From the great company down to the last bite of my slice of carrot cake, Friday evening at the Biggs was delightful! Each February, the Biggs hosts good friends (which includes anyone who wants to be our friend) for dinner and a side of art education in the Museum's galleries. As we began to plan out this year's program in August (we work with a bit of lead time) we were worried we wouldn't be able to top last year's Artful Dining, which was a first look/preview of the Delaware Silver Study Center. So when we were approached by the Schoonover gang to host their book launch, we jumped at the opportunity. Why wouldn't we want to celebrate the The Frank E. Schoonover Catalogue Raisonne, (a two-volume comprehensive catalogue of the works of American artist and illustrator Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972), written by John Schoonover and Louise Schoonover Smith) when we hold one of the largest collections of his work on display to the public?
So fast track a few months later with some catering calls and an invitation and you've got yourself a sold-out event on a cold winter's night. Nearly 90 guests sat down for a family style dinner of Beef Bourguignon with Shiitake Mushrooms and Carmelized Pearl Onions and more. And believe me, when I say it was scrumptious.
Although many could have called it a night due to food coma, guests piled into the downstairs media room for a special viewing of Frank E. Schoonover: A Long Life in Art, a film produced by Sharon Baker of Wilmington’s own Teleductions. Sorry you missed out? I've got two suggestions for you: pre-order the catalogue and save the date for the next one!