Interdependence Day Of Pride
I’ve always thought that “Independence Day” was a misnomer. We declared our independence and gained it through fighting and winning a war—but George Washington didn’t single-handedly smite the British. It took legions of like-minded people willing to sacrifice everything to achieve that goal. We were, and remain, an interdependent nation. How can we not give thanks for the multitude of people who create the supply chain to provide our food, clothing, housing, and transportation?
Every year, our relatively tiny state generates nearly $150 million in revenue from arts and culture—because we recognize and respect the intersectional/interdependent nature of our community. Every show needs a director, cast, costume/lighting/sound/set designers, box office, ushers, maintenance…. Take a guess at the yards of fabric, or the gallons of paint, or the cost of tap shoes the next time you grouse about the cost of a ticket. As we creep toward normalcy, I’m planning the 2021-2022 CAMP Rehoboth Chorus season and giving thanks for the rainbow village that will make it happen. Celebrate our interdependent village! ▼
#723 Sitting Figure 2 by Aina Nergaard-Nammack.
Opening July 6, CAMP Rehoboth features the mother-daughter duo of Aina Nergaard-Nammack—a colorist working with abstract forms—and Marta Nammack, a talented photographer. Each uses her medium to communicate in individual ways, using art to tell a story and show life and nature in an interesting light. Enjoy a courtyard reception on a Meterless Monday—July 12 (5-7 p.m.). ▼
CAMP Rehoboth highlights our community’s unique history and culture, and serves to further diversity, equity, and inclusion, by building unity and understanding. ▼
A Celebration of Life with Pride: In Honor and Memory of Lee Wayne Mills
L-R: Elk Neck Evening and Harlequin by Lee Wayne Mills.
Lee was a prolific local artist who passed away last year, and who bequeathed some of his art to CAMP Rehoboth with the request that proceeds from its sale be used for youth and arts programs. Lee’s art, which is held in numerous corporate and private collections, is built on the foundation of abstract expressionism. His gift provides an opportunity to remember Lee, add a piece of fine art to your collection, and support CAMP Rehoboth’s vital youth and arts programs at a time when they are needed more than ever. The art is also posted and available for purchase on the CAMP Rehoboth website in the Online Gallery found under “Shop.” A reception honoring Lee will be held June 19 (4:30-6:30p.m.) in the CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard. A Celebration of Life with Pride is on display in the CAMP Rehoboth Gallery and Atrium through July 3. ▼
CAMP Rehoboth 1st Fridays (Epworth UMC; 19285 Holland Glade Road) featuring singers from CAMP Rehoboth Chorus, July 2 (7p.m. and FREE)—also live-streamed and archived on the CAMP Rehoboth Facebook and YouTube pages. This month the theme is “I Hear America Singing”—songs about cities, states, or the country in general.
Cinema Art Theater (17701 Dartmouth Drive, Lewes; 302-313-4032; rehobothfilm.com) continues to follow all CDC guidelines, with reduced seating capacity for in-person viewing, and dozens of films available for streaming. See website for information.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270; ClearSpaceTheatre.org) cranks up their summer repertory season on June 29 with Mamma Mia!, followed by Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and The Sound of Music. Christopher Peterson returns this season with Eyecons: The Thank You Tour. Check their website for details.
The Milton Theater (110 Union Street, Milton; 302-684-3038; miltontheatre.com) has reduced indoor seating for social distancing, as well as their outdoor Quayside stage with a remarkably diverse array of talent. Check their website for events and summer camps.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown; 302-856-4560; possumpointplayers.org) presents All the Fixin’s—a special one-night country and blues fundraiser on their new outdoor stage, preceded by a delicious barbecue buffet, June 26.
GALLERIES & MUSEUMS
CAMP Rehoboth Gallery (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620; camprehoboth.com) featuring works by Lee Wayne Mills, Aina Nergaard-Nammack, and Marta Nammack. (See listing elsewhere in this column).
Gallery 50 (50 Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050; gallery50art.com) offers complete framing services and a fluid selection of works by the many talented artists they represent. Currently showing: Journey—A Pastel Exhibition by Jerry Strum—through June 29. Opening July 2: Recent Works by Kim Klabe.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Road, Lewes; 302-645-0551; peninsula-gallery.com) presents Complex Cloth—four quilters’ approach to surface design. Through July 25.
Come Alive by Sarah Pavlik, Peninsula Gallery.
60 Degree Maneuver: Indigo Shibori 3 by Margaret Black, Peninsula Gallery.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408; rehobothartleague.org) has several new exhibits: Earth, Water, and Fire (works by Lisa Battle), 48th Annual Members’ Fine Craft Exhibit, and The Human Form—A Moment in Time (works by Jeff Kibler). Visit their website for upcoming exhibitions and class offerings. ▼
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.
This program is 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 www.DelawareScene.com.