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For more information contact Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Calling all artists and artisans for Arts in the Estuary
Now accepting exhibit reservations for Sept. 26 event

DOVER (July 1, 2015) – Nature inspired artists and artisans are invited to participate in the third annual Arts in the Estuary, an event that features artwork, activities and demonstrations at some of the state’s most treasured natural and historic areas, the St. Jones Reserve and the John Dickinson Plantation near Dover. Reservations to exhibit are now being accepted by the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) for the event scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., rain or shine.

“Arts in the Estuary is located amidst the lush landscape of the St. Jones Reserve and John Dickinson Plantation – an inspirational venue for artists and artisans to display and sell their artwork,” said Maggie Pletta, education coordinator with DNERR. “We’re seeking all artists – sculptors, photographers, painters, musicians, and culinary and performance artists, especially those who are willing to engage the public and share their art through demonstrations.”

All artists and artisans are welcome to register. Each exhibitor will receive a free 10 ft. by 10 ft. exhibit space, available either inside or outside the Reserve or Plantation buildings. Registrations can be
made online and by visiting or by contacting Maggie Pletta, DNERR educator coordinator, at or 302-739-6377. 

Arts in the Estuary celebrates coastal and estuarine conservation, research and education at the St. Jones Reserve and highlights the work accomplished there to establish, protect and manage estuarine habitats for research and education. The event, held in partnership with the John Dickinson Plantation, Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs (Delaware Department of State) and the Delaware Native Plant Society‘s Annual Plant Sale, celebrates National Estuaries Week by exploring the estuary through an artistic and historic viewpoint.

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve is a partnership between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. DNERR is administered through the Delaware Coastal Programs Section of DNREC’s Office of the Secretary. To learn more about the reserve visit:

This project is part of DNREC’s Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development. For more information, click Delaware Bayshore.   

Vol. 45, No. 211                                                     

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