DELAWARE ART MUSEUM CELEBRATES HOLIDAYS WITH UNIQUE EVENTS, PROGRAMS, AND EXHIBITIONS
Get in the holiday spirit at the Delaware Art Museum! This year’s events and programs include a Winter Arts Festival showcasing handmade artisan wares, the Museum Store’s Holiday Sale, and a special Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk. Festive winter decorations by the Delaware Art Museum’s Museum Council will also be on view. Visit delart.org to learn more about these exciting events.
Winter Arts Festival
Friday, December 8 | 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday season at the Museum during this family-friendly two-day event! Shop for holiday gifts from 18 regional artisans, listen to festive music performed by local choirs, and enjoy holiday decorations provided by the Delaware Art Museum;s Museum Council. Special holiday-themed art projects will also be available for children and their families and seasonal snacks and beverages will be for sale from Toscana in the Thronson Café. The Museum Store will offer Member specials throughout the weekend. For a full list of artisans and performance times, please visit delart.org. Free. Cash bar.
Abstract Cats Fiber Art, Soft Sculpture Cats and Kittens
Magpie Design, Paper Mache
Deborah Flanagan Jewelry, Jewelry
John A. Styer, Turned Wood Heirlooms
Irina’s Original, Wearable Fiber
Anna Biggs Designs, Hand-carved Jewelry
Nancy Butler of Alley Cat Jewelry Studios, Handcrafted beaded Jewelry
Angela Colasanti of Viela Jewelry, Botanical Sterling Silver and Bronze Jewelry
Beth Trepper, Fine Art Photography
Jo Miller, Fibers & Mixed Media
Robert Jenkins, Watercolor
Meg Pierce Williamson, Artisanal Botanical Perfume
Diane Treacy Keesee, Hand-painted Silk Scarves
Taste Artisanal Market, Artianal Spreads, Honeys, and Chutneys
Karen Warner Hammock of Metal Aesthetics, Jewelry and Mixed Metals
Lisa Dadone-Weiner, Mosaic
Holiday Family Festivities
December 27 – 31 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bring your family to the Museum over the holidays for art making and family-friendly celebrations. Create a magical snow globe together in Kids’ Corner and find favorite works of art in the galleries.
Museum Store Holiday Sale
December 15 – 22
Don’t miss the Museum Store’s highly anticipated holiday sale! From December 15 through December 22, all Museum Members receive a 20% discount in the Store (regular discount for Museum Members is 10%) and Non-Members will receive 10% off all purchases of holiday items. The Museum’s unique selection includes prints, books, handcrafted jewelry, accessories, ceramics, and textiles.
Christmas Trio with the Wilmington Children’s Chorus
Sunday, December 17 | 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate the holidays with the Cartoon Christmas Trio and the Wilmington Children’s Chorus. Since its inception in 1995 by bassist Rob Swanson, the trio’s focus has been music from classic Christmas cartoons, including the “Peanuts” soundtracks. The Cartoon Christmas Trio has played hundreds of shows with live appearances on NBC, ABC, and NPR. For this concert, they will be joined by the members of the Wilmington Children’s Chorus. Cash bar and light fare available. $10 general admission. Purchase tickets online or at the door (space permitting). More at delart.org.
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, December 21 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the beginning of winter and take a break from you holiday shopping with a peaceful afternoon labyrinth walk in the Museum’s Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir. There is no fee for this program, but donations are accepted to help maintain the Museum’s labyrinth.
Tableau: The Art of Richard Cleaver
September 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Known for Queen’s Closet in the Museum’s Contemporary Gallery, Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. The artist is fascinated by monarchies, mythology, and religion, and these themes form the subjects of his work. Constructing the sculptures in clay, Cleaver then paints meticulous patterns and applies precious and semiprecious stones to create the sumptuously decorated surfaces. Tableau: The Art of Richard Cleaver surveys the artist’s most recent sculptures and the private worlds they reveal.
Tableau: The Art of Richard Cleaver was organized by the Delaware Art Museum. Support provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
An American Journey: The Art of John Sloan
October 21, 2017 – January 28, 2018
The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan’s work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist’s long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his famous depictions of New York City, his lively views of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and his fascinating studies of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The exhibition includes nearly 100 works–drawings, prints, and paintings–produced between 1890 and 1946. The Delaware Art Museum holds the largest collection of work by the American artist and illustrator John Sloan, as well as a rich trove of archival materials. This exhibition draws from and celebrates this extraordinary collection, made possible by the artist’s widow Helen Farr Sloan.
An American Journey: The Art of John Sloan was organized by the Delaware Art Museum. This exhibition was made possible by the Johannes R. and Betty P. Krahmer American Art Exhibition Fund and Glenmede Trust. Conservation treatment for the artwork in this exhibition was made possible by the Richard C von Hess Foundation. Additional support was provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
Additional support for all exhibitions is provided by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
About the Delaware Art Museum
Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is recognized for its cornerstone collection of works by celebrated American artist and illustrator Howard Pyle, a Wilmington native, complemented by hundreds of works by some of the most talented illustrators.
Also renowned for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most significant Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom, assembled by Samuel Bancroft, Jr., a Wilmington textile mill owner with a taste for Dante Gabriel Rossetti and other contemporaries of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
The Museum is famous for the preeminent collection of urban landscapes by American painter John Sloan and his circle. The Sloan collection lives alongside an esteemed survey of American art–spanning more than 200 years–from early 19th century through the present, including masterworks by Raphaelle Peale, Frederic Church, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Robert Motherwell, and Dale Chihuly. Visitors also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden, featuring large-scale works by Tom Otterness and George Rickey.
For more than 100 years, the Museum has occupied a vibrant place in the life of the Brandywine Valley. More than a collection of beautiful objects, the Museum is a vital source of experiences and discoveries for visitors from around the world.
The Delaware Art Museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Adults (19-59) $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Students (with valid ID) $6, Youth (7-18) $6, and Children (6 and under) free. Admission fees are waived Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. thanks to support from generous individuals. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 (toll free), or visit delart.org.
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