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Brandywine Valley Events Calendar


January 2012

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January 6, 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.
Howard Pyle, We Started to Run Back to the Raft for Our Lives, 1902
Hours: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Admission: $8.00 Members, $10 Non-Members (Café lunch voucher included)
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

January, 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.
January 6 Red Red Red by Valeri Gorbachev
January 13 Shapes That Roll by Karen Nagel
January 20 Fluffy: Scourge of the Sea by Michael Chesworth
January 27 Jasper the Terror by John A. Rowe
Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Admission: $3.00 per participant (no Museum fee)
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

January 7 & 8, 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

January 12, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Howard Pyle Lecture Series
On January 12, writer and illustrator David Rickman will present the third, and last, installment of the Howard Pyle Lecture Series. His presentation is titled From the Spanish Main to Hollywood: The Evolution of Pirate Dress, Real and Imagined. Register online at delart.org or contact Courtney Waring at 302-351-8509.
Hours: 10:30 a.m.
Admission: $10 Members/ $15 Non-Members
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

January 14, 2012 - 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

January 14, 2012
Mt. Cuba Center
Enhance Your Winter Landscape
Instructor: Vincent Simeone, Director of Planting Fields Arboretum
Although trees and shrubs lie dormant in winter, interesting characteristics such as the growth habit, ornamental fruit, and bark interest become most evident. This lecture will focus on woody plants native to the Mid-Atlantic states and surrounding areas. Useful information on aesthetic value, cultural adaptability, and landscape function will be discussed. Other important topics such as invasive species and creating sustainable landscapes will also be presented. Dessert reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Reservations are required.
Hours: 1-3PM
Admission: $25
Phone: 302-239-4244
Weblink: Website

January 15, 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.
January 15 The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Hours: 1:00 p.m.
Admission: Free.
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

January 16, 2012
Delaware Museum of Natural History
African-American Champions of Nature
To commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Hours:
Admission:
Phone: 302-658-9111
Weblink: Website

January 19, 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 per-mitted. Tours begin in Fusco Hall.
Hours: 11:00 a.m.
Admission: Free with Museum admission.
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

January 21, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Theatrical Presentation: Advice to the Ladies from Howard Pyle
Advice to the Ladies from Howard Pyle will reveal Pyle's role as a passionate teacher. Scripted and directed by Joyce Hill Stoner, and starring Jim Norton as Howard Pyle and Stoner as Gertrude Brincklé, this 50-minute illustrated lecture delves into Pyle's perspective as he critiques works by his female students.
Hours: 11:00 a.m.
Admission: Free with Museum admission
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

January 21, 2012
Mt. Cuba Center
Sensory Appeal of Native Plants
Gregg Tepper, Woods Path Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center
Join Gregg for a fascinating, informative, and entertaining lecture on the sensory appeal of native plants. Gregg will discuss the unique ways in which native plants appeal to each of our senses; sight, smell, touch, taste, and even sound. Learn little-known facts, hear true stories, and see outstanding photographs of wildflowers we love. Reservations are required.
Hours: 1:30 - 3:00 PM
Admission: $20
Phone: 302-239-4244
Weblink: Website

January 28, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the Dragon
The Delaware Art Museum welcomes the sixth annual Chinese New Year Celebration! Presented in conjunction with Hanlin Chi-nese Culture Asspciation, this festive, free celebration includes traditional Chinese art activities, artist demonstrations, a dragon art scavenger hunt, and a dragon dance and Chinese yo-yo performance by the Chinese American Community Center Folk Dance Troupe and Yo-Yo Club. Artwork created by children from the Chi-nese School of Delaware to commemorate this holiday will also be on view.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Free.
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

January 28, 2012 - 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

January 29, 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.
January 29 - Ship Rats & Pirate Hats
Hours: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 per participant
Phone: 302-571-9590
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