The winner of seven consecutive Best Custom Framing awards from CityVoter users, Masterpieces Fine Art & Custom Framing stocks more than 2,300 frames, including work by industry mainstay Larson-Juhl. Its skilled framers meld function and aesthetic form to secure works of art in everything from American hardwood to 22-karat-gold-leafing frames to metal handcuffs. Aside from framing, the staff also restores faded or creased photos to their original vivid states and brings photos to life by converting them into imitation oil paintings or watercolors that look like they were born from hours of meticulous brushstrokes.
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.
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.
Since encasing their first piece of art behind glass in 1977, Framemaker’s professional artists and craftspeople continue to transform each print and photo brought into the shop into an artfully mounted creation. Staffers help your treasured images and memorabilia stand out by using regular and conservation-quality frames, matting, and glass in their framing work. Shoppers can bring in their own pieces to be framed or scoop up new works from Framemaker’s carefully curated assortment of posters, graphic prints, and original art created by local artists and spontaneous fission. The shop’s certified conservator can be found carefully erasing scratches and discoloration from old family photos via digital photo-restoration services. Other services such as shadow-box creation and canvas stretching add a unique spin to image display.
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.
You don't have to be a professional artist to produce something amazing with Kennett Design with a Splash of Wine. Co-owners Marion Hess and Laura Ashby opened their "social art studio" to bring their love of the fine arts to the masses. Whether attending an in-studio step-by-step painting class or moving offsite to restaurants and bars, students will receive all the supplies and guidance necessary to create one-of-a-kind pieces to hawk outside the Delaware Art Museum.