Contact: Barbara Woodford, Alapocas Run and Wilmington State Parks, 302-577-5020, Barbara.Woodford@state.de.us; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175, Necia.Beck@state.de.us
Delaware State Park’s Blue Ball Barn to host
folk art retrospective with artist Eunice LaFate
WILMINGTON (Sept. 9, 2013) – The staff of Delaware State Parks and the Blue Ball Barn are proud to announce a unique partnership with Delaware folk artist Eunice LaFate. The Blue Ball Barn, located at 1914 West Park Drive in Wilmington, is the home of Delaware’s Folk Art Collection.
An exhibit of LaFate’s framed original art that she has developed over the last 20 years will open to the public on Friday, Oct. 4 in the Blue Ball Barn in Alapocas Run State Park. The opening will be part of the Wilmington Art Loop event from 5 to 8 p.m. The artist will also offer monthly Gallery Talks during which she will discuss her folk art career.
LaFate is a native of Jamaica, and her work draws on the island’s people, landscapes and culture. Her experiences in this country have also influenced her work, which places an emphasis on human diversity, cultural heritage and natural wonders. LaFate has served on the Delaware Department of Education’s Curriculum Framework Commission for the Visual and Performing Arts and is a member of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.
As part of the exhibit, which is open on select dates through February 2014, LaFate will have her limited edition prints and notecards for sale. The artist owns LaFate Gallery, where she hopes that the public may have more access to her work. More information regarding the gallery is available at lafategallery.com.
The Blue Ball Barn opened in March 2007. An example of adaptive reuse of an historic building and energy-efficient design, the structure is the permanent home of the Delaware Folk Art Collection. The collection is located in the building’s second-floor galleries. The first floor of the building is largely dedicated to interpretive exhibits that tell the story of the barn’s history. The building also features a large outdoor courtyard. The courtyard and exhibit spaces may be rented for formal or business events. More information about the Folk Art Collection and the Blue Ball Barn is available at www.destateparks.com.
Vol. 43, No. 349