A new show, Stops Along the Way, will open Thursday, July 31, at Gallery One in Ocean View with an artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2.
When Gallery One artists are asked what inspires them, the answer is universally, “What I see around me - the dunes, the beach, the sea, the bays and marshes, the beach cottages, the landmarks.” For the August theme, Stops Along the Way, the 15 artists travel Route 1 from Ocean City to Milton and show the viewer glimpses of their neighborhoods.
Peggy Warfield’s collage explores “The Boardwalk.” Depicted in this piece are the icons of Ocean City: Trimper’s Ferris wheel, Thrasher’s fries, Kohr Brothers’ frozen custard, Dolles’ Salt Water Taffy.
A row of quaint cottages in soft yellow, shell pink and sky blue stands watch over the grassy dunes and the river by the Indian River Inlet bridge. Laura Hickman uses pastels to depict “Inlet Cottages.”
Delaware is dotted with historic farms. Lesley McCaskill’s watercolor, “Down on the Farm,” shows an old red barn that is now a petting farm and vegetable and fruit stand. Dale Sheldon’s acrylic shows a row of blue, green and purple kayaks on the beach in Lewes. “Lewes Beach Kayaks” wait patiently for paddlers.
“The Dewey Tower,” a watercolor by Dianne Shearon, is reflective of history on the beaches of the Atlantic. Shearon asks the viewer to take a moment to remember and be thankful that towers like this guarded and protected the area during World War II.
For a full six seconds on top of the Indian River Inlet bridge between Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach, drivers can see the most spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean and dunes and beach. Joyce Condry captures those seconds in “North of the Bridge.”
Watercolorist Cheryl Wisbrock creates a softly glowing “Bay View.” The setting is near Fenwick Island State Park and the work re-creates early morning when the western sky reflects pink and yellow in the water, and the marshes look electrified in the light of daybreak.
Pat Riordan tells viewers “Along the Way You Cannot Miss the Bay.” The noisy ocean demands attention, and some miss the treasures of the bay: calm waters, wildlife, and magnificent sunsets.
Who can resist “Boardwalk Fries” any time of day? Jeanne Mueller’s oil makes viewers want to grab a big cup of fries and stroll the boards.
This is a small sampling of the work to be seen in this show.
The public is invited to Gallery One for the Aug. 2 reception to view the show and talk with the gallery artists. Gallery One is always staffed by one of the artists and is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery One is at 32 Atlantic Ave. (Route 26) in Ocean View, just a mile and a half west of Bethany Beach. For more information go to galleryonede.com.