Fast Away the Old Year Passes…
…but not fast enough for most of us! In times gone by, the holiday issue has been a time for reflection on the year, and that was my intention when I began writing. But I’ve resolved to stop looking backward. There is no reason to elaborate on what went right or wrong in 2021 (or 2020 2.0 if you will), and as we’ve learned over the past 22 months, it would be a waste of precious time prognosticating about 2022. The old Yiddish proverb “We plan, God laughs” could not ring truer. And as I’ve already been deemed a “liberal nutjob,” there’s no purpose enumerating what I perceive as being wrong with the world as it would likely start yet another argument. Potayto, potahto.
So, gentle readers, it’s time to find joy in our lives. Use the season to explore new ways to give of yourself. If you feel hopeless, give hope to those less fortunate. Volunteer, give of your time, talent, and treasure. Get out of your head. The days are short, and the dark can overwhelm, but joy will lead us home. Hail the new, ye lads and lasses! ▼
CAMP REHOBOTH SHOWS
Home Is Where You Are
HINENI (Here I Am)——These stunning, powerful, large-scale abstract works are gracing the walls of the Elkins-Archibald Atrium. HINENI is a solo master’s thesis exhibition by Rebecca Davidson, a contemporary abstract impressionist painter currently pursuing an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. Davidson’s approach explores motion, color, and texture, creating monumental, layered paintings where the pigments and forms dance together. The body of work included in the exhibit encapsulates the crossroads of their experience as an Intersectional Artist.
Image from Pacem in Terris Traveling Artwork
Pacem in Terris Traveling Peace Artwork—a juried exhibit containing work by 15 young artists. This year’s collection of art is particularly impactful, and includes multiple mediums—paintings, drawings, photography, collage, and more. The young people’s written words about their visions for peace accompany the art. Pacem in Terris is a grassroots organization focused on achieving peace through justice. They believe that together we can restore our communities and foster a healthier world where we all can thrive.
Both of these must-see exhibits run through January 3, 2022. Take some time during this hectic holiday season to stop by CAMP Rehoboth, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., to reflect on the art in these two meaningful shows.
In January, watch CAMP Rehoboth’s website (camprehoboth.com) for more information about ART + ACTIVISM, an exhibit featuring the work of Black artists, held in conjunction with Black History Month.
CAMP Rehoboth highlights our community’s unique history and culture, and serves to further diversity, equity, and inclusion, by building unity and understanding. ▼
CAMP Rehoboth Chorus (37 Baltimore Ave, 302-227-5620, email@example.com) is in rehearsal for their 2022 concert—The Great American Songbook, featuring the music of 20th century legends Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Billy Joel, Carole King, and Paul Simon. February 18-20 at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road.
Cinema Art Theater (17701 Dartmouth Drive, Lewes; 302-313-4032; rehobothfilm.com) offers reduced seating capacity for in-person viewing, and dozens of films available for streaming. The Met: Live in HD: Cinderella January 8-11; Rigoletto February 7-8. See website for current information.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270; ClearSpaceTheatre.org) presents Scrooge the Musical through December 19. Tickets are on sale for their great 2022 season—39 Steps, Victor/Victoria, 9 to 5, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Elf, and more! Check their website for details.
The Milton Theater (110 Union Street, Milton; 302-684-3038; miltontheatre.com) has reduced capacity for social distancing and continues to present a remarkably diverse array of shows and talent. Check their website for events.
Mispillion Performance Series continues their premiere season with Sounds of the Season—Music for the Heart with flutist Karen Johnson, trombonist Bryan Bourne, and pianist Mariko Hiller on December 18, 7:30 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church (19285 Holland Glade Road). FREE and open to the public.
Rehoboth Concert Band (rehobothconcertband.org) presents its Holiday Peace Concert, featuring traditional carols, medleys with surprise “twists,” and songs of global peace. December 19, 3:00 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road. Visit their website for information and tickets.
GALLERIES & MUSEUMS
CAMP Rehoboth Gallery (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620; camprehoboth.com) features Pacem in Terris, and HINENI. (See listing elsewhere in this column.)
Gallery 50 (50 Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050; gallery50art.com) offers complete framing services and represents a plethora of talented artists.
Fish and Shells by Sharon Marquat at Milton Arts Guild.
Milton Arts Guild (107 Federal Street, Milton; 302-684-1500; miltonartsguild.org) celebrates their new home and offers online classes for all. Visit their website for classes and upcoming events.
Palette Knives by Chloe McEldowney
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Road, Lewes; 302-645-0551; peninsula-gallery.com) presents their 18th annual holiday show, Small Jewels, featuring works limited in size and price, through December 31. Their artist of the month is Nancy Richards West.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408; rehobothartleague.org) has settled in for a bit of a winter nap, while gearing up for Still Life, a Juried Members Showcase Exhibit opening January 12. Visit their website for upcoming exhibitions and classes. ▼
Doug is the Artistic 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. Contact Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to add your events to the calendar. Check out CAMP Arts on our website at camprehoboth.com for links to all the listed theatres, galleries and museums.