Meet the Man Behind a Project That Would 3D-Print Homes in Wilmington

G. Dennis O’Brien wants to bring affordable housing to the city.


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G. Dennis O’Brien hopes to help Wilmington with 3D-printed affordable housing.//Photo by Carlos Alejandro

 

G. Dennis O’Brien gets up some days at 4 a.m. to catch business hours in China. He says he’s a retiree, but at 75, having founded or acquired 46 companies, he still has a lot of business in him.

One of the Delawarean’s latest and most striking ideas is to 3D-print thousands of “unbelievably inexpensive and rapidly produced” homes for battered neighborhoods in Wilmington and Baltimore.

Such newfangled housing is just one business for this co-founder of InfoVest, a Wilmington venture capital firm; economist, who’s created a 2,000-equation model to optimize the chemical industry and another model concluding why Delaware should legalize marijuana; trend-watcher, who sees a new opportunity connecting blockchain and sports betting; and traveler, with 107 countries visited and paychecks from 67. That’s after stints as a Marine, a monk in Rhode Island, a teacher in Harlem and a missionary in Appalachia. “You learn how the world works and get involved in a lot of issues,” he says, referring not just to economics but to his own life.

The 3D project came out of his concerns about decay in Delaware’s largest city, a few miles from his home. “I want to rebuild Wilmington,” he says. “I want to leave something of value behind.” He’s learned from other, flawed attempts at rehabilitation that ignored overall communities, so his plan would create jobs in a 3D-printing factory and on housing sites, and only briefly disturb residents.

“A house is not a community,” he says. “I can build a nice house for you in a bad area, and it’s not going to help you and retain value. A community is a sense of belonging and pride.”

 

"I want to rebuild Wilmington. I want to leave something of value behind." —G. Dennis O'Brien

 

A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD

O’Brien’s community is the world. He was born into an Irish family in New York City. He has earned a doctorate and a master of arts in economics; a master of public administration in political economics; and a bachelor of arts in economics, philosophy and mathematics. With his earliest degree from 1965 and postgraduate studies in ancient military history, classics, Latin and Greek, he calls himself a lifelong student.

O’Brien built his career as an industrial micro-econometrician, “looking at connections, how one thing affects another.” At one point, every Fortune 500 company was a client. He “has developed a proficiency in the design and application of quantitative models for use in asset allocation, industrial product line forecasting and microeconomic pricing systems,” his résumé says. Or, as he explains in an interview, he’s “an economist who understands engineering.”

Decades in number crunching have included multiple C-suite jobs and work with the world’s largest economic database and the world’s largest private data network. Since 1989, he has been running InfoVest. It specializes in investments in second-stage startup companies that have significant intangible assets, such as patents, copyrights, unique data, proprietary engineering or econometric models, proprietary software and data collection systems, O’Brien says on his LinkedIn bio. It also provides sales, marketing, customer service, legal representation and banking services to such startups.


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LOOKING EAST

Since 1993, he has been drawn to China, a stunning about-face, considering family history. “My adopted brother was killed by the Chinese in 1950. I feared them,” he says. Yet in 2000, when one of his firms—nurtured from startup to 2,000 workers—was sold, he “kind of retired to study Chinese economics.”

The semi-retiree renewed relationships with Chinese colleagues. He joined China Daily as a U.S. correspondent and became an executive at the paper’s China Business Weekly. With senior Chinese economists and officials, he studied Chinese industrial economic policies and built simulation and forecasting models. He served as chief American economic adviser to the People’s Republic of China State Information Center, China’s largest think tank.

“He knows a bunch of things that go together. He knows the Chinese economy. He knows the Chinese culture,” says Stephen Browne, a serial entrepreneur, president of The Stanton Group in Massachusetts and O’Brien’s partner for four decades, who has traveled with him to China 30 or 40 times. He notes this dramatic difference between Chinese and American business culture: “The first thing on a trip to China is a dinner, talking about everything but business, just to get to know you.”

Browne stresses strong knowledge of China. “On the negative side, it’s where all the jobs are going. But it’s also where all these things are made. It’s a growing superpower, a force to be reckoned with. How can you deal with a country you hope is more partner than enemy without understanding it?”

Family networks were also key to O’Brien’s acceptance of China. In the 1990s, a Jesuit told him he remained a bigot following his brother’s slaying and must learn about China. Off he went, and on his last night in China, a woman came up to him, saying she prayed to become an American. He helped her: “It was the right thing to do.” She helped him: Her sister was an editor of China Daily.

Browne, who describes O’Brien as his first boss after graduate school, praised O’Brien’s decades of mentoring. “He wants to help the next generation, not just individuals.”

O’Brien is attuned to the politics of business as well. “All my partners in China are communists,” says the Republican defender of the American legal system, particularly its First Amendment rights. “Capitalism, left to its own devices, will lead to economic or true slavery.”

 

“He wants to help the next generation, not just individuals.” —Stephen Brown, a mentee of O'Brien's

 

WELCOME TO DELAWARE

In 2004, O’Brien’s wife, Valerie J. Sill, got a job as CEO of DuPont Capital Management, and they and their three children moved to Delaware. The new base exposed O’Brien to new opportunities, such as an offer to buy the Claymont steel plant (now promoted as a site for a new train station) and a plan to build towers for Bluewater Wind’s offshore windmills. Both come out of his Transformative Technologies, a firm where John Carney worked before becoming governor.

The housing project formally began in January as UrbNvest, under a new Delaware code that allows a public benefit corporation to consider good deeds as part of its mission.

“We’re doing this to strengthen the community,” says Chris Counihan, one of the board members of UrbNvest. Stressing that they want to get buy-in from people and squelch concerns about gentrification, he adds: “We’re building better homes, not pricing people out.”

O’Brien, Counihan, UrbNvest board member Fred C. Sears II (formerly president of the Delaware Community Foundation) and others from O’Brien’s vast network have been developing the idea for more than three years. For months they studied modular construction (made in a Chinese factory, shipped in standard containers and quickly erected on site) before pivoting to 3D printing.

“He’s always got some great ideas and some great connections,” Sears says of O’Brien. The 3D printing venture “needs a lot of legs—like government approvals—and open minds to happen.”

They’re checking out 3D printers in North America, China, Russia and the Netherlands, and the front-runner is China’s Winsun, which can print an 11,800-square-foot house in a week for $160,000. Such a stick-built house—“a house that looks like mine,” O’Brien says—would cost $3.5 million.

Winsun adds fiberglass to concrete, but UrbNvest board member Harley McNair, who owns a New Jersey firm specializing in innovative chemistry, recommends urethane polymer concrete. “It’s beautiful chemistry,” McNair says, noting “we can make it look like almost anything we want.” It’s strong and nonporous, and it also offers fireproofing and soundproofing protection.

Urethane polymer concrete is “advanced engineering and chemistry and is on the frontier of how future houses can be built,” he says. “This has great promise and could revolutionize inner-city housing.”

 

“We’re doing this to strengthen the community. We’re building better homes, not pricing people out.” —Chris Counihan, UrbNvest board member

 

GROWTH, NOT GENTRIFICATION

O’Brien figures the project needs a few printers (at $500,000 to $600,000) set up in the Wilmington area, where there are “terrific” sites with water, rail and highway access. The venture builds on Delaware’s assets both intangible (America’s largest per capita number of Ph.D.s and its long history of cutting-edge intellectual property law) and tangible (location, location, location) to help improve needy areas as far away as Boston, Atlanta and Cleveland.

“We would rebuild the city using workers from the inner city,” says O’Brien, who also foresees working with local engineering, chemistry, materials science and coding students.

UrbNvest is targeting 1,600 sites in Wilmington’s land bank, which would clear the physical land and the legal title, smoothing the way for in-fill development. The land bank in Baltimore (where Browne grew up) has 16,000 such sites, often in cleared whole blocks.

“The economics [of poverty] are crazy,” O’Brien says. “The government gives families on average more than a $1,000 to live in substandard [areas]. They’re covering the wound, not treating it. We have to address the underlying cause: pride in community and jobs. Income leads to wealth, and wealth leads to a piece of the American dream. The value of a house is in the value of a neighborhood. They’re not going to have crime in the street because they own it.”

Increasing the number of homeowners “increases the hope in the community,” Counihan says.

3D printing is the buzzy and speedy concept, but O’Brien and his team are also working hard to conquer the boring and lengthy bureaucracy to fit all sorts of building codes and financing. Those goals called for meetings with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Wilmington Housing Authority. Also helping is John Legaré Williams, a Wilmington attorney who patented a technique to cheaply create individual registered limited liability companies for each house, a technique that would give each house a discrete legal identity that reduces both flipping and economic risk to other houses on the block if a deal goes awry, O’Brien says.

They’re also thinking hard about prototypes. “You can’t just show pictures,” Sears says.

O’Brien has “a charitable background,” Browne says. “He wants people to have a leg up.”

O’Brien says a Chinese official recently told him that such charity—coupled with a willingness to forgive—will ensure that “America will always lead the world.”

Demographics also help. The Chinese labor force peaked in 2014, and its population will peak in 2030. Many Chinese have been educated in America and have adapted or been attracted by Western practices and values. So, if all China’s political and economic limits on immigration were removed, the Chinese would pour out to other nations that offer greater potential. “The Chinese know that they will not rule the world,” he says.   

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OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

The Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
, DE


Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
Website »

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Available Tuesday nights only - Certified Angus cut of prime rib, asparagus, cauliflower mashed potatoes for $30!

Cost: $30

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Instructor: Danny Schweers  

Cost: $10 Members, $25 Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Website »

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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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The Goldberg Variations: 32 Miniatures Based on Bach’s Keyboard Masterpiece, an exhibition of mixed media works by Gregg Silvis, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 1-27,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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New works featuring oil paintings, pastels, and paintings done on objects and furniture. Laura enjoys painting with a variety of media on many surfaces, from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition of paintings, “Remains: Recent Work by Jon Redmond,” from October 18 – November 16, 2019. Redmond’s...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

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November 13, 1:00–3:00 pm Vintage styles adorning royals in The Crown inspire beaded jewelry with a contemporary twist. Representatives from The Bead Garden will teach you how to...

Cost: $45 per Member. $50 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

The Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
, DE


Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
Website »

More information

Every Wednesday from 4PM - 11PM, indulge in 1/2 price bottles of wine! Valid for bottles under $80.

Cost: Prices vary

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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Join Odyssey Charter School in Wilmington on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00 pm as they celebrate receiving the Eco-Schools Green Flag with a Fall Harvest Dinner.  Enjoy a six-course meal...

Cost: $35

Where:
Odyssey Charter School Building 23 Cafeteria
4319 Lancaster Pike
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Sponsor: Odyssey Charter School Green Team
Telephone: 302-516-8000
Contact Name: Melissa Tracy
Website »

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“Why William Wore Red and Harry Wore Dark Blue: Decoding British Military Uniforms” November 13, 6:00–7:00 pm Patrick Baty, color consultant and military and art historian, will help us...

Cost: $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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If you are a Blues musician, or a fun loving person and you want to have a great time enjoying great food (Best Of... 2019) adult beverages and if you want to meet awesome people, come and join The...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Reef Seafood & Steak Restaurant
2618 Carpenter Station Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: 4w5 Blues Jam
Website »

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Please see attached flyer for information about this year's speakers series. We also have graphics for individual speaker events if needed. Events are held on various Wednesday evenings.

Cost: free

Where:
Mitchell Hall
The Green
University of Delaware
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Center for Political Communication
Telephone: 302-831-7771
Contact Name: Nancy Karibjanian
Website »

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The Goldberg Variations: 32 Miniatures Based on Bach’s Keyboard Masterpiece, an exhibition of mixed media works by Gregg Silvis, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 1-27,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

New works featuring oil paintings, pastels, and paintings done on objects and furniture. Laura enjoys painting with a variety of media on many surfaces, from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

More information

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition of paintings, “Remains: Recent Work by Jon Redmond,” from October 18 – November 16, 2019. Redmond’s...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-652-0271
Website »

More information

Are you struggling with frustrating peri- or post-menopausal challenges? You’re not alone! Join Dr. Joanne Kakaty-Monzo for a frank, open conversation about a painless alternative to hormone...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Integrative Health Center
910 N Union Street
Ste 2
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Sponsor: First State Health & Wellness
Telephone: 302-454-1010
Contact Name: Stacy Kelly
Website »

More information

The Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
, DE


Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
Website »

More information

For $20 on Thursdays from 4PM - 11PM, indulge in our crab cake sandwich & a local beer on tap. Signature crab cake topped w/ lettuce, tomato, power veggie slaw, served on a toasted brioche...

Cost: $20

Where:
Market Kitchen & Bar at the Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
View map »

More information

The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The Goldberg Variations: 32 Miniatures Based on Bach’s Keyboard Masterpiece, an exhibition of mixed media works by Gregg Silvis, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from November 1-27,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

New works featuring oil paintings, pastels, and paintings done on objects and furniture. Laura enjoys painting with a variety of media on many surfaces, from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-384-3694
Website »

More information

Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition of paintings, “Remains: Recent Work by Jon Redmond,” from October 18 – November 16, 2019. Redmond’s...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-652-0271
Website »

More information

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
Website »

More information

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to the Museum through a story, interactive tour, and art making. Ages 2+. Family friendly.

Cost: Free to Members; $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

More information

The Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
, DE


Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
Website »

More information

(Kennett Square, Pa) - Unionville High School Art Gala celebrates its 44th year.  This annual art show and sale showcases local working artists, UHS Alumni, and current Unionville High School...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Unionville High School, Auditorium Entr
750 Unionville Road
Kennett Sq, PA  19348
View map »


Sponsor: Unionville PTO
Contact Name: Carol Aruffo
Website »

More information

The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

More information

Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown  

Cost: $40 Members, $55 Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Christmas Gift Market - The best part of Christmas is the Gift – Saturday, November 16, 2019.  SHOP! 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM SHOP! - Hilton Garden Inn - Delaware Ballroom - 1706 N. DuPont...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn (Delaware Ballroom)
1706 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: John-Barre Enterprises LLc/Divine Messaging
Telephone: 302-270-0147
Contact Name: Paula K B Johnson
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New works featuring oil paintings, pastels, and paintings done on objects and furniture. Laura enjoys painting with a variety of media on many surfaces, from pastels on paper, to oil and acrylic...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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Cape Henlopen Senior Center is making plans for its 4th annual holiday fair set for Saturday, November 16th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian Street, Rehoboth...

Cost: $30 per table - $25 if you bring your own table.

Where:
Cape Henlopen Senior Center
11 Christian Street
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
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Sponsor: Cape Henlopen Senior Center
Telephone: 302-528-2265
Contact Name: Diaz Bonville
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65 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Travel back in time to see their world as they knew it, and be the dinosaur. Drawing on today’s modern technology and tested and...

Cost: $9 ages 3-59, $8 seniors, $3 ages 1-2, free for under 12 months and DMNH members

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-384-3694
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BEIJING BOOSTER PAINTINGS Peter Wayne Lewis October 4, 2019 to February 26, 2020 VIP Preview Reception:  October 3, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM Public Reception:  October 4,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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LOOK TO THE LAND A Mary Putman Retrospective November 16, 2019 - April 6, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Long-time Delawarean artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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“Eclectic Artist of the South” offers vibrant paintings and reflections of Jewish Heritage'' Nationally known artist and writer, Susan (Shoshannah) Adler George brings her...

Cost: free

Where:
The Siegel JCC,
101 Garden of Eden Road,
Wilmington , DE  19803
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Somerville Manning Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition of paintings, “Remains: Recent Work by Jon Redmond,” from October 18 – November 16, 2019. Redmond’s...

Cost: free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-652-0271
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September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020  A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses,...

Cost: $6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Directly inspired by the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, this commission from Angela Fraleigh presents a contemporary look at gender and identity...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Margo Allman, a distinguished regional artist for over 60 years in painting, drawing, and sculpture, doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In her first solo exhibition at The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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July 11, 2019–January 5, 2020, Center Gallery   The hit Broadway musical Hamilton sparked renewed interest in the Founding Father and his relationship with Aaron Burr, whom...

Cost: Members free. $6-$20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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OTHER PLACES Draper Experiment by Chris Andricola and Jake Foster October 4 - November 30, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop In the spirit of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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Curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., “Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown

Cost: $40 Members, $55 Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Mitch Lyons is a well-known and important part of the local art community, who over the past five decades developed a truly innovative form of print-making. Lyons received his undergraduate degree...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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FLANDERS FIELDS: 25 YEARS OF DEPICTING BRITISH TRENCH POETRY Constance Cone October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, October 4 5 - 9 PM during first Friday Art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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(Kennett Square, Pa) - Unionville High School Art Gala celebrates its 44th year.  This annual art show and sale showcases local working artists, UHS Alumni, and current Unionville High School...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Unionville High School, Auditorium Entr
750 Unionville Road
Kennett Sq, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Unionville PTO
Contact Name: Carol Aruffo
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The Delaware HIV Consortium and the Ministry of Caring are collaborating again this year for the annual ‘Easy as Pie’ fundraising campaign. Proceeds from this fundraiser support our...

Cost: From $20

Where:
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Sponsor: The Ministry of Caring Inc., Delaware HIV Consortium
Telephone: 302-654-5471
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.Enjoy a Guide-led tour of the special exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture.  Image: Susan Taylor, as Model,c. 1970s. Ken Ramsay (1935–2008). Gelatin...

Cost: Free for Members, Free with admission for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Find your inner secret agent and help fight Parkinson's disease at the casino, Bond-themed Gala.  This fun-raiser includes dinner, drinks, dancing, games and silent auction items. ...

Cost: 125.00

Where:
Mendenhall Inn
Route 52
Chadds Ford, PA  19317-____
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Sponsor: Shake It Off, Inc.
Telephone: 610-399-9904
Contact Name: Chris Cianci
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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2019 BLACK TIE & SNEAKER GALA WITH $30K+ GIVEAWAY The Trauma Survivors Foundation's annual Black Tie & Sneaker Gala is back! Dust off your best tuxedo and slip on your favorite pair...

Cost: VIP and GA tickets Available

Where:
The Queen - Wilmington
500 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Trauma Survivors Foundation
Telephone: 302-377-7451
Contact Name: Dennis Carradin
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SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 16, 2019  GRAND OPERA HOUSE - WILMINGTON DE Legends Promotions presents   THE DUPREES CHARLIE THOMAS' DRIFTERS SHIRLEY ALSTON REEVES EDDIE...

Cost: 49.00- 99.00

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Legends Promotions
Telephone: 302-652-5577
Contact Name: Legends Promotions
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If anyone is in the Delaware on Saturday Nov 16, you should not miss seeing this show. Legends Promotions would like to announce Jerry Blavat's Rock'n Doo Wop Dance Party in Wilmington,...

Cost: $49-$99

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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ROCK'N DOO-WOP DANCE PARTY   LEGENDS PROMOTIONS INC present JERRY BLAVAT'S ROCK'N DOO-WOP DANCE PARTY   STARRING: The Duprees Charlie Thomas'...

Cost: 49-69

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Legends Promotions
Telephone: 302-559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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The Lighthouse Inc., Church would like to place the following public service announcement. The Lighthouse Inc., Church will be featuring a new youtube presentation by Sis. Ijeoma Mbonu, titled,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc, Church
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc., Church
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Christopher Gore
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