The Buttery's new art exhibit to open with Aug. 4 reception

"Deep Creek" by Ursula Dehejia
August 2, 2013

Friends of The Buttery recently announced an exhibition of watercolors and water-media collages by Sea Colony artists Ursula and Mak Dehejia from Aug. 4 through Sept. 28, at The Buttery Restaurant, 102 Second St., Lewes.

An Artists Opening Reception where the public can meet Ursula and Mak and view their works will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4, at The Buttery. Selected half-price drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Ursula took up watercolor painting in 2003 under the guidance of Susan Abbott of Vermont and continues to study watercolor with Gwen Bragg at the Art League of Alexandria, Va.

Recently, she has been concentrating on doing acrylic water-media collages, enjoying the creative freedom the process provides. She has taken workshops on this technique with Susan Herron of Gaithersburg, Md., Linda Maldonado of Arlington, Va., and Virginia and Elizabeth St. Hillaire Nelson of Florida.

Mak has been painting for about 11 years, having taken up painting at age 67. Because of an interrupted schooling, he did not have an opportunity to hold a paintbrush or even a crayon until late in life. The choice of watercolor as a medium of expression was an accident – a very happy one! A probable influence was Winston Churchill’s essay on “Painting as a Pastime.”

His early childhood in India has greatly influenced his choice of colors and subject matter. He was born in a coastal town and spent his early years in rural areas. Colors of the sea and streams, the greens and browns of rural scenery and the fiery reds and oranges of spectacular sunsets during dust storms are his favorite hues. Landscapes are obviously the subject matter that he is most attracted to – especially where he can see water and reflections.

He has studied with well-known watercolorists including Ron Ranson of Oregon, Tony van Hasselt of Maine, Susan Abbott of Vermont, Gwendolyn Bragg and Peter Ulrich of Virginia, and Susan Herron and Bonny Lundy of Maryland.

His work has been accepted in several juried shows, and he has recently been inducted into the Potomac Valley Water Colorists Inc.