Dover celebrates life and work of Maurice Sendak

(Delaware State News photos by Marc Clery) DOVER –– A five-week citywide celebration of author and illustrator Maurice Sendak called “50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons” kicks off today at the Dover Public Library and the Biggs Museum of American Art. The 50th anniversary of his work “Where the Wild Things Are” in 2013 started […]

‘Mighty Mo’ gun a perfect fit at Fort Miles

One of "Mighty Mo's" 16-inch guns is hoisted into place at Fort Miles Friday. (Special to The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

LEWES — After wartime service in the Pacific aboard the storied “Mighty Mo” — the battleship USS Missouri — one of the ship’s nine original 16-inch guns that shook the enemy fleet with 2,700-pound shells found a land home Friday. It was moved to a permanent display within historic Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State […]

Songwriters in the spotlight at Schwartz Center

For Sol Knopf, songwriters are the “unsung heroes” of the music business. “People never know who these folks are but they are responsible for the biggest hits in music. And more often than not, they are always humble and kind and treat people with the utmost respect,” said Mr. Knopf, a Smyrna resident, well-known throughout […]

‘Broadway’s Next Hit Musical’ tangles tunes and improv comedy

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Don’t ask Rob Schiffmann what songs he’ll be singing Saturday night at the Schwartz Center for the Arts. He has no idea. He won’t even have a clue when he steps on stage. Not until he reaches into a fish bowl and pulls out a song title will the words and music start to flow. […]

Tradition, improvisation sewn together in Dover quilt show

Ellen Harmon of Dover holds her quilt “We Have Not Forgotten” as she sets up her display for the “Quilting Through the Ages: Saluting the Military” quilt show at the Delaware Agricultural Museum. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

DOVER — Time was quilts were a functional way to extend the life of frayed and worn fabric into often colorful bed covers. Worn blankets and scraps of fabric were sewn together to create warm quilts. Today, many see them as fiber art, masterpieces to be displayed in homes and museums with price tags of […]

A Stitch in Time quilt show popular at museum

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DOVER — The annual Black History Quilt Show has been happening at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village longer than Di Rafter has been director. Count her among those anticipating this year’s A Stitch in Time Quilters’ show. “They change it up every year with different quilts, and everybody is eager to see what the […]

Dover Art League photo exhibit goes ‘On the Road’

DOVER –– The Dover Art League’s first exhibit devoted solely to photographs is now on display.

“Many art leagues don’t feature photography, but we want local photographers to know that they have a place in the community to show their work,” said Phyllis Shier, president of the DAL of the exhibit entitled “On the Road: Delaware and Beyond Through Our Lenses.”

Three photographers with a scenic focus were selected for the exhibit — John Fischer, Gary Knox and Stephanie Seeman.

Watercolor exhibit brightens up Biggs Museum

DOVER –– More than 50 original watercolor paintings are on display at the Biggs Museum of American Art until Sept. 20 as part of a Juried Exhibition of the Delaware Watercolor Society.

“We do juried exhibits once a year and this time around, we are lucky enough to play host to the Delaware Watercolor Society,” said Ryan Grover, curator of the Biggs Museum.

Marjorie Hegner’s Merit Award-winning piece was entitled “Jumbo’s Dragon, Hong Kong” and was one of three paintings that were displayed in the competition.

Potters fired up at Dover Art League

Clay creations from all over the region are on display at the Dover Art League as part of the league’s first Regional Potters Exhibit until June 19.

Delaware By Hand exhibit open at Biggs Museum

Every three years, the Biggs Museum of American Art hosts a juried competition of their Delaware By Hand artist membership in order to select individual artists who are deemed masters of their craft.