Holiday House Tour & Winter Arts Festival
Barns open: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Museum open: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Holiday House Tour is back! After a brief hiatus in 2013, this beloved Delaware Art Museum Council event returns for its 29th season.
This year’s Tour will focus on historic Brandywine Valley barns bedecked for the holiday season and spectacular artisan shopping at the Museum on BOTH Friday night, as part of the Museum’s Art is After Dark program, and during Tour day.
Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the Tour. Tickets will be available by credit card online or at the Delaware Art Museum, Janssen’s Market, Everything But The Kitchen Sink, Minster’s Jeweler’s in Newark, Apropos, and Old Country Gardens. Online ticket sales will be available until December 11. Those who purchase their tickets on or before November 28 will receive the printed guide in the mail; all tickets purchased after this date will need to be picked up at the Museum during regular hours or on Tour day. Each Holiday House Tour ticket will include one holiday raffle ticket. Prizes will be drawn at 3:30 p.m in the Museum. You do not need to be present to win.
The Tour includes barns within short driving distance from one another. Three barns are historic properties that have been fully renovated with modern amenities while keeping many of the original features in tact. One barn is new construction. All but one are heated. The barns are not wheelchair or walker friendly. Featured barns include:
- A stylish guest-house barn built in the 1790s
- An imaginative “entertainment” barn built in 1821
- A newly built “green” barn with a western flair
- A rustic 1870 barn made of original wood and Wilmington Blue Rock
Nancy Butler, Alley Cat Jewelry Studios
Handcrafted beaded jewelry
A life-long jewelry artist, Nancy designs and handcrafts one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry. Her necklaces, bracelets, and earrings feature semi-precious stones, pearls, crystal, lamp-work, and Czech glass with accents and findings made of sterling silver, vermeil, copper, base metal, and lead-free pewter. When designing jewelry, Nancy allows each piece to develop naturally, taking inspiration from the beads themselves. alleycatjewelrystudios.com
Angela Colasanti, VIELA Jewelry, Ltd.
You can see traces of the walking trail or beachcombing in Angela’s jewelry. Drawing on her love of delicate objects from both land and sea, Angela designs and handcrafts jewelry, sometimes embellishing her detailed metal replications of natural elements with gemstones and pearls. Angela’s jewelry accentuates the intrinsic beauty, grace, and elegance of its inspirational components. plumblossomjewelry.com
Karyn Warner Hammock
Art jewelry & mixed metal clocks
Karyn is a jewelry artist, clockmaker, and instructor. Inspired by nature and pattern, Karyn works to bring texture and balance to both art forms, while respecting the boundaries of her materials and a desire to create wearable jewelry and functional clocks. Reflecting a “jeweler’s touch,” precious gemstones and freshwater pearls find their way into many of Karyn’s designs. metalaesthetics.com
Rebekah acknowledges that black and white, nature, and architecture are what she loves the most. Her photos—also reflecting a love of travel, the comforts of home, and interesting people—open your eyes to innovative views and peaceful moments. Rebekah invites you to travel with her and explore her captured settings through her prints. rebekahhelton.com
Hand-dyed silk accessories
For the past 20 years, Maureen has worked exclusively in silk, making one-of-a-kind silk scarves and shawls. Maureen begins by dying the silk using techniques like Ikat, discharge, and overdying. She then transforms the silk through hand-weaving, creating textures and patterns. Maureen finds inspiration in today’s fashion and fabrics, but also by studying the richness of antique and ethnic textiles. mksilks.com
At first glance, Maria’s monoprints and artworks appear abstract, but upon further inspection, one sees hints of a narrative in her vivid palette and lively brushwork. Her array of artworks will invite you to inquire about the process of creation as well as the source of inspiration. Maria has received many honors as an artist, teacher, and poet. mariakeane.com
Diane Treacy Keesee
Handpainted silk, handpainted silk scarves
Diane has worked with many big names in the industry—from Broadway costume designers to authors and designers—to develop her silk dying artistry. Using her background in fine arts, photography, and culinary training, Diane experiments with her dyes, techniques, and designs. While Diane’s scarves beg to be worn, they would also be beautiful as a framed work of art. facebook.com/DTKSilk
Meg is a book artist, calligrapher, and teacher. Using color, shape, texture and size, her book artistry marries form and design, inviting viewers to engage with her pages. Updating binding styles that span the 4th through the 18th centuries and using papers from around the world, Meg offers an assortment of books in various sizes that will inspire artists, journal-keepers, and lovers of the written word. book-arts.com
Pam Levin, Nivell Jewelry
Silver and leather jewelry
Pam creates sterling silver and leather jewelry with high quality semi-precious stones mined from all over the world. Her leather collection features bold colors, textures, and a wide variety of luxurious leathers. Pam’s refreshing style exudes simple elegance by transforming her materials into smooth, modern, and clean lines. Pam firmly believes even the simplest of designs can make a dramatic statement. nivelljewelry.com
Clay monoprints and pots
Mitch Lyons’ name is synonymous with clay printing—a unique technique of printmaking that he invented over 40 years ago and continues to innovate. Widely respected and collected, Mitch’s work can be found in both public and private collections. With his propensity to reinvent his art form, it will be a treat to see what clay prints and pottery he brings to our events. mitchlyons.com
With a strong focus on nature and vintage material, Leslie’s books combine surprising elements into a framework of personal expression. Using centuries-old binding techniques, Leslie’s one-of-a-kind books beg to be filled with memories, snapshots, and inner thoughts. Whether you buy one to hang from your neck or go on a coffee table, you’ll want one for yourself and one for a special friend. leslie-marsh.com
Jane Kavanagh Morton
Jane’s ceramic sculptures are reflections of her life and that includes a fascination with people, the comforts of home, and a strong connection to her Irish roots. Jane’s works—ranging from vases and vessels to small decorative houses and heads—are created through the process of slab making and coil building. Each sculpture tells a story and provides evidence of the handmade process. janekav.com
Linocuts, etchings, and monotypes
Diane is a printmaker and teaching artist from Philadelphia who specializes in hand-pulled linocuts, etchings, and monoprints. Each of Diane’s prints is a unique and original signed piece of art. Although Diane might print the same image multiple times, no two are alike due to the hand application of her inks and the printing process—either on an etching press or rubbed by hand. anniepod.blogspot.com
Batik & hand-dyed silk wearables
Kathy’s designs begin by determining the shape of each garment, focusing on styles that will flatter and move with the body. Preferring sheer silks like chiffon and organza, she combines multiple dye-baths with a “painterly” method of batik to produce each original piece. Whether her silk masterpieces are worn or displayed on a wall—as happens in some cases—she hopes they are simply enjoyed. kathyrobinsonbatik.com
MARZBAGZ by Marlene Sontchi
Fabric art handbags
Every MARZBAG handbag is unique in its design and creation, with as much attention given to the inside as the outside. Fine fabrics, creative embellishments, unique textures, customized embroidery, and personal creativity make each bag a statement of functionality AND art! For Marlene, the design is important, but the art is in the details. marzbagz.com
John A. Styer
John creates his turned-wood heirlooms using local wood species as well as exotics from throughout the world. From Brazilian Rosewood to English Walnut, and from Cherry Burls to Poison Ivy vines, he brings the most visually appealing aspects of wood to the surface in an eclectic assortment of work, ranging from aesthetically utilitarian to purely artistic. lathe-meister.com
Marcie’s fused glass creations range from functional household vessels to decorative masterpieces. A Delaware By Hand Master and award-winning artisan, Marcie’s glassworks reflect a fascination with color and its interplay with light, as well as a judicious sense of decorative elements. Always evolving, Marcie continues to learn and explore new and creative ways of working with glass. InspirationsinGlass.com
Fine art photography
To Beth, creating photographic images is as natural as breathing. While her subjects include fine art, portraiture, fashion, landscape, and epicurean still lifes, her style ranges from contemporary to vintage to playful. Influenced by Stieglitz, Kasebier, and Strand, Beth often uses natural light, a soft focus, and traditional film to create her timeless photographs. bethtrepper.com
Honored by the American Glass Guild, Amy is a master of stained glass. To create her unique designs, she uses traditional methods of glass painting and glazing, along with newer and more experimental techniques, such as fusing and lamination. Amy’s designs range from familiar subjects, such as flowers and birds, to abstract dances of vibrant color. Amy Valuck Glass Art on facebook
- 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. UD Master Players Concert Series Young Ambassador (Ms. Gabriella Stout)
- 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Cathedral Choir of Delaware
- 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cab Calloway Middle School Choir
- 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cab Calloway Jazz Choir
Winter Arts Festival shopping available on Friday, December 12 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. during Art is After Dark and on Saturday, December 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Visitors are also encouraged to shop in the Museum Store. From December 17 through December 24, all Museum Members receive a 20% discount in the Store (regulardiscount for Museum Members is 10%).
Funds raised from the 2014 Holiday House Tour will support the Delaware Art Museum’s Education Department and its implementation of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) initiatives, which will explore the link between science and art.