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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Summer 2007


Photo of "Sussex Fields" by Mary Page Evans
"Sussex Fields" by Mary Page Evans

The New Castle County Courthouse (NCCCH) Art Committee, chaired by Charles F. Richards, Jr., is continuing its efforts to ensure that members of the public coming to the NCCCH have the opportunity to experience the work of a wide variety of renowned artists. A recent acquisition for the NCCCH is a magnificent piece of art, entitled “Sussex Fields,” by Mary Page Evans. Mary Page Evans is a resident of Delaware whose paintings have been described as "hymns of unadulterated joy." While Evans paints still lifes and images of the human form, it is her landscape and garden paintings created directly from nature that capture this sentiment. Evans exhibits in Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. She has artwork in numerous public and private collections, such as the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Delaware Art Museum, and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Please take the time to view “Sussex Fields” located on the 12th floor of the New Castle County Courthouse.

Photo of "The Beacon" by Brower Hatcher
"The Beacon" by Brower Hatcher

The dedication and lighting of the outdoor sculpture located in the NCCCH plaza, “the Beacon,” by Brower Hatcher, in January 2007 represented an impressive milestone for the NCCCH and the Courthouse Art Committee. The sculpture includes inscriptions that are intended to convey the long historic rise of justice and the rule of law, acknowledging that all of the world’s cultures recognize fundamental fairness, as exemplified by the “Golden Rule” (“Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you.”), as the bedrock of justice. The inscriptions are intended to inspire our country’s continuing efforts to improve its justice system.

In addition, two new sculptures are anticipated to be in place at the NCCCH by September 2007. The first piece of artwork is a sculpture by Tim Prentice which will be suspended over the escalator landing on level one of the NCCCH. The second piece of artwork is a wall sculpture by Henry Philipe Loustau to be placed on the brick wall on the outside of the NCCCH between the lobby and the parking garage.