About the project

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are currently in need of new board candidates and committee members. Specific skills needed include fundraising, construction trades, arts programming and instruction.  Sign up here or email us.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to save the historic Jester Farmhouse, for local artists of all disciplines and skill levels to use as meeting, working, and gallery space. Jester Artspace, Inc. has partnered with the property owner, New Castle County, Del., to renovate the property. In turn, we will operate the house in a manner of direct benefit to the surrounding community. The Jester Farmhouse has been deemed to be of significant historic value to the people of New Castle County. It is one of the few remaining modest pre-Civil War farmsteads that were once common in Northern Delaware. The house sits amid 25.8 acres of original farmland at 2818 Grubb Road, which is among the oldest colonial-era trade routes in the mid-Atlantic U.S.
Please donate if you can. Your contributions are fully tax-deductible. Our donors receive original, limited-edition, artist-signed prints. Do something good for the arts in Brandywine Hundred and enjoy a piece of original art! If you would like us to stay in touch, you can also join our email list.

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Keep creativity alive in your community. Consider donating to your favorite art center or art-space this season.
#GivingTuesday is Nov 28. Did you know Jester Artspace is a recognized 501(c)3 charity? Make your 2017 tax deductible donation this holiday season!
www.jesterartspace.org/how-you-can-help/

Donors get an original piece of signed artwork!
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Keep creativity alive in your community. Consider donating to your favorite art center or art-space this season.
#GivingTuesday is Nov 28. Did you know Jester Artspace is a recognized 501(c)3 charity? Make your 2017 tax deductible donation this holiday season!
http://www.jesterartspace.org/how-you-can-help/

Donors get an original piece of signed artwork!
http://www.jesterartspace.org/artwork/

Nailed it, don't you agree?? Single line drawing of tonight's Indiana Jones themed model and all around good sport Jerry.
Regardless of my talent (or lack there of) there was laughter and enjoyment at tonight's sketch night!
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Nailed it, dont you agree?? Single line drawing of tonights Indiana Jones themed model and all around good sport Jerry.
Regardless of my talent (or lack there of) there was laughter and enjoyment at tonights sketch night!

We are very pleased to announce the addition of Suzanne Wight Murphy to the Artspace board!

The self described “construction nerd” has already proven herself to be enormously valuable to our project with her background as a Penn State educated civil engineer. During the day, she is a Project Manager and Estimator for Wohlsen Construction in Wilmington.

Suzanne brings with her the ability to take aspirational construction concepts and turn them into line-by-line items with schedules and costs. This is exactly what is needed to realize our renovations and give confidence to potential funders.

In Suzanne’s words, “As an engineer by trade, I have learned to balance my artistic side with practical applications within the construction industry”

And aside from her skills, she’s also a really nice person. She adds, “As a Delaware transplant, I am excited to have found a way to give back to my new community in a manner that has the capacity to benefit both my family and the wider public.”

Welcome Suzanne!
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We are very pleased to announce the addition of Suzanne Wight Murphy to the Artspace board! 

The self described “construction nerd” has already proven herself to be enormously valuable to our project with her background as a Penn State educated civil engineer. During the day, she is a Project Manager and Estimator for Wohlsen Construction in Wilmington. 

Suzanne brings with her the ability to take aspirational construction concepts and turn them into line-by-line items with schedules and costs. This is exactly what is needed to realize our renovations and give confidence to potential funders.

In Suzanne’s words, “As an engineer by trade, I have learned to balance my artistic side with practical applications within the construction industry”

And aside from her skills, she’s also a really nice person. She adds, “As a Delaware transplant, I am excited to have found a way to give back to my new community in a manner that has the capacity to benefit both my family and the wider public.”

Welcome Suzanne!

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Carolyn HaugerShe is a nice person, they got that right! Way to go Suzanne!

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Sarah HartWow!!! Thanks Suzanne! Looking forward to meeting you!

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Suzanne Wight MurphyThanks all!

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Pat MurphyVery cool! Congrats SWM!

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Joe ZoladkiewiczYay Suzanne Wight Murphy!

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Keep creativity alive in your community. Consider donating to your favorite art center or art-space this season.
#GivingTuesday is Nov 28. Did you know Jester Artspace is a recognized 501(c)3 charity? Make your 2017 tax deductible donation this holiday season!

www.jesterartspace.org/how-you-can-help/
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Keep creativity alive in your community. Consider donating to your favorite art center or  art-space this season.
#GivingTuesday is Nov 28.  Did you know Jester Artspace is a recognized 501(c)3 charity? Make your 2017 tax deductible donation this holiday season! 

http://www.jesterartspace.org/how-you-can-help/

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Peggy Anne MontgomeryThanks for the reminder about Giving Tuesday!

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Jester Artspace added an event.

This month’s sketch event we will feature a live costumed model sporting classic “Indiana Jones” style menswear. This event is open to all, with a suggested donation of $10. Bring your friends, a favorite beverage, a bite, and art materials of your choice. Or feel free to just come hang out and socialize! All ages welcome with parent supervision. Soft drinks will be available.
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Lots of fun yesterday pitching in with the neighborhood Halloween party for the kids! We produced two linoleum block designs (Witch Cow and Skeleton Cow) and showed them how to pull their own prints, sized for framing. Also very satisfying to have a chance to talk about our project with the parents!
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Lots of fun yesterday pitching in with the neighborhood Halloween party for the kids! We produced two linoleum block designs (Witch Cow and Skeleton Cow) and showed them how to pull their own prints, sized for framing. Also very satisfying to have a chance to talk about our project with the parents!

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Steve BasedenHehe@witch-cow

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Steve BasedenDavid S Pumpkins' skeleton sidekicks look to be the inspiration for the skeleton X-Ray cows... Just say'n yo

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Have you read the November issue of Delaware Today yet? Skip to page 50 and check out the finalist for Whole Home Design by Ed Rahme. Ed is one of the architects helping us breathe life back into the Jester farmhouse! Way to go Ed!
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Have you read the November issue of Delaware Today yet? Skip to page 50 and check out the finalist for Whole Home Design by Ed Rahme. Ed is one of the architects helping us breathe life back into the Jester farmhouse! Way to go Ed!

Jester Artspace added 3 new photos.

Another awesome Jester Artspace sketch night in collaboration with Oddporium - who designed us a creepy cool, Halloween - inspired still life. Join us next time for a live model. Mark your calendar, sketch night is the third Wednesday of each month.
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Another awesome Jester Artspace sketch night in collaboration with Oddporium - who designed us a creepy cool, Halloween - inspired still life.  Join us next time for a live model. Mark your calendar, sketch night is the third Wednesday of each month.

Jester Artspace shared their event.

Don't forget to preregister for this special sketch night for a $5 discount! See you Wednesday!
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Volunteers needed!

We are in need of 3-5 new volunteer board candidates who can help us with our next phase as we develop our instructional offerings, and raise funds, to complete the farmhouse renovations. Artists with instructional experience, and a willingness to pitch in with other tasks, are especially needed. Folks with fundraising experience, or a desire to learn, are also in need.

Learn more about us at jesterartspace.org. Email us at jesterartspace@gmail.com.
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Volunteers needed! 

We are in need of 3-5 new volunteer board candidates who can help us with our next phase as we develop our instructional offerings, and raise funds, to complete the farmhouse renovations. Artists with instructional experience, and a willingness to pitch in with other tasks, are especially needed. Folks with fundraising experience, or a desire to learn, are also in need.

Learn more about us at jesterartspace.org. Email us at jesterartspace@gmail.com.

Jester Artspace shared Urban Sketchers Delaware's event.

If you can get down to this event on Sunday, we recommend. Dogfish Head is very visually interesting. The lovely Victorian town of Milton, and Prime Hook NWR, also make nice nearby side trips. Urban Sketchers Delaware are an easy-going group for all skill levels. By the way, they were just accepted as an official chapter of Urban Sketchers International. Don't forget to congratulate them!
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Don't miss this one, Oddporium is supplying the still life... and you know they have great stuff!!
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Sketch night was a blast! We had a great time hanging with our friends and making new ones. We were also lucky to have a top-notch model who set the pace and led the sketch intervals. Couldn't come? We're doing it again October 18!

We also got an important update from guest Dave Barisa of ABHA Architects -- the firm leading the county's portion of our farmhouse renovations. He reported that their recent presentation to the County Historic Review Board (HRB) was received very warmly and that our project has many fans cheering our efforts. HRB approval is required for ABHA to proceed with construction planning due to the historic significance of the property.

We are seen by many as an attractive partner for the renovation and care of the Jester Farmhouse. However, we won't get official word back from HRB until October 3. Fingers crossed!
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Sketch night was a blast! We had a great time hanging with our friends and making new ones. We were also lucky to have a top-notch model who set the pace and led the sketch intervals. Couldnt come? Were doing it again October 18! 

We also got an important update from guest Dave Barisa of ABHA Architects -- the firm leading the countys portion of our farmhouse renovations. He reported that their recent presentation to the County Historic Review Board (HRB) was received very warmly and that our project has many fans cheering our efforts. HRB approval is required for ABHA to proceed with construction planning due to the historic significance of the property.

We are seen by many as an attractive partner for the renovation and care of the Jester Farmhouse. However, we wont get official word back from HRB until October 3. Fingers crossed!

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Christine Kozak PersickettiMy sentiments exactly Niki! The model was very professional, there was excitement in the air & everyone was very friendly. As an aspiring artist, it's exciting to have this venue right here in the County & I can't wait to see it develop! Wishing Jester Artspace much success!

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Niki Rose ChesterLoved the event, the model, the company, the excitement of a new space to come. Thank you!

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Jester Artspace shared their event.

Getting a lot of interest in this event! Hope to see you Thursday night!

UPDATE: We will also have the latest news from the 9/18 County Historic Review Board hearing on the farmhouse renovation.
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