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June 12: Mini-Masters: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
June 15: Sampler ID Day at the Biggs Museum 

July 4: Currier and Ives Opening

July 8-12: ArtVentures Camp: Drawing and Cartooning
July 15-19: ArtVentures Camp: Puppet Pizzazz
July 22-26: ArtVentures Camp: Color Explosion 


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Sampler ID Day
Saturday, June 15
10 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Antique samplers are the product of needlework instruction provided to girls and young women in America up until the middle of the 19th century. The Biggs Museum of American Art and the University of Delaware's Sampler Archive invite the public to bring their antique American samplers to its upcoming "Sampler ID Day", so they can be registered, documented, and photographed. In addition, volunteers are needed at the Biggs Museum to help facilitate the Sampler ID Day.  Call 1-877-909-2525 or email amplerID@samplerconsortium.org to make appointments. The Sampler Archive Project is a national effort to develop an online searchable database of information and images for all known American samplers.
Mini-Masters: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 
Wednesday, June 12 |10 A.M. - 4 P.M. 
Free, Children Ages 3-5
Participants will listen to The Very Hungry Caterpillar story and then create their own caterpillar using pipe cleaners and pom poms.
The Legacy of Currier and Ives Opening
Thursday, July 4|9 A.M. - 9 P.M.
Free, All Ages

Currier and IvesThe Legacy of Currier & Ives allows visitors to experience American history and society through the extraordinary images produced by the legendary firm who called themselves "Printmakers to the People." The Biggs Museum has a variety of programming planned in conjunction with Currier and Ives. For a full list of events visit www.BiggsMuseum.org.  

ArtVentures Camps 

Price: $125 Family Members/$150 Not-Yet Members

Children Ages 5-10


Drawing and Cartooning


July 8-12

9 A.M. - 12 P.M.

Try your hand at expressing yourself with pen and ink drawings, comic books, cartooning and illustration. Participants will have fun exploring mediums such as pencil, chalk pastel, charcoal, ink and more! 


Puppet Pizzazz

July 15-19

9 A.M. - 12 P.M.

Discover the exciting world of puppetry! Participants will explore different puppetry styles including finger puppets, hand puppets, rod puppets and shadow puppets. Throughout the week we'll create puppets, decorate a stage and learn to bring imaginary characters to life. The week culminates with a theatrical puppet show created specifically for friends and family.


Color Explosion

July 22-26

9 A.M. - 12 P.M.

Let's get messy with paint! Participants will apply paint, pigment and color to paper and canvas using everything you can think of. We'll explore new painting techniques such as splattering, dripping and sponging while learning about mark, line, shape, space, value, and composition. 


These camps fill up fast so register today! To register, visit ww.BiggsMuseum.org or call (302) 674-2111 ext. 101. 

Things are sure to get messy so be sure to wear old clothing.


Chestertown RiverArts - Open Juried Fine Art Show

September 2013

Registration open:  May 15 - June 29


The former Chestertown Arts League's Annual Open Juried Art Show had a run of 64 shows through April of 2012, bringing together fine works of art from regional artists in Eastern Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Following the merger of the Arts League with Chester River Artworks to form Chestertown RiverArts, the new organization is proud to continue this tradition with the first annual Chestertown RiverArts Open Juried Fine Art Show.  The new show is scheduled for September 2013 and will be mounted in RiverArt's new galleries in downtown Chestertown, Md.  All artists residing in the United States and Canada are eligible.


Registration for the show will be done on-line via the RiverArts web site, www.chestertownriverarts.org, and  images of work will be submitted via email at registration.   The registration period is open May 15 through June 29 and accepted works will be announced in early August.   Mediums of works acceptable for the show include: all painting mediums on paper, board and canvas including pastel, mixed mediums and collage;  drawings and hand-pulled prints; photography; and sculpture and other 3D works.  The work must be original and completed in the past 24 months (i.e. May 2011 or later).  Please refer to the RiverArts web site for show news,  the detailed call for artists and registration instructions.    

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Currier and Ives exhibition and programming are partially funded by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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