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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM COUNCIL PRESENTS
22ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR
Wilmington, DE (November 22, 2006)—The Delaware Art Museum Council presents the 22nd Annual Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This self-guided tour provides an opportunity to enter several area homes and art galleries over the course of the day. The destination’s points of interest range from local history to modern renovations and fascinating collections of art. The tour begins at the Delaware Art Museum, where visitors can purchase a catalog containing a map and descriptions of the homes and galleries. The catalog costs $20.00 and also serves as the ticket for entry into each location on the tour. Catalogs may also be purchased in advance at the Museum’s front desk, by calling 302-571-9590, or by visiting www.delart.org.
The nine homes on the tour offer a chance to explore the region’s art, history, and architecture. In the home of artist Mary Page Evans, visitors will not only see works of art from her private collection, they will be able to enter the workspace where she paints her expressionistic landscapes. One house formerly served as a doctor’s office and was once owned by Delaware’s first female pediatrician. Several residences will dazzle with their impressive renovations, including additions like saunas and indoor pools, which may inspire visitors to rework their own living spaces. To top it off, Danielle Rice, Executive Director of the Delaware Art Museum, has opened her house to the tour.
Local art is also on display in the three galleries on the tour. The André Harvey Gallery displays Harvey’s realistic bronze sculptures of animals and humans as well as his gold sculptural jewelry. The Somerville Manning Gallery is currently exhibiting the paintings of Peter Sculthorpe, whose distinctive watercolors have attracted a following of collectors around the country. And the J. D. Kurtz Rug Gallery presents the New Moon line of rugs, begun in 1993 by John Kurtz, who individually designs each rug.
On the day of the tour, the Delaware Art Museum will offer musical entertainment and a raffle, with prizes including jewelry, home decorations, gift certificates to local restaurants, and much more. Raffle tickets will be sold at the Museum for $5.00 each, $10.00 for three, or $15.00 for five. The raffle drawing will begin at 4:15 p.m., and the Museum will remain open until 5:00 p.m. so winners can pick up their prizes (though one need not be present to win). Everyone on the tour is encouraged to explore the Museum at some point during the day and see the current exhibitions, which include Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay, Precious Spaces: The Artist’s Studio in Miniature, and From Raku to Ray Guns: Ceramics since 1960.
The 22nd Annual Holiday House Tour is sponsored by Auto Team Delaware; Bassett, Brosius & Dawson Inc.; and WSFS. The Holiday House Tour is presented by the Delaware Art Museum Council, an auxiliary volunteer group of the Delaware Art Museum. All proceeds from the Holiday House Tour benefit the Museum.
Family Fun Day
The day of the Holiday House Tour is also a Family Fun Day at the Delaware Art Museum, where a number of family-friendly activities will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and everyone under 18 will enter the Museum for FREE. Hands-on art projects related to Precious Spaces: The Artist’s Studio in Miniature, which is a display of miniatures recreating the studios of famous artists, will include miniature rooms, winter wreaths, and silly snow globes. Additionally, the Museum will celebrate the launch its long-anticipated interactive program, The Art of Storytelling. Twenty stories about works in the Museum were chosen through a contest and will be played through iPod tours. Several winning storytellers will be at the Museum to discuss their creations. And the Student Art Exhibition, featuring works by adult and youth students in the Museum’s studio art classes, will be displayed in the Bank of America Education Wing beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Holiday House Tour Patron Party
Celebrate the countdown to the Holiday House Tour with dinner, music, and a silent auction to benefit the Museum on Friday, December 8, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The first hour will feature an open bar, followed by a cash bar. Tickets are $75.00 for Regular admission and $125.00 for V.I.P. admission. For those who choose to purchase the V.I.P. admission, the evening will actually begin at 6:30 p.m. for a private chat and champagne toast with Executive Director Danielle Rice and the artists whose miniatures are on display in Precious Spaces: The Artist’s Studio in Miniature. During this time, the awards for first-, second-, and third-place miniature will also be presented. Highlights from the Silent Auction include a signed, limited-edition lithograph by Peter Sculthorpe, donated by the Somerville Manning Gallery, and a signed print by Jamie Wyeth, donated by the artist. The Holiday House Tour raffle will also begin this night and continue into Saturday. Tickets for the Patron Party must be purchased in advance by calling 302-571-9590 or visiting www.delart.org.
About the Museum
The Delaware Art Museum, located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806, is open Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Wednesday 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. The Museum is free on Sunday and closed on Monday. Regular admission is adults (18–59) $10, seniors (60+) $8, college students $5, and youth (7–17) $3, with children six and under entering for free. The Delaware Art Museum also offers educational programs for students, teachers, and groups. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or visit the website at http://www.delart.org.
Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum holds a world-renowned collection that focuses on American art and illustration from the 19th to the 21st century as well as the British pre-Raphaelite movement of the mid-19th century. The Museum offers an outdoor Sculpture Park, the Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives, studio art classes, the interactive Kids’ Corner learning area, the delART Café featuring free Wi-Fi access, and the Museum Store with distinctive books and gifts. Waking Dreams: The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites from the Delaware Art Museum is on an international tour and will return in September 2007.