The Rehoboth Art League will host three new exhibitions beginning Friday, Aug. 28, on its historic Henlopen Acres campus.
The Corkran and Tubbs Gallery will feature the 9th Regional Juried Biennial Exhibition showcasing work from artists living in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. More than 200 works of fine art were submitted to the exhibition, representing a strong collection of pieces by emerging and master-level fine artists. This exhibition showcases a wide variety of media including paintings in pastel, watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed media, sculpture, photography and more.
This year’s exhibition selections have been made by Robin Craren, collections research coordinator at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. The awards judge is Charles Plante, an art historian and art dealer based in London and New York. The artist winning the Best in Show award will receive a $1,500 cash prize and a solo exhibition running concurrent with the art league’s 10th Regional Juried Biennial Exhibition in 2022.
Opening Aug. 28 in the Ventures Gallery is Every Picture Tells a Story, works by Frank Williams. The first-place winner at RAL’s 2018 Juried Biennial Exhibition, Williams has been creating watercolors that try to tell a story his entire life. Most of Williams’ artistic career was centered on graphic design rather than illustration, but his painting and drawing skills later developed by taking inspiration from N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. “Whether painting a scene from a local produce stand on Route 1 or the challenges of life at the Indian River Life Saving Station, or illustrating a humorous take-off on The Preppy Handbook, I’ve tried to tell a story – like the illustrator in me,” said Williams.
The Rehoboth Art League’s Peter Marsh Homestead will present Endangered - Works by Kate Norris. Many of the world’s largest and most visible species – bears, tigers, rhinoceroses – are being squeezed out of their habitats by encroaching human development and/or poaching, and this exhibition of collage highlights endangered species. Norris is a teaching artist from Baltimore. Her current body of work gives homage to naturalists and illustrators from the 16th to 19th centuries. Her mixed-media collages are made from tearing vintage and out-of-stock wallpaper and reconstructing the pieces in a new way, giving new meaning with a modern sensibility. Her collages provoke conversations about process, techniques and symbolic associations.
The exhibitions will be on display at the Rehoboth Art League through Sunday, Sept. 27. There will be no opening reception.
With free admission, the galleries are open to the public seven days a week. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. The historic Homestead is open daily from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information, go to rehobothartleague.org or call 302-227-8408.