Local artists to hold annual Presidents’ Weekend show Feb. 14-15

Arden Bardol, Jean Doran, Steve Rogers, Nick Serratore, and Betsey VonDreele to be showcased
February 10, 2020

Artists Arden Bardol, Jean Doran, Steve Rogers, Nick Serratore, and Betsey VonDreele will host an open house art show and sale.

The event begins with a reception that is free and open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, at 300 Gills Neck Road, Lewes. Light refreshments will be served. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday Feb. 15.

This annual event showcases new and original artwork for sale. In addition, selected artwork will be offered at reduced prices.

Joining the group this year is Arden Bardol, who is an architect and creates wearable art. Stainless steel, mixed metals and polymer clay are her medium. Color, texture and shape are the tools. Using these materials as her palette, Bardol’s art is inspired by nature's graceful forms combined with clean geometric shapes. Simple forms combine to create intricate, layered compositions feminine, classic and playful. The overall effect is clean, modern and inviting art jewelry and small-scale sculptural structures. A 2011 NICHE Award winner and a 2017 NEA fellow - Delaware, Bardol has exhibited at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore for many years.

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 a natural setting. A move to Lewes in 1998 opened both new subject matter for Doran’s paintings and an abiding love of small-town life. In addition to oil and acrylic painting on canvas and board, she paints furniture, providing works of art that are functional as well as fun and artistic.

Steve Rogers works primarily in acrylics and paints traditional working craft. These are not pampered fiberglass yachts, but hard-bitten, overworked oystermen, 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. A graduate of the Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia and Wilmington University, Serratore was recently awarded a 2020 individual fellowship grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts for established artist.

Betsey VonDreele manipulates small strips of fabric into award-winning textile collages re-creating 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 or call 302-645-9030.


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