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Brandywine River Museum
Delaware Art Museum
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Hagley Museum & Library
Historical Society of Delaware
Longwood Gardens
Mt. Cuba Center
Rockwood Museum
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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Brandywine Valley Events Calendar


February 2012

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February 2, 2012
Brandywine River Museum
Read-Aloud Tours
Matthew's Dream by Leo Lionni
Story time in the gallery followed by an art-making activity for children ages 3 to 6 accompanied by an adult. Registration is requested by contacting the education office at 610-388-8382 or education@brandywine.org
Hours: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Admission: Included with regular museum admission and free for members.
Phone: 610.388.2700
Weblink: www.brandywinemuseum.org

February 3, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Art is Tasty
Art is Tasty is a new noon-time lunch series that pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Veronica Veronese, 1872
Hours: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Admission: $8.00 Members, $10 Non-Members (Café lunch voucher included)
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

February, Every Friday morning
Delaware Art Museum
Glory of Stories
Glory of Stories includes a story reading for preschool and younger home-school children. The stories relate to the Museum's current exhibitions and permanent collection. After viewing and discussing the relevant artworks, children will create their own pieces of art.
February 3 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
February 10 I Love My Pirate Papa by Laura Leuck
February 17 Scribble by Deborah Freedman
February 24 Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Admission: $3.00 per participant (no Museum fee)
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

February 4, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Outlooks Gallery Chat
Enjoy an engaging 30-minute tour and discussion of the Outlooks Exhibition Beyond Words: The Symbolic Language of Plants with one of its artists.
Hours: 11:30 a.m
Admission: Free with Museum admission
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

February 4, 2012 - April 8, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Beyond Words: The Symbolic Language of Plants
This exhibition features approximately 40 works of art by 17 artists known as Studio 155, a group of Washington, D. C.- based artists who work together and individually to expand their visions of the natural world through botanical art. Part of the Museum's Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition will feature images of plants based on the historical symbolism of plants throughout history.
Hours: On view during regular hours
Admission: Included with general admission. Free on Sundays.
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Upcoming Exhibitions

February 4 & 5, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Howard Pyle & the Illustrated Story
Written, produced, and directed by Paul Mento of Silver Hand Productions, a Wilmington film maker with a lifelong passion for the artist, this dramatic 47-minute documentary traces Pyle's work around the world and his influence through generations of books, movies, and art. The film will loop continuously in the DuPont Auditorium.
Hours: Ongoing throughout the day
Admission: Free with Museum admission.
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

February 8, 2012
Mt. Cuba Center
Native Plants Cultivars
Instructor: Jeanne Frett, Mt. Cuba Center
The number of native plant cultivars available to gardeners is increasing, sometimes at a bewildering rate. Join this class to learn about the factors you should consider when deciding whether or not to use a cultivar. Discover some of the most exciting cultivars of trees, shrubs, and perennials and the ways in which you can use them in your garden. Plant sources will also be discussed.
Hours: 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Admission: $10
Phone: 302-239-4244
Weblink: Website

February 9, 2012
Brandywine River Museum
Read-Aloud Tours
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
Story time in the gallery followed by an art-making activity for children ages 3 to 6 accompanied by an adult. Registration is requested by contacting the education office at 610-388-8382 or education@brandywine.org
Hours: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Admission: Included with regular museum admission and free for members.
Phone: 610.388.2700
Weblink: www.brandywinemuseum.org

February 11, 2012
Mt. Cuba Center
Eleventh Annual Cumberland Winter Eagle Festival
Take a van trip to visit the epicenter for eagles in New Jersey. See eagles and other raptors, maybe an owl or two, at the Winter Eagle Festival in Mauricetown, New Jersey. Bird speakers are scheduled throughout the day at the Fire Hall and explore the unspoiled fields, forests, and marshes along the Maurice River that are home to these species. Bring your binoculars.
Hours: 7:30AM - 5:00 PM
Admission: $20
Phone: 302-239-4244
Weblink: Website

February 16, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Stroller Tours
Lively gallery tours of the Museum's collections and exhibitions are offered to new parents on the third Thursday of each month. Parents and caregivers with pre-toddlers are welcome. Single strollers, tandem strollers, and front-carrying baby carriers are permitted. Tours begin in Fusco Hall.
Hours: 11:00 a.m.
Admission: Free with Museum admission.
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

February 16, 2012
Brandywine River Museum
Read-Aloud Tours
Carmine, A Little More Red by Melissa Sweet
Story time in the gallery followed by an art-making activity for children ages 3 to 6 accompanied by an adult. Registration is requested by contacting the education office at 610-388-8382 or education@brandywine.org
Hours: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Admission: Included with regular museum admission and free for members.
Phone: 610.388.2700
Weblink: www.brandywinemuseum.org

February 18, 2012 - September 9, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Tales of Folk and Fairies: The Life and Work of Katharine Pyle
Katharine Pyle (1863-1938), Howard Pyle's youngest sibling, emerged as one of Delaware's most prolific women authors and illustrators. Between 1898 and 1934, she published over 50 books - many of them stories about folk, fairies, animals, and children's tales. This exhibition serves to reintroduce the works of Katharine Pyle to present-day audiences.
Hours: On view during regular hours
Admission: Included with general admission. Free on Sundays.
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Upcoming Exhibitions

February 19, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Silver Screen Sundays
Enjoy films full of adventure and intrigue! Located in DuPont Auditorium, all films begin at 1:00 p.m. with an introduction by Mark Fields, film critic for Out & About magazine. Snacks will be available for purchase in the Thronson Café.
February 19 Treasure Island (1934)
Hours: 1:00 p.m.
Admission: Free.
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

February 20, 2012
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Natural Leaders: Presidents and Nature
To commemorate Presidents' Day
Hours:
Admission:
Phone: 302-658-9111
Weblink: Website

February 23, 2012
Brandywine River Museum
Read-Aloud Tours
The Hat by Jan Brett
Story time in the gallery followed by an art-making activity for children ages 3 to 6 accompanied by an adult. Registration is requested by contacting the education office at 610-388-8382 or education@brandywine.org
Hours: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Admission: Included with regular museum admission and free for members.
Phone: 610.388.2700
Weblink: www.brandywinemuseum.org

February 26, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Lecture and Book Signing: Howard Pyle: Imagining an American School of Art
Authors Jill and Robert May discuss their book Howard Pyle: Imagining an American School of Art, which presents Howard Pyle's creative career and imprint on American popular culture. Drawing on numerous archival sources, including Pyle's own letters, to provide new perspectives on his life, May and May reveal Pyle as a passionate believer that art should be understood and appreci-ated by the general public. A book signing will immediately follow the lecture.
Hours: 1:00 p.m
Admission: Free.
Phone: 302-351-8509
Weblink: Website

February 26, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Sunday Studio Series
Drop-in to the Delaware Art Museum anytime from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month and participate in the Museum's Sunday Studio Series, located in the Children's Studio of the Bank of America Education Wing. For just $5 per partici-pant, children and their families can experience an activity that explores a new medium or technique each month - no reservations required! Cash or check only. Project time averages 45 minutes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
February 26 - Stenciled Watercolors
Hours: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 per participant
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

February 26, 2012
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Giants: African Dinosaurs
Last day.
Hours:
Admission:
Phone: 302-658-9111
Weblink: Website

Through March 4, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered
In celebration of the centenary of the death of the American artist and illustrator Howard Pyle (1853 - 1911), the Delaware Art Museum is presenting a comprehensive retrospective exhibition. Pyle was one of America's most popular illustrators and storytellers during a period of explosive growth in the publishing industry. His illustrations appeared in magazines like Harper's Monthly, Collier's Weekly, St. Nicholas, and Scribner's Magazine, gaining him national and even international exposure. The appeal of his imagery made him a celebrity in his lifetime, and Pyle's widely circulated pictures of knights, pirates, and historical figures influenced depictions of these subjects for generations. This exhibition presents a fresh perspective on Pyle's familiar images, by exploring his interaction with the art and culture of his time - effectively re-positioning him within the broader spectrum of 19th-century art.

The Delaware Art Museum was originally founded in 1912 to preserve and exhibit the art of Howard Pyle following his untimely death in November 1911. Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered will serve to begin a celebration of the Delaware Art Museum's first 100 years (1912 - 2012).
Hours: On view during regular hours.
Admission: Included with general admission. Free on Sundays.
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

Through March 4, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Dana Pyle's Howard Pyle Miniatures
Dana J. Pyle, Jr., a local artist and distant descendant of famed illustrator Howard Pyle, is a Masterpieces in Miniature fan favorite. This year, seven of Dana's riveting one-inch to one-foot scale miniatures inspired by Howard Pyle paintings will have an exhibition all their own.
Hours: On view during regular hours.
Admission: Included with general admission. Free on Sundays.
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

Through March 11, 2012
Brandywine River Museum
Comic Catharsis: A Gift of Cartoons by William Steig
Features over 100 cartoons and studies by Steig made over his career. Examples of his illustrations for selected children's books will be borrowed from the Eric Carle Museum and private collections. A portion of the gallery may also include cartoons from the collection.
Hours: Museum Hours
Admission: Included with regular museum admission.
Phone: 610.388.2700
Weblink: www.brandywinemuseum.org

Through April 22, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
A Secret Book of Designs: The Burne-Jones Flower Book
Between 1882-1898 Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) created a series of circular images, each inspired by the name of a flower. In 1905 (after the artist's death) these representations were published as individual, collotypes with stenciled watercolor additions in a technique called pochoir. The portrayals are so brilliantly printed they are often mistaken as original watercolors. Only 300 editions of this publication were printed. This exhibition will feature all 38 images from this series, recently acquired for the Museum's Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives.
Hours: On view during regular hours.
Admission: Included with general admission. Free on Sundays.
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website