Peninsula Gallery welcomes three new artists

"Toby's Cabin," wood cut print by Nancy Darrell.
April 20, 2013

Peninsula Gallery has added the work of three artists to its resident artists showing at the gallery. Each artist will have her work in the gallery throughout the year with new work available on a quarterly basis.

Nancy Darrell of Ashville, N.C., presents woodcuts and linocuts in black and white and reduction prints in color. Darrell, a hands-on maker of things from an early age, attended University of Iowa and majored in art. After teaching art for a time she became a full-time potter and over the course of 40 years worked in a variety of studios, eventually settling in North Carolina. In 1997, she studied relief printing at the famous Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and now works solely in the production of relief prints from either woodcut or linocut processes. She is a member of the Highland Craft Guild. She writes in her artist statement that she is inspired by the sharp contrasts her finished prints evoke and enjoys the stepwise process of cutting blocks, reversing the image and finally the active, one-at-a-time printing process using a cast-iron, hand-operated press.

Jill Basham, a contemporary landscape artist, came to painting only recently despite a long history of family artists. Known for her atmospheric landscapes, she primarily paints on location. She now resides near the Chesapeake Bay on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and has a strong appreciation for the local landscape. Basham has been recognized and awarded in both local and national plein air events and art shows. Last year, she won a third prize in Plein Air Easton. Presently, her work is hanging in the United States Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, through the U.S. State Department's Art In Embassies program. Basham is an artist member of The Salmagundi Club in New York City, American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, OPA, The Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and The Working Artists Forum.

Denise Dumont is an American representational painter who, from early on, has been drawn to the coastal landscapes and cityscapes of the Atlantic Coast. An accomplished artist, she earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from Parsons School of Design in New York City and further studied at the School of Visual Arts. Dumont often paints outdoors in the plein air tradition and works on larger canvases in her studio. "My favorite scenes are usually found in the light of early morning or late afternoon when the shadows are deep and dramatic," she said.  Born in New York, Dumont spent her childhood on Long Island and adult years in New York City where she maintained dual careers in the commercial arts and financial services industry until 2004. Now settled in Delaware on the Delmarva Peninsula, she is at home on the coast and paints on a full-time basis. Dumont’ s recent credits include Best New Artist to Plein Air Easton, Best in Show at the Rehoboth Art League’s Regional Exhibit and multiple awards from the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painter's Association. Dumont's paintings are held in private collections and in the public collections of the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md., and the Lewes Historical Society in Delaware.

The Peninsula Gallery is currently in its 17th year of operation and offers fine art by more than 20 local, regional and international artists; fine art conservation and contemporary framing; and fine art restoration. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. Framing consultations are available Tuesday to Saturday. The gallery is closed Mondays. The gallery can be reached at 302-645-0551 or at