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Featuring snowmen, angels, bunnies and reindeer, golfers, tennis players and surfers, drummers, violinists and horn players—along with other themes—the annual Critter Sale at the Brandywine River Museum of Art Dec. 5-6 has great gifts for everyone on your holiday list. Crafted by hand, Critters are distinctive, artistic and environmentally friendly. The selection includes more than 10,000 Critters, all made by Brandywine’s talented volunteers.

Critters come in all shapes and sizes, from individual ornaments to large tabletop decorations and wreaths. The woods, fields, and meadows near Brandywine River Museum of Art campus in Chadds Ford are a source of Critter materials.  Pine cones, acorns, milkweed cases, egg shells, dried corn cobs, yarrow, statice and other dried flowers are a few of the dozens of materials used for their shapes, colors and textures. Each unique Critter has a distinct and charming character, making them wonderful as decorations and perfect as gifts.

After the sale, Critters will be available in the museum shop through Jan. 3. All proceeds from the sale of the Critters benefit the Museum Volunteers’ Art Purchase Fund and art education programming. Each year, more than 150 volunteers work from March to December to create the thousands of Critters for the sale and for decorating several trees in the museum’s atrium, including a 20-foot tree that soars up three floors.

Critters have been an important part of A Brandywine Christmas for more than 40 years. The annual exhibition features the spectacular O-gauge model train display with trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track, a display of antique dolls dressed in beautiful period clothing, and the thousands of Critters on display. The exhibition runs Nov. 27-Jan. 3.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art features an outstanding collection of American art housed in a 19th-century mill building with a dramatic steel and glass addition overlooking the banks of the Brandywine. The museum is open daily, except Thanksgiving day and Christmas. For more, call (610) 388-2700 or visit brandywinemuseum.org.

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