Madeleine Hughes

hughesMadeleine Hughes is a proud grandmother who had such a special day with her family at the Museum that they became Family PLUS Members on the spot. We sat down with Madeleine and her five-year-old granddaughter Anna to talk about their experience at the Museum.

How did you become involved with the Museum?
We were drawn to the Museum because my grandson, Kyle, had his art featured in the Museum as part of an ArtSmart program – a student art exhibition for Skyline Middle School. Also, Anna and her brother Nate are related to Howard Pyle; it was important for me to make sure they experience that family connection.

Then, we had heard about the Museum’s Labyrinth. Before visiting the Museum, I gave Anna and Nate information about the labyrinth. I told them that it was similar to visiting church, and described it as a place of reverence and awe. Anna said she didn’t want to know where the path would lead. Afterwards, we sat in the Labyrinth and talked about their experience.

Madeleine Hughes is a proud grandmother who had such a special day with her family at the Museum that they became Family PLUS Members on the spot. We sat down with Madeleine and her five-year-old granddaughter Anna to talk about their experience at the Museum.

How did you become involved with the Museum?
We were drawn to the Museum because my grandson, Kyle, had his art featured in the Museum as part of an ArtSmart program – a student art exhibition for Skyline Middle School. Also, Anna and her brother Nate are related to Howard Pyle; it was important for me to make sure they experience that family connection.

Then, we had heard about the Museum’s Labyrinth. Before visiting the Museum, I gave Anna and Nate information about the labyrinth. I told them that it was similar to visiting church, and described it as a place of reverence and awe. Anna said she didn’t want to know where the path would lead. Afterwards, we sat in the Labyrinth and talked about their experience.

What’s your favorite part of the Museum? 
My grandchildren were enthralled by the galleries with the works of Howard Pyle. They stood in front of his picture, standing with their hands on their hips just like Pyle! Both kids loved the dark, scary works of art – and Anna loves the paintings of the ladies.

We also love Kids’ Corner. My grandkids filled the peg board with every piece of foam available. Kids’ Corner gave them the opportunity to play with color and create their own masterpiece.

How would you describe the Museum to a potential Member? 
If a parent or grandparent thinks that art is too highbrow for them, or that they won’t know how to answer all the questions kids might have, I encourage them to give the Delaware Art Museum a shot. It’s a wonderful thing to set kids down in this kind of atmosphere and see the sparks of creativity get ignited. People might think “Oh, I’m not worthy of visiting the art museum,”—but nothing could be further from the truth.

Time is short, and kids won’t be young forever, so it’s important to take advantage of the Museum and all it has to offer now.