The creation of this exhibit (11/4/2016 to 12/31/2017 at the Chester County Historical Society) involved four years of inspiration, research and hard work by artist Adrian Martinez. However, he did not work alone. Adrian had the help of his wife, Leah, and his son, Sebastian, in researching and writing the history of southeastern Pennsylvania in the eighteenth century. They also helped organize photo shoots, research trips and meetings. The staff at the Chester County Historical Society worked hard on the exhibit preparation and installation, curating and preparing the historical objects, fact checking and editing the labels and planning fundraising events.
Adrian also had the tireless help and support of a large community of friends, enthusiasts and local historians. Each painting was created with the participation of live models (some were historical reenactors), hand-sewn reproduction clothing, and professional photographers who were there to document the process. Caretakers and private landowners in Chester County gave him the use of important historical sites and numerous people donated their time and creativity to make sure that his vision could come alive.
Many wonderful friends helped raise money from generous individuals and several institutions also helped provide the funding to make it all possible.
Although the exhibit left the CCHS, please contact the artist’s studio (484-273-8352 or email info at adrianmartinez.com) if you would like to inquire about the purchase of a particular piece, or if you or your organization would be interested in exhibiting selections of the work.