PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Dec
10
Sat
Winter Arts Festival
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Winter Arts Festival

Join the Delaware Art Museum to celebrate the holiday season with the Winter Arts Festival! This family-friendly weekend event features 20 regional artisans selling their wares and holiday gifts. Local school and community choirs will perform live, festive music as families roam and participate in holiday-themed art projects. Docents will offer tours throughout the two days and the Thronson Cafe will serve refreshments by Toscana to keep you warm and toasty.

Click here to learn about the Artisans.

Schedule

Saturday:

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Newark Charter High School Concert Choir, Kelly Kline, Choral Director
11:15 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.  Lombardy Elementary Chorus, Gregory Reynolds, Choral Director
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.   Cab Calloway School of the Arts Men’s Choir and Advanced Treble Choir, Martin Lassman, Choral Director
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Cathedral Choir School of Delaware, Arreon Harley, Choral Director

Sunday: 

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Caterina Yetto, Violinist
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. St. Edmond’s Academy Choral Ensemble, Deb Dehart, Choral Director
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Quattro Voci, featuring Ashley Ferrara, Stephen Ferrara, Arreon Harley and Marat Muradov
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. TBD

Special Gift Membership Sale

Be sure to take advantage of our Special Gift Membership Sale throughout Winter Arts Festival weekend!* Buy 1 Gift Membership for Two and get a 2nd Gift Membership for Two, free. That’s two Gift Memberships for the price of one for a savings of $70! Cross two names off your shopping list while supporting your community art museum.

*Offer valid December 10 and 11 at the Museum front desk only

Holiday House Tour: Houses with History
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Planning for the Museum Council’s 2016 Holiday House Tour: Houses with History is underway! This unique tour features homes that will not be opened for a public tour again for a generation–if ever. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to tour Wilmington’s most spectacular historic homes decorated for the holidays. The Tour will coincide with the Museum’s Annual Winter Arts Festival, which will feature 20 regional artisans and live holiday music.

Proceeds support the Museum’s educational programs.

Tour Update Regarding Tickets:

  • Tickets purchased after November 30 must be picked up at the Delaware Art Museum on the day of the Tour, December 10.  The Museum opens at 9:00 a.m. Tickets will not be mailed after November 30.
  • Lunch Tickets are sold out.

What will you see on the 2016 Holiday House Tour?

Have you noticed the mansion on Kennett Pike, which has undergone a remarkable renovation? After years of benign neglect and hiding behind a thicket of trees and underbrush, this home is being restored to its original glory. For privacy and noise control, the owners have planted a well-planned screen of greenery. Just wait until you see inside!

OberodOberod, the family home Harry and Jane duPont Lunger built in the 1930s, has undergone major renovations and updating of systems to preserve this building without damage to its original design. Oberod may well have been the inspiration for the nickname “Chateau Country,” by which the Centreville, Delaware area is known. You’ll be able to drive up the sweeping driveway to the gorgeous ironwork gate at the entrance to the cobblestone courtyard. You’ll walk on the bricked sidewalk through that courtyard to the front entrance to the home. You’ll want to wear your walking shoes!

Three other homes have had duPont family connections. Two of these places were in dreadful condition, and might have been lost, but for the thoughtful, well-planned, and extensive restorations they received from new owners.

Each of the homes has a compelling history. You will have a glimpse into how modern families live in historic sites.

A special luncheon location

Lunch Tickets are sold out.

In addition to these five houses, we’ve reserved the Greenville Country Club, a former duPont family home named Owl’s Nest, for luncheon which will be opened only for those who purchase an additional luncheon ticket. A limited number of luncheon tickets will be available so please order yours early so you won’t be disappointed. No need to worry about parking; you’ll be able to drive right up to that canopy at the front door for valet parking–without an additional charge.
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Winter Arts Festival

On Holiday House Tour day, your wristband/tour ticket will grant you admission to the Museum on Kentmere Parkway where, in addition to marvelous art collections, a well-stocked Museum Store, an excellent café, and delightful holiday music, you will find Winter Arts Festival with 20 first-rate artisans offering holiday gifts and artistic treasures. This festival will continue on Sunday as well.

Learn more about the Winter Arts Festival and the Artisans.

Be sure to take advantage of our Special Gift Membership Sale throughout Winter Arts Festival weekend!* Buy 1 Gift Membership for Two and get a 2nd Gift Membership for Two, free. That’s two Gift Memberships for the price of one for a savings of $70! Cross two names off your shopping list while supporting your community art museum. *Offer valid December 10 and 11 at the Museum front desk only.

Where can you buy tickets?

Tickets may be purchased using your credit card online and at the Museum. Use cash or checks at these retail locations:  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.

Tour ticket are $35 with advance purchase and $40 on the day of the tour.

Tour Update Regarding Tickets:

  • Tickets purchased after November 30 must be picked up at the Delaware Art Museum on the day of the Tour, December 10.  The Museum opens at 9:00 a.m. Tickets will not be mailed after November 30.
  • Advance Sale of Tour / Lunch combo tickets and Luncheon Tickets are no longer available.  A limited number of luncheon tickets will be available at the Museum’s front desk on Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December  4th.

About the Museum Council

The Delaware Art Museum Council, founded in 1967, is a long-standing organization who takes pride in generating and sustaining creativity in our community. Our Members consist of an array of women and men with varying professional and personal interests.

The Council’s mission is to be ambassadors for the Museum in cultivating projects and promoting interest and support of the Museum within the region.

The Council achieves its vocation by helping the Museum attain its mission. Specifically, the Council participates in a host of volunteer opportunities, directs fund-raising projects, and promotes art appreciation during monthly meetings.

The Council supports the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of the unique resources at the Delaware Art Museum and welcomes you to join our commitment and passion. I encourage you contact Harriet Mueller at hbdmueller@hotmail.com or 302-429-6201 to ask how you can get involved.

Click here for more information about the Museum Council.

Dec
11
Sun
Winter Arts Festival
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Winter Arts Festival

Join the Delaware Art Museum to celebrate the holiday season with the Winter Arts Festival! This family-friendly weekend event features 20 regional artisans selling their wares and holiday gifts. Local school and community choirs will perform live, festive music as families roam and participate in holiday-themed art projects. Docents will offer tours throughout the two days and the Thronson Cafe will serve refreshments by Toscana to keep you warm and toasty.

Click here to learn about the Artisans.

Schedule

Saturday:

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Newark Charter High School Concert Choir, Kelly Kline, Choral Director
11:15 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.  Lombardy Elementary Chorus, Gregory Reynolds, Choral Director
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.   Cab Calloway School of the Arts Men’s Choir and Advanced Treble Choir, Martin Lassman, Choral Director
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Cathedral Choir School of Delaware, Arreon Harley, Choral Director

Sunday: 

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Caterina Yetto, Violinist
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. St. Edmond’s Academy Choral Ensemble, Deb Dehart, Choral Director
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Quattro Voci, featuring Ashley Ferrara, Stephen Ferrara, Arreon Harley and Marat Muradov
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. TBD

Special Gift Membership Sale

Be sure to take advantage of our Special Gift Membership Sale throughout Winter Arts Festival weekend!* Buy 1 Gift Membership for Two and get a 2nd Gift Membership for Two, free. That’s two Gift Memberships for the price of one for a savings of $70! Cross two names off your shopping list while supporting your community art museum.

*Offer valid December 10 and 11 at the Museum front desk only

Artist Demo: Robert C. Jackson
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm
Artist Demo: Robert C. Jackson

Stop by during Winter Arts Festival weekend to observe Truth and Vision artist Robert C. Jackson demonstrate painting techniques in the Museum’s Studio.

Dec
18
Sun
Slow Art Tours: Truth & Vision
Dec 18 @ 1:00 pm
Slow Art Tours: Truth & Vision

Throughout Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism, visitors can deeply engage with selected work on a Slow Art Tour. Slow Art Tours encourage people to look at art slowly and experience art in a new way. Visitors are invited to explore different perspectives through viewing and discussing art in the galleries.

November 20: Paintings by Stone Roberts
December 18: Listening to Dave Brubeck: Bob Frye and Dick LaBonda by Jerome Witkin
January 15: Kingdom of Ends by Bo Bartlett

Dec
21
Wed
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk
Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk

Celebrate the beginning of winter and take a break from your holiday shopping with a peaceful afternoon walk in the Museum’s Labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir. There is no fee for this program, but donations are accepted to help maintain the Museum’s labyrinth.

Jan
6
Fri
Art is Tasty
Jan 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Art is Tasty

First Fridays of the month

This noon-time lunch series on the first Friday of every month pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café. (Café lunch voucher included in price).

Upcoming Topics

November 4: Enough with the Bubbles by Robert C. Jackson
December 2: Hans Brinker by Frank Earle Schoonover
January 6: Self-Portrait Painting Sally by Milton Avery
February 3: Tar Beach 2 by Faith Ringgold

Jan
15
Sun
Slow Art Tours: Truth & Vision
Jan 15 @ 1:00 pm
Slow Art Tours: Truth & Vision

Throughout Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism, visitors can deeply engage with selected work on a Slow Art Tour. Slow Art Tours encourage people to look at art slowly and experience art in a new way. Visitors are invited to explore different perspectives through viewing and discussing art in the galleries.

November 20: Paintings by Stone Roberts
December 18: Listening to Dave Brubeck: Bob Frye and Dick LaBonda by Jerome Witkin
January 15: Kingdom of Ends by Bo Bartlett

Jan
16
Mon
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service
Jan 16 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service

Celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and give back to your community through artmaking. Families are invited to create cards that will be distributed with meals for those in need, in partnership with the Sunday Breakfast Mission. Family-friendly tours featuring African-American artists and subjects will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The Museum will be open and free to the public from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Jan
19
Thu
Happy Hour with Sam Sweet
Jan 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sam SweetJoin Executive Director and CEO Sam Sweet for casual conversation and free drinks in the Thronson Café. Sam, who is new to the Delaware community, is eager to hear your thoughts about the Museum while also getting your tips on local events, restaurants, and hidden Delaware treasures.

Beer, wine, and light snacks provided.

Artist Gallery Chats
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm
Artist Gallery Chats

Thursday, November 17:  Steven Assael

Truth & Vision exhibiting artist Steven Assael will discuss his work at this informal gallery talk with time for visitor comments and questions. Assael is well known for his stunning drawings and paintings of the figure.

Thursday, December 1: Margaret Bowland

Truth & Vision exhibiting artist Margaret Bowland will discuss Nakedness Has No Color and White Fives during this informal gallery talk followed by a Q&A. Bowland’s work draws on the drama of the Baroque period and fuses it together with representations of modern young women and the question “What does it take to be loved?”

Thursday, January 19: Daniel Sprick

Truth & Vision exhibiting artist Daniel Sprick will discuss Bird and Mirror, Self Portrait, and Two Nudes. Sprick seeks to present vulnerability, a love of life, and curiosity through his stunning portraits and everyday scenes.

Jan
29
Sun
Spotlight Tour Series
Jan 29 @ 1:00 pm
Spotlight Tour Series

Enjoy a lively docent-led tour focused on thought-provoking themes in the Museum’s Collection.

Upcoming Topics

January 29: Modern Artists: New Directions Old Influences
February 5: Eight against the World: John Sloan and the Ashcan School
February 12 Love, Lies and Oil Paint: British Pre-Raphaelites
February 19 American Experience: 19th Century
February 26 Howard Pyle: Giant of the Brandywine

Feb
3
Fri
Art is Tasty
Feb 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Art is Tasty

First Fridays of the month

This noon-time lunch series on the first Friday of every month pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café. (Café lunch voucher included in price).

Upcoming Topics

November 4: Enough with the Bubbles by Robert C. Jackson
December 2: Hans Brinker by Frank Earle Schoonover
January 6: Self-Portrait Painting Sally by Milton Avery
February 3: Tar Beach 2 by Faith Ringgold

Feb
5
Sun
Spotlight Tour Series
Feb 5 @ 1:00 pm
Spotlight Tour Series

Enjoy a lively docent-led tour focused on thought-provoking themes in the Museum’s Collection.

Upcoming Topics

January 29: Modern Artists: New Directions Old Influences
February 5: Eight against the World: John Sloan and the Ashcan School
February 12 Love, Lies and Oil Paint: British Pre-Raphaelites
February 19 American Experience: 19th Century
February 26 Howard Pyle: Giant of the Brandywine

Feb
12
Sun
Spotlight Tour Series
Feb 12 @ 1:00 pm
Spotlight Tour Series

Enjoy a lively docent-led tour focused on thought-provoking themes in the Museum’s Collection.

Upcoming Topics

January 29: Modern Artists: New Directions Old Influences
February 5: Eight against the World: John Sloan and the Ashcan School
February 12 Love, Lies and Oil Paint: British Pre-Raphaelites
February 19 American Experience: 19th Century
February 26 Howard Pyle: Giant of the Brandywine

Feb
16
Thu
Concerts on Kentmere: Elegant melodies among the Pre-Raphaelites
Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm
Concerts on Kentmere: Elegant melodies among the Pre-Raphaelites

Snow date: Sunday, February 19

In residence since 2009, Pyxis Piano Quartet returns for the Museum’s 2016–17 classical chamber music series. In the Pre-Raphaelite Galleries, guests will enjoy English composer Herbert Howells’ seldom-performed Piano Quartet in a minor and a Pyxis reprise of Antonin Dvořák’s magnificent Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major. Each concert is preceded by a short curator talk that connects the evening’s music to Museum exhibitions or artworks. The concerts feature coffee and desserts at intermission and the Thronson Café will be open for drinks and dinner by Toscana until 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited and all non-refundable tickets will be held at the door.

7:30 pm:  Margaretta Frederick, Curator talk
8:00 pm:  Pyxis Concert

About Concerts on Kentmere: Site & Sound

The 2016-2017 season of Concerts on Kentmere features chamber music performances by the Museum’s much-praised ensemble in residence, Pyxis Piano Quartet.  Returning for their 8th season, Pyxis – featuring Luigi Mazzocchi and Yang Xu (guest violins), Amy Leonard (viola), Jennifer Jie Jin (cello) and Hiroko Yamazaki (piano) – will present three exhilarating Thursday evening concerts exploring the relationship between the chamber music repertoire and the rich visual holdings of the Museum. Just prior to each concert, a Museum curator will present a brief personal insight connecting selected artworks with the evening’s musical offerings.

Click here
for more information about Concerts on Kentmere.
Feb
19
Sun
Spotlight Tour Series
Feb 19 @ 1:00 pm
Spotlight Tour Series

Enjoy a lively docent-led tour focused on thought-provoking themes in the Museum’s Collection.

Upcoming Topics

January 29: Modern Artists: New Directions Old Influences
February 5: Eight against the World: John Sloan and the Ashcan School
February 12 Love, Lies and Oil Paint: British Pre-Raphaelites
February 19 American Experience: 19th Century
February 26 Howard Pyle: Giant of the Brandywine

Feb
26
Sun
Spotlight Tour Series
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm
Spotlight Tour Series

Enjoy a lively docent-led tour focused on thought-provoking themes in the Museum’s Collection.

Upcoming Topics

January 29: Modern Artists: New Directions Old Influences
February 5: Eight against the World: John Sloan and the Ashcan School
February 12 Love, Lies and Oil Paint: British Pre-Raphaelites
February 19 American Experience: 19th Century
February 26 Howard Pyle: Giant of the Brandywine

Mar
3
Fri
Wonder and Whimsy Members Preview
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wonder and Whimsy Members Preview

Members and their guests only

Mark your calendars for this preview party celebrating the opening of Wonder and Whimsy: The Illustrations of W. Heath Robinson. Join fellow Members and their guests as the Museum magically transforms its main halls into the Shakespearean woods and palaces featured in several of this exhibition’s illustrations. Additional information will be announced in the spring 2017.

Apr
27
Thu
Concerts on Kentmere: Illustrating the genius of W. Heath Robinson
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm
Concerts on Kentmere: Illustrating the genius of W. Heath Robinson

To celebrate this legendary British illustrator, an eclectic evening of period works – Edward Elgar’s Salut d’Amour, the first movement of the Sonata for Cello and Piano in g minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Rebecca Clarke’s Dumka (for violin, viola and piano) and Josef Suk’s dramatic Piano Quartet No. 1 in a minor.

7:30 pm:  Margaretta Frederick, Curator talk
8:00 pm:  Pyxis Concert

About Concerts on Kentmere: Site & Sound

The 2016-2017 season of Concerts on Kentmere features chamber music performances by the Museum’s much-praised ensemble in residence, Pyxis Piano Quartet.  Returning for their 8th season, Pyxis – featuring Luigi Mazzocchi and Yang Xu (guest violins), Amy Leonard (viola), Jennifer Jie Jin (cello) and Hiroko Yamazaki (piano) – will present three exhilarating Thursday evening concerts exploring the relationship between the chamber music repertoire and the rich visual holdings of the Museum.Just prior to each concert, a Museum curator will present a brief personal insight connecting selected artworks with the evening’s musical offerings.

Click here
for more information about Concerts on Kentmere.