In a recent dream, my subconscious produced an award show to recognize the artistic achievements in Sussex County. After noticing that everyone was wearing their nightclothes, I discovered the awards were called the “Jammies.” Geez! Bad puns even in my dreams.
Hosting the event were Oprah and Tom Hanks. An attractive young woman asked me to follow her backstage, as I was to receive a Jammie for Life-Time Achievement. As I waited, I heard Oprah and Tom joking about that “loser,” and how his biggest achievement was “Baltimore’s Best Piano Bar”—in 1998! I was about to be exposed as the fraud I had always known I was. Well! I wasn’t about to be humiliated in my own dreams.
When I awoke, I found myself pondering my artistic legacy. A handful of small-cast musicals which will never see the light of day again (one was produced off-Broadway), co-founding three theaters (one still exists), a pile of vocal arrangements which will only be sung by groups I direct and—not to compare myself to Noel Coward—a talent to amuse.
What I realized is that despite not having a shelf full of awards, or the ability to live off my royalties, I’m pretty darned happy, and pray that my music has brought some joy into a few lives over the years. Hopefully, some of the artists listed below will win that Jammie one day! I’ll just wear mine. All locations are Rehoboth Beach unless otherwise noted.▼
Summer may be over, but the CAMP Rehoboth Gallery has a great line-up of art exhibitions throughout the fall and into the winter months. Head into town to see the art, or better yet, attend the receptions, meet the artists, and celebrate the arts. Parking is free now and much more plentiful!
Visually Disrepaired: Paintings and Drawings by Scott G. Brooks
November 3-28 | Artist’s Reception: Saturday, November 10 (4-6 p.m.)
Those who saw the Bears art show last month, may recall the burly ginger bear featured on the entry wall. We’re thrilled to announce that the creator of that work, Baltimore artist Scott G. Brooks, will return to CAMP Rehoboth for a solo show, where he will be exhibiting a variety of new and older work, prints, and more. His artworks are figurative and range from simple portraiture to intricate narratives.
Says Brooks, “I create work based on the figure. It is a language that is accessible and facilitates communication. Like dance, a narrative is created without words. The stories are told in the infinite number of faces, gestures, and bodies that inhabit my work.” Brooks’ art incorporates social, psychological, and political issues, usually infused with a dark sense of humor. “Even in my most severe pieces, humor exists on some level, if only as a reminder not to take ourselves too seriously.” ▼
CAMP Rehoboth Hours
Monday-Friday: 9 am - 5 pm | Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm
Images: (top to bottom)
Leda and the Swan, Mixed media on paper, 10" x 13"
The Shaming, Oil on canvas, 18" x 24"
Artists’ Reception: Saturday, December 8 (2-4 p.m.)
Something magical happens when multiple generations come together to make art. The act of creation gives a powerful voice to artists of any age and builds a sense of shared community pride. CAMP Rehoboth’s December art exhibition, Generations!, will combine the talents of emerging, established, the young, and the “young at heart” by showcasing the work of high school student artists and artists who are 55+ years of age. Creative high school students and 55+ artists who wish to have work considered for this show should email firstname.lastname@example.org and the art team will respond with details. Deadline for entry is November 7.
CAMP Rehoboth Chorus (37 Baltimore Ave.; 302-227-5620) is in rehearsal for their February 15-17, 2019 presentation of Seasons of Love—celebrating their first decade of making music. Make a note to get tickets for the concerts the second they go on sale.
Capital Ringers are rehearsing for Celebrate the Season—their 2018 holiday tour runs November 18-December 15.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) produces Heathers—the “killer” musical based on the classic 1989 film (October 19-31). Their Spotlight on Young Performers group presents Willy Wonka (November 9-11), followed by A Well-Strung Christmas (November 17-18), and ends the year with A Christmas Carol (November 23-December 9).
Mercy’s Well—Epworth UMC (19285 Holland Glade Rd.; 302-227-7743) has a special Veteran’s Day celebration Saturday, November 10 (7-9 p.m.), with a terrific quintet of musicians and soloists to entertain you with the memorable music of the Korean War. Mark your calendars for their annual Christmas Spectacular—Yule Love It...Again! December 8 (7 p.m.) featuring Epworth’s Music Department, the CAMP Rehoboth Ensemble, and several surprise guests, including the big guy in red!
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) presents A Night of Motown Hits on October 27 (7:30 p.m.) and October 28 (2 p.m.). A fundraiser for Possum’s lobby refurbishment, it also features a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, Chinese auction, and baked goods. It’s a Wonderful Life will warm your hearts from November 30-December 9.
Premier Centre for the Arts at Milton Theater (110 Union St., Milton; 302-684-3038) “keeps Milton weird”! October events—18: Revival House film They Live; 19: Magnolia Applebottom’s Night of the Living Drag; 20: Milton Zombie Fest (matinee) / Rocky Horror Picture Show (evening); 25: Kirtan: Transcendental Jam Session; 26: Dynamo; 27: Divine Hand Ensemble; 28: Coco; November events: 1: Eighth Grade; 2: Larry XL Comedy (18+); 3: Heathers (Clear Space); 8: Sorry to Bother You; 9: Think Pink Floyd; 10: Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis; 15: Robert Redford’s All Is Lost; 16: Magicians Trick Trio; 17: The Funsters (Benefit Dance Party); 18: The Greatest Showman.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (17701 Dartmouth Drive, Lewes; 302-313-4032) screens the best new Independent films at their Cinema Art Theatre. The Met: Live in HD - Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila (October 27 & 29); Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (November 17 & 19). National Theatre Live: The Madness of George III (December 8-11). Get your tickets for the 21st Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival—November 1-11!
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street, Milford; 302-422-0220/ 800-838-3006) prepares for their holiday offering Miracle on 34th Street (November 23–December 2). The theatre will be closed for renovations through March 2019, and they celebrate the event with Bryan Clark on December 7.
Southern Delaware Chorale (P.O. Box 444; 302-260-7022) performs Handel’s Messiah on December 2 (3 p.m.) at Cape Henlopen High School under the direction of Dr. Colin Armstrong.
Abraxas Studio of Art (515 Federal Street, Lewes; 302-645-9119) features the oil portraits and landscape paintings of Abraxas and his own style of illuminated reality.
Anna Hazzard Museum (17 Christian Street, 302-226-1119) is a captivating look at the early history of Rehoboth Beach as a religious retreat. The museum is housed in one of the original “tent” houses from Rehoboth’s 1870s camp-meeting era and is named for former owner and civic leader, Anna Hazzard.
The Brush Factory on Kings (830 Kings Highway, Lewes; 302-745-2229) is an artist/craft co-op: furniture, art, clothing, antiques, and more. They’re currently in a “pumpkin state of mind”!
CAMP Rehoboth Gallery (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620) on display through October 31: Imagine: New Works by Terrence Vann. Opening November 3: Visually Disrepaired: Paintings and Drawings by Scott G. Brooks.
Cape Artists Gallery (110 W. 3rd Street, Lewes; 302-644-7733; capeartists.org) represents two dozen artists, with much of their work focusing on beach scenes.
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop (50 A-B Wilmington Avenue; 302- 227-2050) features a variety of artworks in painting, jewelry, glass, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, and mobiles. A new show featuring the works of Constance Costigan and Michael Krausz runs through November 1.
Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203) has beautiful and unique hand-made pieces (including wedding rings!) and offers classes in jewelry making. Catch her Art in the Yard with the Dewey Artist Collaboration on Friday, October 27 (5–8p.m.) during the Sea Witch Festival. Her fantastic annual Earrings Galore is on view through December.
Painting With a Twist (17723 Coastal Highway; 302-313-5769) offers painting classes and “pARTies” for all occasions. Visit their website for details.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Road, Lewes; 302-645-0551) presents Mutual Interests with work by Richard Calvo, Howard Eberle, and Steve Rogers through October 31. Opening November 3: On the Road Again—four artists who often travel together to paint or enter the same plein air competitions—featuring Lynn Mehta, Gray Dodson, Bernard Dellario, and Meg Walsh.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408) has a fantastic schedule of classes—pottery, to pen and ink technique, to jewelry making…something for everyone. Current exhibitions: About Face–A Members’ Showcase Exhibition (through October 31); Beach Blowout–Juried Members’ Showcase Exhibition (through December 30). Their 34th Annual Holiday Fair is November 3 & 4 (10a.m.–4p.m.) rain or shine! Check their website for a complete schedule of exhibits, salons, and gallery talks.
Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal; 302-227-7310) has completed renovations to their second floor and revamped their permanent collection exhibits, and is OPEN! Check their website for some great walking tours of the area and fascinating lectures.
The Studio on 24 (20231 John J. Williams Highway, Lewes; 302-644-4424) is open by appointment only, but worth it to visit with owner and artisan Deb Appleby and view her custom-made glassware or have her make something special just for you.
Tideline Gallery (146 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-4444) offers unique gifts, jewelry, pottery, and art glass.
Ward Ellinger Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard, 39 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2710) features art in different mediums by abstract expressionist Ward Ellinger and Sondra N. Arkin. ▼
Doug is the Artistic and Musical Director for CAMP Rehoboth Chorus, Director of Music Ministries at Epworth UMC, and co-founder and Artistic Director emeritus of the Clear Space Theater Company. Email Doug Yetter to add events to the calendar.
Images: Cuban Attitude, by Dottie Teixeira, Rehoboth Art League; Hidden Queen 2 (detail), painting by Terrance Vann, CAMP Rehoboth Gallery; Chasing Waterfalls, painting by Sallie Otenasek, Gallery 50; Port Mahon Beach, painting by Steve Rogers, Peninsula Gallery.
CAMP Rehoboth Arts Programs are 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