MUSEUM CELEBRATES HOLIDAYS WITH HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR AND WINTER ARTS FESTIVAL

WILMINGTON, DE

Presented by the Delaware Art Museum Council, the Holiday House Tour returns for its 30th year on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m., the self-guided Tour features five spectacular “Houses with History” bedecked for the holiday season. Funds raised from the 2016 Holiday House Tour will support the Delaware Art Museum’s Education Department.

The five Greenville-area houses featured on the tour–all within a short driving distance of the Museum–include the following spectacular historical homes:

  • The estate that inspired the Brandywine Valley moniker “Chateau Country”
  • The venue for the du Pont / Roosevelt bridal party luncheon in 1937
  • A manor house location for meetings of the National Woman’s Party
  • A beautifully restored grand residence first planned as an escape from city summers
  • A stately house with the nickname “Mount Vernon”

The Tour will coincide with the Museum’s annual Winter Arts Festival, which will feature regional artisans and live holiday music. Visitors are invited to the Museum from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tour day for live seasonal music, light holiday fare by Toscana in the Thronson Café, and shopping in the Museum Store. Artisan shopping will be available with 20 vendor booths on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Complete home descriptions and tickets are available at delartholidayhousetour.org.

Ticket Information

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 the day of the Tour. Tickets are available for purchase at delartholidayhousetour.org, by mail, phone, or at the front desk in the Museum during regular business hours. The historic homes are unfortunately not wheelchair or walker friendly; however the Museum is fully accessible to all wheelchair and walker devices.

Tour tickets are also available at the following locations by cash or check: Everything But The Kitchen Sink, Janssen’s Market, Minster’s Jeweler’s in Newark, Old Country Gardens, Purple Sage Herbs & Gifts in Middletown & Studio 882 Furniture + Design in Glen Mills.

Those who purchase their tickets by mail, phone, or online before November 28 will receive them in the mail. All tickets purchased after this date will need to be picked up at the Museum 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.

In addition to Tour tickets, a special luncheon option is available this year and includes a buffet at the Greenville Country Club, formerly Owl’s Nest, one of the first major estates built by the du Pont family. A limited number of luncheon tickets will be available. Luncheon tickets are $25. Both valet and self-parking will be available. Luncheon tickets are not available at the retail locations.

Featured Artisans

  • Deborah Flanagan Jewelry, Jewelry
  • Leslie Marsh, Book Arts/Eco Printing
  • Abstract Cats, Fiber Art
  • Anna Biggs Designs, Hand-carved Jewelry
  • Karen Warner Hammock – Metal Aesthetics, Jewelry and Mixed Metal Art
  • Marguerite Cain, Fine Crocheted Jewelry and Accessories
  • John A. Styer, Turned Wood
  • Jane Kavanagh Morton, Ceramic Sculpture
  • Angela Colasanti of Viela Jewelry, Sterling Silver Jewelry
  • Irina’s Original, Fiber Artist
  • Nancy Butler – Alley Cat Jewelry Studios, Handcrafted beaded Jewelry
  • Joan Nelson, Hand-forged silver jewelry
  • Beth Trepper, Eclectic Fine Art Photography
  • Gilda Jennings, Handcrafted gemstone and natural jewelry
  • Shirley St. Jean, Freshwater Pearl & Semi-precious stone Jewelry
  • Amy Valuck, Stained Glass
  • Faith A. Rosenblatt, Unique Handcrafted Jewelry
  • Diane Treacy Keesee, Hand-painted Silk Scarves
  • Robert Jenkins, Watercolor and pencil
  • Lisa Dadone-Weiner, Themed Mosaic Wall Sculptures

Artisan profiles are available at delartholidayhousetour.org.

Museum Store Sale
From December 16 through December 24, all Museum Members receive a 20% discount in the Store (regular discount for Museum Members is 10%) and Non-Members receive 10% off. Featured Holiday items will be 30% off (for Members and Non-Members). Visitors can browse the Museum’s unique selection of prints, books, handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, and textiles.

Related Events

Family Fun for the Holidays
December 10-11 and December 28-31 | 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a host of festive family-friendly activities at the Museum this holiday season. In Kids’ Corner, explore a geometric winter wonderland, add to our interactive igloo, and build 3-D snowflakes. For those feeling adventurous, take a wintry walk through Copeland Sculpture Garden to search for geometric shapes. On Saturdays, December 10 and 31 at 10:30 a.m., the Museum will host a special Holiday-themed Glory of Stories featuring seasonal stories, a tour of the galleris, and more holiday crafts for kids (ages 2 and up) and their families.

Tour-goers can also enjoy the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Special exhibitions include:

  • Elizabeth Osborne: The Sixties (October 8, 2016 – January 8, 2017) – Philadelphia-based artist Elizabeth Osborne (born 1936) is best known for her glowing landscapes and seascapes. She is also known for her her interior and figurative paintings, which were influenced by Richard Diebenkorn and Color Field painters such as Helen Frankenthaler. Following her graduation from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Osborne spent a year in the mid-1960s studying in Paris through the Fulbright Program. This period was of great importance, resulting in the artist’s first mature paintings. Elizabeth Osborne: The Sixties traces the influence of Osborne’s contemporaries, such as Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, and presents the first survey of the artist’s haunting, black paintings from this decade.
  • Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism (October 22, 2016 – January 22, 2017) – Inspired by Robert C. Jackson’s 2014 publication, Behind the Easel: The Unique Voices of 20 Contemporary Representational Painters, this exhibition surveys the state of realistic painting at the start of the 21st century. Indicative of this moment are two trends in representational painting-the depiction of the natural world and the creation of fantastic imaginings. Featuring artists from throughout the United States and Canada, including Steven Assael, Bo Bartlett, Debra Bermingham, Margaret Bowland, Paul Fenniak, Scott Fraser, Woody Gwyn, F. Scott Hess, Laurie Hogin, Robert C. Jackson, Alan Magee, Janet Monafo, John Moore, Charles Pfahl, Scott Prior, Stone Roberts, Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin, Daniel Sprick, Will Wilson, and Jerome Witkin, Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism reveals the contemporary developments in a mode of painting historically tied to the greater Brandywine Valley.
  • Fluidity (September 3, 2016 – February 12, 2017) – This community-curated exhibition presents the work of Carla Lombardi, N. Sarangoulis, Libbie Soffer, and Valettta, whose paths have intertwined over the past several years in various collaborations and artistic projects. Through sculptural ceramics, found-object installations, watercolor, and pastel, these artists center their work on the intersection of universal hopes and fears–especially ones unique to women-with personal introspection about their own lives.

Always on view are the Museum’s renowned collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art and the Museum’s spectacular collection of American art and Illustration.

About the Delaware Art Museum

Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of works by Wilmington native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, a major collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle, and a survey of American art from early 19th century through the present. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and a number of special exhibitions throughout the year.

The Delaware Art Museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. Open 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. Admission fees are charged as follows: 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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