As the Ellen Rice Gallery enters its 15th year in Ocean View, the gallery's founder focuses on happy, sometimes humorous and poignant memories of summers on the Delaware shore.
This Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, Rice will introduce in print her latest works in oils, "Summer Time," portraying the beloved clock in Bethany Beach, with a familiar hungry, flying friend perched on top noisily expressing his desire for some fries.
From 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Rice will sign "Summer Time" prints in various sizes and also debut a variety of small new paintings that capture summer memories of children playing on the beach and in the surf, Delaware's World War II watchtowers and other familiar landmarks and happenings.
One of Delaware's most collectible and prolific artists, Rice has been painting the shore for 50 years. She opened her gallery in the late 1990s as a walk of faith, with the hope of sharing her inspirations in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere where people could come, relax and enjoy not only her work, but the handmade works of other skilled American artists and artisans.
The gallery, which now represents more than 100 local, regional and nationally known American artists and jewelry designers, is a national NICHE Top Retailer Award finalist. Several years ago Rice, with more than 90 paintings of the shore in print, was voted one of Delaware's 10 most collectible shore artists by Delaware Beach Life Magazine.
All are invited to the debut of "Summer Time." Refreshments and "summer is finally here" cheer will be served.
The gallery is at 103 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, 2.2 miles west of Bethany Beach in the western end of the old Country Wicker building. For more information, call the gallery or go to www.ellenrice.com. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.