|by Doug Yetter|
|And the Days Grow Short
There are lots and lots and lots of arts-related events going on around the area. For your convenience, Gentle Reader, I've grouped them by category and present them alphabetically. A bit OCD perhaps, but hopefully as organized as possible.
Clear Space Productions (in residence at Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Highway in Lewes; 302-644-3810; ClearSpaceProductions.org) opens their 2008-09 season with Arthur Miller's classic The Crucible. The drama ostensibly deals with the Salem Witch Trials of 1621, and allegorically with the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s. The cast of 18 features Jeff Haslow, Elyse Moore, David Button, Dana Peragallo, Craig Porter, Jerry Birl, John Marino, Stell Parker Selby, Dick Pack and guest artist Elaine Faye. The show plays October 2-5 in Lewes; then moves to Del Tech in Georgetown for a matinee and evening performance on October 9. Tickets are available through the box office, online or at the door.
Delaware Comedy Theatre (delawarecomedytheatre.com) has several shows coming up. September 11th and October 9th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Rehoboth Library is the "Family Comedy Jam," an all-age improv show. Free admission donations accepted. September 19th and October 10th from 7:30-9 p.m. at Wahoo's is DCT Unbagged, uncensored improv for Adults. $5 per person at the door. Food/drinks available separately. October 3rd at Baywood Greens: Boo To You, Too: An Eerily Early Halloween Show! An adult-themed (not appropriate for children) improvised comedy show that explores what's really scary in our liveslike jobs, Internet dating, politics and in-lawsthrough all new, unscripted improvisational scenes. A dinner/show package is available for $45 per person which includes dinner, dessert, drink voucher, gratuity and show. Reservations are required. Call Baywood Greens at 302-947-9225.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) presents "On Golden Pond" by Ernest Thompson and directed by Patrick Erhardt. Shows are on October 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8 pm and October 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available through the box office.
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut St. in Milford; 302- 422-0220; (secondstreetplayers.com) presents the musical The Spitfire Grill on September 26, 27, 28 and continuing the following weekend October 3, 4 & 5. The cast consists of local talents: J. Denise Baker, Mary Boucher, Trish Herholdt, Lorraine Steinhoff, Rick Boucher, Bob Frazier and Don Megee.
The musical is directed by Kenney Workman. Tickets are available through the box office.
Theatre of the Arts (20 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach; 302-227-9310; RehobothBeachTheatre.com) offers Will & Grace regular Leslie Jordan's one-man show My Trip Down the Pink Carpet (recently presented at the Blue Moon) on September 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40. Vicky Dee and Friends in a musical concert and comic variety show on September 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Dinner/show packages are available from $37 for children to $56. Tickets are available at the box office or online.
Amandeline Galleries (403 Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach; 302-226-0330; amandelinegallery.com) features the lively aquatic art of local Rehoboth Beach artist and custom surfboard craftsman Rick Lantz. As part of the Mosaic Collective, (see below) there will be a reception with the artist and refreshments on Saturday, September 13th from 6-9.
Gallery 50 (50 Wilmington Avenue in Rehoboth Beach; 302-227-2050;
50contemporaryart.com) features the work of painter Susan Finsen (Circling Summer) through September 16th and Selina Lamberti (Submerged) from September 13-28 with an Artist Reception on September 13 from 6-9 p.m.
Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach; 302-227-9203; email@example.com) is presenting Organic Style, a group show curated by internationally known enamelist Jamie Bennett. The show features artists inspired by nature that use inorganic materials.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Rd in Lewes; 302-645-0551; peninsula-gallery.com) features works by Howard Eberlemaster of illusion when it comes to painting everyday objects and lifting them out of the ordinary and bringing them into the realm of extraordinary. He calls his style "realism with a touch of the abstract." "The strongest part of my work," says the artist, "is its composition and use of negative space." The exhibition continues through September 23.
Philip Morton Gallery (47 Baltimore Ave.; 302-727-0905; philipmortongallery.com) features the new works of Michael Sprouse. Opening reception is Friday, Sept. 12 from 5-8 p.m.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408; rehobothartleague.org) currently celebrating their 70th year, hosts a reception from 5-7pm on September 12, 2008. The event includes Together and Apart an extensive collection of Art Quilts by New Image Art Quilt Group; Significant Detailsmixed-media photographs by F. Anne Benintends; and Geometries of Convictionrecent works by Orna Feinstein, Richard Hellman and Peggy Sampogna. Through October 26th.
Ward Ellinger Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard - 39 Baltimore Ave. 302-227-2710; wardellinger.com) presents local artist Karin Snoot's Board Meeting. Surfboards make an exciting alternative to the traditional canvas because of the variety in size and shape. Her first design of an elaborate Mermaid led her to the master craftsman and shaper Michael Hague. These boards are fully functional and ready to take the waves, and when not in use will enhance the inside of a home or office.
For more information on local galleriesMosaic, The Rehoboth Beach Gallery Collective; (www.Rehoboth Mosaic.com) consisting of Aerie Art Gallery, Amandeline Gallery, Coastal Frameshop, Detail, Gallery 50, Heidi Lowe, Kennedy Gallery, Panache, Philip Morton, Thunderbird Shop and Gallery and Ward Ellinger Gallery hosts "Second Saturdays"receptions and events held throughout the town. This month the reception for each of these fine art galleries is Saturday, Sept. 13 from 6-9 p.m.
(Images above are details from paintings by Michael Sprouse and Jeffrey Moore.)
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets in Lewes; 888-212-6458; coastalconcerts.org) opens their 2008-2009 season (their 10th Anniversary!) with concert pianist Richard Dowling on September 27th at 8 p.m. Season subscriptions for three, four, or all five of this season's concerts are available either by mail (P.O. Box 685; Lewes, DE. 19958) or online.
To submit an arts-related event, or compliment him on his new and extraordinarily well-organized column, please contact Doug Yetter at dyetter@ClearSpaceProductions.org.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 18, No. 13 September 12, 2008