Whether you crave drama in the theater or serenity in the gallery, Delaware has something to satisfy your artistic interests.
View the selections below to plan your visit.
“Holidays in Odessa”
Historic Houses of Odessa, Odessa, DE
Nov. 21 – Dec. 31, 2017
Step back in time at Historic Odessa’s annual holiday celebration – a seasonal tradition of interpreting scenes from classic literature.
“The Big Picture: Illustration Art in the Printed Poster”
Nov. 20, 2017 – Jan. 12, 2018
Rarely displayed commercial posters from the 1890s through the turn of the 21st century will adorn the Delaware College of Art and Design gallery as the final exhibition of 2017. The large-scale pieces encompass a range of subjects, artists, printing methods and styles. Curated by David Pollack of David Pollack Vintage Posters, the show includes work by some poster illustration masters, including Frank Brangwyn, Ben Shahn and Roy Besser. Often crossing the border between fine and commercial art, this work sold a product while standing as visually powerful imagery worthy of preserving and displaying as its own art form.
“Eye on the Iconic Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown”
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Wilmington, DE
Nov. 20, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018
Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown features the replica coronation gown worn in episode five (“Smoke and Mirrors”) of the Netflix series The Crown. The Crown is a dramatized history of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Like the richly symbolic centuries-old coronation ceremony, the actual coronation dress is iconic—one of the most celebrated dresses of the 20th century and a symbol of a historical moment witnessed by millions around the world. The replica dress was created in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. View this dress and experience the rich connections an object like this forms between the Queen of England, her people, and the world through the celebration and memory of important historical moments. Future presentations in the Eye on the Iconic series will highlight similar, remarkable objects, showcased individually.
“Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes”
Nov. 21, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Wilmington, DE
$5 - $20
The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of luxury and everyday objects further illustrates that rarity, supply, and desirability can make anything fair game for a clever forger or fraudster intent on turning a handsome profit. Treasures on Trial will examine intriguing questions such as: What gets faked and why? How do you spot a fake? How does scientific methodology assist in this? Visitors will be invited to investigate several unresolved examples and share their opinion about the authenticity of the object based on the available evidence.
“Miracle on 34th Street”
Clear Space Theatre Company, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Nov. 24 – Dec. 10, 2017
$17 - $32
In this holiday classic, single mother, Doris Walker, doesn't want her six-year old daughter Susan's head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor Fred Gailey tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy's, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed -but when it turns out Macy's Santa may in fact be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts. Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture with story by Valentine Davies and screenplay by George Seaton.
Holidays at Hagley
Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE
Nov. 27, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018
$5 - $14
The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration of Twelfth Night. This display features toys, games and dolls. Exhibit included in admission.
Delaware by Hand Masterworks Exhibition
Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE
Nov. 30, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018
Free - $10
Every three years, the Biggs Museum hosts a juried competition of its Delaware By Hand artist membership in order to select individual artists that are deemed masters of their craft. This year’s juror is Leslie Mounaime, director of the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Va.
A Christmas Carol
Winterthur Garden, Museum & Library, Wilmington, DE
Dec. 7, 2017
$12 - $34
This heartwarming one-man show is performed by Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, who depicts 26 characters of the classic tale.
Vienna Boys Choir
The Playhouse on Rodney Square, Wilmington, DE
Dec. 16, 2017
$39 - $44
The Vienna Boys Choir consists of more than twenty boys ages 10-14, all exquisitely trained musicians. The Choir dates back more than five centuries and the holiday program showcases the VBC at its best, celestial voices and rapturous harmonies performing a wide-ranging program of Christmas favorites from ancient hymns to seasonal songs and carols from around the world.
Beauty and the Beast
The Candlelight Theatre, Ardentown, DE
Nov. 20 – Dec. 23, 2017
$33 - $60
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the Oscar-winning songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, including “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast,” along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. Included in the ticket price is a delicious buffet. A full service bar and free parking are available.
Dec. 22-23, 2017
The Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE
$15 - $50
Join Delaware’s only professional ballet company for Wilmington’s favorite holiday tradition! Experience the magical journey through the land of sweets in FSBT’s lavish production of The Nutcracker on the main stage at The Grand Opera House.
Art is Tasty
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
Jan. 5, 2018
Free - $25
This lunch series is held on the first Friday of every month and pairs and engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café. Lunch is included in the ticket price.
After seeing the winter’s art exhibitions, begin planning your 2018 visit including “Rembrandt Etchings: States, Fakes and Restrikes (May 12 – July 8, 2018) and “James Audubon and his Influence Today” (Aug. 4 – Nov. 26, 2018), both at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover.