Yup. It’s the time of year when all we really want to do is pant and drink water (i.e. delightful adult beverage), so spend your days relaxing by the ocean, then fill your nights at the bandstand, strolling a gallery to find that perfect piece of art, or seeing a live show! All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) the regions only professional theatre company, presents La Cage Aux Folles starring Christopher Peterson, The Sound of Music, and the world premiere of Radio Gaga: A GLEE-ful Music Event. All three shows run Monday-Saturday in two-day rotations through Labor Day. Christopher Peterson’s The Best of EYECONS plays Friday/Saturday (10 p.m.) and Sunday (9 p.m.) in July/August after the main-stage shows. Check their website for show schedule and reservations.
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets in Lewes; 888-212-6458; P.O. Box 685; Lewes, DE. 19958) is offering an “Early Bird Special” on subscriptions to its 2013-2014 season. Through Labor Day, patrons can purchase all five season concerts for the price of four—a savings of $30! The new season includes the Orion String Quartet, Brasil Guitar Duo, Danish String Quartet, violinist Elena Urioste, and pianist Michael Brown and pianist Ching-Yun Hu.
Southern Delaware Choral Society (PO Box 444; 302-645-2013) starts rehearsals for their winter concert—Bach’s Christmas Oratorio—Tuesday, September 3 (7 p.m.) at Tunnel Hall (Georgetown Presbyterian Church). New members are welcome and encouraged to arrive early to pay dues and pick up music. More information at 302-542-8387.
Galleries marked with an asterisk (*) are members of The Rehoboth Gallery Collective, MOSAIC. Join participating galleries for their next Second Saturdays: Destination Art Walk, August 10 (6-9 p.m.)
*Amandeline Gallery (Galleries at 20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-226-0330) features the avant-garde figurative and still-life work of emerging, local artist Maddi Ponko, currently studying at Savannah College of Art and Design. New work from Delaware artist, Cassie Lawn Walker, will also be exhibited—a classic portrait of Abraham Lincoln, a surreal traveler, and a beach pin-up girl. Also, large format oil paintings from realist painter, M.P. Gerald, whose work depicts colorful, sub-marine landscapes, textured feathers and butterfly wings.
*Anita Peghini-Räber Gallery (49 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2888) owned and operated by local/Swiss naturalistic-expressionist painter, Anita Peghini-Räber presents Creation—taking note of the life surrounding us to honor creation. Anita’s Easy Art Crit—bring in up to three unfinished paintings to discuss (3-5 p.m.) Pre-registration required. Monthly Milonga Tango De Arte, Saturday, August 31 (9 p.m.-1 a.m.) free introductory class in Argentine Tango (8-9 p.m.) Gallery is open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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.
Back Porch Café (59 Rehoboth Avenue) presents Visions of Power—new works by artist Rodney Cook— August 14-September 18 with an opening reception with the artist on August 14 (4-6 p.m.).
Barking Dog Gallery (29 Lake Shore Drive; Lewes; 856-577-1411 offering classes in watercolor/zentangle and jewelry by Donna Whiteside.
CAMP Rehoboth (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620) presents PEZtography, works by Rehoboth Beach artist Terry Isner. Meet the artist at a reception on Saturday, August 10 from 6-9 p.m.
*Delaware Art Gallery (239 Rehoboth Avenue) presents new and classic favorite Delaware photographs by Kevin Fleming, photography by Jay Fleming, Tony Pratt and Pamela Bieler and hand-blown glass by Deb Appleby.
*Gallery 50/G-50 Fine Art Photography (50 Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050) welcomes award-winning, master framer Ed McGann (formerly of Thunderbird Shop and Gallery) presents philosopher, musician, artist, Michael Krausz’ Beyond Words exhibition Saturday, August 10 (6-8 p.m.), with a preview on Friday, August 9 and their 5th Annual Fine Arts Silent Auction for AIDS Delaware August 10 (6-8:45 p.m.). Over thirty artists and works will be available for the auction and a $1000 raffle prize to be used at either gallery. Tickets for raffle are available at SPAHR, Philip Morton Gallery, and Gallery 50. The gallery offers glass, sculpture, mixed media, photography, mobiles, ceramic art tiles, and so much more.
The Happyrock Pottery (20 Baltimore Avenue at the Celebration Mall; 410-375-7120 features the work of potter Susan Gladstone. Stop by to see handmade pottery in Rehoboth, as Susan might be there throwing a pot or two.
*Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203) hosts Suspended in Pink—a traveling exhibition of contemporary jewelry previously on view in Munich curated by Laura Bradshaw-Heap, with an Opening Reception on August 10 (6-9 a.m.). Heidi has jewelry-making classes every Wednesday from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.—including Make Your Own Wedding Ring!
*Juleez (1 North First Street; 302-227-3792) features the unique and vibrant works of Julie Borden including hand-painted cellos, violins, miniature pianos, beautiful acrylic on canvas originals, and giclee prints.
*Paintiques and The Galleries at 20 Baltimore (20 Baltimore Avenue; (302) 258-4203) informs me the Alligator Gars are getting ready to migrate back home, so if you haven’t already, come in and get one of your own. Also, keep your eyes open for the premier of six new shoes from artist Sherry Lee Biele.
*Philip Morton Gallery (47 Baltimore Avenue; 302-727-0905) welcomes Al Lachman August 16-17 for a two-night opening reception. Recognized for his expressive and colorful paintings of barns and landscapes of Bucks County and beyond, Al Lachman is an accomplished painter, instructor, juror, and author for the past 55 years.
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) hosts their 40th Annual Outdoor Fine Art and Fine Craft Show, August 10-11 and 17-18—Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with everything from pottery to face painting to live music and delicious food! The memorial showing of the works of Jack Lewis remains on view through August 25.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095) Cinema by the Canal Outdoor Screening: The Odd Life of Timothy Green on Wednesday, August 14 and Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away on Wednesday, August 28. Cinema by the Surf Outdoor Screening: Free film screening at Rehoboth Beach Bandstand—The Odd Life of Timothy Green—Thursday, August 22.
Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal, 302-227-7310) featuring the new Beach Eats exhibit. View menus from the Renegade, the Corner Cupboard, Chez La Mer, and others. Dive into history at our local museum. Admission is by donation. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
*Ward Ellinger Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard, 39 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2710) features Abstract Expressionism in different mediums by 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 and Studio 3 (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, as well as the work of Dolores Andrew, Joyce Blakeslee, Rose Doster, Wendy Kesler, Melissa McLean, and LaVerne McIntyre.