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Friends and Neighbors Club News - Delaplaine Visual Arts Center

Delaplaine Visual Arts Center is a Regional Treasure—Duane Doxzen, Director of Development & Communications, gave Friends and Neighbors (FAN) Club members an overview of the history and mission of the Delaplaine Arts Center at the May 17th Social at the Visitor Center.

Duane told the well-attended gathering that the building began as a whiskey rectifying house in the 1850s, and a few years later was converted to a steam flour mill. The mill changed hands a number of times over succeeding years, finally becoming the Mountain City Mill in 1906. That same year, the building sustained the second of the two devastating fires that it suffered during its many years as one of the county’s largest mills.

In 1958, the property was acquired by the Great Southern Printing and Manufacturing Company and for several decades served as a storage facility for the Frederick News-Post, located just across Carroll Creek. The mill property was donated by the Delaplaine and Randall families to the City of Frederick for use as a visual arts center in 1986. It was leased to the Frederick Art Center Foundation (now The Delaplaine Arts Center, Inc.), which moved into the building in 1993 and established The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center.

Several renovations in the 1990s provided two large galleries and offices on the first floor; gallery spaces, classrooms, art library, and offices on the second floor; classrooms and studio space on the third floor; and an event hall and gallery shop. Mechanical remnants of the building’s time as a mill have been preserved and can still be viewed on the third floor.

Today, the Delaplaine is proud of its part in preserving the community’s rich heritage while adapting this important landmark to serve the region in new and vital ways.

Its offerings include:

  • More than 50 exhibits each year in five exhibit areas showcasing local, regional, and national artists.
  • Over 270 classes each year in a wide variety of media for artists of all levels.

Full calendars can be found online at www.delaplaine.org.

The Close of Another Fabulous FAN Year—Although another wonderful year of fun and friendships will come to a close with our Spring Gala on Wednesday, June 14, at J & P’s in Spring Ridge, remember that the many Interest Groups will stay active throughout the summer.

If you’re on our mailing list, but haven’t yet joined, don’t hesitate to “take the plunge” this summer and start meeting new FAN friends! For more information on our programs, contact Diane DeMarco,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 301-696-8886.

The 2017 – 2018 FAN year will kick-off with a soon-to-be announced but the undoubtedly exciting event on Wednesday, September 20th.  If you have any program ideas you’d like to share, please contact Diane DeMarco, VP, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..