Spotlight on the Arts
CAMP Rehoboth Puts Art at the Heart of the Community
Through November 30
A successful art reception was hosted on October 22, where artists and patrons socialized, enjoyed the art, and exchanged ideas. The art on display is Ephemeral Expressions: Capturing Transience through Fine Art Crafts. If you have not seen this exhibit, be sure to do so before the end of November.
The artists shared their visions for creating fine art that celebrates the fragility and fleeting nature of existence while showcasing the skill and artistry of fine art craft techniques.
Robert Bruce Weston attempts to display the incredible generosity of his medium, wood veneer. The generosity is in its uniqueness, which some may view as flaws, but “in my studio there are no flaws. Each is a signal of opportunity to find new form as stimulated by the naturalness of wood grain.”
For Susan Frey’s art, daily life experiences, health issues, good and unfortunate circumstances, and gatherings with family and friends all intermingle day in and day out. Found objects are used in exploring her need to tell a story.
Polymer clay is Joseph Barbaccia’s medium. It is a “versatile and forgiving medium that allows me to create intricate details and textures in my sculptures. I enjoy the tactile nature of working with polymer clay, which allows me to shape and mold my ideas into physical form.”
This exhibition also incorporates an interactive element. Those who stop by will have an opportunity to create their own ephemeral art piece using the tabletop Zen Garden.
Images. Abstract #67 — Lover’s Blue Stardust by Robert Bruce Weston; Mitosis by Joseph Barbaccia; At the Table by Susan Frey.
Pacem in Terris’ Visionary Peace Youth Art Exhibition
December 1 through 31, 2023
What is your vision of a peaceful world? What does peace mean to you? Over 500 students from more than 30 Delaware schools and community organizations answered those questions by submitting inspiring artwork and descriptions.
The young artists are between five and 18 years old, from public, private, and charter schools along with community groups. The top 100 messages of peace were selected to travel to different locations statewide for a rotating exhibition.
CAMP Rehoboth is fortunate to have 15 of these selected works, along with their messages of peace, showcased in the CAMP Rehoboth Gallery in December. This event provides a meaningful opportunity to celebrate the talent and creativity of young artists while providing an opportunity to reflect on the messages of peace and unity. Pacem in Terris, the nonprofit that organizes this program, is a grassroots organization committed to building relationships that transform minds to foster healing and peace. ▼
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
The holiday season is upon us, whether you’re ready or not. Santa is preparing for his appearance at our Hometown Christmas Parade, followed by an extended stay in his tiny house on the boardwalk, and elves are on their shelves, all set to spy on the naughty and the nice.
Though many of you will be tempted to sit and watch everything the Hallmark channel has to offer (107 movies—1 plot), I shall follow Jacob Marley’s wise advice to Scrooge and get my butt off the couch.
Join the entire county (or so it will feel!) as we start the season off right with the Rehoboth Beach Christmas Tree Lighting. One of the longest-standing holiday traditions here at the beach, this year’s pre-lighting sing-along will be led by the Clear Space Theatre Company and the cast of Estella Scrooge. November 24, the music starts at 6:30 p.m. with the official lighting at 7:00 p.m.
The 91st Annual Lewes Christmas Parade steps out Saturday, December 2, starting at 5:00 p.m. and the Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade is the following Monday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m.
For fans of English handbells—and who isn’t at this festive time of year?—the Capital Ringers (capitalringers.org) are touring from Lewes to Dover to Salisbury with their holiday concert, 12 Days of Christmas, November 25-December 10. Check their website for details on dates and locations.
Combine your love of music and theatre with an evening at the Clear Space Theatre Company (ClearSpaceTheatre.org) with composer Paul Gordon’s new musical version of A Christmas Carol with a gender-bending twist—Estella Scrooge. A Wall Street tycoon, Estella is the great-great-granddaughter of Ebenezer. The musical retains the visits from three spirits, and throws in one from Scrooge himself, as well as characters from a few other Dickens’ classics! November 24-December 10.
For the traditionalists among you, the Second Street Players (secondstreetplayers.com) produces the Lynn Ahrens & Alan Menken/Madison Square Garden version of A Christmas Carol. On stage November 24-December 3.
Note: Epworth UMC will be sharing its parking lot with Schellville, so allow a bit of extra time for any of the below events hosted at Epworth.
Southern Delaware Chorale (southerndelawarechorale.org) presents Candlelight Concerts: Midnight Mass—Friday, December 1 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, December 2 (3:00 p.m.). Tickets: SouthernDelawareChorale.org/tickets.
Yule Love It! A Holiday Extravaganza featuring the Epworth Chancel Choir performing Joseph Martin’s spectacular A Celebration of Carols, the ALLIANCE Singers of the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus sharing their vocal talents, a holiday sing-along for the audience, and maybe a few surprises. Sunday, December 10 (3:00 p.m.). Tickets: Epworth.Faith and at the door.
Encore Chorale of Sussex County (encorecreativity.org/group/encore-chorale-of-sussex-county) makes their debut under the direction of Louise Foster with their FREE Holiday Concert—Monday, December 18 (7:00-8:00 p.m.).
The new local Southern Delaware Orchestra (sodelomusic.org) presents their Holiday Concert featuring the FULL orchestra (strings/woodwinds/brass/percussion)—Saturday, December 16 (3:00 p.m.). Tickets: sodelomusic.org/tickets.
The Mid-Atlantic Symphony (midatlanticsymphony.org) brings us Holiday Joy at the Ocean City Convention Center—Sunday, December 3 (2:30 p.m.)—under the baton of their spectacular new Music Director, Michael Repper. ▼
Leslie Sinclair is a member of the Delaware State Arts Council and passionate leader of CAMP Rehoboth’s visual arts programs. Doug Yetter is the Artistic Director for CAMP Rehoboth Chorus and Minister of Music at Epworth UMC.
This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.