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Art Museum’s Winter Festival heads outside Saturday, ends year on hopeful note

Ornaments for sale at the 2019 Delaware Art Museum's Winter Arts Festival
Ornaments for sale at the 2019 Delaware Art Museum’s Winter Arts Festival


With so many events canceled or changed, the Delaware Art Museum’s Annual Winter Festival will return on schedule Saturday, Dec. 12, with a few alterations.

“We’re thrilled to be able to continue this beloved artisan fair in a safe, COVID-friendly outdoor setting,” said Molly Giordano, interim executive director.

This year’s artisan festival will be held on museum grounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“In addition to artisan booths, we’re also offering seasonal fare for purchase and strolling carolers in the sculpture garden,” Giordano said. “We hope our guests enjoy a little taste of the holiday season.”

Guests will be able to shop from leather craftsmen, honey experts, jewelers, floral experts, designers and much more, while getting out to enjoy the holiday season.


“We are aiming for a more ‘vintage holiday market’ feel than just pop-up shopping,” said. Heather Morrissey, director of operations.

The show ends a challenging year for the museum on a hopeful note.

“We’ve had to cancel so many programs and events, and even our Tiffany glass exhibition,” Giordano said. “We took advantage of our beautiful outdoor space in the summer and fall with weekly happy hours, performances and community gatherings like Dia de los Muertos, but most of those programs ended when the weather turned cold.

The Delaware Art Museum's paper trees
The Delaware Art Museum’s volunteers always create something jazzy out of paper for the festival; this year it’s trees.

“We decided to embrace the cold weather by transforming our traditional Winter Arts Festival artisan fair into a cozy holiday market complete with all the festive trimmings. Social distancing, limited tickets and masks will of course be in effect, but we hope this event will create a semblance of normalcy in what has been a very abnormal year.”

The event will feature outdoor heaters for comfort.

The festival will also feature a new Essential Workers Photography show, in addition to the usual Museum Council’s white paper decorations.

Guests also are welcome to enter the Museum to visit the galleries and shop at the Museum Store for additional gifts.

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This year’s vendors include:

  • Anna Biggs Designs, Hand-carved gold and silver jewelry
  • Angela Colasanti of VIELA Jewelry JJewelry, keepsakes, and greetings
  • Flowers By Yukie, Wreaths, boxwood trees, holiday plants, and ornaments
  • John A. Styer, Turned wood
  • Works of Art, Custom pens and fishing rods
  • Paper Botanicals by Linda Majewski, Paper succulents
  • The Fairy Potter, Hand-built white clay and porcelain fairy cottages
  • Meaghan Paige, Original handmade designs and accessories


  • Classic Elegance, Quality leather goods and seating
  • Heather Ossandon, HEOS Ceramics, Ceramics
  • Visuelleculture, Knitwear
  • Fusions Taster’s Choice, Olive oils, vinegars, and olives
  • Sassy Bee Honey, Raw and infused honey, beeswax candles, natural bath, body, and beard products
  • Hope’s Caramels, Soft artisan caramels and other caramel products
  • SunSobo LLC, All-natural hibiscus and ginger tea
  • Crooked Hammock Brewery, Beer samples and takeaways
  • Wilmington Brew Works, Locally crafted beer


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