Since June 2013, the Rehoboth Art League has brought interesting topics and events in the form of monthly art salons. The salons are creative and intellectual gatherings in the homes of inspiring hosts. Two more salons are slated for 2014: Art of Movement and Art of Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens.
Robert Sessa and Tom Beall will host Salon No. 12: Art of Movement Thursday, June 26, at their home in Rehoboth Beach. This salon will explore the healing art of movement through the artful forms of yoga and tai chi. Yoga is the physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India with a view to attaining a state of permanent peace of mind in order to experience one's true self. Tai chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. Some tai chi training forms are especially known for being practiced with what most people would categorize as slow movement.
Kate Fitzgerald, owner of Involution Yoga in Lewes, will explain and demonstrate how yoga promotes the integration of the mind, body and spirit with understanding of the self. Susan Hamadock, founder and director of Silver Lotus Training Institute, will discuss and demonstrate the essential principles of tai chi, which include mind integrated with the body, fluidity of movements, control of breathing and mental concentration.
Art of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens will be hosted Thursday, Oct. 2, by John Newton and Mowry Spencer at their Rehoboth Beach home. Hillwood Estate is the former residence of businesswoman, philanthropist and collector Marjorie Merriweather Post. Hillwood is known for its superb French and Russian decorative arts collections and 25 acres of manicured gardens and surrounding woodlands. Kate Markert, executive director of Hillwood Estate, will take guests on an insider's tour of highlights of Hillwood’s collections, including two Faberge Easter eggs, spectacular Sevres porcelain, and Roentgen furniture. Guests will take a virtual tour of the gardens at their peak and learn about a very special exhibition, Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems, and the life of this most remarkable collector.
Refreshments and appetizers are served at each salon. Tickets for the salons are $50 each, and preregistration is required. The salons have been well received, and the limited seating for each sells out quickly. Tickets are available at www.rehobothartleague.org or by calling 302-227-8408. Due to the popularity of the salons, more will be planned for 2015.
The Rehoboth Art League is a membership-based nonprofit arts organization dedicated to teaching, preserving and inspiring the arts in the region. For more information on the art league, its classes, events and exhibitions, go to rehobothartleague.org or call 302-227-8408.
These programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.