Delaware may be the smallest state and Wilmington may be considered a suburb of Philadelphia, but we do have a vibrant arts scene. Here are some of the places you can go to do and experience art.
The Art Loop
The free, self-guided public art event, Art Loop Wilmington, brings together art lovers and community to the ever-evolving downtown and greater Wilmington areas. Art galleries, studios, museums and alternative art spaces offer an opportunity to meet the featured artist(s) while enjoying refreshments, and in some cases live entertainment. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, downtown and its surround areas celebrates the arts the first Friday of each and every month.
The Creative District
The Creative District plan, spearheaded by the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation, aims to transform the area west of downtown Market Street into a bustling hub where artists and crafters would gather to live, work, and play. Of particular interest will be the NextFab building, where artists can rent time in their fully equipped workshops. http://www.creativedistrictwilm.com/
Bellefonte Arts is a collective of local artists who support, educate, and create a wide variety of handcrafted artwork, wares, and art classes, in an artist run shop on Brandywine Boulevard in the quaint shopping village of Bellefonte, Delaware, where they host an annual festival to celebrate visual, performance, and culinary arts.
The Creative Vision Factory
The Creative Vision Factory provides individuals with behavioral health disorders an opportunity for self-expression, empowerment and recovery through the arts. Members are free to pursue a wide array of visual, literary and performing arts. Workshops, personalized instruction, and open studio time allow each artist to develop and pursue their own creative practice. https://thecreativevisionfactory.org/.
Delaware Art Museum
The Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle.
The Delaware Contemporary
Formerly the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA), The Delaware Contemporary is a dynamic gathering place where art, design, and technology intersect to inspire creativity in daily lives. The Delaware Contemporary is a non-collecting museum, which allows for a great variety of exhibitions from artists of local, national, and international recognition. The Delaware Contemporary’s arts education initiatives are available to the community including school partnerships, youth summer camps, and classes for artists and non-artists alike.
Curious items and outsider art. Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/oddporium or read more about the store here: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/delaware/oddporium-delaware/
The Brandywine Valley is a wonderful place to find art and artists. Below is a list of some of my favorites:
Lancaster Creative Reuse
Lancaster’s Creative Reuse center offers a donation based art, craft, and sewing supply store. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization working to connect community excess to those who can use it creatively. LCR aims to inspire creativity, and encourage reuse through providing educational and community outreach programming.