12/01/07 - 12/09/07 - “Doors to the World”

Nov 19, 2007

With more than 194 independent countries in the world and each one with its own unique way of celebrating the winter season, Delaware Valley College Advance Floral Design students will host a door decorating show and competition to capture the essence of the season for several different countries as displayed in their floral presentations.

“Doors to the World,” begins Saturday, December 1 and runs through Sunday, December 9, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Delaware Valley College Farm Market, located near the intersection of New Britain and Lower State Roads in Doylestown Township. The event is free and open to the public. The show will feature student-decorated doors depicting a winter holiday and theme. Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to vote for the door they feel best captures the spirit of the season and employs the best design.

The countries and holidays to be featured in this year’s show include: China for their Chinese New Year; Poland, Australia and Russia will highlight Christmas themes; Morocco will be featured for the Feast of Sacrifice or Day of Sacrifice – Eid-Al-Adha, Israel for Hanukah, Brazil for New Years and Bolivia for Carnival.

“Winter is a time for friends and family to gather, a time for holiday cheer and a time for giving and sharing, not only here in the United States but around the world,” said Professor John Martin, instructor of the design course. “The hope is that this project will open students’ and visitors’ eyes and hearts to the diversity of design, customs, holidays and religions around the world and foster a better understanding and respect for these differences."

As part of this hands-on learning experience students will contact a DelVal faculty member, staff member, student or individual in the community with an international background, and interview them one-on-one to learn of their experiences related to a winter holiday in their native country, especially concerning the kinds of decorations used to celebrate that holiday. Students will also conduct library and internet research to gain more information with respect to the celebration of the selected winter holiday and country. Armed with this knowledge, they will then develop and execute an appropriate door design that embodies the holiday selected.