Kurtz Collection, a local pioneer in decorative dwelling accessories, accents homes with uniquely elegant tableware, candles, rugs, and more. Peruse collections' pieces that complement color and temperament of your home's interior well-being. Home-décor pieces, such as dreamy artisan-clay tumblers ($25 each), evoke hand-painted wonderment without mussing fingernail beds. When lit, a series of five owl candles($42.50) ignites rooms like the glow of knowledge itself. Encapsulate proof of family picnics and longing spousal gazes with antiqued picture frames ($36).
Situated on the west end of Trolley Square, The Delaware Center of Horticulture unfurls as a fragrant oasis for plant life amid the urban bustle of Wilmington. The colorful gardens frame the DCH depression-era main building, which houses an art gallery and regular workshops for local green thumbs. Since 1977, the cooperative efforts of philanthropic earthworms and volunteers have driven the nonprofit organization's plethora of public works and outreach efforts designed to enrich the existence of humans through the power of plant life. One such initiative, the Parks and Public Spaces program, has introduced rich greenery to pavement-laden private and public urban landscapes throughout the state.
Iron Orchid Photography specializes in on-location portraits of kids, weddings, and families. Elegant moments come to life in snapshots set against backgrounds filled with nature and sunlight, capturing the essences and relationships of individuals or families. Every photography package—be it for a wedding, event, or portrait shoot—includes retouching and an online gallery. Ongoing updates and examples of the studio's work can be found on their blog.
Howard Pyle's unexpected death in 1912 brought a group of artists, entrepreneurs, and businessmen together to grieve their friend. They couldn't let the artist's passion for teaching and illustration disappear as quickly as he had; so, they decided to form the Wilmington Society of Fine Arts with the sole purpose of preserving his legacy. They gathered funds from locals who felt just as strongly as they did?family members, friends, students, fans?and purchased approximately 100 pieces of his artwork.
Little did they know that, with these 100 pieces, they were starting something greater than a memorial for a good friend. The Wilmington Society of Fine Arts would, over time, add more and more artwork to its collection, growing into an 80,000-square-foot space and out of its original name. The Delaware Art Museum, as its called today, now counts more than 12,000 works of art as part of its collection. Permanent features showcase British pre-Raphaelites, the urban landscapes of John Sloan, modern American art, and, of course, Howard Pyle. The masterpieces don't stop when visitors venture outside?the Copeland Sculpture Garden adorns its lush natural scenery with nine works from the museum's permanent collection, along with a massive outdoor labyrinth.
The talented florists at Bloomsberry Flowers sculpt a variety of blooms into eye-attracting arrangements with a natural aesthetic. Seasonal flowers, including locally grown hydrangeas, parade their petals for holidays and special occasions, and provide pretty roadmaps for Hansels and Gretels who have learned their lessons. Sleek vases guide the stems of exotic orchids ($25, two or three stems) to water, and a garden arrangement of seasonal flowers ($35) reminds friends without calendars of the time of year.
With an online emporium full of paints, printing equipment, brushes, boards, and accessories, Jerry's Artarama helps painters and artists express themselves with high-end materials. Shoppers paint and sketch with supplies from labels such as Holbein, Derwent, and Grumbacher, or hone their craft with a directory of over 70,000 different videos and educational resources that teach everything from how to finish a pastel piece to how to sculpt a bust of Bob Ross for your shrine.