Outdoor fine art and fine craft show to open at Rehoboth Art League Aug. 7

Two-weekend event to return to historic Henlopen Acres campus
July 28, 2021

The Rehoboth Art League’s Annual Outdoor Fine Art and Fine Craft Show, the organization’s signature event, will return to the Henlopen Acres campus for the first two weekends in August.

After going virtual in 2020, this year’s outdoor show will bring artists back to coastal Delaware to showcase and sell their artwork. Now in its 48th year, the event, underwritten by Jack Lingo Realtor, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-8, and Aug. 14-15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays. 

With the exception of last year’s virtual event, the yearly outdoor show has been held on the art league’s historic grounds since 1973. It started simply, with many artists showcasing their work on snow fences around the property. Many of the art league’s most noted artists, including Jack Lewis and Howard Schroeder, were annual participants. The distinguished show now draws artists from across the country, and some of this year’s juried artists come from as far away as Florida and Vermont. As always, many local and regional artists will be on campus with their artwork and display in a variety of mediums including oil and acrylic painting, pastel painting, fine jewelry, wood, metal, photography, ceramics, mixed media and more.

“We are pleased to be the event underwriter for the Rehoboth Art League’s Annual Outdoor Fine Art and Fine Craft Show,” said Bryce Lingo of Jack Lingo Realtor. “It’s a unique opportunity to see neighbors and visitors to the coastal Delaware region join through art and culture. The Lingo family and the many people who work with us all have a strong passion for the arts and for giving back to the community. This aligns with our overall goal and mission to Give Where You Live.”

This year’s event will continue some longtime traditions, including its strong level of volunteer involvement, utilizing the efforts of more than 100 volunteers to pull off the two-weekend event. And beyond the innovative artwork that the event brings to Rehoboth Beach, the art league offers attendees live music, artwork demos, children’s activities and delicious food by the Point Coffee Shop and Bakery and Chesapeake & Maine, with craft-brewed beer from Dogfish Head.

The art league also will have on display its 83rd annual members’ fine art exhibition, as well as solo shows including John Clendening’s Experiencing America’s Great Outdoors in the Ventures Gallery and Melissa May’s re-Interpreted in the Homestead.

As always, the Homestead docents will be holding an online auction of artwork donated by the outdoor show artists as a fundraiser for preservation projects in the art league’s historic buildings. 

The art league provides complimentary transportation to the event with Jolly Trolley shuttles, which stop at Rehoboth Elementary School, 500 Stockley St., Rehoboth Beach.

Patrons at this year’s outdoor fine art and fine craft show will have an opportunity to win a piece of artwork by longtime outdoor show artist Damon Pla, who owns his namesake gallery in Ocean View and is known for his surreal acrylic paintings. The full-time artist has donated two canvas reproductions of his oil paintings to the Rehoboth Art League to help raise funds to support its education and exhibition programs. Pla’s pieces, “Remaining Silent,” a 36-by-36-inch framed reproduction, and “The Memory of Leaving Home,” a 28-by-38-inch framed reproduction, are each valued at $750 and on display in the Corkran Gallery. Raffle tickets are $5 per ticket or five for $20 and may be purchased at Rehoboth Art League. The winning tickets will be drawn at 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15. 

For more information, go to or call 302-227-8408. 

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