Art Mixes with History in New Castle

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Real Estate Agent with Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate Delaware RS-0010115

The c. 1800 George Read II House in Old New Castle, Delaware is trying to shed the "stuffy museum" image with its "Lit for the Holidays" exhibit.  Last night, I visited this after dark special activity and found the really off center to the beautiful on exhibit. 

We start out in the garden with a copper treeholiday themed greenery Hannahs treework designed by artist/guide Heidi Benson (sorry but not all the artist info is online and someone corrected the name I had here. Wish they would have had it on their website.) who told the story about a couple of children living in the servants' quarters who missed the holiday trees which had not yet become popular in this country.  She created a contemporary version of outdoor Christmas greenery which brought an element of beauty to the exhibit.   As we entered the house, the back parlor featured a Christmas tree made of copper leaves (made me want to touch it!). So more of "shaggy beauty" here.

The front parlor window was deckedparlor in hanging greenery and paper lanterns. The housekeeper's office had a video running on the wall, in line with the popular concept of video as art. 

But it was up in what I call the ballroom, the most elaborately designed room with plaster ceiling decorations, that David Sanchez was allowed to create a section of a room with graffiti scrawled on  old-seeming artwork, furniture, and walls. He claims to "unite colonial and classical art elements with urban graffiti--adding a futuristic twist." My comment, "Hope this isn't my future."  (opening picture at top of blog).  It looks like the artists had a free hand in choosing their works and ran with the "Go big or go home."  I missed the exhibit last year, so can't tell if this follows a pattern. 

Jessop'sMarket St. fogWhat I do know is that after seeing this exhibit and walking down the foggy brick sidewalks(pictured-2nd St.) to catch a meal at the thoroughly colonial themed Jessops Tavern, I was happy to have a cup of tea and a delicious and bountiful turkey sandwich accompanied by their famous sweet potato fries in the light of a glowing fireplace decorated with antique Santas.

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Comments (2)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I sometimes think artists try too hard to be different.  We have light rail here in Sacramento, and often I see examples of it on the paintings of the train cars.  It's more like gang graffiti than art.!

Jan 02, 2022 10:01 PM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Myrl--they are trying too hard to be different  for sure!

Jan 03, 2022 04:25 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Carolyn, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Jan 02, 2022 10:01 PM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Thanks Myrl! Hope we don't scare anyone.

Jan 03, 2022 04:25 AM