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Lewes art show to open with reception Feb. 15

February 7, 2019

Artists Jean Doran, Steve Rogers, Nick Serratore and Betsey VonDreele will host an open house art show and sale. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, at 300 Gills Neck Road, at the corner of Schley and Gills Neck Rds. in Lewes. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

The show continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday Feb. 16. This annual event showcases new and original artwork for sale. In addition, selected artwork will be offered at reduced prices.

Jean Doran’s love of nature is often displayed in her paintings with a recurring theme of nature enhancing man’s work - man-made objects that are softened by being in the midst of a natural setting. A move to Lewes in 1998 opened both new subject matter for her paintings and an abiding love of small town life. In addition to oil and acrylic painting on canvas and board, she paints furniture, providing a work of art that is functional as well as fun and artistic.

Steve Rogers works primarily in acrylics and paints traditional working marine craft. These are not pampered fiberglass yachts, but hard-bitten and overworked oysterman, crabbers and menhaden steamers. His paintings capture the toughness and durability of everyday working boats and the sheer beauty and stark terror of the weather and waters they work in. His work also reflects his love of the Eastern Shore, which includes tidal marsh, plains, and historic buildings.

Nick Serratore works in pastels. His paintings harness representations of the land, to demonstrate the effects of sunlight and spatial depth upon a scene. His use of color and blending techniques create moody, atmospheric landscapes that frame almost-abstracted fields of saturated light and color. Serratore is a graduate of the Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia and Wilmington University.

Betsey VonDreele manipulates small strips of fabric into award-winning textile collages recreating the landscapes of the East Coast shores where she grew up – from the rocky coast of Maine, to the Nantucket moors, to the Delaware seashore where she now lives. The textiles may include cotton, painted silk, netting, wool or raw fibers, all of which provide visual as well as tactile interest. Pieces may be hand or machine sewn using a variety of stitching and finishing techniques or adhered with polymer medium. A graduate of Drew University and the Pittsburgh Institute of Art, she also attended the Textile Institute of Rhode Island School of Design.

For more information, email steverogersmarineart@gmail.com or call 302-645-9030.