Representatives of the 11 galleries that constitute the Rehoboth Beach gallery collective known as Mosaic gathered recently for the group’s first meeting of the new year. By the end of the meeting, the members of Mosaic were quite enthusiastic about what promises to be an exciting season filled with artistically inspired events, exhibitions and fun in which anyone - local or visitor - can partake.
The Second Saturday Art Walks created by Mosaic have been a year-round part of downtown Rehoboth Beach for more than half a decade. With 11 galleries in nine locations within walking distance of each other, Mosaic's space features a treasure trove of original works of art that cover a wide range of tastes from hand-crafted jewelry and glass sculpture to large-scale wall paintings, photography and painted furniture. Together, the spaces feature literally thousands of works of art from scores of local, regional and national artists. The next Second Saturday Art Walk is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9.
“The Second Saturday Artwalk is the perfect way to connect to the arts and the community,” said local artist and Mosaic President Heidi Lowe. “It’s a night that locals and visitors alike really look forward to. As members of Mosaic, we’ve worked very hard to make Rehoboth a destination for art lovers. Visitors from the larger metropolitan areas are starting to understand that there is a tremendous amount of outstanding and comparatively affordable art right here in Rehoboth. It’s a good feeling to be part of such a valuable resource for the community in terms of art as a way to learn, create and buy.”
Mosaic newcomer and artist Michael Sprouse shares Lowe’s enthusiasm. “It was my first Mosaic meeting, and I can tell you from experience that anytime you gather a group of artists, gallery owners and curators into a room with a common goal, the energy and excitement will be tremendous. It feels great to be part of a group of such hardworking people all dedicated to the arts,” he said.
“Mosaic has some great concepts and ideas for 2013,” said Lowe. “We’re currently working together with the city to incorporate some signage making it easier for Art Walk participants to find their way from space to space, and we’re reaching out to several other downtown businesses for creative ways that will allow us to really focus on what great opportunities exist in downtown Rehoboth.”