Anita Peghini-Räber, local U.S.-Swiss naturalistic-expressionist painter, presents depictions of Rehoboth Beach surroundings in oil, pastel and water based media. She will unveil her Greetings from Rehoboth Beach exhibit during the Mosaic Second Saturday ARTwalk from 6 to 9 p.m., July 13.
The viewer will experience more than just a rendition of the place to relate to. "I am sharing the energy that I experience in the here and now at a location. I am aiming at the surface behind, into the essence of the subject matter. I paint between the objects, by communicating the cool breeze, the balmy air, a conversation between figures for example, or the moment I share with a model as a painter," she explained.
Peghini-Räber's inspiration goes way back to her childhood where she was moved by the German Expressionists such as Emil Nolde, Ludwig Kirchner and Paul Klee, artists who conveyed their feelings through the means of bold color and massive cut-ins with strong brushwork. Every stroke and color carries information, nothing is redundant. It's about powerful communication, intelligently done with the whole guts of the artist: the power of art.
Peghini-Räber shows her art and represents a dozen of the best regional artists in her upscale art gallery. "I absolutely treasure the moments when I see the viewer pause to interact with a painting. It is communication. The more you are willing to open yourself up, the more you get out of art - and interestingly enough it also happens with art that you wouldnt' have favored in the first place. Getting lost in a painting takes you away from your daily grind, allowing you to experience a mini vacation; you're resting, and as a result you find yourself refreshed with a new perspective," she explained. Asking questions about art, likely answerable only by each individual visitor of the paintings, are part of what give good art, challenging art, its enduring character. "It is safe to purchase a decorative piece of art, but if you want the art to endure fashion than you chose your art with your heart."
Peghini-Räber also shares constructive and fun critiquing for a fee. On Fridays, from 3 to 5 p.m. artists may bring in unfinished paintings; they will be energized to complete their work with joy. Pre-registration is required. The gallery hosts monthly Argentine Tango DE Arte Milonga with a free introduction class in Argentine Tango taught by Alyssa Findlay from Tango Lewes at 8 p.m. The next social dance will take place Saturday, July 27.
The Peghini-Räber Gallery is located on 49 Baltimore Ave., open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call 302-227-2888.