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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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2 days ago

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Hi folks, this is Suzanne Murphy; I am a Jester Artspace board member and head of our construction committee. I came to be involved in this project as a way to give back to my community and save a piece of Delaware history. The Jester Farmhouse is the best type of house – it is old and ugly and full of so much promise. With the County’s help we are in the process of taking an empty eyesore and repurposing it into a community artspace and gathering point.
The county is currently soliciting bids for the exterior restoration of the house – bids are due April 7th. You can see the public bid solicitation on the NCC website for the (2) packages: Exterior envelope and stabilization and the sitework packages: www.nccde.org/Bids.aspx
Once the county has completed their work (anticipated early 2021) then the Jester Artspace non-profit will begin our work to transform the interior into an art gallery with instructional classroom space.
The original masonry structure that was constructed in the early 1800’s will be preserved – that consists of 3 sides of the 2-story house and the original rubble foundations. The wood framed and wood siding addition that was believed to have been added in the 1920’s will be removed and reconstructed on the existing foundation. The re-built portion will serve as the open gallery space with 16’ ceilings at the peak.
The basement will contain boring but necessary items such as mechanical equipment, a new fire protection sprinkler pump system and electrical panels. To maintain as much interior space as possible and meet code requirements, the basement shall be accessed via an exterior door and subgrade staircase.
The first floor within the original footprint of the house will contain the bathroom, future kitchenette space and small gallery / instructional area. There will be an open staircase to access the second floor which will contain an additional gallery / instructional area.
The main entrance to the house will be a new single- story ADA accessible vestibule constructed on the North side of the house. This will lead directly to the new parking area and drop off loop.
I am very proud to be involved with the preservation of Delaware’s last pre-civil war farmhouse. Check back to our non-profit website for ways that you can help us reach our construction goals!
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Hi folks, this is Suzanne Murphy; I am a Jester Artspace board member and head of our construction committee. I came to be involved in this project as a way to give back to my community and save a piece of Delaware history. The Jester Farmhouse is the best type of house – it is old and ugly and full of so much promise. With the County’s help we are in the process of taking an empty eyesore and repurposing it into a community artspace and gathering point. 
The county is currently soliciting bids for the exterior restoration of the house – bids are due April 7th. You can see the public bid solicitation on the NCC website for the (2) packages: Exterior envelope and stabilization and the sitework packages: https://www.nccde.org/Bids.aspx
Once the county has completed their work (anticipated early 2021) then the Jester Artspace non-profit will begin our work to transform the interior into an art gallery with instructional classroom space. 
The original masonry structure that was constructed in the early 1800’s will be preserved – that consists of 3 sides of the 2-story house and the original rubble foundations. The wood framed and wood siding addition that was believed to have been added in the 1920’s will be removed and reconstructed on the existing foundation. The re-built portion will serve as the open gallery space with 16’ ceilings at the peak.
The basement will contain boring but necessary items such as mechanical equipment, a new fire protection sprinkler pump system and electrical panels. To maintain as much interior space as possible and meet code requirements, the basement shall be accessed via an exterior door and subgrade staircase.
The first floor within the original footprint of the house will contain the bathroom, future kitchenette space and small gallery / instructional area. There will be an open staircase to access the second floor which will contain an additional gallery / instructional area. 
The main entrance to the house will be a new single- story ADA accessible vestibule constructed on the North side of the house. This will lead directly to the new parking area and drop off loop. 
I am very proud to be involved with the preservation of Delaware’s last pre-civil war farmhouse. Check back to our non-profit website for ways that you can help us reach our construction goals!Image attachment

 

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The community does not need an artspace

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1 week ago

Jester Artspace

Everyone is staying home to stay away from this virus, so here’s a creative way to bring art to you! If you participate we’d love to see!We challenge you to recreate a work of art with materials at home. (Inspired by Rijksmuseum and @tussenkunstenquarantaine on Instagram)

🥇 Choose your favorite artwork
🥈 Find three things lying around your house⠀
🥉 Recreate the artwork with those items

To find artworks, check out our online collection: getty.edu/art/collection

Share yours with us in a message and we'll post in the comments.
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3 weeks ago

Jester Artspace

Out of an abundance of caution, and following the directives for social distancing, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the March Sketch. Currently registered participants can defer their registration to April or receive a refund. ...

Out of an abundance of caution, and following the directives for social distancing, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the March Sketch. Currently registered participants can defer their registration to April or receive a refund.

4 weeks ago

Jester Artspace

Check out this really helpful tutorial about drawing the folds in clothing. This month we will have our friend Gerry back. He will model a simple 50s jeans and t-shirt look. Come out to Buzz Ware Village Center in Arden on Wed. the 18th at 6:30pm and work on this with us. All skill levels welcome! Sign up online or just kick in ten bucks at the door. #JesterArtSpace #BrandywineHundredSimon's Instagram: www.instagram.com/mandela.ri/ Find out more about our upcoming course here: www.lovelifedrawing.com/lifeofdrawing/ Find to... ...

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2 months ago

Jester Artspace

Five years ago a group of friends talked about starting a nonprofit group to save an old farmhouse for the arts and community benefit. None of us had any idea how to do it so we just did web searches and took books from the library. Today we got big $20,000 boost from Crestlea Foundation. Its just so uplifting when a major philanthropic organization joins the effort! Huge thank you Crestlea! ...

Five years ago a group of friends talked about starting a nonprofit group to save an old farmhouse for the arts and community benefit. None of us had any idea how to do it so we just did web searches and took books from the library. Today we got big $20,000 boost from Crestlea Foundation. Its just so uplifting when a major philanthropic organization joins the effort! Huge thank you Crestlea!

 

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Well that’s a great way to start the new year!!

Congratulations! That’s awesome.

Fantastic!

That's great! Keep up the good work!

Congratulations!!!

Congratulations Jester Artspace and the grant writer.

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3 months ago

Jester Artspace

Architect Ed Rahme's show opens tonight at Oxford Arts Alliance, featuring "1500 sketchbook pages spanning 27 years, models, and other madness!" Ed has been a dear friend to Jester Artspace through thick and thin and has donated his time to help us navigate our crazy project almost from the start. Really great and talented guy! Show opening is 5-8pm at 38 South 3rd St., Oxford, PA. We hope to see you!

Oxford Arts Alliance
OPENING tomorrow, Friday night, from 5-8 pm!!
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3 months ago

Jester Artspace

Artspace President Alan Baseden and V.P./Construction Chair Suzanne Murphy have been invited by the County to take questions specifically about Jester Artspace at their community meeting about development at Jester Park. The meeting will be Thursday, 6:30 pm at Brandywine Hundred Library.

We hope you will be able to come out, ask questions, and show your support for our efforts to renovate the pre-Civil War farmhouse for the arts.

We are entering a critical time in our project. We have some big grant-reporting deadlines this year and it is important that we demonstrate progress. To be blunt, it's possible we could get our funding yanked if things don't move. In order to do that, we need the county to make progress on their share of the renovation work first. Letting the them know that you support what we are doing and that you have our backs would be huge.

See you Thursday!
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Artspace President Alan Baseden and V.P./Construction Chair Suzanne Murphy have been invited by the County to take questions specifically about Jester Artspace at their community meeting about development at Jester Park. The meeting will be Thursday, 6:30 pm at Brandywine Hundred Library.

We hope you will be able to come out, ask questions, and show your support for our efforts to renovate the pre-Civil War farmhouse for the arts.

We are entering a critical time in our project. We have some big grant-reporting deadlines this year and it is important that we demonstrate progress. To be blunt, its possible we could get our funding yanked if things dont move. In order to do that, we need the county to make progress on their share of the renovation work first. Letting the them know that you support what we are doing and that you have our backs would be huge.  

See you Thursday!

 

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Great job with your presentation! So excited that you officially got the lease and that Dee Durham - New Castle County Council is so supportive 😉

I think the Brandywine Hundred Library is closed on Thursdays. Will it be open for this meeting?

Hoping to come this week...but can you share more about the development of jester park? What does the park look like as proposed?

Thanks for attending and presenting information about Jesyer Artspace! I want to come take an art class!

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3 months ago

Jester Artspace

First Board Meeting of 2020! Looking for a certain program? Let us know what you want to see on in this year's list of events. ...

First Board Meeting of 2020! Looking for a certain program? Let us know what you want to see on in this years list of events.

 

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Thank you for all of your suggestions. This type of feed back is really valuable to us as we structure our programs. We will certainly try our best to find skilled artists and craftspeople to teach these workshops! Keep an eye out for spring programs.

Jeana Carey, Kristen Stead Kelly, Liz Coraggio Hadley, Shannon Wright Garrity we do a monthly sketch night with a costumed model. In our meeting today we talked about offering more coaching and instruction during these sessions. Would that be useful? --Alan

Something we can do with our kids! But substantial like ceramics or photography. It doesn’t have to be parents and kids, it could be just a generational program. ❤️

Mosaics, papier-mâché, and pottery.

Drawing classes for autistic children! My son is 10yrs old & high functioning. He has self-taught to draw but would love to get him into classes.

Would love to see Adult Watercolor and Oil Painting classes.

Sketchnotes, bible journaling, young kids art playgroup during the day. Doodling your ideas.

Glass mosaics, pottery, painting, drawing

Would love to learn to draw. I enjoy painting, but really need to start with the basic of drawing.

Looking for local art classes for an 8 year old. Drawing, pottery, painting.

Animation art class for kids/tweens/teens; drawing/painting for teens and adults

Glass classes!

Anything and everything for teens !!!

Clay and ceramics!

I would like to join in. What did I need to do?

Adult sketching

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3 months ago

Jester Artspace

Remember our October Sketch Night? The maternal-themed one with our expectant model? Well hello little guy! Revan Maximilian, Dec. 12, 7 lb 15 oz. Thanks for the photo, Daralene! ...

Remember our October Sketch Night? The maternal-themed one with our expectant model? Well hello little guy! Revan Maximilian, Dec. 12, 7 lb 15 oz. Thanks for the photo, Daralene!

 

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Sweet

Merry Christmas Jester family!

Sweet!

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Jester Artspace

#GivingTuesday is here! Today is the day to support those causes that mean the most to you. As we prepare to turn the page on 2019 please consider supporting Jester Artspace as we contunue our mission restoring the past for the future of the arts in our community. ...

4 months ago

Jester Artspace

GIVE US A SMILE!!
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GIVE US A SMILE!! 
Did you know your online shopping this holiday season can benefit non-profits like Jester Artspace without costing you anything? Simply log into your Amazon shopping account through http://Smile.Amazon.com. Set Jester Artspace, Inc as your designated charity of choice. And Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to benefit our cause. Now that you know, Get Shopping!!Image attachmentImage attachment
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