This year, 2020 may have been the worst year in memory, but we’ve been forced to envision the arts in a completely new way. I’m still going to harbor a gigantic grudge for taking everything I live for out of my life. CAMP Rehoboth Chorus had three concerts on the books. We only got to do one of the three. Clear Space figured out how to keep patrons, cast, and crew at a safe social distance and remain one of only a handful of theaters in the country able to stay open. Art galleries limited capacity or opened by appointment only. Technophobes (like moi) have begun to master at least the rudiments of editing virtual art experiences. It’s been a tough year for everyone, but hopefully we’ll start to see some normalcy return to our lives as 2020 fades in the rearview.
Winter Solstice Craft Salon
CAMP Rehoboth continues to support our local artful artisans by offering to display and sell their crafty creations. The salon officially opens Saturday, December 12 (11am-3pm) and features high-quality original and unique fine arts and crafts, including fiber art, paintings, assemblage, stained glass, ceramics, jewelry, and more. To further assist your holiday shopping, the salon co-exists with the Handmade Market in the Courtyard. Through December 31.
Pacem in Terris
Were this a normal year, hundreds of good folk would gather indoors and sing a full-throated, “Peace on the earth, goodwill to all!” But…2020. Here at CAMP Rehoboth we’re rejoicing with new angels—over 300 young artists (ages five to 18) from 27 Delaware schools and community organizations answered the questions: “What is your vision of a peaceful world?” and “What does peace mean to you?” by creating art. And those angels’ beautiful, original, and inspiring works are showcased in the juried Pacem in Terris traveling peace exhibition—on display in the CAMP Rehoboth Community Room—December 17, 2020 to January 31, 2021.
Schedule an appointment for a small group or individual tour to see CAMP Rehoboth exhibitions by emailing artshow@CAMPRehoboth.com.
Never Look Back
As we bid 2020 farewell, the CAMP Rehoboth Arts Team (Edward Alban, Kerry Hallett, Jane Knaus, Lois Powell, Leslie Sinclair, and Patricia Stiles) have busied themselves planning the 2021 season by creating a vision where diversity is embraced, differences are respected, and hatred and prejudice are rejected. We continue to honor and recognize local artists, work toward equity and inclusion in our artist representation, and place new emphasis on themes that increase understanding and build unity. Stay tuned as we ring in a New Year of art!
CAMP Rehoboth Open Mic Nights (CAMP Rehoboth Community Center Facebook page—under “videos”) First Fridays (7-8pm) are hosted by moi, and feature singers from CAMP Rehoboth Chorus. Third Fridays (6-8pm) are hosted by CAMP Rehoboth Operations Administrator and musician Kerry Hallett, with lots of talented folks. Watch live or when you have a bit of extra time.
Capital Ringers (PO Box 35, Lewes; capitalringers.org) have released their virtual holiday handbell concert, “Tidings of Comfort and Joy.” Check their website for details.
Cinema Art Theater (17701 Dartmouth Drive, Lewes; 302-313-4032; rehobothfilm.com) has CDC guidelines in effect and reduced seating capacity for in-person viewing, as well as several films available for streaming. See website for information.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270; ClearSpaceTheatre.org) presents Elf—The Musical as their holiday offering—through December 20. They list all COVID-19 precautions on their website, and remain one of the few theaters in operation in the country.
The Milton Theater (110 Union Street, Milton; 302-684-3038; miltontheatre.com) has reduced their seating capacity to 30 percent to ensure adequate social distancing. Their offerings in December: 12: Lower Case Blues; 18: Ho! Ho! Ho! Comedy Show; 19: One Dame Christmashanukwanzaka; 20: Nutcracker Express Ballet; 31: F*ck 2020 New Year’s Eve Party with Mona Lotts. Check their website for details and 2021 schedule.
GALLERIES & MUSEUMS
CAMP Rehoboth Gallery (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620; camprehoboth.com) features Winter Solstice Craft Salon and Pacem in Terris traveling peace exhibit. (See listing elsewhere in this column.)
Gallery 50 (50 Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050; gallery50art.com) features original paintings, jewelry, glass, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media. The gallery will not be holding special exhibits or events until further notice.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Road, Lewes; 302-645-0551; peninsula-gallery.com) presents Small Jewels 17—works limited in size and price for the holidays. Preview the show on their website.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408; rehobothartleague.org) is taking a break for the holidays. Visit the website for upcoming exhibitions and extensive class offerings.
SeanCorey Art Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard; 39 Baltimore Avenue, 302-396-1013) is now open in the CAMP Rehoboth courtyard. A portion of their sales will go to CAMP Rehoboth and AIDS Delaware.##
Doug is the Artistic Director for CAMP Rehoboth Chorus, Minister of Music at Epworth UMC, and co-founder and Artistic Director emeritus of the Clear Space Theater Company. Contact Doug at email@example.com to add your events to the calendar. Check out CAMP Arts at camprehoboth.com for links to all the listings.
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.