Gallery One in Ocean View announced its Sussex County Farms show will be open to the public from Wednesday, June 2 through Tuesday, June 29.
The farms of Sussex County take center stage this month at Gallery One. While most visitors believe that Sussex County’s No. 1 industry is sunshine and surf, it’s actually agriculture, and Sussex County is the No. 1 producer of chickens in the entire country.
One of the pleasures of driving through Sussex County is seeing the charming farms with their barns and animals, and looking at what’s growing. This month’s show illustrates the beauty of both the farms and what they produce.
Joyce Condry’s pastel painting, “Delaware Cornfield,” fits the bill. The foreground is filled with colorful green cornstalks almost ready for harvest, providing a color contrast to the red barn and outbuildings in the distance.
“Bayard Barn,” a pastel by Laura Hickman, lovingly depicts a lone barn sitting amidst the fields outside Ocean View, an iconic reminder of the family farms that once covered the local landscape.
Leo Kahl’s watercolor piece, “Good Friday,” painted in loose, lush colors, portrays both a farm and a vignette of a mother and daughter collecting flowers from their unruly beds.
Cheryl Wisbrock’s watercolor painting, “Lavender Farm,” shows organized rows of lavender ready for harvest, using bright, complementary shades of yellow and purple.
In Dale Sheldon’s acrylic painting, “Stag Farm Orchard,” the viewer glimpses a brief moment in time when apple blossoms are exquisitely in bloom, with a classic barn in the distance.
Mary Bode Byrd’s acrylic mixed-media painting, “Land of the Free,” depicts a jaunty Sussex County barn being utilized as a billboard for the American flag, lively and full of vibrant color.
Lesley McCaskill and W. Scott Broadfoot chose to illustrate Sussex County farm products. Broadfoot’s oil painting, “Bennett Orchards,” renders Bennett’s peaches, a local favorite, using classical realism and stunning detail.
McCaskill’s acrylic painting, “Sitting Pretty,” depicts a roadside favorite, lovely Holstein cows relaxing in a colorful field of green grass and buttercups.
Always staffed by an artist, Gallery One is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day at 32 Atlantic Ave., Route 26, in Ocean View. The gallery is open with special artists’ demos until 7 p.m., Fridays from June through August.