Audubon exhibit takes flight at Biggs Museum

DOVER — Art should be polarizing and vulnerable, which are traits that well-known artist and naturalist John James Audubon demonstrated throughout his works. “Most people know about Audubon,” said Charles Guerin, executive director of the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover. “They know about the birds, but that’s as far as it goes. Very […]

It’s about face for artist Simon at Dover Public Library

DOVER — The arts were a hobby of Wilmington artist Paul Simon for many years before becoming his sole focus. “I had been doing art on and off for years but it was very sporadic and undisciplined,” he said. “All of it has always interested me, though. I’ve taken classes in all areas from painting […]

African-American art exhibit extended

An exhibit highlighting works created by African-American artists of greater Dover and Kent County has garnered such a great response that the exhibit has been extended a month and will remain open at the Biggs Museum of American Art in downtown Dover through April 29. The exhibit is part of the second annual Citywide Black […]

Son shares ‘Mother’s Art’ at Dover Public Library

DOVER — “Mother’s Art: A Fine Selection of the Paintings and Artwork of Betty Reznak” is now on display at the Dover Public Library. Born Aug. 5, 1924, Betty Reznak grew up on a farm in Portage, Pennsylvania to Hungarian immigrant parents and learned artsy skills like sewing, crocheting and knitting but her real passion […]

African-American artists draw inspiration at Biggs Museum

DOVER — Ryan Grover had always envisioned having an abundance of African-American artists from Kent County display their work at The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover. “The museum is community-based and we like to have the walls here reflect our community as best as we possibly can,” said Mr. Grover, curator of the […]

BEST BETS: Haleyz Cometz soars with music history

As a kid watching “American Bandstand” with his sister and her friends in upstate Pennsylvania, little did John Melinchock know that years later, he would be playing in some of those same bands he grew up idolizing. Mr. Melinchock, a guitar player since he picked up the instrument after he saw what Elvis Presley could […]

BEST BETS: Amillion the Poet aims to do Dover proud at Firefly

As it turns out, Dover’s Amillion the Poet had to go halfway around the world in order to perform in his own backyard. The hip-hop artist and author was last week officially named to the lineup for this summer’s Firefly Music Festival. It’s the fulfillment of a longtime dream. “They reached out to me,” he […]

Arts Alliance: ‘Arts are an industry, not a charity’

DOVER — Daniel Cruce, board president of the Delaware Arts Alliance, hoped legislators and delegates would leave the House Hearing Room in Legislative Hall with one takeaway: “the arts are an industry, not a charity.” “The data shows that spending on the arts in the state reached almost $150 million in 2015,” said Mr. Cruce. […]

BEST BETS: Wall of Cain to provide rock ‘n’ roll lesson at Milton Theatre

The local band Wall of Cain gives Nathan Ames a chance to play what he calls the “good stuff.” Mr. Ames, a longtime guitarist from Milford, is part of a group that performs a harder style of classic rock. With original songs and covers, they encapsulate the sound of bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, […]

Drawing on art to help Delaware children

DOVER — The boys drawing pictures with markers and paint at round tables inside Solid Rock Community Outreach Center weren’t just creating artwork. They were using art to express their feelings, part of a mental health approach called art therapy. A’Zion Curtis, a sixth grader from Dover, picked up a thin brush and began to […]