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The Bookshop in Old New Castle’s first exhibition: Ann Baker material from Oak Knoll

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Ann Baker Exhibition

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

Designs by Ann Baker

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.

Click here to learn more about the Ann Baker collection and click here to see a slideshow of exhibition material.

Book Signing Wrap Up

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Hello my collected group of Oak Knoll readers. I hope you’re enjoying the dreary, rainy weather here on the east coast as much as I am.

As you may already know, Oak Knoll had a book signing by Delaware history authors on the 2nd floor of the Opera House in New Castle, Delaware (otherwise known as The Bookshop in Old New Castle). Some of you actually had the time to make it out and support our important cause of helping out local authors. Overall, the event was a success. Being my first, it certainly set a foundation of standards for similar events that we will do in the future. Seeing so many familiar faces, as well as some unfamiliar ones, made the signing that much more enjoyable. Some visitors even made the two hour commute from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware to New Castle (Thank You!).

So I would really like to know what you guys thought. Did you enjoy it? Did you hate it? What can we do in the future to make these events even better?

Delaware History Book Authors

Thanks y’all, and stay dry when you’re walking outside.

-Rob Fleck