The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit Sculpture by Jack Knight

On view through May 7-28, 2021
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Wilmington, Del. (May 5, 2021) – Combines: The Andromeda Series, an exhibition of wall sculptures by Jack Knight, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 7–28, 2021. Knight is the recipient of a 2021 Artist Fellowship in Sculpture from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Knight calls these works “combines” because he combines canvas, wood, and masonite into sculptural painted constructions that hang on the wall. The exhibition features thirteen combines, each measuring approximately 3 feet by 3 feet. The Andromeda Series was inspired by the 1971 science fiction thriller film, The Andromeda Strain, and the Andromeda galaxy.

These colorful three-dimensional works are created based on triangular forms that Knight builds at the beginning of the work. He then adds hand-painted round canvases and wood shapes to the form. Afterwards, he adds small embellishments to the composition for visual interest and balance.

This work represents a departure from Knight’s easel paintings in which he created the illusion of three-dimensional shapes by overlapping forms on a flat canvas.

“The combines are more free-spirited and exciting to execute. The approach is still creating a composition in three dimensions. All the items, objects, colors, and textures need to harmonize to be successful.” – Jack Knight

Knight lived and pursued his studio career in New York state, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Philadelphia before moving to Long Neck, Delaware. Throughout his busy career, Knight has had 17 solo exhibitions and has participated in more than 100 group shows. His work is found in the collection of ten institutions and three museums.

Image in banner: Andromeda #33 (detail), painted canvas, wood, and masonite, 32 x 32 x 4 inches

The Mezzanine Gallery is open to the public weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located in the Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington. Visitors must wear face coverings and maintain 6 feet distance from other individuals not in their household.


The Delaware Division of the Arts, a branch of the Delaware Department of State, is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit or call 302-577-8278.

Gov. Carney celebrates Arbor Day in Rehoboth Beach

View high-resolution images from the 2021 Arbor Day Ceremony:

Watch a video of the Arbor Day Ceremony at:

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From left, DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin, Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse, Rehoboth Beach Mayor Stan Mills, and Governor John C. Carney, Jr. recognize the City of Rehoboth Beach for its 30th year as a Tree City USA.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (April 30, 2021) – Governor John C. Carney, Jr. proclaimed Arbor Day in Delaware at a ceremony at Rehoboth Elementary School attended by fifth-grade students and staff, members of the General Assembly, and city and state officials. The event recognized Mayor Stan Mills and the City of Rehoboth Beach for its 30th year as a Tree City USA. Governor Carney also honored student winners in the Delaware Forest Service’s annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest. Two new oak trees were planted on the school campus for the event.

Carney Arbor Day

Carney addressed the audience on the importance of trees to the environment: “One of my favorite bumper stickers, in terms of our personal responsibility to protect the environment, is ‘think globally, but act locally’ … we can do something, each of us, to protect our environment, to address global warming, and to prepare a better world for all of us in the future.” Carney said. “And one of the best things we can do is plant more trees.”

Speakers included Rehoboth Mayor Stan Mills, Agriculture Secretary Michael T. Scuse, DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin, Delaware State Forester Michael Valenti, and Nick Serratore of the Rehoboth Art League. Honored guests included Speaker of the House Peter Schwartzkopf, Senator Ernesto Lopez, State Auditor Kathleen K. McGuiness, and Rehoboth Beach city commissioners.

Agriculture Secretary Michael T. Scuse highlighted the importance of trees to Delaware: “Arbor Day is a great day to both celebrate trees and remind us to plant more,” he said.  “Trees have many natural benefits that help improve our environment. Trees are great at capturing carbon dioxide emissions, which helps improve the air quality in our climate. They also serve as buffers to protect water quality by reducing soil erosion and decreasing runoff. The Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Program works to increase tree canopy in communities statewide. Every community can find its tree canopy level at and then work with the Forest Service to improve it.”

DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin addressed the students with a direct message of their role in today’s world: “There are people like me who speak to students who say ‘And you’re the environmental stewards of the future.’ And I’m the first person to stand up and say, actually, no. You are the environmental stewards of today. You are the ones who are pushing us and holding us accountable because this is your future we’re talking about.”

State forester Michael A. Valenti asked the students to take the lead and plant trees for future generations: “I urge you to protect trees and the forests in your communities, in your county, and in the state. Because trees provide so many natural benefits, we cannot live without them.”

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Mayor Stan Mills of Rehoboth Beach accepts Tree City USA recognition from Delaware State Forester Michael A. Valenti.

Mayor Mills accepted recognition from Delaware State Forester Michael Valenti for their 30th year as a Tree City USA:

“This is such a terrific, terrific honor… The city has a history, as you know, of investing in its trees, and we will continue to do so. We value trees not just for their beauty but also for their health, social, environmental, and wildlife benefits,” Mill said. “And I also want to thank the state for supporting us in our effort to maintain the health and beauty of our trees. It takes an effort and a partnership, and I also want to give additional thanks to all those within our community who plant and nurture trees, and who are committed to the City of Rehoboth Beach continuing as a Tree City USA.”

RES poster winners


Rehoboth Elementary School fifth-grader Miranda Garcia was among three fifth-grade students honored for her winning entry in the Delaware Forest Service’s Arbor Day School Poster Contest – she was selected as the Sussex County winner for Grade 5. The winning students participated in a ceremonial tree watering of two new white oaks planted on the school campus, along with Governor Carney and state officials.

Watering trees Rehoboth

2021 Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners

Alyssa Deluca-Brandywine Springs

Overall State Winner

Grade 5 student Alyssa DeLuca of Brandywine Springs Elementary is the state winner of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest.

This year’s contest attracted entries from 44 schools and 73 classrooms, with a total of 2,748 students participating. This year’s theme was “Trees Are Terrific…in Many Wonderful Ways!” Posters were judged on originality, use of theme, neatness, and artistic expression. Each winner receives a gift card, a tree-themed book, and a tree planting at their school.  Twelve winners were selected from each county in four grade categories: kindergarten, grade 1 and 2, grade 3 and 4, and grade 5.

The complete gallery of winners is shown below (click the image to view a full-resolution image of the artwork)

The poster contest is designed to increase student knowledge about forests and forest resources. For teachers, the poster contest can be an ideal way for students to learn more about the role of trees in our communities and their direct impact on Delawareans’ health and well-being. The schoolyard is also a perfect setting to incorporate the role of trees into your everyday curriculum. Trees not only provide beauty, shade, and habitat and food for wildlife, they also improve air quality, muffle noise, moderate air temperatures, filter runoff into streams and rivers, and reduce energy consumption.

County Winners

New Castle County

Lyla Jones-Brandywine SpringsKindergarten
Lyla Jones
Brandywine Springs Elementary

Lilly Townsend, St. Anne’s Grade 1 and 2
Lilly Townsend
St. Anne’s Episcopal School

Shannon Last-HeritageGrade 3 and 4
Shannon Last
Heritage Elementary

Alyssa Deluca-Brandywine Springs

Grade 5
Alyssa DeLuca
Brandywine Springs Elementary


Kent County

Sara Carney, Clayton

Sara Carney
Clayton Elementary

Eliana Oberdick, WB Simpson Grade 1 and 2
Eliana Oberdick
W.B. Simpson Elementary

Katelyn Bredesen-Allen Frear

Grade 3 and 4
Katelyn Bredesen
Allen Frear Elementary

Ziad Rasamny-Allen Frear

Grade 5
Ziad Rasamny
Allen Frear Elementary

Sussex County

Miranda Garcia-RehobothKindergarten
Leah Neall
H.O. Brittingham Elementary

Tiffany Tran-ShieldsGrade 1 and 2
Tiffany Tran
Richard A. Shields Elementary

Meadow Warren-SDSA

Grade 3 and 4
Meadow Warren
So. Delaware School of the Arts

Miranda Garcia-Rehoboth

Grade 5
Miranda Garcia
Rehoboth Elementary

Delaware Forest Service leads tree planting in Milton

YouTube Tree Stewards

Link to You Tube Video on Milton Tree Planting


More Photos from the Milton Tree Planting Event are on Delaware Forest Service Facebook Page

MILTON, Del. (April 24, 2021) –  The Delaware Forest Service and its new “Tree Stewards” program led more than 50 volunteers and town officials to plant 160 trees in Milton, Sussex County on Saturday, April 24. The trees will enhance the town’s hiking and biking trail near West Shore Drive, part of DelDOT’s  ongoing “Rails to Trails” project in Sussex County. Delaware’s urban and community forestry program funded the cost of the trees and provided technical assistance.

Milton Mayor Ted Kanakos, “This is magnificent. We probably have 50 volunteers, just taking a Saturday morning to beautify this area. It’s really a great feeling. Any project like this, no matter where it is, enhances the town.”

The tree planting also served as a hands-on project for the latest graduates of the new “Delaware’s Tree Stewards” program, which aims to train knowledgeable community tree advocates to increase tree canopy and transform their neighborhoods through the power of trees.

The City of Lewes parks administrator Janet Reeves is a recent graduate of the Delaware Tree Stewards training: “I’m here with the tree commissioner of the City of Lewes and we hope to take our knowledge and bring it back to our city and our parks and rec. commission so that we can enhance what we already have in the City of Lewes. We have over 900 inventoried trees, so we hope to take these skills back and help others have an understanding of proper tree planting and proper tree maintenance.”

Tree Stewards coordinator Sam Seo was happy with the day’s effort and the quality of the tree planting, “Tree Stewards is an opportunity for us to bring training and resources to Delawareans who want to improve their landscapes in their own neighborhood. By teaching things like how trees work, how to plant trees, how to develop tree projects – we’re really hoping to empower individuals and groups to take on those kinds of projects independently, and of course with the support of the Delaware Forest Service and many of our partners.”

Milton town resident Gwen Saucier, who turns 75 this year, was one of the day’s tree planting volunteers: “I believe we need to continue to replenish our land with trees… We’ve taken a lot away from our forestry and it’s time that this current generation pay back.”

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Milton councilwoman Randi Meredith and her daughter Azalea helped with the tree planting project along the “Rails to Trails” walkway.

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Milton Tree Planting 2

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DelDOT Highlights Ongoing Litter Cleanup Efforts

In the ongoing effort to “Keep DE Litter Free” the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) continues to dedicate resources to cleaning up our roads. To date in 2021, nearly 16,000 bags of trash have been collected, and last year, cleanup efforts resulted in the collection of over 51,000 bags of trash.

Litter cleanup across the state is performed by DelDOT Maintenance & Operations employees, Adopt-A-Highway/Sponsor-A-Highway efforts, the Work A Day Earn A Pay Program and with help from the Delaware Department of the Corrections’ (DOC) inmate work program.

In addition, more than 6,800 tires, 3,500 signs and 250 appliances were removed from alongside Delaware roads.

Governor John Carney, who has championed the “Keep DE Litter Free” initiative commented, “The amount of litter on our roads continues to be eye-opening and a reminder that we all need to do our part to reduce littering. We’re making progress and my hope is that these efforts, increased fines, new signage, and the plastic bag ban will all help curb the amount of litter we are seeing throughout our beautiful state.”

“Even with reduced traffic on our roads for a significant amount of time in the past year, our litter problem has persisted,” said Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski. “We are committed to reducing the amount of litter along our roads and I am grateful to our employees, partners, and volunteers who continue to work hard collecting litter across the state.”

The Keep DE Litter Free effort is one of several designed to keep Delaware outdoor living spaces free of trash and more enjoyable for all. As of Jan. 1, 2021, plastic carryout bags have been replaced by paper and reusable bags at checkout in many stores throughout Delaware. The law is designed to reduce beach and roadside litter, save landfill space, increase recycling efforts.

“Each Delawarean uses about 434 plastic bags and that means nearly 2,400 tons of plastic bags end up in our landfills annually,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “A decrease by the public of plastic carryout bags can mitigate a large portion of this waste and help our environment by reducing the amount plastic bags on our roads and waterways that can harm us and our wildlife.”

Retailers can choose to offer paper bags, or cloth bags, or a thicker type of plastic bag that is designed to be reusable. As before the law, plastic bags – as well as plastic wraps, plastic dry cleaning bags and plastic newspaper sleeves – must still be recycled only at the store. All reusable bags should be washed before the next shopping trip.

Consumers and retailers can find more information about the plastic bag ban at To discover how you can join the efforts to help Keep DE Litter Free visit Businesses and organizations interested in adopting or sponsoring a highway through DelDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway or Sponsor-A-Highway programs can apply now at