The Visual Arts Program at Epworth United Methodist Church announces a new exhibit of original art by William Patterson and Nick Serratore and their students. The public is invited to an opening reception from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, in Scotts Gallery in Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach.
Patterson prefers to paint in oils and acrylics. He says when he views the world around him, he is struck by the awesome beauty found in nature, from the sunsets to the details and patterns in a flower petal. Inspiration to create comes from an initial reaction to a particular scene and how the objects in that scene relate to one another, and the play of light that creates a specific mood in him.
Patterson is a graduate of Rowan University, the University of the Arts, and Studio Incamminati. He holds a bachelor's degree in art education and a master's degree in teaching. He is retired after teaching for 30 years in the New Jersey public school system. Presently he can be found teaching workshops and exhibiting his work at the Mispillion Art League, the Millsboro Art League, the Rehoboth Art League and the Studios on Walnut in Milton. He is currently the president of the Milton Arts Guild. Patterson was also instrumental in starting a giclée printing business that has made giclée prints for regional artists including the renowned Edward L. Loper Jr. Visit www.williampattersonfineartist.com.
Patterson's students who are exhibiting are Shirley Bannan, Maryellen Davis, Blythe Eggleston, Helen Holleger, Diane Jefferson, Hannah McLennan, Cathy Rose and Jean Wampler.
Serratore works primarily in pastels. He likes their brilliance and immediacy. “I feel somewhat able to capture the textures of the landscape. The tactile experience of the medium and majesty of the setting will transport me into a contemplative state. I try with my work to share with the viewer where I am. Sometimes in these reflective moments, I also have the saddening realization that much of this natural beauty is endangered by the march of what some call progress. I try to communicate that message and hopefully inspire others to save our vanishing paradise,” Serratore says.
Serratore is a graduate of Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia, Pa., and Wilmington University. He is the recipient of the 2012 Individual Artist Fellowship Grant form the Delaware Division of the Arts for an emerging Delaware artist. His work can be found at the Peninsula Gallery in Lewes. He is a member of the Pastel Society of America in New York.
Serratore's students who are exhibiting are Tina Nigh-Johnson, Barry Eli and Jerry Strum.