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Rehoboth Art League 44th Annual Outdoor Show

Written on:August 8, 2017
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AUGUST 8, 2017

Picture-perfect weather and an array of artwork from artists around the country brought community members out to the Rehoboth Art League’s 44th Annual Outdoor Fine Art & Fine Craft show. The show takes place annually during the first two weekends in August at the nonprofit’s beautiful, wooded, 3.5 acre campus in Henlopen Acres, where you’ll find arts and craft both inside the historic buildings, and all over the grounds. The final two days of the show are August 12th and 13th, and will be the final weekend this year to talk to and view the work of more than 125 participating artists and artisans, including some first-time exhibitors as well as longtime local favorites.

Peter Emanuel - Contributed Photo

Peter Emanuel – Contributed Photo

First time Outdoor Show artist Peter Emanuel joined the ranks of exhibiting artists this year after showing a select number of his mandala creations in the RAL galleries. Emanuel, a Baltimore-based molecular biologist by day, creates peace-inspiring mandalas with a pop culture spin. These forms of art have traditionally represented a meditative process, creating a soothing order for viewers. However, Emanuel’s creations bring a unique sense of whimsy to the traditional mandala art form, incorporating well-known board game pieces into his design. Everything from Monopoly to Battleship, and majong to dominoes are represented within his artwork. As he explains, “finding the game piece components of my artwork are the hardest part of the process.” Emanuel scours the internet to find game pieces of yesterday, buying things up from online auctions and eBay. The easier part of his creative process, then, is putting everything together once decisions have been made about color palettes and layout. The final pop culture-themed works continue the traditional meditative theme for viewers in an enjoyable, contemporary way. His booth at the Outdoor Show has a wide array of themed mandalas, both as hanging wall pieces and as tables.

The art league’s Outdoor Show also continues to draw longtime local favorites as exhibitors, such as pastel artist Laura Hickman, who first participated in this RAL event when she was in college in the late 1970s. By the 1990s she had become an annual fixture in this treasured event. “There’s a history here,” says Hickman of the Outdoor Show, and explains that “if it weren’t for this art show I probably wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing.” This event in particular, she says, helped to build up her list of contacts and patrons at a time in her artistic career when she had none. Though Hickman now is widely known for her colorful renditions of beach houses in the Bethany Beach area, which are on display in her tent at RAL this year, she also showcases pastel landscapes of Tuscany and scenes from Portugal and England. Her Outdoor Show tent also houses pastels of animals. Hickman is especially fond of creating artwork of dogs and goats, and her “Mystic Goat” piece, on display in RAL’s Corkran Gallery, recently won the Howard Schroeder Award for Best Portrait in RAL’s 79th Annual Members’ Fine Art Exhibition.

Laura Hickman - Contributed Photo

Laura Hickman – Contributed Photo

With a wide variety of artwork to be seen on campus—mandalas and pastels, as well as painting, photography, pottery, fiber art, jewelry, metalwork, and more—the second and final weekend of RAL’s Outdoor Show promises something for everyone. While some artists create artwork in their booths, there will also be pottery demonstrations and musical entertainment. Face painting is available for the young—and the young at heart—and culinary treats are available from Fork + Flask by Nage and The Point. Returning again this weekend is RAL’s Lemonade Stand, the proceeds of which support the league’s Arts Outreach program, a free arts education program offered throughout Sussex County. Dogfish Head sponsors the annual Beer Garden, which supports the organization’s historic Peter Marsh Homestead and Gardens. Finally, there is a raffle for an original Nick Serratore pastel, Wild Things, valued at $3200. Raffle tickets are $5 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20. The winning ticket will be pulled on Sunday, August 13th at 4pm.

Show hours are Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person for the weekend. Children under 12 are admitted free.

There are two free off-site parking locations and Jolly Trolley shuttle to make it easier to travel to the show. The shuttle can be picked up at the Rehoboth Gateway Shopping Center (between Bed, Bath & Beyond and Fresh Market) and The Rehoboth Beach Elementary School at 500 Stockley Street. Shuttle service begins at 9:45 a.m. each day and makes continuous circuits during the day. The shuttle is provided by RAL.

For all the schedules and additional information about the show visit the RAL web site at www.rehobothartleague.org or call 302.227.8408. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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