Starting February 1, The Bookshop in Old New Castle will host its first exhibition on the stage of the historic opera house at 308 Delaware Street.
Oak Knoll will be the first of the four booksellers associated with the Bookshop to showcase its material. During the month of February, four display cases located on the stage of the bookshop will be filled with a sampling of various works from Ann Baker, a twentieth-century painter from Rhode Island revered for her vibrant depictions of American country life. The entire collection consists of 700
items relating to Baker’s work as a country painter, tin ware artist, and gold-leaf painter and teacher. The designs are on glazed cardboard or acetate and architect’s linen, and range in size from very small to elaborate, multicolored works. The archive illustrates the original designs and colors and identifies the source of many works. All materials on exhibit and in the collection are available for purchase as a collection.
The exhibition will continue in March as Between the Covers Rare Books displays its Tennessee Williams exhibition including original early typescripts of The Poker Night (A Streetcar Named Desire), The Gentleman Caller (The Glass Menagerie), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and other first editions and rare items.
As The Bookshop in Old New Castle is a combination store between Oak Knoll Books, Between the Covers Rare Books, The Kelmscott Bookshop, and the Old Bookshop of Bordentown, the exhibitions will alternate monthly with each store taking turns showcasing different collections of their finest material.