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Thursday, February 21, 2013

John Dickinson Remembrance & Maria Paints at the Plantation

~~~ Penman of the Revolution~~~

~~~Remembrance Day~~~


John Dickinson, named "The Penman of the Revolution", resided at Poplar Hall (the future John Dickinson Plantation) as a young man.  Located in Kent County Delaware, near Dover and facing Jones Neck, it is now registered as an Historic Site.  The John Dickinson Remembrance Day was celebrated last week whereby a wreath-laying at the grave of John Dickinson was sponsored by the Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation at the Wilmington Friends Meeting, Wilmington DE
John Dickinson Plantation - Dover, DE

This is a wonderful out-of-the-way venue for visitors as well as my group,
The Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic. 
We had great fun during many painting sessions inside and outside the Mansion.


Maria and several of the Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic





Below you will see a particular site and the same as painted by me:

"Herbs Hanging to Dry"
John Dickinson Plantation


Actual Photo of Herbs Drying
John Dickinson Plantation





"Keeping Room Hearth" - Painting by MlB
John Dickinson Plantation
 
Keeping Room Hearth -  Photo
John Dickinson Plantation


Wood Shed & Annex - photo
John Dickinson Plantation



"Wood Shed & Annex" painting by MLB
John Dickinson Plantation


 




John Dickinson Plantation Front - photo



"John Dickinson Plantation - Front"
painting by Maria Liberto Bessette

 
John Dickinson Exhibit, Dover Art League
February 2013
by Maria Liberto Bessette


I am thankful to all the staff of John Dickinson Plantation for their hospitality and friendship.

The plantation features Dickinson's original 1740 brick home, reconstructed farm buildings, and a log'd dwelling, surrounded by rich agricultural lands stretching down to the banks of the St. Jones River. The plantation is administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.


visit John Dickinson Plantation website
Hours
Wednesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Admission  Free
340 Kitts Hummock Road
Dover, DE 19901
302-739-3277 phone
Directions & Parking
Located on the northbound side of Delaware Route 9, one-half mile northeast of the intersection of Route 9 and U.S. Route 113. Ample, free parking is available.



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21 W Loockerman St.
Downtown Dover, DE
 
W-Sat, 11 am - 4 pm
 
 
 
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 Enough history for now, I must move on to my next post and update you on my recent soapmaking products
 

Maria



  


Monday, February 18, 2013

January Artist Jewells & Blessed St. Andre Bessette

Maria Creates ~~~

Photo: Yet to post many finished "en plein air" paintings I started and still working on.  Stay tuned.
   It has been a pleasure coordinating weekly painting sessions for the Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic.  Such great and sincere individuals have come out to participate to capture the many sites.  It is so interesting to see these artists capture their own vision through paint on canvas or paper.  We are producing a great body of work that I hope we can share with others.  
   Such great fun and such a great group!  
   Check out our FB group page:  PleinAirPaintersMidAtlantic.
   Attached photo is taken at Killens Pond Delaware State Park, Oct 24, 2012.
Maria at Killens Pond State Park in Delaware
 October 24, 2012 
 (to honor my mother and artist, Mildred Anderson Liberto)
The image above was taken during a weekly painting session with the Plein Air Painters of Mid-Atlantic.  Such great and sincere folks who have come out to participant.  It is so interesting to see these artists capture their own vision through paint on canvas or paper.   We are producing a great body of work that I hope we can share with others in an exhibition.  SUCH FUN ALSO. 
Check out:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/PleinAirPaintersMidAtlantic/.   Such great fun and such a great group! Visit with our members, see our sessions creating outdoors.  Open to all artists who appreciate painting outdoors who live in the Mid-Atlantic. 

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January Artist Jewells & St. Andre Bessette 


The Word is Out:  The Bessette's Will be Colonial Artisans Again 
Dover Days Festival, May 4, 2013 in Delaware
 
Photo: Ron Bessette, the great interpreter of the 18th and 19th century is shown in the Dover Days banner above.  It is his favorite thing. I LOVE THE IMAGE! 
   He is my partner, friend and husband, who has supported and endured much to assist and allow my creative side to flourish, ie: Coastal Cottage Soaps and Liberto's Art, exhibits, receptions, events, farmers markets, art galleries, art related trips and more.
  For more info on the Dover Days Festival go to facebook.com/dover days.  We are definitely looking forward to Dover Days 2013!
Ron Bessette
18th Century Merchant
Soaps & Other Necessaries

I LOVE THIS IMAGE!
 Ron Bessette, the great interpreter of the 18th and 19th century life is shown in the Dover Days Festival in Delaware each May. It is his favorite thing.
He is my partner, friend and husband, who has supported and endured much to assist and allow my creative side to flourish, ie: the soapmaking for our company, Coastal Cottage Soaps and the many canvases, oil paints, and framing my art for Liberto's Art, exhibits, receptions, events, farmers markets, art galleries, art related trips and more.

Maria will be demonstrating the art of producing Floorcloths (Oyle Cloths) or painted canvas rugs.

For more info on the Dover Days Festival go to
doverdaysfestival.com   We are definitely looking forward to Dover Days 2013!

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Angelucci's Gallery, Milford DE, now carries Coastal Cottage Soaps

                   
Photo: New varieties of natural, scented handcrafted soaps delivered to Angelucci's Gallery at the Riverwalk Center for the Arts, Milford DE, on Thursday.  Angelucci's is a treasure trove of fine art and artisan items produced by professional artists in and around Delaware!  Stop by their gallery for the perfect gift or piece of art.  
   Also visit the Artist Studios and Mispillion Art League in the same building. --------ISN'T THE MILFORD COMMUNITY FORTUNATE?  These venues are also in Kent County DE!  
Check out their FB page:  www.facebook.com/pages/Angelucci...Studio-Artist-Gallery/271620104769
 

New varieties of natural, scented handcrafted soaps delivered to Angelucci's Gallery at the Riverwalk Center for the Arts, Milford DE, on Thursday. Angelucci's is a treasure trove of fine art and artisan items produced by professional arti...sts in and around Delaware! Stop by their gallery for the perfect gift or piece of art.
Also visit the Artist Studios and Mispillion Art League in the same building. --------ISN'T THE MILFORD COMMUNITY FORTUNATE?
These venues are also in Kent County DE! Check out their FB page: www.facebook.com/pages/Angelucci...Studio-Artist-Gallery/271620104769

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Italian & French "Road of the Cat" Floorcloths Completed

   
Road of the Cat, Italian: "Strada Del Gatto" Floorcloth
36" x 24"


Road of the Cat, French: "Rue Du Chat" Floorcloth
24" x 24"

These two canvas painted rugs were delivered to my friend, a lovely lady and lover of all artful creations and venues.
She loved "Rue Du Chat"(fr) and wanted a larger rug with 'Strada Del Gatto" (it).

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 A Real Saint in the Family ~~~ And yes, we are related!

January 6, Feast Day of St. Bro Andre Bessette

My husband, Ron Bessette, is the great nephew of Alfred Bessette, born in 1845 near Montreal, Canada to a poor, working-class family. He experienced great tragedy in his life. He entered the Brothers of the Holy Cross in 1870.  http://www.holycrossbrothers.org/andrebessette.php  His first assignment, which was to last him 40 years, the doorman of the community’s school in Montreal, Notre Dame College. As people came to the school, burdened by their own struggles and suffering, Bro. André directed them to pray to St. Joseph. Through Bro. André’s healing touch, thousands of people were cured and he became known as the “Miracle Man of Montreal.” One of his greatest contributions during his lifetime was building St. Joseph’s Oratory, the largest shrine in the world dedicated to St. Joseph. Over a million people came to pay him their final respects. He was  always recognized has living  a saintly and humble life.

le Frere Andre Bessette, God's Gatekeeper

Pope John Paul II beatified him in 1982 and Pope Benedict XVI canonized him on October 17, 2010. To this day, thousands come in pilgrimage to St. Joseph’s Oratory, where his tomb lies, to receive spiritual and physical healing. The memorial of St. André is celebrated on January 6 each year, everywhere.

St. Joseph's Oratory, Montreal, Canada
What a wonderful heritage he represents to the Bessette family and all of Quebec Province, Canada.  Eittien Catta researched the family back to 1665 AD and produced the 1446 p. book, "le Frere Andre 1945-1937 et l'oratoire saint-joseph du mont-royal" written in french and published in 1965.  Bessette Family geneology in a book!
How Blessed!


This story has made me ever so humble, so I must close.  Another blog entry is coming soon.

Blessings to you and yours,
Maria Liberto Bessette ~~