Route 40 Killer Remains an Enigma After Being Convicted 25 Years Ago

On the 25th anniversary of the conviction of the Route 40 Killer, are we any closer to understanding the hideous crimes and confounding courtroom behavior of one Steven Brian Pennell?


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Shirley Anne Ellis was the first.

It was a chilly, rainy night on Nov. 29, 1987. Though the holiday had passed three days earlier, Ellis was carrying a Thanksgiving platter for an AIDS patient undergoing treatment at Wilmington Hospital. Shortly before 6 p.m., she left the warmth of her family's home in Newark's Brookmont Farms development and began the 14-mile trek.

An ex-prostitute, Ellis knew Route 40 well. The 23-year-old had distanced herself from the life of a streetwalker, even purchasing books for nursing school. Even so, she was well aware that the best way to catch a ride into the city was to hitchhike along Route 40, the area just south of Wilmington where she'd plied her trade. As she walked along the corridor, a car pulled up and offered her a ride.

Two teenagers looking to close the holiday weekend in the ideal make-out spot discovered Ellis' body around 9:25 p.m. that evening. She was partially clothed, her legs spread apart. The autopsy told a macabre story of torture and mutilation. Ellis had been bound at the feet and the ankles. Black duct tape, likely used to prevent her from screaming, was still attached to strands of her hair.

No evidence of sexual assault was uncovered, but the autopsy did reveal that Ellis was tortured with work tools before she died. The killer then wrapped a ligature around her neck and repeatedly struck her over the head with a hammer. 

Investigators were stumped. "There was no reason for Shirley Ellis to be killed," recalls Kathleen Jennings, the state prosecutor who eventually stared the accused down in a tough cross-examination. "No angry boyfriend or anything that would connect a murderer to her death. For a time, people believed it was an interstate trucker."

Roughly a quarter century later, the questions persist. Why did a 31-year-old married father of  two embark on a killing spree? Why did he refuse to admit guilt but demand to be executed for the crimes?

Steven Brian Pennell, Delaware's only documented serial killer, did all of these things. Yet, even now, those close to the case are at a loss to explain what happened. "To this day, I want to know why," says Jennings. "All of us involved want to understand it better. Typically, there’s some horrifying event in the life of a serial killer that explains how they became sociopaths. But in the Pennell case, we couldn't get at it. That’s the lingering mystery: Why?" 

A 1991 psychiatric evaluation submitted to the Delaware Supreme Court cleared Pennell of depression, paranoia and psychosis. It also described him as "a pleasant, attractive, friendly 33-year-old man who related well to the examiner."

"His acts were unspeakable," says Pennell’s attorney, Eugene Maurer. "But it's hard to [connect] the Steven Pennell I got to know with the person who committed these horrific crimes. The psychiatric evaluations never diagnosed him with any mental-health issues."


It happened again seven months later. According to court documents, Catherine DiMauro was walking along Route 40 around 11:30 p.m. on June 28, 1988. The 31-year-old divorcee had a history of prostitution arrests, but it's unclear if she was working that night when she accepted a ride from a stranger in a blue van.

Workers building the Fox Run apartment complex found her body at 6:25 the next morning. DiMauro was found completely naked—that was the only difference. Everything else was the same. Her wrists and ankles were bound, and she was silenced with duct tape.

Again, there were no signs of sexual activity, but the victim was tortured and mutilated with work tools. She was also strangled with a ligature and bludgeoned with a hammer. "Everything was consistent with the Ellis case," recalls James Hedrick, a former New Castle County Police captain and a member of the task force that captured Pennell. "We felt that the same person was responsible for both murders." 

This time, however, the killer left a clue: DiMauro was covered head to toe in blue carpet fiber.

 

State prosecuter Kathleen Jennings.

Defense attorney Eugene Maurer.

 

A week later, officers from the Delaware State Police and the New Castle County Police Department sprang into action. A task force was formed, complete with its own headquarters near the New Castle County airport. With roughly 60 members, it was the state's third-largest police department for a time. "We had access to an airplane, helicopters and rental vehicles," Hedrick says. "Money wasn't an issue. I don't know anyone who has ever worked for a government agency where money wasn't an issue. We had an unlimited budget."

Task-force members met with the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit in Quantico, Virginia. The bureau concluded the unthinkable: A serial killer had come to Delaware. Route 40 was the only connection between the two victims. Soon, undercover female officers dressed as prostitutes walked the stretch of highway looking for clues. They would engage in flirty banter with the men who stopped, but they never got into a vehicle. Meanwhile, other task-force members were trying to identify the strange fibers found on DiMauro.

On Aug. 22, a prostitute named Margaret Lynn Finner went missing. She was working the streets along U.S. 13. Witnesses last saw her leave in a blue Ford panel van with round headlights driven by a white male.

Roughly three months later, Finner was found dead near the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, her body in such an advanced state of decay that a cause of death couldn't be determined. No one was ever charged.

Renee Taschner was a 23-year-old New Castle County police officer when she came face to face with evil on Sept. 14, 1988. She had been walking Route 40 disguised as a prostitute in an effort to turn up anything that could solve the murders.

Just as on previous stakeouts, men routinely approached Taschner. "We had a gamut of people stop for her," says Hedrick."Doctors, lawyers, schoolteachers. At one point, there was a line of five or six vehicles with men waiting to talk to her." 

A blue Ford panel van with round headlights drove past. It stopped a little farther down the road, stopped again and turned around. Taschner estimates the van drove past her seven times in 20 minutes.

She walked to a more secluded area. The van stopped. A white male opened the side panel. Taschner immediately saw the blue carpet covering the van's interior. She also noticed the driver's coldness. "He was different than any other person who stopped for me," she recalls. "It was hard to get into a conversation. He wasn't in the moment. He was looking right through me."

The young officer was prescient enough to playfully rub her hand against the carpeting on the van's floor, pulling out blue fibers for testing. The driver demanded that Taschner get in the van. She refused. He asked again. She made up a story about being tired from partying all day and needing to sleep. The driver became suspicious and drove off.

While Taschner was engaged in small talk, Hedrick ran the van's plates. It was registered to Steven Brian Pennell, a Delaware electrician with no criminal record.

In the weeks that followed, both the killer and the task force accelerated their activities. The blue fibers were sent to a lab for testing, and a search warrant was secured to follow Pennell.


He struck again. Michelle Gordon, a 22-year-old New Castle resident, disappeared on Sept. 16, 1988. Known as a prostitute to local authorities, Gordon was last seen on Route 40, hopping into the passenger side of a blue Ford panel van.

This time, however, police caught a break. The lone witness to the abduction knew both Gordon and Pennell. She immediately identified the vehicle.

Gordon's body washed up on the rocky banks of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal on Sept. 20. A cocaine addict, she was the only victim who died while being tortured. The medical examiner testified that the drugs in her system made her heart incapable of withstanding the shock of her beating.

 

Kathleen Meyer's body was never found.

 

Three days later, Kathleen Meyer, another Brookmont Farms resident, was last seen alive hitchhiking along Route 40 around 9:30 p.m. An off-duty police officer spotted the 26-year-old accepting a ride from a stranger in a blue Ford van. Aware of its connections to the murders, he jotted down the plate number. It was registered to Pennell. Meyer's body was never found.

By this point, the task force was monitoring Pennell's every move. Taschner even sat next to Pennell at a Moody Blues concert. She also recalls a heartbreaking encounter with his daughter, who approached the officer during a stakeout and asked for a donation to a school fundraiser. "She was a kid, and you never want any child to experience what was happening," says Taschner.

Delaware Attorney General Charles Oberly approved a search warrant for Pennell's van. The suspect had been pulled over for a routine traffic violation and was immediately hauled into court to pay his ticket—an infrequent but legal method for the police to detain a suspect.

Police searched the vehicle, which spoke to them in ways the victims could not. They discovered carpet fibers matching those on the victims, along with hair, blood and the same brand of duct tape used on DiMauro. There was the so-called "torture kit"—pliers, a whip, handcuffs, needles, knives and restraints.

An arrest warrant was issued, and on Nov. 29, 1988, a year after he'd claimed his first victim, Pennell was in handcuffs. Charged with the murder of DiMauro, Gordon and Ellis, he exercised his right to remain silent.

"He was your typical, all-American person," the task force’s Hedrick says of his interview with Pennell. "He came across as a totally normal married father with no criminal record. No one would ever look at his background and see signs that this could happen. No one would ever suspect him of anything."

Prior to Pennell's trial, his defense attorney vigorously attacked the fiber evidence, arguing that Taschner didn't have the authority to seize the strands. Superior Court Judge Richard Gebelein denied Maurer's claims, concluding that the carpet was in plain view once Pennell opened the door to invite Taschner inside the van.

"The fibers led to everything else," says Oberly. "If that was ruled inadmissible, everything else would've been kept out under the 'fruit of the poisonous tree' legal doctrine. That could've been devastating." 

But Jennings planned to introduce more than blue fibers at Pennell's September 1989 criminal trial. She had DNA evidence.

 

Carpet fiber evidence found in Pennell's van.

Tire tracks from Pennell's van.

 

At the time, only two other criminal cases in the country had permitted its introduction. The Pennell case would, in fact, be the first time DNA evidence was used in a criminal trial.

"There was a learning curve," admits Gebelein. "There weren't a lot of experts in that field, and there was no case law to ensure the evidence was introduced correctly. I had to let the scientists testify and then make a decision whether their actions were legally sound." 

Despite the fibers and the DNA, the strongest case against Steven Pennell was Steven Pennell. Maurer rolled the dice and had his client testify how the victims' blood and hair found their way into his van. He claimed he picked up DiMauro, paid her $25 for oral sex and then dropped her off, joking that she "gave me $10 back" afterward. The jury was horrified.

"It was as fine a piece of testifying as I've ever seen," Maurer contends. "He explained everything. Where he got slaughtered was his demeanor. He had these cold, dark eyes that didn't move around a lot. I tried to work with him, but people are who they are."

The state prosecutor agrees. "The way he described DiMauro was so cold," says Jennings. "He talked about her like she was some piece of garbage he could just throw away. I think that hurt him in front of the jury."

Pennell may have come across as unlikable, but the jury still struggled with the three murder charges. Jurors spent eight days reviewing the evidence, which is still the longest deliberation in Delaware legal history. "I was going through anguish each day," Maurer says. "I thought it was going to be a quick verdict and he'd be convicted in two days. As each day passed, I thought maybe we got something going." 

On Nov. 23, 1989, Thanksgiving Day, the jury reached a verdict. As a terrible snowstorm settled over the region, Jennings, Maurer and Peter Letang of the Attorney General's office abandoned their holiday plans to learn Pennell's fate.

"It was a little surreal being in the courtroom," Gebelein says. "The thought was that the jury should've been done before Thanksgiving. If they were sequestered any longer, they wouldn't have been able to go home to their families."

 In the end, Pennell was convicted of murdering Ellis and DiMauro. But the jury deadlocked on the Gordon case. "In retrospect, it was probably the correct verdict," Maurer concedes. "There was just too much evidence that he had to explain."

Shortly after the verdict, a bouquet of flowers arrived on Jennings' desk. The card read, "From the women of Route 40. You made us feel like human beings."

The jury also deadlocked on the death penalty. Pennell was sentenced to two life terms in 1990. Maurer initiated the lengthy appeals process, alleging that the fiber seizure was unconstitutional, among other things. The state responded by indicting Pennell for the murders of Meyer and Gordon, based on new evidence. Pennell asked if he could proceed without an attorney. The motion was granted.

Pennell's next move shocked the world. He pled no contest to the two murders and asked the Superior Court to sentence him to death. He did not, however, confess. "I've never seen so many twists and turns in one case," says Gebelein.

A hearing was held to determine if the convicted murderer should be spared. Pennell delivered a terse argument for his own death, filled with biblical quotes. "The law was developed from one book, and it's that book I quote from," he said. "In Numbers, chapter 35, verse 30, 'Whoever kills a person, the person shall be put to death.' Also, in Genesis, chapter 9, verse 6, 'Whoever sheds man’s blood by man, his blood shall be shed.'

"This court has found me guilty on the testimony of witnesses. So I ask that the sentence be death as said by the state’s laws and God’s laws. That’s all I have to say."

 

Officers escort Pennell from court.

 

On Halloween 1991, Pennell was sentenced to death. Under Delaware law, all such cases are automatically appealed to the state Supreme Court. Pennell appeared before the five-judge court on Feb. 11, 1992, to ask for his own execution. He remains the only person to represent himself before the state Supreme Court, and the only one to ask for death. He still refused to admit guilt. "The most amazing thing was that he spoke about the crimes in the third person," says former Supreme Court Justice Andrew Moore, who heard Pennell's argument. "He never once used the first person. It was a strange, strange thing."

Pennell argued as if he were a prosecutor demanding death for a vicious criminal. "The perpetrator must have sensed a pleasure in the killings," he told the court. "Since he did not commit just one, but continued in the same depraved manner on the others, this pleasure is evident."

Deputy Attorney General Richard E. Fairbanks Jr. represented the state. He was personally opposed to the death penalty, yet he still gave a fiery plea for Pennell's execution. "Fairbanks became so impassioned that we thought he would burst into tears," Moore recalls. "All five of us were taken aback by his impassioned statements." 

Not a single justice asked a question. Moore can't recall any other oral argument in the Supreme Court without at least one question.

The court unanimously agreed that execution was an appropriate punishment for Pennell's crimes. A date was set for March 14, 1992. Pennell appeared content, but others rushed to prevent his death. Two men whom he never met filed appeals on his behalf, but they were quickly dismissed for lack of standing.

The condemned murderer’s wife, Vera Katherine Pennell, did have standing, however. She petitioned the American Civil Liberties Union's Delaware chapter to argue for a stay of execution. And, in another strange twist, Widener University law professor Lawrence Hamermesh, a member of the ACLU's board, agreed to represent the killer’s wife. An expert in the corporate arena, Hamermesh had never handled a criminal case. "I think I did the best I could," he says now. "I had no death-penalty experience, and the state had pulled out all the stops because of the severity of the crimes."

Hamermesh challenged a Superior Court psychiatric evaluation that declared Pennell competent to understand the charges and to challenge them himself. The attorney alleged the review was neither thorough nor comprehensive, and that time was needed for a more complete evaluation.

The Supreme Court unanimously rejected the argument, and Pennell was scheduled for execution.

 

A task force of almost 60 members was formed.

Pennell's blue Ford panel van.

 

Shortly before Pennell's death, he called his attorney from prison. Maurer hadn't heard from his client in over a year, and he was as surprised as anyone when Pennell agreed to speak to the media before the execution. He asked his attorney to sit next to him, "afraid of saying something stupid," Maurer recalls. "In some ways, he was very much a conformist. He cared very much what people thought of him."

The interviews revealed little beyond Pennell's plans for a last meal.

On March 14, 1992, Steven Brian Pennell was the first man executed in Delaware in 46 years. He had no final words and left no answers for the chaos he induced. "I hoped and prayed that, before Pennell died, he'd tell us where we could find Kathleen Meyer, or at least give us a place to look," says Hedrick. "That didn't happen."

 It was one of many secrets Pennell took to the grave. One can't help but wonder why he demanded the ultimate punishment, even while maintaining his innocence.

"Asking for death was his way of admitting it," the task force's Taschner suggests. "I was as surprised as anyone else, but I'm glad he spared the victims' families and his own family years of appeals." 

Others simply want to know why any of it happened in the first place. "He never permitted the interviews that got us answers," says Jennings. "Even the FBI tried to talk to him and get at the heart of what caused him to do this. But he just wouldn't talk."

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200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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HALF : HALF A Draper Experiment by Willie Yao January 4 -  February 24, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary...

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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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

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Featuring designer solutions for small interior spaces and backyards, hands-on DIY project workshops and a Succulent Bar, more than 300 exhibitors, and home design celebrities Clint Harp and Matt...

Cost: $10

Where:
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Exhibition Hall F
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Sponsor: Philly Home Show
Website »

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ORIGINS Rick Rothrock & Stan Smokler January 8 - April 22, 2019 Special Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  5:30 - 7:30 PM Artist Talk | 6:30 PM The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

LEGALLY BLONDE JR. Tickets: $10 All Seats Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally BlondeThe Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »

More information

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CCArts Winter class registrations are open   The Center for the Creative Arts presents its Winter 2019 class and workshop offerings. With over 50 classes and workshops there is...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
Hockessin, DE  19736
View map »


Telephone: 302-239-2434
Contact Name: Nicole Schmid
Website »

More information

Winter Group Show  A rotating group show featuring an eclectic mix of artwork including paintings, drawings, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Custom Framing and Gift Certificates are always...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
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
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

THE FAR IS NEAR Graham Dougherty & Ruth Ansel January 5 - 31, 2019 Opening reception: January 11  | 7 - 9 PM Graham Dougherty  ”We give shape...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Bernard Jackson Felch, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 83, was an accomplished water-colorist, sculptor, ceramicist and teacher whose work has been seen in museums, schools, universities,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design’s Toni & Stuart
600 N. Market St.
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: DCAD
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Susan Couby

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IN BETWEEN THEREShelley Thorstensen November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop For her first solo exhibition in Delaware,...

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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For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

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

More information

HALF : HALF A Draper Experiment by Willie Yao January 4 -  February 24, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

Featuring designer solutions for small interior spaces and backyards, hands-on DIY project workshops and a Succulent Bar, more than 300 exhibitors, and home design celebrities Clint Harp and Matt...

Cost: $10

Where:
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Exhibition Hall F
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Philly Home Show
Website »

More information

ORIGINS Rick Rothrock & Stan Smokler January 8 - April 22, 2019 Special Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  5:30 - 7:30 PM Artist Talk | 6:30 PM The Delaware Contemporary...

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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Local veterans and their loved ones are invited to attend a presentation about new veterans benefits that help finance assisted living and long-term care. Participants will enjoy a complimentary...

Cost: free

Where:
Rockland Place
1519 Rockland Rd.
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing, sitting down,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: UUFN
Telephone: 302.368.2984
Contact Name: Richard Field
Website »

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LEGALLY BLONDE JR. Tickets: $10 All Seats Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally BlondeThe Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »

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CCArts Winter class registrations are open   The Center for the Creative Arts presents its Winter 2019 class and workshop offerings. With over 50 classes and workshops there is...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
Hockessin, DE  19736
View map »


Telephone: 302-239-2434
Contact Name: Nicole Schmid
Website »

More information

Winter Group Show  A rotating group show featuring an eclectic mix of artwork including paintings, drawings, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Custom Framing and Gift Certificates are always...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

Bernard Jackson Felch, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 83, was an accomplished water-colorist, sculptor, ceramicist and teacher whose work has been seen in museums, schools, universities,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design’s Toni & Stuart
600 N. Market St.
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: DCAD
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Susan Couby

More information

Wilmington Coin Show January 17, 18, 19 2019 10 AM to 6 PM Thursday and Friday 10 AM to 5 PM Saturday   Nur Shrine Temple 198 South DuPont Highway New Castle, DE 19720   Sponsor is the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nur Shrine Temple
198 South DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: Wilmington Coin Club
Telephone: 610-675-6186
Contact Name: Ken Sammut

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Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

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

More information

For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

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

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

IN BETWEEN THEREShelley Thorstensen November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop For her first solo exhibition in Delaware,...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

THE FAR IS NEAR Graham Dougherty & Ruth Ansel January 5 - 31, 2019 Opening reception: January 11  | 7 - 9 PM Graham Dougherty  ”We give shape...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

HALF : HALF A Draper Experiment by Willie Yao January 4 -  February 24, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

ORIGINS Rick Rothrock & Stan Smokler January 8 - April 22, 2019 Special Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  5:30 - 7:30 PM Artist Talk | 6:30 PM The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Featuring designer solutions for small interior spaces and backyards, hands-on DIY project workshops and a Succulent Bar, more than 300 exhibitors, and home design celebrities Clint Harp and Matt...

Cost: $10

Where:
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Exhibition Hall F
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Philly Home Show
Website »

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Adults learn a craft technique and make a work of art to take home. Wine and refreshments will be available in the café while you create. $15 Members, $20 Non-Members.  Jan 17 Embroidery...

Cost: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members.

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


Website »

More information

LEGALLY BLONDE JR. Tickets: $10 All Seats Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally BlondeThe Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

CCArts Winter class registrations are open   The Center for the Creative Arts presents its Winter 2019 class and workshop offerings. With over 50 classes and workshops there is...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
Hockessin, DE  19736
View map »


Telephone: 302-239-2434
Contact Name: Nicole Schmid
Website »

More information

Winter Group Show  A rotating group show featuring an eclectic mix of artwork including paintings, drawings, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Custom Framing and Gift Certificates are always...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
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

A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

IN BETWEEN THEREShelley Thorstensen November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop For her first solo exhibition in Delaware,...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Bernard Jackson Felch, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 83, was an accomplished water-colorist, sculptor, ceramicist and teacher whose work has been seen in museums, schools, universities,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design’s Toni & Stuart
600 N. Market St.
Wilmington , DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: DCAD
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Susan Couby

More information

Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

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

More information

THE FAR IS NEAR Graham Dougherty & Ruth Ansel January 5 - 31, 2019 Opening reception: January 11  | 7 - 9 PM Graham Dougherty  ”We give shape...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

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

More information

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences.Ages 2 and up. Visit delart.org for list of books. ...

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

Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

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 »

More information

HALF : HALF A Draper Experiment by Willie Yao January 4 -  February 24, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

Featuring designer solutions for small interior spaces and backyards, hands-on DIY project workshops and a Succulent Bar, more than 300 exhibitors, and home design celebrities Clint Harp and Matt...

Cost: $10

Where:
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Exhibition Hall F
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Philly Home Show
Website »

More information

ORIGINS Rick Rothrock & Stan Smokler January 8 - April 22, 2019 Special Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  5:30 - 7:30 PM Artist Talk | 6:30 PM The Delaware Contemporary...

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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CASA of Camden County Presents a Benefit Show with Renowned Illusionist Jason Bishop. Enjoy a night of incredible entertainment with the whole family while supporting the efforts of CASA throughout...

Cost: $25

Where:
Pfleeger Concert Hall, Rowan University
North Campus Drive
Glassboro, NJ  08028
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Sponsor: CASA of Camden County
Telephone: 856-361-7180
Contact Name: Jonathan Cummings
Website »

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LEGALLY BLONDE JR. Tickets: $10 All Seats Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally BlondeThe Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »

More information

“An engaging exploration of what can be achieved by bringing ancient and modern into creative fusion.” – Jazzwise   Experience new sounds from the ancient...

Cost: $30 Members, $35 Non-members, $25 Students

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


Website »

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Winter Group Show  A rotating group show featuring an eclectic mix of artwork including paintings, drawings, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Custom Framing and Gift Certificates are always...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

CCArts Winter class registrations are open   The Center for the Creative Arts presents its Winter 2019 class and workshop offerings. With over 50 classes and workshops there is...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
Hockessin, DE  19736
View map »


Telephone: 302-239-2434
Contact Name: Nicole Schmid
Website »

More information

Sharpen your pencils for the 15th DCAD Drawing Marathon! This full-day festival of figure drawing will feature models in a variety of poses and vignettes.

Cost: $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware College of Art and Design
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Randle Reed

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

A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

IN BETWEEN THEREShelley Thorstensen November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop For her first solo exhibition in Delaware,...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Bernard Jackson Felch, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 83, was an accomplished water-colorist, sculptor, ceramicist and teacher whose work has been seen in museums, schools, universities,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design’s Toni & Stuart
600 N. Market St.
Wilmington , DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: DCAD
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Susan Couby

More information

Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

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

More information

THE FAR IS NEAR Graham Dougherty & Ruth Ansel January 5 - 31, 2019 Opening reception: January 11  | 7 - 9 PM Graham Dougherty  ”We give shape...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

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

More information

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

HALF : HALF A Draper Experiment by Willie Yao January 4 -  February 24, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Featuring designer solutions for small interior spaces and backyards, hands-on DIY project workshops and a Succulent Bar, more than 300 exhibitors, and home design celebrities Clint Harp and Matt...

Cost: $10

Where:
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Exhibition Hall F
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Philly Home Show
Website »

More information

ORIGINS Rick Rothrock & Stan Smokler January 8 - April 22, 2019 Special Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  5:30 - 7:30 PM Artist Talk | 6:30 PM The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Sharpen your pencils for the 15th DCAD Drawing Marathon! This full-day festival of figure drawing will feature models in a variety of poses and vignettes.

Cost: $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware College of Art and Design
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Randle Reed

More information

Nancy Viau - Afternoon With The Author Join the Hockessin Book Shelf and Children's Book Author Nancy Viau on Saturday, January 19th for a Book Reading, Craft, Discussion, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hockessin BookShelf
7179 Lancaster Pike
hockessin, DE  19707
View map »


Telephone: 302-235-7665

More information

LEGALLY BLONDE JR. Tickets: $10 All Seats Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally BlondeThe Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »

More information

The Rocky Horror Picture Show This interactive movie experience combines film and live performers. The cult-classic is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late...

Cost: 9

Where:
Theatre N
235 W. 10th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Frankie's Midnight Runners
Telephone: 302-571-4075
Contact Name: Richard
Website »

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