Peninsula Gallery presents exhibition July 12

Seven artists to be featured in Watery World
Surf Play by Christine Lashley
July 7, 2014

Beginning with a reception for the artists, Saturday, July 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Peninsula Gallery will present an exhibition titled Watery World featuring seven local and regional artists. The artists include Doris Ingram, Brian Murphy, Damon Pla, Nick Serratore, Bill Patterson, Christine Lashley and Joe Sweeney.

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Local watercolorist Ingram has been a gallery artists for several years and is well known for her local views of Lewes as well as landscapes of her travels in France.

Murphy calls Newport News, Va. home where he recently opened the Murphy Montgomery Gallery. Murphy began his painting career in California where the American Impressionist movement influenced his early interest in capturing local color in freely constructed landscapes. Murphy is a frequent painter in residence and teacher and shows locally at the Saint Peter’s July Art Show and the Rehoboth Art League Outdoor Show.

Pla of Dagsboro works with acrylic paint and is known for his murals for a variety of settings, both commercial and private. His paintings capture a variety of landscapes including the ever-changing light on the marshlands and sea shore of coastal Delaware.

Serratore, a resident of Lewes, and known for colorful pastel studies of landscapes and flora, graduated from the Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia Pa. in 1990. He is a member of the Pastel Society of America. In 2012, he was recognized with an Individual Fellowship Grant for an Emerging Artist from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Patterson, a longtime resident of Milton, holds a BA in art education and a MA in teaching. He taught art for over 30 years in the New Jersey public school system. He paints a variety of images often featuring landscapes of Southern Delaware.

New to Peninsula Gallery, Lashley, is a resident of Washington, D.C. She considers herself a contemporary impressionist painter. As a teen she studied in Paris at the Parsons Art Institute and the Sorbonne, and then earned her bachelor of fine arts degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. She worked for several years in the fashion industry in Europe, then as a muralist and graphic designer, but turned her interest to fine art soon thereafter. Lashley’s paintings have been shown nationally and internationally. With numerous works in private and corporate collections, her work has also been featured in publications such as: American Artist Magazine, The Washington Post, and Elan Magazine.

Sweeney completes the list of artists for the show. Born in Philadelphia, Sweeney graduated with a bachelors of fine arts in painting and drawing from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) in 1976 and received a master’s degree in printmaking from the Art and Architecture department of Penn State University in 1980. A resident of Ardmore, Pa., he has taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The University of the Arts, Wayne Art Center, Woodmere Art Museum and Chester Springs Studio.

The exhibition will extend through Wednesday, July 30. The Peninsula Gallery, located at 520 E Savannah Road, Lewes, is currently in its 18th year and presents the work of more than 20 local, regional and international artists, in addition to monthly exhibits throughout the year. The gallery provides fine art framing and restoration services. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. The gallery is closed Monday. Phone 302-645-0551 or go to

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