The May exhibition opening at the Peninsula Gallery with a reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 4, will present seven artists in a themed show, Nocturne. Artists include Al Barker, Doris Ingram, Brian Murphy, Damon Pla, Steve Rogers and Nick Serratore. All are gallery artists and present their work in the gallery on a regular basis.
For the exhibition, each artist was challenged to bring his or her particular talent and technique to construct work inspired by the atmosphere of a quieter time of day: evening to dawn. Several media will be represented: Doris Ingram and Howard J. Eberle are well-known watercolorists; Steve Rogers and Damon Pla work in acrylic while Brian Murphy and Al Barker work in oils and Nick Serratore works with pastel.
This show is special for gallery owner B.J. Clark, a former pediatrician at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. “I wanted an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the services that the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware provides the families of southern Delaware. As a physician, I saw firsthand how the house provided a wide range of services to families with children in nearby hospitals.”
The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware in Wilmington adjacent to the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children provides a home away from home for families of seriously or chronically ill or injured children receiving treatment at area hospitals by offering nurturing and supportive environments where families can stay together and find comfort.
Each year the house offers affordable lodging to more than 2,600 families, and since June 1991, the house has welcomed more than 35,000 families. “Important to our region in southern Delaware,” says Clark, “a major portion of the families who use the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware are from Sussex County by virtue of their distance from the hospitals in Wilmington.”
In addition, the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware provides a Ronald McDonald Family Room program within hospital walls to provide families with a chance to rest and regroup, allowing parents and guardians to stay near their children. Family rooms are located at the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, Christiana Care and Bayhealth. Christiana Care and Bayhealth provide services and respite for families with infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. A portion of gallery sales from the exhibition will be donated to the house.
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; contemporary framing and fine art restoration. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to 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 www.peninsula-gallery.com.