New show, Happy Hour, runs June 26-July 30 at Gallery One

"Over the Yardarm," oil by Joyce Condry.
June 27, 2014

Works depicting how 15 artists interpret the phrase “Happy Hour” will be on view June 26 through July 30 at Gallery One in Ocean View.

“Girls Night Out” by Pat Riordan illustrates the contemporary coinage of the term.  Her image is of a bar’s interior with ladies clustered in groups, some at the bar and others seated at a table being served by a waiter.

“Is the sun over the yardarm yet?” is a phrase sailors used as a reason to celebrate with libations. Inspired by this boaters' expression, Joyce Condry’s oil painting shows a frighteningly rough sea with the hope of a clearing sky as a bit of sunshine breaks through and promises the sailors time at their favorite pub.

Using a dominance of bright colors and various clock images, Peggy Warfield has collaged a piece titled “Time After Time.” Likewise, Tara Grim paints in the abstract to share with the viewer her feeling of happiness at the moment she has brush in hand and a blank canvas in front of her. “Merging” is a right-brain creation. Without concentrating on a specific subject, Grim shares with the viewer her ah-ha moments, her happy hours, as she develops her artwork.

“October Light” by Damon Pla concentrates on a special light that is present in the landscape just before dusk. As Pla says,” There is a moment in a day where the sun is about to sleep and the moon is waking up. This light is the most intriguing to me. It is light and dark at the same time. I pursue to capture it in almost every painting I create. It is a glow that calms the mind and softens the heart and leaves us only to absorb how inspiring the world around us really is.”

Using one of her favorite subjects, the landscape of inland waterways and marsh, Dianne Shearon painted “O What a Day." It is an acrylic on canvas that shows the jewel-clear light washing over the local scenery.

A memory of an event in an artist’s life is the subject of several Gallery One artists. Dale Sheldon painted “North Shores, After the Wedding.” Sheldon has recreated the setting where her friends exchanged their wedding vows. The sun is spilling across the sky, beach, surf and rocks.

“Searching for Treasures” by Lesley McCaskill is attributed to the act of spending time with children, which has brought her endless hours of joy. A child’s playfulness and energy is contagious and makes simple activities special.

Using a 1958 family photo as reference, Laura Hickman treats the viewer to a nostalgic time at the beach. With a limited palette of black and white, the beach is pristine. There are no visible toys, chairs or umbrellas, no crowds of people— just a few children. Laura, her sister and cousins are playing. The group is entertaining themselves: some are doing cartwheels, some are in headstands and some are tossing sand. The setting is Sussex Shores when the turn-of-the-century lifesaving station was still present. This charcoal rendering is titled, “Happy Hour.”

This is a small sampling of the work to be seen at the upcoming show.

The public is cordially invited to visit Gallery One to view this show and see the other art works by the 15 gallery artists and browse the fine craft room devoted to jewelry, pottery, textiles, wood, and glass.

Gallery One is always staffed by one of the artists and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. In July the gallery will stay open until 6 p.m.

Gallery One is at 32 Atlantic Ave. in Ocean View. For more information go to or call 302-537-5055.

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