The Lusty Month of May
Much akin to the new crop of flowers popping out of the ground, the arts community has events guaranteed to delight your senses in many ways—and nary a weed in the bunch! All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) the areas only professional theatre company, presents the regional premiere of Avenue Q—May 2-18. Find out what all of those adorable muppets face when they reach adulthood. Mature content. CSTC is offering a “Buy Four—Get Five” special this season, and with Oliver!, The Full Monty, Sordid Lives, On Golden Pond, and She Loves Me on their season, you can’t go wrong. Check their website for complete show and summer camp schedule and reservations.
Southern Delaware Choral Society (PO Box 444; 302-396-7617) announces its spring concert Rustic To Regal—featuring song and dance from Eastern and Central Europe, accompanied by Paul Fleckenstein (piano) and Ken Schleifer (percussion) and dancers from First State Dance Academy in Milford. Friday/Saturday, May 2 and 3 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, May 4 (4 p.m.) at Epworth United Methodist Church. Tickets: $20 (adults); $8 (students with valid ID)—available through the information listed above, as well as at Puzzles (Lewes) and Browseabout Books (Rehoboth Beach) and at the door.
Galleries marked with an asterisk (*) are members of The Rehoboth Gallery Collective, MOSAIC. Join participating galleries for their Second Saturdays: Destination Artwalk—May 10 (6-9 p.m.)
*Amandeline Gallery (Galleries at 20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-226-0330) continues its exhibit of original plein air oil paintings by DC artist, Kate McConnell, through May. Florals and Gardening themes will be on display in the gallery and May’s Artwalk will feature paintings of City and Urban Landscapes from various artists.
*Anita Peghini-Räber Gallery (49 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2888) features Original Local/Regional Expressive Naturalistic and Abstract Art and Sweeping Sensual Landscapes by Anita Peghini-Räber. Check out their weekly art motivation—a collaboration discussing your painting with Anita. Bring up to three paintings. Every Friday 4-5 p.m. registration is required: $15. Monthly Argentine Tango De Arte Milonga with a free introductory class (8-9 p.m.)—last Saturday of the month. Every Thursdays Art & Belly with Viva Viviana (6:30-8 p.m.)— an introduction to Belly Dance open to Fe/males. Hours: Friday-Saturday (10 a.m.-9 p.m.), Sunday (10 a.m. -5 p.m.), Second Saturday Artwalk (6-9 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.
Barking Dog Gallery (29 Lake Shore Drive; Lewes; 856-577-1411) offering classes in watercolor/zentangle and jewelry by Donna Whiteside.
CAMP Rehoboth Community Center (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620;) features Artworx 19971: Artists Showcase Mischief in Color through May 22.
*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) proudly announces an exhibit of a variety of mediums and works from eight members of the Sussex County-based The Artists’ Exchange group. Marti Marino, Lee Wayne Mills, Aina Nergaard-Nammack, Peggy Sampogna, Barbara Warden, Col. Victor Letonoff, Michael Krausz, and Constance Costigan will have works exhibited in a group show at the gallery Friday, May 9 (6-8 p.m.).
The Happyrock Pottery (20 Baltimore Avenue at the Celebration Mall; 410-375-7120) encourages you to think spring, flowers, and mothers! Stop by to find a special container for those spring flowers!
*Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203) offers day and nighttime classes in metal-smithing. Learn to make rings, earrings, and bracelets! Call the gallery for details.
*Paintiques and The Galleries at 20 Baltimore (20 Baltimore Avenue; (302) 258-4203) is sprucing up for Spring! New Art, New Shoes, New pieces of artfully-painted furniture…call it “Whimsical Chic.” Join them for Artwalk and enjoy some changes and surprises for you from the eclectic little group at 20 Baltimore Avenue! Thursday (11 a.m.-6 p.m.), Friday/ Saturday (11 a.m.-8 p.m.), Sunday and Monday by chance.
*Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Rd in Lewes; 302-645-0551).
*Philip Morton Gallery (47 Baltimore Avenue; 302-727-0905) has fantastic new original art work—including new glass, sculpture, and mixed media works from a variety of artists arriving weekly.
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 books, calendars, and cards.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408) has three exhibitions with the opening Friday, May 2 (5-7 p.m.): Sound of Many Waters: Drawings and Paintings by Brooke Rogers in the Corkran Gallery. Rogers is currently the Chair of Salisbury University’s Art Department. Drawing Detroit: Works in Ink by Margi Weir in the Tubbs Gallery. Members Showcase: Juried Photography Show in the Homestead. All three exhibits are on display through May 25. Opening May 30 (5-7 p.m.): 41st Members Craft Exhibition, RAL Instructors Show Member Showcase Figurative: Works Related to the Human Form. Tickets are on sale for June Salon: Art of Movement—Yoga and Tai Chi hosted by Robert Sessa and Tom Beall at their home in Rehoboth Beach, $50 advance purchase. Drop in to the Art League’s new annex in the former McQuay’s Marketplace (510 Rehoboth Avenue). Please visit their website for complete details on their programming.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095) Around the World: (presented in collaboration with the Lewes Public Library) Key of Life—May 7 (7 p.m.), Upstairs Screening Room, Movies at Midway. Free, thanks to our friends at the Movies at Midway! Monthly Screening: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life and Cavedigger—two documentary shorts, Thursday, May 22 (7 p.m.) at Bear Trap Dunes and Friday, May 23 (7 p.m.) Upstairs Screening Room at Midway Movies. $4 (RBFS members), $6 (future members). Read A Movie: The Man Who Could Work Miracles, based on H. G. Wells short story, Wednesday, May 14 (4 p.m.), Rehoboth Beach Public Library. Free. The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: (final presentation of the season) Rossini’s charming La Cenerentola, Saturday, May 10 (12:55 p.m.) at the Cape Henlopen High School Theater. Visit their website for other events and details.
Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal, 302-227-7310) hosts it’s Fourth Annual Needlework Exhibit through May 11 at the Rehoboth Beach Museum. Admission is by donation. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday/ 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.