Gallery One in Ocean View announced its Anchors Aweigh exhibit will be open to the public Wednesday, July 1 to Tuesday, July 28.
This month’s theme at Gallery One has a distinctly nautical feel. An anchor is “aweigh” when it is pulled from the bottom, allowing the vessel to go forward unfettered. And that is symbolic of where many people are right now, starting anew in various ways. The artists invite visitors to sail into Gallery One in July to drop anchor for awhile and enjoy their paintings.
Half of the artists took the theme quite literally, with their boats being at anchor and waiting. It was the abstract quality of boats nestled by the docks that inspired artist Lesley McCaskill in her acrylic painting, “Anchored.” The inspiration for artist Ray Ewing’s watercolor, “Calm Water,” was an attraction to the quality of light in the early morning or twilight at the marina. In Cheryl Wisbrock’s “Weekend Warriors,” the artist depicts two hardworking boats resting and waiting for their skippers to resume work and play. In her pastel "Happy Boat," Laura Hickman depicts a boat that seems to have a smiling face and a let’s-go attitude. “Waiting for Yellow,” Dale Sheldon’s acrylic painting, features blue, green and red kayaks lined up on the beach with a place ready to be filled.
Artists Scott Broadfoot and Mary Bode-Byrd focused on the tools of the angler. In “Fishing,” an oil-on-panel still life, Broadfoot depicts vintage lures, shells and fish. Bode-Byrd’s painting “Hanging On” features a colorful and graphic display of buoys. Joyce Condry’s acrylic painting “Rough Seas” depicts a sailboat caught in a sudden storm, no anchor in sight – cool blues and whites dance on the canvas as the sea is in tumult. “Sail at Daybreak,” Eileen Olson’s oil painting of a ship freed from anchor with a lighthouse providing safe travel over the water, has a different energy. Michelle Marshall’s “Anchored” is a large acrylic painting done in Crayola-bright colors with a day-at-the-beach theme.
Always staffed by an artist, Gallery One will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., every day. Face masks and social distancing are required. To ensure safety of all, the number of visitors at any one time may be limited. For more information, call 302-537-5055, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.galleryonede.com.