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“Fast away the old year passes,” and what a year it’s been for the local arts scene! I’m always amazed at the amount of theatre produced in our area, the high quality and variety of our art galleries, the range and depth of films screened by the Film Society and the plethora of musical offerings. What a privilege to live in this beautiful resort area and see the arts community continue to blossom and grow each year. Take a moment out of your busy holiday season and do something for yourself— visit a gallery, buy a new piece of art for yourself or as a gift, take in a concert or see a show. All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
CAMP Rehoboth Chorus presents Broadway—Our Way! on Saturday, February 2, 2013 (7 p.m.) at Epworth United Methodist Church (19285 Holland Glade Road). Enjoy an evening of great show tunes with the community’s largest choral group, complete with instrumentation and some terrific soloists! Tickets are $20 and available through CAMP Rehoboth or at the door.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) the regions only professional theatre company, presents A Christmas Carol—opening November 23 (directly following the Christmas Tree Lighting at the bandstand) through December 16. This version premiered off-Broadway in 1992, but is ALL NEW to the Clear Space stage! Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap opens February 8 and runs weekends through February 24, followed by Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical in the spring. Registration for classes in the Arts Institute for students of all ages begins in December for the spring semester. Check the website for details on shows, classes, and season tickets.
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets in Lewes; 888-212-6458; P.O. Box 685; Lewes, DE) presents the Ritz Chamber Players, an all-African-American ensemble of highly-talented classical musicians known for giving “riveting” performances. Saturday, November 17 (8 p.m.). Tickets: $25, ages 10-18 free, when accompanied by one adult per youth.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) is presenting Irving Berlin’s White Christmas—the stage version of the classic film—through December 9. Tickets are $23; $22 for seniors and students. The Psychic—a hilarious murder mystery— opens January 25, 2013 and runs through February 3.
Rainbow Chorale of Delaware (888-512-5093) presents their holiday concert From Our Table To Yours Sunday, November 18 (4 p.m.) at Epworth United Methodist Church (19285 Holland Glade Road) $15, in advance, $20, at the door, Free for children under 12.
Galleries marked with an asterisk (*) are members of The Rehoboth Gallery Collective, MOSAIC. Join participating galleries for Second Saturdays: Destination Art Walk, December 8, January 12, February 10 (6-9 p.m.).
*AerieArt Gallery (45½ Lake Avenue; 302-227-5376/302-584-6402) featuring during the holidays a special selection of fine art by Georgia Nassikas, Ethel P. B. Leach, Charlene Abele, Jack Lewis, and Howard Schroeder and many others. Open 10 a.m-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, or by appointment.
*Amandeline Gallery (1 North First Street; 302-226-0330) will be showing original paintings in “small works” by three Delaware artists, Cassie Lawn Walker, Rick Lantz, and Amanda Ponko. They also have a wonderful selection of hand-made ornaments and gifts for the holidays.
*Anita Peghini-Räber Gallery (49 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2888) Local and Regional Art; Friday-Sunday, 2-8 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m. to noon, or by appointment.
Art for a Purpose, (135 Second Street, second floor, in Lewes; 302-245-4528) is a one-of-a-kind art gallery run by Midge Smith which assists tax-exempt organizations by turning donated art into cash for their unrestricted use. Gallery hours Friday-Sunday.
The Happyrock Pottery (20 Baltimore Avenue at the Celebration Mall; 410-375-7120) invites you to stop by and see works in progress. It is the perfect place to come for a unique piece of hand-made pottery, especially with the holidays approaching.
*Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203).
*Juleez (1 North First Street; 302-227-3792) features the unique and vibrant works of Julie Borden including hand-painted cellos, violins, miniature pianos, giclee prints, dichroic glass sculptures of MAD Creations and art work of Amandeline Gallery.
Packard Reath Gallery (Located in The Hotel Rodney -142 Second Street; Lewes; 302-644-7513) Specializing in Fine Art Photography.
*Paintiques (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-258-4203) is celebrating with “End-of-Season Specials.” They are also presenting decoratively painted, limited-edition shoes fit for a King or Queen. October Second Saturday they will feature beautiful Mosaic art done by artist Mary Gaffney. New Fall Hours Thursday (11 a.m.-6 p.m.), Friday/Saturday (11 a.m.-8 p.m.) and Monday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) or by appointment.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Rd in Lewes; 302-645-0551).
*Philip Morton Gallery (47 Baltimore Avenue; 302-727-0905).
Proud Bookstore (Baltimore Avenue in Village By the Sea; 302-227-6969) featuring the artwork of Geri Dibiase, Jeffrey Todd Moore, David Kraft, Lynn Finaldi, Michael Gardner, Patrick Keating, and John Gress, as well as great books and cards.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408) invites you to A Holiday Open House—Saturday, December 8 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) in the Corkran and Tubbs Galleries, offering a great selection of unique holiday gift items. Refreshments, gourmet cupcakes, live music and a visit from Santa (11 a.m.-1 p.m.). Fine Art and Crafts from Art League Members will be on display and for sale in the Corkran, Tubbs and Ventures Galleries throughout the holidays. Through December.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095) Around the World: Amador (December 5) in the upstairs screening room at Movies at Midway (7 p.m.) Admission: Free. Read A Movie: Read a short story that provided the basis for a very well-known film, then get together to view the film and compare the two: It’s a Wonderful Life (Wednesday, December 12) Rehoboth Beach Public Library 4 p.m. Admission: Free. Monthly Screenings: Bill Cunningham New York Thursday, December 27 (7 p.m.) at DiFebo’s Restaurant in Bear Trap Dunes and Friday, December 28 (7 p.m.) in the upstairs screening room at Movies at Midway. $4 (RBFS members) $6 (future members). What Makes Us Tick?: Analytical film and discussion series exploring the mysteries of human behavior. The Savages— Friday, January 18 (7 p.m.); In a Better World—Saturday, January 19 (2 p.m.) Pieces of April—Sunday, January 20 (2 p.m.).
Rehoboth Beach Museum (302-227-7310; 511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal).
Surrattsart (20 Baltimore Avenue at the Celebration Mall; 302-227-3522) presenting abstract and realistic paintings in acrylic, mixed media, and oils and new photographs of beautiful Rehoboth Beach sunrises!
*Thunderbird Gallery (200 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-1900).
*Ward Ellinger Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard - 39 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2710) features the work of Ward Ellinger and Sondra N. Arkin. Come in and see the ever-popular Spiritiles (molten glass on copper) by Houston Llew, beautiful contemporary blown glass menorahs by Shardz Glass, recycled farm equipment transformed into contemporary side tables, hand blown glass, pottery, and metal works by various American artists.
*WibergArt (20 Baltimore Avenue at the Celebration Mall; 302-226-0206 or 302-245-3615) features renowned marine artist, Jack Wiberg, and his original oils of sailing vessels and ships.