A&E Spotlight: “Small Jewels 15” At The Peninsula Gallery in Lewes

December 12, 2018

On November 24th, “Small Jewels 15” opened at Peninsula Gallery located at 520 E. Savannah Road in Lewes. It’s the gallery’s 15th annual exhibition of small works curated especially for the holiday season.

Twenty-two different artists are showcasing more than 100 small paintings in the exhibit - all priced at less than $600.

In fact, many of these little artistic treasures are available for under $500 – making it the perfect opportunity to “give the gift of art” to some special person on your list. Though, you won’t end up on any “naughty” list if you end up purchasing for yourself…

Many of the local and regional artists that the Peninsula Gallery represents are included in the exhibit (such as Nick Serratore, Steve Rogers, and Syd McGinley) along with some newcomer artists like Hanna MacNaughtan of South Eastern Ontario, Karash Payne, and Rick Phillips of Claymont, Delaware.

When these many works compose an exhibit, it’s difficult to point out stand outs because the collection of works available for purchase are so appealing on so many aesthetic levels. The collection also wisely runs a wide gamut of different styles. “Small Jewels 15” quite simply has something for every taste, including even non-wall art offerings in the way of stunning three-dimensional vases by glass designer and maker Deb Appleby.

There are also geometric abstract panels by gallery artist Nina Mickelsen, and mixed-media (and wonderfully detailed) fiber art nature vignettes by Betsey VonDreele. For those with more traditional tastes, there is no shortage of beautiful landscapes and nautical themed works available as well. Artists like J. Stacy Rogers, Claudia Rilling (whose pastoral and painterly scenes on wood are a personal favorite), Jim Rehak, and many others, cover the field of that specific genre perfectly.

If you’re a fan of figurative work, the small oils by Karash Payne are particularly compelling. Karash places her figurative subjects on, in, and under water revealing forms dissolved in an elegant dance between flesh, fabric, hair, and water. Artist Sharon Strine’s vintage styled “Sisters United” series (each one from the series is available for only $300) is also a wonderful addition to the exhibit for figurative art lovers. And of course, Syd McGinley’s five pastel figurative additions to the exhibit (each priced at $375) are simply exquisite.Art Work

The take away from this big collection of small works is the fantastic opportunity the show offers to either add to your personal collection of works from some of your favorite local and regional artists – or to gift one of these works to someone quite deserving – that is, if you can manage to part with it.

Speaking of parting with works, another unique aspect of this exhibit is the fact that unlike most gallery exhibitions, you can quite literally take the work with you after your purchase. It only adds to the ease of gifting these “Small Jewels” just in time for the holiday season.

As usual, the Peninsula Gallery has a preview of all of the works included in the exhibit on their website here: However, keep in mind that because of the incredibly affordable prices on these work - and the fact that you can take them home with you - that these treasures will move quickly, so not everything that you see on the site may be available by the time you get to the gallery.

Though, as gallery co-owner and curator Tony Boyd-Heron mentioned during his interview with Host Michael Sprouse during the shooting of the A&E Report, if someone is comfortable purchasing a work from viewing it on the website (which happens more often than you may realize) then that is a perfectly acceptable way to buy something that may catch your eye online from the show by calling the gallery at (302) 645-0551.

“Small Jewels 15” runs through December 31st. For more information about the exhibit and the gallery, visit them online at


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