The Rehoboth Art League will kick off its spring exhibition season with three new shows and a longtime member artist tribute Friday, April 2, on its historic Henlopen Acres campus.
“Visitors will be treated to colorful and bold abstract imagery, animation and sound, and mixed media. In addition, RAL pays tribute to longtime member and artist Lee Wayne Mills, who passed away in 2020,” said Nick Serratore, RAL exhibition director.
In the Corkran Gallery, visitors will be greeted with The Old and the New: A Retrospective of Aina Nergaard-Nammack. The body of work spans more than 75 years of the artist’s life and represents different phases of her artistic development. This year marks the artist’s 91st birthday. Over the course of a lifetime, her style has fluctuated between representational and abstract. This exhibit illustrates her different approaches, and will include her first painting, a still life she painted at age 12.
The Tubbs Gallery will host Pipes of Perception, a multimedia display of drawings and animation by Tad Sare. “This is a first for RAL, where the artist will display two-dimensional work that will interlock with video and sound,” said Serratore. Sare is an experimental animator and educator who uses the storytelling medium of animation to explore viewers’ understanding of perception, interpretation, and juxtaposition of sequential images. He employs hand-drawn techniques while collaging photographs, live-action video and sound elements digitally.
Sare will lead a virtual gallery talk for the art league at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 3, when he will discuss his creative process and his current exhibition. The gallery talk is free, but online registration is required at rehobothartleague.org.
The Ventures Gallery will feature Micro/Macro, an exhibition of the mixed-media work of Caitlin Gill. This work explores the relationship between the hierarchy of humans and animals with an emphasis on making large what we perceive as small. Gill uses printmaking, sculpting, drawing, painting, collage and fiber to create artwork.
Finally, the art league will honor the life and artistic achievement of Lee Wayne Mills with a collection of the artist’s abstract pieces in the DeWitt Gallery. Mills was a longtime art league member artist who served on both exhibition and collection committees, and twice held the leadership role of interim executive director.
Due to ongoing health and safety concerns, there will not be an opening reception for this series of exhibits. Instead, the public is invited to visit the spacious campus to view the artwork during normal operating hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. RAL galleries are closed for Easter Sunday.
The Rehoboth Art League is a membership-based nonprofit arts organization dedicated to teaching, preserving and inspiring the arts in the region.
For more information on classes, events and exhibitions, go to rehobothartleague.org or call 302-227-8408.