Spotlight on the Arts
CAMP Rehoboth Puts Art at the Heart of the Community
It’s All About the Bear Returns
with a Roar
CAMP Rehoboth is proud to host the return of its annual art exhibition, It’s All About the Bear, which will be on display through October 7, 2023. This exhibition is a vibrant showcase of art celebrating the bear and LGBTQ culture.
It’s All About the Bear is not just an art exhibition; it is an exploration of identity, diversity, and unity within the bear community. While bears are often associated with the four-legged variety in nature, this exhibition focuses on a different kind of bear—a group of men within the gay community who proudly call themselves bears.
From digital graphics to oil painting on wood, mixed media, photography, stained glass, graphite on canvas, and more, It’s All About the Bear offers a wide array of artistic expressions. The works not only highlight the remarkable talents of the participating artists but also reflect the rich tapestry of LGBTQ culture.
A team of community members juried this exhibition. It includes works by artists JS Adams, David Camorali, Brad Cox, Amanda Coelho, Timothy P. Credle, Vincent DeLissio, Maxwell Fleishman, Robert Fleming, Todd G. Franson, Jeffrey Todd Moore, Keith David Trievel, and Sabina Troncone.
By the time you read this, we already will have hosted a community-building art reception during the annual Rehoboth Beach Bears Weekend. However, you still have a chance to see this exhibit! Whether you are a bear, an ally, or simply someone who appreciates art that transcends boundaries, It’s All About the Bear is must-see. Stop by the CAMP Rehoboth Gallery, Monday through Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., before it closes on October 7. ▼
Above: (detail) Black Bear Combo 3 by Maxwell Fleishman.
Right, top to bottom: Redbeard by Keith David Trievel; Harness by Brad Cox.
Ephemeral Expressions: Capturing Fleeting Moments through Fine Art Crafts
Our area abounds with fine art craftspeople, and from October 14 to November 30, CAMP Rehoboth provides them with an opportunity to display their work. Ephemeral Expressions is a juried fine art crafts exhibition that delves into the concept of fleeting moments through the lens of various craft forms. The exhibition explores the beauty, depth, and emotional connections that can be found in moments and the temporary aspects of life. It celebrates the passing of time, while highlighting the skill and artistry of fine craft techniques.
Featured mediums include: ceramics that capture fleeting emotions; textiles that symbolize the interwoven nature of lives and experiences; glasswork that plays with light and reflection; woodworking that highlights natural imperfections and uniqueness; paper art that explores the balance between strength and fragility; metalwork that weathers and changes over time; and mixed media which combines various forms and represents interconnectedness in an ever-changing world.
If you are a fine art craftsperson who would like to be considered for this exhibition, the Submission and Registration Form can be found at: https://forms.gle/VGpbM6Aoqxn88hVq8. You can enter up to three works for consideration. Please do so quickly, as the submission period closes on September 26, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ▼
Mark Your Calendar
Raincheck Opens Soon at CAMP Rehoboth
Tickets are on sale now for the October 5, 6, and 7 performances of Claudia Allen’s Rain Check, directed by Kelly Sheridan. Come see what happens when Thema (Kelly Sheridan) moves back home to live with her grandmother and great-aunt, Pansy (Caroll Huckabee) and Flora (Linda DeFeo). Thema, who has left behind four marriages, rekindles a friendship with her childhood buddy, Gwen (Gwen Osborne), a county nurse watching over Pansy and Flora. In renewing their friendship, Thema realizes what’s been missing from her marriages all along: a woman. ▼
CAMP Rehoboth’s Leslie Sinclair Appointed to the Delaware State Arts Council
Congratulations to Leslie Sinclair who was recently appointed by Governor John Carney to serve on the Delaware State Arts Council. She has already begun her first term, which runs through October 2024.
The Delaware State Arts Council is the advisory body to the Delaware Division of the Arts. The Council advises the Division of the Arts on matters of arts policy, funding for the arts, and other issues relevant to support for the arts in Delaware.
Council members serve as advocates for the arts, promoting and encouraging participation in and appreciation of the arts throughout the state. Council members are citizens of Delaware and serve at the pleasure of the governor.
At CAMP Rehoboth, Leslie is known for her passion for the arts. She serves as an arts advocate and for seven years has led a team of volunteers who plan for and organize the visual art shows in the CAMP Rehoboth Gallery. Under Leslie’s direction, this group organizes an average of 10 exhibitions per year and has grown this aspect of CAMP Rehoboth’s programming.
The exhibitions explore themes and aspects of our unique history and culture. Group shows have provided hundreds of artists with a chance to exhibit. The work of emerging and established LGBTQ+ artists have been promoted in solo shows. Black History Month and youth shows have attracted new artists to CAMP Rehoboth and increased artist diversity in all exhibitions.
Leslie also served on the CAMP Rehoboth Board of Directors from 2011 to 2022, served as Vice President of the Board for two years, and led and participated on several committees.
Leslie also pursues the arts herself. She is an active member of the Coastal Camera Club, where she served as President for two years, and currently leads a group of photographers exploring Fine Art Photography and what defines it. Leslie’s work has been exhibited at the Rehoboth Art League, the Biggs Museum, and CAMP Rehoboth.
Leslie brings a mix of creativity and arts experience to the Delaware State Arts Council, coupled with a strong business background in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. She has also forged relationships with numerous arts organizations and artists. As a Sussex County resident, she will bring this voice and guidance to the Council. Congratulations, Leslie! ▼
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.