7. Closes 9/29.
Somerville Manning Gallery Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor, Greenville; 302-652-0271. www.somervillemanning.com. Summer Exhibition - Paintings by gallery artists & display of bronze sculptures. Closes 9/7.