More than 30 years after first frequenting the Back Porch Café as an aspiring artist, Pamella Bounds-Seemans will exhibit new paintings at the Rehoboth Beach restaurant Friday, May 2 through June.
Bounds-Seemans, born and raised in Milton, is known for her acrylic paintings surrounded by collage borders and hand-painted frames. Her latest series, Hungry Eyes, will feature bikers, Jesus taking a vacation to Rehoboth, New York City, the Eiffel Tower and local scenes and images like Dolle's, Funland, fish, mermaids, and of course, the Back Porch.
“I am calling this collection Hungry Eyes because my friend Doug Hearn and I always joke that I have 'hungry eyes' when I go to the Back Porch,” Bounds-Seemans said. “Also, my paintings are a feast for the eyes. People always tell me they find new things in my paintings each time they look at them.”
Bounds-Seemans moved to Rehoboth Beach to become an artist in 1973. She dyed her hair magenta (not yet a trend) and devoted herself to painting, earning herself the title of Purple Painter Lady.
This is the seventh time Bounds-Seemans has displayed her work at the Back Porch. She received an MFA in painting from Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. She is a Delaware Division of the Arts fellowship recipient and won Best Artist from Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Va. Her works are owned and displayed around the world.
“Pam is an old, dear friend and has been a supporter of the Back Porch since before she became a famous artist,” said restaurant co-owner Keith Fitzgerald. “Her work is original and different from everything everyone else is doing, but it still has a broad appeal. Her art livens up the restaurant and makes people feel good.”
Back Porch Café is a fine dining restaurant in downtown Rehoboth Beach at 59 Rehoboth Ave. It will officially commence its 40th Ruby Anniversary season Friday, May 2. In May, the Back Porch will be open for dinner at 6 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays.
The Back Porch’s Thursday Prix Fixe is set to begin again in June and will feature three courses for one price in the mid-$30s. Also, the Back Porch will participate in Downtown Rehoboth Restaurant Week, presented by Rehoboth Beach Main Street. From June 1-6, the Back Porch will offer a three-course prix-fixe meal for $35. For more information, visit http://www.downtownrehoboth.com/downtown-happenings/restaurant-week.htm. For more information about the Back Porch, call 302-227-3674 or go to www.backporchcafe.com.