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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


March 2012

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March 1, 2012
Brandywine River Museum
Read-Aloud Tours
Butterfly Eyes by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes
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

March 2, 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.
Robert Colescott, Big Bathers: Another Judgment, 1984
Hours: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Admission: $8.00 Members, $10 Non-Members (Café lunch voucher included)
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

March, 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.
March 2 Roger the Jolly Pirate by Brett Helquist
March 9 Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman
March 16 Green as a Bean by Karla Kuskin
March 23 The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater
March 30 The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Admission: $3.00 per participant (no Museum fee)
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

March 3, 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

March 3, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Centennial Cake Contest
Celebrate Howard Pyle's birthday on Saturday, March 3 with a tasty visual treat! Regional cake-decorators will pay tribute to the artist by creating confectionary Pyle-themed masterpieces. The Centennial Cake Contest winner will be revealed on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., but the cakes will be on display all day March 3 and 4. Birthday cake will be served to guests after the winner is announced.
Hours: 1:00 p.m.
Admission: Free.
Phone: 302-351-8515
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

March 3 & 4, 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

March 8, 2012
Brandywine River Museum
Read-Aloud Tours
Georgia's Bones by Jen Bryant
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

March 10 - May 28, 2012
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Conservation Quest
A traveling exhibit with more than 20 hands-on activities about energy.
Hours:
Admission:
Phone: 302-658-9111
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

March 14, 2012
Brandywine River Museum
"Art and the Environment" Lecture Series
"Art and Nature," presented by associate educator Jane Flitner, will feature works of art in the museum's collection: William T. Richards, Andrew Wyeth and others. Museum Lecture Room. To register, contact the education office at 610-388-8382 or education@brandywine.org
Hours: 11:00 a.m.
Admission: Included with regular museum admission and free for members.
Phone: 610.388.2700
Weblink: www.brandywinemuseum.org

March 15, 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

March 17 - May 20, 2012
Brandywine River Museum
Scribner's Magazine: The Early Years in Illustration
In 1912 Scribner's celebrated 25 years of publishing. This exhibition will feature a selection of artists featured by the magazine at that time. Gallery exhibition and the other portion of the gallery will be hung with illustrations from the permanent collection
Hours: Regular museum hours
Admission: Included with regular museum admission and free for members.
Phone: 610.388.2700
Weblink: www.brandywinemuseum.org

March 18, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Studio Instructor Art Fair
The Museum's popular Studio Art Instructor Fair returns on Sunday March 18. Visitors are invited to peruse and purchase exquisite works of art, including paintings, drawings, jewelry, and ceramics. Visitors will have a chance to meet the instructors in person and learn more about the Museum's Studio Art Classes. 25% of the sales will benefit the Museum's Education Programs.
Hours: Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free.
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

March 20, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Spring Equinox Labyrinth Walk
Celebrate the first day of spring with an afternoon walk in the Delaware Art Museum Labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir! There is no fee for this program, but donations are accepted to help maintain the Museum's labyrinth.
Hours: 2:00 p.m.
Admission: Free.
Phone: 302-351-8509
Weblink: Website

March 21, 2012
Brandywine River Museum
"Art and the Environment" Lecture Series
"The Brandywine-Struble Greenway" Senior planner for municipal assistance Sheila Fleming will present the progress of this regional planning initiative of the Brandywine Conservancy. To register, contact the education office at 610-388-8382 or education@brandywine.org
Hours: 11:00 a.m.
Admission: Included with regular museum admission and free for members.
Phone: 610.388.2700
Weblink: www.brandywinemuseum.org

March 24, 2012
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Nano Day
Learn about the science of small
Hours:
Admission:
Phone: 302-658-9111
Weblink: Website

March 25, 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.
March 25 - Botanical Art
Hours: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 per participant
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

March 26 - June 18, 2012
Brandywine River Museum
The Andrew Wyeth Studio, Selected Works
Partial gallery display.

March 28, 2012
Brandywine River Museum
"Art and the Environment" Lecture Series
"Native Plants of the Brandywine Region and their Liaisons," Horticultural coordinator Mark Gormel will provide an illustrated look at the Brandywine region's native plants, including an expose on the "significant others" in their lives: the animals, birds and bugs who depend on them for sustenancy. To register, contact the education office at 610-388-8382 or education@brandywine.org
Hours: 11:00 a.m.
Admission: Included with regular museum admission and free for members.
Phone: 610.388.2700
Weblink: www.brandywinemuseum.org

March 31, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Meet the Artist: Mary Page Evans
Join Wilmington-based artist Mary Page Evans as she discusses her retrospective exhibition Painted Poetry: The Art of Mary Page Evans, and her experiences, inspirations and influences
Hours: 11:00 a.m.
Admission: Free with Museum admission.
Phone: 302-351-8509
Weblink: Website

March 31, 2012 - July 15, 2012
Delaware Art Museum
Painted Poetry: The Art of Mary Page Evans
Over the past 100 years, the Delaware Art Museum has proudly featured the work of the most accomplished artists in our region. Wilmington-based painter Mary Page Evans works directly from nature, seeking to capture a specific landscape, figure, tree, or sky. She is engaged by particularity, making an effort to establish the locale, the time of day, and the quality of light. Not surprisingly, her influences include the French impressionists and post-impressionists, as well as the abstract expressionist Joan Mitchell. Evans has worked at Claude Monet's garden in Giverny and names CÚzanne as an inspiration. The painter Gene Davis described her paintings as "hymns of unadulterated joy," and this exhibition promises to be a gorgeous celebration of nature and the human form, as well as a retrospective covering more than 40 years of the painter's distinguished career.
Hours: On view during regular hours.
Admission: Included with general admission. Free on Sundays.
Phone: 302-571-9590
Weblink: Website

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