Get ready to go on an adventure with the whole family and explore the art and imagination behind Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and author Brian Selznick. Families will create art projects inspired by Selznick’s illustrations and stories as well as enjoy an entertaining magic show. Selznick will give a talk and Q&A followed by a book signing.
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Art Stations
Fusco Hall & East Court
Create works of art inspired by Brian Selznick’s illustration with a variety of media and techniques.
11:15 a.m. – Magic Show
Enjoy an entertaining and engaging magic show by Peter Pitchford of Magic by Manipulation.
12:30 p.m. – Artist Talk: Brian Selznick
Brian Selznick will talk about his career and the making of his book The Invention of Hugo Cabret and book-inspired film, Hugo followed by Q & A’s.
12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. – From Houdini to Hugo Family Tour
Explore the art and imagination of Brian Selznick on this family-friendly tour of From Houdini to Hugo.
1:30 p.m. – Brian Selznick Book Signing & Mingling Magic
Meet Brian Selznick, get your favorite book signed, and participate in mingling magic with Peter Pitchford.
Barns will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (The Museum will have FREE admission.)
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 five 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.
Click here to learn about the Artisans.
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
Entertainment & Shopping
- 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Enjoy free samples of holiday sweets from Trader Joe’s
- 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.
Explore Elliott Erwitt’s beautiful and funny photographs of canines with dog-themed art activities, story readings, and a gallery scavenger hunt. Families will also enjoy Blue Sky Puppet Theatre’s puppet show The Barker of Seville—a musical comedy about a day in the life of an opera singer.
Learn more about the exhibition Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs.
Schedule of Events
Noon – 3:30 p.m. Canine-inspired Art Activities (East Court)
12:30 p.m. Story Reading: Go Dog Go! by P.B. Eastman (Kids’ Corner)
1:00 p.m. The Barker of Seville by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre (DuPont Auditorium)
2:00 p.m. Gallery Scavenger Hunt (Gallery 10)
2:30 p.m. Story Reading: Art Dog by Thachur Hurd (Kids’ Corner)
** This is an indoor event and dogs will not be allowed in the Museum. Dogs are always welcome in the Copeland Sculpture Garden!**
Families are invited to explore the photography exhibition Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs and enjoy a screening of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians (1961). This family film includes popcorn and an art activity for kids. Food and beverages available for purchase in the Thronson Café.
Join us for a family-friendly celebration of Latino art and culture! Families are invited to build a collaborative ofrenda (offering), make art that tells their family’s story, watch performances by visiting artists, and take a mini family tour of the exhibition Our America. Music and dance performances of Mexico Beyond Mariachi will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Día de la Familia Nuestra América
Sábado 9 de abril | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
¡Únase a nosotros para una celebración familiar del arte y la cultura latina! Las familias están invitadas a elaborar una ofrenda de colaboración, hacer arte que cuente la historia de su familia, ver las actuaciones de los artistas visitantes y realizar una mini visita familiar de la exposición Nuestra América. Gratis.
The Museum Council’s popular Book Sale is back! The sale will include over 5,000 books on subjects such as photography, history and biography, American and European art, decorative arts, cookbooks, and hundreds of art periodicals. Collectible books with beautiful publisher’s bindings will also be featured. All Book Sale proceeds will benefit the Museum’s Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives Acquisitions Fund.
The 2016 Book Sale will feature a “What’s it Worth?” booth with Sandra Riper from Sunset Hill Jewelers and Thomas Macaluso from Thomas Macaluso Rare & Fine Books. For a modest donation, Sandra and Thomas will be available to evaluate jewelry and books. The “What’s it Worth?” donation is $15 for Museum Members and $20 for Non-Members to have two items evaluated (books and jewelry only, please).
OperaDelaware brings literature to life during the Museum Council’s Annual Book Sale! This special “pop-up” performance features works from this spring’s OperaDelaware Festival focused on Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Falstaff, as well as other favorite stories. Drop in on the half hour between 11:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. for a 15-minute performance in Fusco Hall.
Please be aware that appraisers will provide verbal auction estimates only during this event. Experts offer complimentary fair market evaluations of your property, which represent recent values achieved at auction for similar goods. Event participants are welcome to take notes, but as they are on-the spot evaluations, no written, formal appraisal documents will be provided and the estimates given are not suitable for insurance policies, taxes or other official uses. Estimates and descriptions are subject to change upon further examination and verification of the property. Any appraisal, estimate, or other statement by appraisers with respect to the value, description or potential selling price of property is a statement of opinion only; appraisers makes no representations or warranties of any kind in providing such opinion and will not be responsible to you for any errors or omissions.
The Volta family, our Family-in-Residence, is installing Kaleidoscope Cove in Kids’ Corner now through the end of April and families are invited to participate in the creation process! Kaleidoscope Cove is an interactive installation that explores Howard Pyle’s work through a kaleidoscopic lens. The temporary installation will feature a cascading paper garland waterfall and curtain of paper gold coins, a kid-sized geometric cove, and details of Pyle’s work patterned on the walls. Drop-in on select Saturdays in April for a series of Family Workshops and contribute to this interactive work of art! Free.
April 23: Polyhedron Gems and Jewels
Join us for a grand opening of Kaleidoscope Cove, an interactive installation designed by our Family-in-Residence, the Voltas! Kaleidoscope Cove explores Howard Pyle’s work through a kaleidoscopic lens. The temporary installation features a cascading paper garland waterfall and curtain of paper gold coins, a kid-sized geometric cove, and details of Pyle’s work patterned on the walls. Drop-in on May 7 to meet the artists, make kaleidoscopes, and explore the space!
Refreshments will be served. Registration required.