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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Maria's Year Long Plein Air Journey of the Delaware History Trail

Maria Plein Air Painting at Killens Pond State Park, DE
I invite you to rediscover the path Delaware has taken during the most significant historic moments of our state and nation. Welcome to the Delaware History Trail!

I had the pleasure of organizing weekly paint-outs from April through October 2013 choosing the Delaware History Trail as our theme and foundation. The Plein Air Painters of Mid-Atlantic explored and painted at over 20 sites along the Delaware History Trail. We found centuries worth of history at these sites painting the gorgeous country sides, historic Downtown's, historic buildings, riverfronts, waterways, lakes, ponds and award-winning beaches. 

It was truly an artful and historic adventure for the group of artists, numbering from 6 to 18 depending on many factors. 

Delaware History Trail Logo

Let us begin our journey of discovery and "en" plein air painting!

March 30, John Dickinson Plantation, Plein Air Painting with Kids

Event:  Kid's Paint "en Plein Air"
Donna Hansen providing instruction
 April 3
"The Dutch House, New Castle, DE"
by M. L. Bessette

The Dutch House, New Castle, DE
Maria Painting The Dutch House

The Green, Dover,

 April 10
Old State House, The Green

Maria Painting at The Green

April 17  

Maria painting at the Zwaanendael Museum Park
Historic Homes of Odessa
May 15
Painting the Gardens of Odessa's Historic Homes

Rehoboth Beach & Boardwalk,
May 22

The Famous Dolles
Maria Painting Dolles

Air Mobility Command Museum 
Dover AFB, DE,  May 29

Maria's Painting with Details to Add
Maria Hard at Work and Having Fun
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Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
Dover,  DE
June 5

Fort Miles Historic Area, Cape Henlopen State Park
June 12

The view from the Bunker

Maria Creates From History & The Beach

The Historic Bunker
Downtown Milford
June 19

"Milford Riverwalk" by Maria

Milford's Downtown Riverwalk

Auburn Heights Preserve
June 26

Auburn Heights Mansion
Maria in The Secret Garden at the Mansion

Johnson Victrola Museum
Museum Square, Dover Jul 3

Museum Square and Johnson Victrola Museum

Nipper of RCA Records
Inside the Museum

Governor's Walk 
Milton Governor's Walk, Milton
Jul 10

Beautiful Governor's Walkway
On the Broadkill River

John Dickinson Plantation
Near Dover, Jul 17
Painting of Mansion Hous

West Side of Plantation Houe

East Side of Plantation Home
Fort Delaware & Delaware City
July 24

Maria Painting at Town Park
Delaware City Marina

Maria's Painting of View from Delaware City Town Park
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
Dover,  DE
July 31

Captain John Smith's Monument, Phillips Landing
Laurel, Aug 14

Capt. Smith's Monument

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Camden, Aug 21

Wilmington & Western R R
Greenbank Mill
Wilmington, Aug 28

Historic Greenbank Mill, 

Maria Painting at The Mill
Shaded area looking on to one side of the mill.

Governor Ross Mansion & Plantation
Seaford, Sept 4


Everett Theatre
Middletown, Sept 11

Everett Theatre and Gibby Center for the Arts

Abbott's Mill Nature Center
Milford, Oct 2

Maria's Mill Painting

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Oct 25
Final Paint Out for 2013

Maria Painting on a cold but clear Oct day.

Maria's Finished "Bombay Hook"



For more information on the Delaware History Trail and Passport follow these links:

Photography by Kevin Fleming, engaging content written by Pam George describing the significance of Delaware history and statewide historic sites selected by Delaware historian Russ McCabe.


To learn more about the Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic and their weekly paint outs, go to their FaceBook group page: 

Thank you for taking my art journey and hope you are now tempted to travel your own trip of Delaware's History Trail.  

                                                                                                         Maria Liberto Bessette

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