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Delaware Art Museum Celebrates Holiday

Season with Craft Fair, Music, and More
by Delaware Art Museum
October 13, 2019

Wilmington, DE (October 9, 2019) – The Delaware Art Museum is celebrating the holiday season with its annual Museum Store sale and Winter Arts Festival, a special holiday-themed Family 2nd Sunday, performances by the popular Cartoon Christmas Trio, and spectacular handmade holiday decorations created by the Delaware Art Museum Council.

The Museum kicks off the season with its annual Museum Store holiday sale on Sunday, December 1. On this date, shoppers will receive 20 percent off their purchase on a variety of giftable items, including books, whimsical ornaments, custom stationary, unique toys, and more. From December 2 through December 8, guests will receive 10 percent off their purchase (and 20 percent for Museum Members.)

The shopping season will continue when the Museum’s free Winter Arts Festival returns on Friday, December 13 (noon – 8:00 p.m.) and Saturday, December 14 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) This year’s Festival includes live music by local choirs and the following 19 artisans:

• Irina's Original - Wearable Art

• Anna Biggs Designs - Hand carved Gold and Silver Jewelry

• John A. Styer - Turned Wood

• Alley Cat Jewelry Studios - Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry

• Mary Jardin Wimberly - Watercolor

• Deborah Flanagan - Jewelry

• East Coast Sweets - Hand Crafted Artisan Chocolates

• Lara Ginzburg - Art Jewelry

• Linda Majewski - Paper Botanicals

• Kara Hinson - Watercolor

• Arcus by Joy Smoker-Liedel - Handmade Jewelry

• Robert Jenkins - Watercolor

• Angela Colasanti of VIELA Jewelry - Sterling Silver Jewelry

• Handmade Modern Accessories - Metal & Clay Jewelry, Alpaca Blend Knits, Cotton Sewn Goods

• Taste Artisanal Market - Homemade spreads, honeys, and chutneys

• Heather Ossandon - Pottery

• Debbie Hegedus - Clay Pottery & Sculpture

• Museum Council Makers – Handmade Holiday Gifts

• The Museum Store will feature additional artists’ works including pieces by Distinguished Artist, Mitch Lyons.

Family 2nd Sundays, a monthly program sponsored by the Delaware Art Museum Council, is a drop-in day of activities and programs for families with children ages 0-12. The December 8 Family 2nd Sunday will include special holiday-themed art-making activities—which will make perfect gifts for grandparents and other family members!

Back by popular demand, the Cartoon Christmas Trio, which has made live appearances on NBC, ABC, and NPR, will again perform at the Museum on Sunday, December 15 and Saturday, December 21. Assembled in 1995 by bassist Rob Swanson, the Trio’s sole focus is compositions from classic Christmas cartoons—particularly the music of Vince Guaraldi, composer of the “Peanuts” soundtracks. The performance on Sunday, December 15 will include the Wilmington Children’s Chorus and a special performance by internationally renowned baritone Grant Youngblood, who will sing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” The performance on Saturday, December 21 will include the Tatnall Lower School Children’s Choir. Both performances start at 7:00 p.m. and are $10 per person (free for children ages 6 and under). Tickets are available online at delart.org.

As a special treat for Museum visitors, the Delaware Art Museum Council, a volunteer group that fundraises and friendraises for the Museum, is again decorating the Museum with stunning seasonal décor hand-crafted from white Tyvek paper. Decorations will be installed in late November and will stay up through early January.

For over 100 years, the Museum has served as a primary arts and cultural institution in Delaware. It is alive with experiences, discoveries, and activities to connect people with art and with each other. Originally created in 1912 to honor the renowned illustrator and Wilmington-native, Howard Pyle, the Museum’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works of art in our building and sculpture garden. Also recognized for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most important Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom and a growing collection of significant contemporary art.

Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees, the Delaware Art Museum is implementing a comprehensive approach to community and civic engagement. This exciting new strategic direction requires that we increase our value and relevance to all audiences. Visit delart.org to for the latest exhibitions, programs, and performances or connect with us via social media.

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