In a world where the hustle and bustle of city life often overshadows the beauty of art, Delaware offers a breath of fresh air with its Art Walk.
This self-guided walking tour is a treasure trove of artistic expression, inviting locals and visitors alike to explore the downtown area’s rich artistic landscape. The tour begins and ends at The Arts Castle, a historical landmark that has evolved into a hub for culture and creativity. With ample parking available, you can leave your car behind and immerse yourself in a world of art. Highlights include:
The Arts Castle: Where History Meets Creativity
Built in 1854 as a private residence, The Arts Castle has undergone several transformations over the years. From being Ohio Wesleyan University’s art department to its current role as the Delaware County Cultural Arts Center, the Castle is a testament to the community’s commitment to the arts. It offers a wide range of classes, from painting and drawing to yoga and dance, and even features a gallery shop. The Arts Castle Sculpture Garden, created in 2017, showcases life-sized topiary horses and other sculptures, making it a must-visit spot on the Art Walk.
The Boardman Arts Park: An Open-Air Gallery
Located at 154 West Winter Street, the Boardman Arts Park is a 2.2-acre green space that serves as a living art exhibition. With over 80 art installations, including sculptures, painted panels, and even a gnome village, the park is a haven for art enthusiasts. It also hosts special events like the Annual Vintage Festival and the Delaware Beer and Wine Festival, offering something for everyone.
The Ghost Signs: Echoes of the Past
As you stroll through Delaware’s streets, you’ll come across various “ghost signs”—faded advertisements and murals that tell tales of the city’s past. From the Strohm Meat Ghost Sign to the Konjola Patent Medicine Ghost Sign, these artworks offer a glimpse into Delaware’s history, making them an integral part of the Art Walk.
The Ross Art Museum
Situated at 60 South Sandusky Street, the Ross Art Museum is another highlight of the Art Walk. With a collection of over 2,500 works, the museum serves as a cultural bridge between Ohio Wesleyan University and the Delaware community. The museum also features a mural as part of its “Inside/Outside” series, aimed at connecting the campus with the community through art.
In a world that often feels chaotic and unpredictable, the Delaware Art Walk serves as a sanctuary of creativity and inspiration. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a first-time visitor, this walking tour offers a unique opportunity to engage with art in a meaningful way. So put on your walking shoes, step out of your comfort zone, and let Delaware’s Art Walk guide you through a journey of artistic discovery.
You can access and download your copy of the Delaware Art Walk here.