Never Be An Artist
As Cole Porter once said, “Never, NEVER be an artist—unless you want to have a wonderful life!” and truer words were never spoken. Even if you’ve never created art of any kind, enjoying and supporting the arts will enrich your life. Now get started! All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) begins their summer repertory season June 26 with an opening night reception for The Full Monty. Their summer season also includes Oliver! and Sordid Lives starring Christopher Peterson as “Brother Boy.” Peterson will be offering his amazing one-man show Saturday and Sunday evenings through the summer. Check their website for complete show and summer camp schedule and reservations.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) opens the fast-paced British farce See How They Run June 6-15 directed by Michael Murnin.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095) holds Festival Film Review sessions June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 28 and August 4 (South Coastal Library in Bethany) and June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 29, and August 5 (upstairs screening room, Movies at Midway). 7 p.m. at both locations. Admission: $2 (RBFS members/$4 future members) and free in Bethany. The sessions assist the film selection process for the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. Join RBFS in a Tribute to American Jazz on June 30 (2-4 p.m.) at Cadbury at Lewes to view The Girls in the Band—untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists from the late ‘30s to the present day. Pre-register by June 16 at 202-250-4550.
Rehoboth Concert Band offers Waves of Freedom, Sunday, June 29 (8 p.m.) Rehoboth Beach Bandstand with guest vocalist Jerry Birl, and an ensemble from the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus in a special tribute to our military, veterans, and their families.
Galleries marked with an asterisk (*) are members of The Rehoboth Gallery Collective, MOSAIC. Join participating galleries for their next Second Saturdays: Destination ARTWALK—June 14 (6-9 p.m.)
*Amandeline Gallery (Galleries at 20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-226-0330) introduces Arizona artist, Chris Rightmer, whose plein air oil paintings are done in a style reminiscent of Edward Hopper. Also, four new textured acrylic still life paintings from local artist, Amanda Ponko, are on display through June.
*Anita Peghini-Räber Gallery (49 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2888) features original local/regional expressive naturalistic and abstract art with Sweeping Sensual Landscapes by Anita Peghini-Räber, and limited edition digital lithography prints by Patricia Fisher. Bring up to three of your own paintings for weekly “art motivation” with Anita (Fridays, 4-5 p.m.) Registration: $25-$15 sliding scale donation. Monthly Argentine Tango De Arte Milonga ($10 at the door) with a free introductory class (8-9 p.m.)—last Saturday of the month. Every Thursday Art & Belly with Viva Viviana (6:30-8 p.m.)—an introduction to Belly Dance open to Fe/males. $10 at the door. Hours: Monday-Wednesday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), Thursday- Saturday (10 a.m.-9 p.m.), Sunday (10 a.m.-5 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.
Barking Dog Gallery (29 Lake Shore Drive; Lewes; 856-577-1411) offering classes in watercolor/zentangle and jewelry by Donna Whiteside.
*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) has 25% off all framing jobs during the month of June with the mention of this offer in Letters. July 5 marks the return of Jason Wright with a new exhibit Vessels, along with their annual Fine Art Silent Auction for AIDS Delaware.
The Happyrock Pottery (20 Baltimore Avenue at the Celebration Mall; 410-375-7120) encourages you to think spring and 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) New art, new shoes, new pieces of artfully-painted furniture… call it Whimsical Chic. Enjoy some changes and surprises for you from the eclectic little group at 20 Baltimore Avenue! Thursday (11 a.m.-6 p.m.), Friday and Saturday (11 a.m.-8 p.m.), Sunday and Monday, by chance.
*Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Rd in Lewes; 302-645-0551) presents Going Big—large format paintings by artists Laura Hickman and Steve Rogers. Join them for an opening night reception June 7 (5:30-7:30 p.m.).
*Philip Morton Gallery (47 Baltimore Avenue; 302-727-0905) unveils John Schlimm’s original collection entitled Compassion. Join them for opening receptions for Rob Vander Zee on Saturday, June 14, and Saturday, June 28. Stop in to see fantastic new shadowbox dioramas, glass, sculpture, and mixed media works.
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) 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 (June 26)—Yoga and Tai Chi hosted by Robert Sessa and Tom Beall at their home in Rehoboth Beach $50/ advance purchase. June 14 (6-11 p.m.) is their annual Best of the Beach Art Auction at the Beebe Medical Center campus with dinner and dancing. Drop in to their new annex in McQuay’s Marketplace (510 Rehoboth Avenue). Please visit their website for complete details on their programming.
Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal, 302-227-7310) celebrates the historical perspective and joy of playing with toys on wheels with their new exhibit Cruisin’. Relive memories of recreational times with vintage bicycles and toys with wheels on loan from local collectors. 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.