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Hardcastle Galleries, established in 1888, is a full service fine art gallery serving the Brandywine Valley and surrounding region.

We provide art consultation, framing and installation services for the home as well as corporate and institutional locations. We're located in historic Centreville, Delaware, in the Fredericks Country Centre, and in Newark, Delaware, at Pomeroy Station, 218 E. Main St. #112.




We had a wonderful turnout for the opening reception for the Diamond State Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, held on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 in our Centreville gallery. Have a peek at some snapshots taken that evening:

It was an honor to have the president (and a signature member) of the American Watercolor Society, Jim McFarland, judge the artwork for the Diamond State Branch's biennial show. And the winners are!

Best In Show


Michele FosterTrue Friends

First Place


Elizabeth ForsytheSummer Afternoon

Second Place


Maria KeaneSilent Interval

Here's Mr. McFarland critiquing a few of the entries in the show (courtesy of D. Griffin):

Of course, we all enjoyed the musicians. Evelyn Swensson, long-time conductor and composer for OperaDelaware, provided keyboard accompaniment, and also sang a medley of songs. We still have a few copies of her new memoir available, Notes: My Life with Music. Ms. Swensson just received the 2014 Governor's Award for the Arts! Brother and sister Stephen and Elicia Reynolds (each with a performance shown below) are also a skating team in ice dancing, competing in the 2014 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships held in Boston, MA.!

Between the artwork and the music, we heard readings from the amazingly talented writers of the Diamond State Branch. The poet laureate of Delaware, JoAnn Balingit, gave a "heart-felt" reading of her poem, Your Heart and How It Works; Billie Travalini (another 2014 Governor's Award for the Arts recipient) read an excerpt from her book Blood Sisters; and we were inspired by Branch president Sandra Seaton Michel reading her poem Waging Peace. Here are a few of the works by the members:


History Textbook, America

I'd search for Philippines in History class.
The index named one page, moved on to Pierce.
The Making of America marched past
my enigmatic father's place of birth.
The week he died some man we didn't know
called up. This is his brother, one more shock,
phoning for him. "He died three days ago."
The leaden black receiver did not talk.
My uncle never gave his name or town,
we never heard from him. Was it a dream?
The earpiece roar dissolved to crackling sounds,
a dial tone erased the Philippines.
And yet my world grows huge with maps, crisscrossed,
my history alive with all I've lost.

JoAnn Balingit
Poet laureate of Delaware

Other selected writings:

Billie Travalini Missing Watch, Circa 1946
Sandra Seaton Michel Love's Gifts
Jean Hull HermanHow He Broke My Heart
Clella Bay MurrayA Pox On You (Chapter 6, page 10)
Paula Webster HartzellAmber and Blood(Page 118)
Jean Hull HermanI'm a Red Car Girl
Linda Texter HallWinter Rage
Linda Texter HallExcerpts from poems
Louise O'BrienMy Always Child
JoAnn BalingitYour Heart and How It Works
Erica Fitz MearsA Body That Goes Untouched
maria keaneOdalisque Now (monotype and poem)
Mary Pat BowmanAbout Art (Three Haiku)
Jean Hull HermanOn Cloning the Family Pet
Linda Texter HallCyclops