Artist Bayard T. Berndt “Refines the Region” in New Exhibit; Get Spooky at Fringe Wilmington’s Halloween Costume Ball

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Refining the Region

You know Bayard T. Berndt as a Brandywine Valley artist and late owner of Hardcastle Gallery. Now he’s also the subject of a retrospective exhibit at the the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover. “Refining the Region: the Landscapes of Bayard T. Berndt” opens Nov. 1. “’Refining the Region’ includes more than 70 paintings of local points of beauty,” says curator Ryan Grover. “Scenes from the Brandywine Park, the Wilmington Riverfront, Buckley’s Tavern, and historic Odessa will warm the hearts of all viewers, but especially those familiar with the area.” Berndt studied under such luminary figures as Frank Schoonover, N.C. Wyeth and Gayle Hoskins. “Refining the Region” spans the course of his 60-year career. He was especially enamored with the beauty and heritage of the Brandywine Valley and often focused on his hometown of Wilmington. Some of his most recognizable scenes show commerce on local waterways, industrialization, urban street views and covered bridges. The exhibition runs through Feb. 23. Related activities include the lecture “A Point of Comparison: Paintings and Photographs as Evidence of Change in Industrial and Cultural Landscape” by state archivist Sarah Denison on Nov. 16. The panel discussion “Bayard Berndt as Artist, Instructor and Mentor” happens Jan. 18. Participants include: David Berndt, son of Berndt and author of “Bayard Taylor Berndt: Brandywine Valley Artist”; E. Jean Lanyon, Berndt protégé and former Hardcastle employee; and Charles Allmond, Delaware artist and longtime Hardcastle customer. Ryan Grover, Biggs Museum Curator, will moderate.

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Christina Cultural Arts Center has named 14-year-old Pyerce Oates as its first recipient of the Dennis Fortune Scholarship for Musical Excellence. The scholarship was established in 2007 by Alan Levenson and Karen Morris to honor Fortune’s contributions as a teacher and mentor of school-age music students. Fortune taught their son Josh Morris Levenson piano for many years at CCAC. This scholarship provides tuition for a full-year course of study for an aspiring middle school or high school musician with demonstrated instrumental proficiency and a commitment to jazz study. This year’s recipient, Oates, is a student at Cab Calloway School of the Arts who was a featured artist during the 2012 DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival to premier his original composition, “The History of Black, Brown and Beige.” Since the age of seven, Oates has been the pianist at Mt. Tabor AME Zion Church in Avondale, Pa. His interest in jazz grew while at Cab Calloway under the direction of Dr. Carlton Cannon and Michael Hunter. He released his first CD, “Humble Beginnings,” on G-Records in February 2009 at the age of 9. In 2011, Oates released his second CD, “A Dad Is Like A General,” to pay homage to loving fathers.Oates has received numerous awards, including the Newark Delaware NAACP for Youth Community Service, Outstanding Soloist Award from the University of Delaware’s Jazz Festival in 2011 and 2012, and Outstanding Accompanist by Music in the Parks in Hershey, Pa., in 2011 and 2012. Oates has been a guest pianist for Gov. Jack Markell’s annual holiday event at Buena Vista and is a member of the Wilmington Youth Jazz Band, the August Quarterly Choir, and the Jazz Band & Jazz Combo at Cab Calloway. He recently performed at the Tony Williams Scholarship Jazz Festival in Philadelphia. For more information on Christina Cultural Arts Center, visit, call 652-0101 or follow the organization @CCACDE.

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Oct. 31
Event 1

Fringenstein will be waiting to show you how to twerk during the Halloween Costume Ball at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, part of Fringe Wilmington 2013. The festival of edgy performance art runs through Nov. 3… More

Event 2

Everyone’s favorite freaky family comes to town just in time to celebrate the spooky season. “The Addams Family” at DuPont Theatre runs through Nov. 4. Say hello to Uncle Fester for us… More

 Nov. 1-3
Event 3

Who will be Lord of the Gourd this year? The
world championship Punkin Chunkin in Sussex County gives new meaning to the phrase “I’m
gonna hurl.” More

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Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware at the Delaware History Museum celebrate two important events in black history… More

Nov. 2
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Welcome to the greatest ball on Earth when the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center hosts Under The Big Top, the 26th annual Beebe Ball, to benefit the hospital. It’s, well, a ball… More

Event 6

Leave the 21st century behind at the First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair, which
re-creates the sights and sounds of the autumn market fairs held on The Green in Dover in the

Nov. 3
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Get thee booty to the Brandywine River Museum for Pirate Adventure Day. On the agenda: pirate-themed crafts, a treasure hunt, and a special performance of “Peter Pan,” complete with the swashbuckling Captain Hook… More

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The 79th running of the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup races means you get a beautiful fall day in Unionville. Fast and furious timber racing, a parade of carriages, beautiful foliage views, food, shopping and tailgating make it a festival not to miss More

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Nov. 6
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The five-day Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival showcases 100 of the best American and international films, including features, documentaries and shorts, at the Movies at Midway. It’s a reel good time that starts today More

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Giving on Tap to benefit Meals on Wheels lets you enjoy an evening of specialty hand-craft brews and gourmet appetizers provided by Two Stones Pub. Cheers to that More

Nov. 7
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Chug on out to the Marshall Steam Museum
during Steamin’ Days at Auburn Heights Preserve near Yorklyn for tours, rides, demos and other activities More

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