About the project


MAKE YOUR MARK ON HISTORY!
You can be recognized on our walkway with your own customized message with a donor brick! Learn more »

GET ORIGINAL ART FOR YOUR DONATIONS: Starting at $25, we’ll send you an original linocut print that is signed by the artist, editioned, and matted. You won’t find these anywhere else! Learn more »

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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4 days ago

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Happy Memorial Day! ...

Happy Memorial Day!

5 days ago

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#sundayfunday #artiseverywhere
If you need a little creative boost and some fresh air, you can visit the Copeland Sculpture Garden at the Delaware Art Museum featuring 9 acres of art including the kinetic sculpture "Three Rectangles Horizontal Jointed Gyratory III" by George Rickey, which moves in the wind combining both art and science so it almost never looks the same. You can also walk the labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir.

See more information here: www.delart.org/collections/copeland-sculpture-garden/
Special note from the Museum: Even the lightest touch can damage a work of art. Please do not touch or climb on the art or outside sculptures. Be careful to keep your hands, bags, bodies and other people accompanying you a safe distance from the artwork. Your great-great-grandchildren will thank you.
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#sundayfunday #artiseverywhere
If you need a little creative boost and some fresh air, you can visit the Copeland Sculpture Garden at the Delaware Art Museum featuring 9 acres of art including the kinetic sculpture Three Rectangles Horizontal Jointed Gyratory III by George Rickey, which moves in the wind combining both art and science so it almost never looks the same. You can also walk the labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir.

See more information here:  https://www.delart.org/collections/copeland-sculpture-garden/
Special note from the Museum: Even the lightest touch can damage a work of art. Please do not touch or climb on the art or outside sculptures. Be careful to keep your hands, bags, bodies and other people accompanying you a safe distance from the artwork. Your great-great-grandchildren will thank you.

 

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I think this may be the only sculpture garden in Delaware!?

Rita Comarnitsky DiDonato- another place to visit

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2 weeks ago

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#whatshappeningwednesday #itwouldhavebeenaworkshop

Today we bring you a detailed video about Linocuts and why the process is so versatile. If you like what you see, don't forget to hit that #donate button to support future programs.
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4 weeks ago

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New month, new doodle challenge! Be sure to post your doodles and tag us. We are so excited to see them!

#doodlechallenge #jesterartspace
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New month, new doodle challenge!  Be sure to post your doodles and tag us.  We are so excited to see them!

#doodlechallenge #jesterartspace

4 weeks ago

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#artanywhere #rememberthis #whatshappeningwednesday

In another installment of #itwouldhavebeenaworkshop, we bring you a Mother's Day linocut print #howto! Create these elegant cards to send a note to your favorite "Mother" to remind them how they are amazing before May 10th!
Be sure to check out the shopping list and the downloadable template from our website: jesterartspace.org/lessons
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1 month ago

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The start of a new month in quarantine is coming so we thought we’d share an activity to keep everyone entertained in the rainy week ahead! ...

The start of a new month in quarantine is coming so we thought we’d share an activity to keep everyone entertained in the rainy week ahead!

1 month ago

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#WhatsHappeningWednesday

Plans are in the works to bring our popular Linocut Workshop to YOUR workspace!

You CAN still create from home! More details to come as we finalize the process, be on the lookout!
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#WhatsHappeningWednesday 

Plans are in the works to bring our popular Linocut Workshop to YOUR workspace! 

You CAN still create from home! More details to come as we finalize the process, be on the lookout!

2 months ago

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While we couldn’t hold our annual Pysanky Egg workshop this year, we did create this little video to show you some of this amazing art!

We hope everyone has an amazing holiday! Keep your eyes peeled for this workshop in 2021!
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Susan Benarcik your eggs are amazing! Great video too!

One day, Susan...

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2 months 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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2 months ago

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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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2 months ago

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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.
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