Inland Bays Garden Center Holiday Art Gallery opens November 18 | Culture & Leisure

Travis Bower is just one of the artists featured at the Holiday Art Gallery at the Inland Bays Garden Center, starting Friday, November 18.

The Inland Bays Garden Center near Ocean View is shifting from growing season mode to holiday giveaway mode with the opening of its Holiday Art Gallery on November 18. Until December 23, the garden center will offer the works of a number of local artists for holiday gift giving.

“Throughout the growing season, we offered works of art that abound in nature in the variety of native plants, trees and shrubs,” organizers said. “As the growing season draws to a close, we offer a different kind of art, created by the many talented local artists who call the Delaware coast home. Our Holiday Art Gallery is filled with a variety of unique handmade gifts.

“What better way to shop than locally and at the same time find a unique gift?” they said. “At the Inland Bays Garden Center, you’ll find all your holiday decorating plants, plus unique and special gifts, while supporting our local artists.”

Artists whose work is offered in the Holiday Art Gallery include:

• John Donato — “Bold, humorous and vibrant prints that embody a unique ‘smile effect’ with spirited subjects like surfer horses, flying pigs and dinosaurs on pogo sticks. Your senses are held hostage by outrageously playful characters and irresistible explosions of color.

• Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs – Necklaces, earrings, bracelets made from crystals, metals, minerals, shells and gemstones that “carry energy and healing power, each unique in its own way”.

• Travis Bower — “Wooden creations reflect the natural beauty of wood, transformed into bowls, vases, candlesticks, platters and more.”

• Cathy Cranfield – “Jewelry reflecting a love of the beach and gardening, combined with a bit of whimsy and fun.”

• Jennifer Moon-Child — Scroll saw cutouts of beach, animal and holiday themed pieces using a variety of woods including cherry, walnut, oak, ash, beech and maple.

• Joy Peterson — Vine silk wreaths adorned with dried flowers for the holidays.

• Alison Schweiger — Decorative brooches, bowls, baskets and hanging ornaments made in the traditional form of wrapped basketry using pine needles.

• C-Glass Sisters — Artwork framed with authentic sea glass collected on the east coast.

• Kerry Stewart — Handmade soaps created from herbal and plant infusions or organic earthen clays scented with 100% essential oils.

• Gary Stewart — Hardwood cutting boards, serving platters and a variety of hardwood products for the home.

• Delaware Bay Clay — Functional beach-themed ceramic dishes, serving pieces and planters for everyday living.

• Margie Samero — Stepping stones made from a mix of concrete and stained glass to create functional stepping stones with beach and nature motifs.

• George Todd — Works made of resin and wood, shaping “resin waves” into charcuterie boards, cutting boards, picture frames, vases and jewelry.

• Salt Town Candles — “Candles inspired by nature’s coastal environment, which create luxurious home fragrances to capture the beauty of our region’s land and seascapes. Our clean ingredients and ethically sourced coconut soy candles are sustainable, non-toxic, and hand-poured along the Delaware coast.

• Kim McFadden, Tapestry Glass – “Painting the world with the colors of peace, love and kindness reflected in hanging vases based on beach and nature themes, as well as Christmas decorations.”

• Beth Whitman-Pitzer, Moon Shell Paper Co — Creative notecards inspired by the beach, flowers and native plants.

• Peter Gibson — Holiday trees, platters and other fused glass works.

• Bethany Tyndall, Local Waves Studio — Handmade ceramic ornaments reflecting beach life.

• Donna Driver — Handmade mittens from repurposed sweaters and flannel. “No two pairs are the same!”

• Carol Gentes, Pigment of the Imagination — “Popular and sought-after painted rocks.”

• Barbara Johnson — Snowman and wooden candlesticks.

Inland Bays Garden Center is located at 38320 Muddy Neck Road, Frankford. For more information, visit, or contact Sandy Daniels at (302) 539-1839 or The garden center is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

William E. Bennett