St. Peter’s art show committee announces this year’s generous donors for the show’s Featured Artists’ Raffle: Mark V. Turner, Jennifer Brower and Larry G. Edwards. Each has donated a unique piece especially made for the show.
Turner, a highly acclaimed, self-taught artist from Wilmington, is donating an 18-inch high by 24-inch wide painting in a gallery-type metal channel frame. “Lightship Overfalls, Early Spring Afternoon Light” is an acrylic painting adapted from an original photograph by the artist. The painting was created using brushwork and texturing techniques that include layering and combing. It is characterized by strong lines, bright color and texturing.
Turner began painting as a form of relaxation in 2000 and started exhibiting his work in 2003. He creates paintings in abstract, abstracted-realism and representational styles in bright, vibrant colors with lots of texture. He prefers to paint on prepared hardboard and has started to incorporate colorful tiny glass beads into his work during the past two to three years. His representational works are generally created from his own original photographs. Landscapes, street scenes, other artisans, and canines are serial subjects of these paintings. People often suggest that the dimensionality of these paintings changes depending on the distance and viewing angle. Turner has earned multiple featured artist designations and awards for his works.
Brower, an accomplished creator and designer of silver contemporary jewelry, currently works from her studio in Kimberton, Pa. Her donation to the art show is an original silver necklace and earrings ensemble. These chainmaille pieces are versatile in that they can be worn every day but can also be formal enough for special occasions.
Brower graduated from Drexel University with a degree in commercial interior design. After working for 15 years in the design industry she felt she needed a change that afforded her more flexibility and creativity. While exploring the limitless possibilities and techniques of jewelry making she came across a simple chainmaille class. She became hooked on chainmaille, learned as much as possible about it, then began making pieces from start to finish.
Every piece of jewelry Brower creates has an element of chainmaille in it. She views all of her jewelry as little pieces of art to share with customers.
Edwards is a retired educator and woodworker who lives in Lewes. His donation to the art show is “Noah’s Grand Ark.” The ark has a good combination of artistic and mechanical design, fine craftsmanship, and hand-selected exotic and domestic hardwoods. This fine piece is destined to be a family heirloom.
Edwards' interest in wood and woodworking, which he describes as “bordering on the pathological,” began in childhood. Largely self-taught, he continued to develop his skills and passion for this hobby throughout his life. Now retired, he pursues his hobby almost full time.
As his interests and skills matured, he eventually studied the work of the masters of period-style furniture. He has produced fine furniture of varying kinds, including period furniture reproductions such as Queen Anne chairs, highboys, stools and more. His carving repertoire includes ribbons, scrolls, cockleshells, various style feet and even some whimsical fish and animals.
Raffle tickets are $2 each or a book of six for $10. There are separate drawings for each item at 2:30 p.m., July 5, and winners need not be present. Tickets may be purchased at the church office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, or at the art show. Proceeds from the art show benefit those in need.
One hundred forty artists and artisans will be exhibiting at St. Peter’s 48th Annual Art Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on St. Peter’s Square at Second and Market streets Saturday, July 5. Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine. For further information call 302-645-8479 or go to www.stpeterslewes.org.