Gallery One artists announce Beach Property, their July exhibition, will be open to the public from Wednesday June 30 to Tuesday July 27.
When the sun reaches its northernmost point on the equator, known as the summer solstice, many European cultures hold midsummer celebrations that include gatherings at Stonehenge and bonfires at the top of the hills.
The onset of summer locally is traditionally marked by the return of seasonal residents to their beach homes and visitors arriving in droves for sand and sea.
Some artists have taken the exhibition’s theme literally and shared images of their favorite beach properties. Artist Laura Hickman’s pastel âBethany’s Smallestâ charmingly depicts Bethany Beach’s smallest building. The main house was swept away by the 1962 storm and has never been rebuilt, leaving behind a picturesque reminder of the past.
Artist Dale Sheldon’s acrylic painting, “Walls’ Apartments”, is a delightful illustration of Rehoboth Beach’s oldest house. Known as the Lorenzo Dow Martin House, it was built around 1873, when lots in the town could be purchased for $ 25.
Artist Leo Kahl’s watercolor âBoardwalk Tradition,â painted in loose, lush colors that seem to glow, is a portrait of what has driven so many families to visit the area from generation to generation. It’s not just the beach that makes a visit special; it is the walk and the family adventures that create lasting memories.
In Mary Bode Byrd’s mixed acrylic painting, ‘Waiting for the Band’, vivid and colorful, she pays homage to the bandstand in the heart of Bethany Beach which features many American service groups performing throughout the summer. .
Artist Eileen Olson’s watercolor âBethany Beach Dune Fenceâ was painted outdoors on the beach after an Easter day. The viewer can feel the power of the waves, and the deep blues and greens accentuate the drama of the scene. When owning a beach property, storms are both exciting and nerve-wracking.
Artists Lesley McCaskill and Michelle Marshall also approached the theme of beach property from a beauty perspective in its own backyard. In Marshall’s âBeach Property at Sunsetâ and McCaskill’s acrylic âView from the Trail,â the viewer is confronted with the beauty of the state park marshes. Both paintings depict Gordons Pond at different but equally dramatic times of the day, and each painting is full of color.
Still hosted by an artist, Gallery One is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 32 Atlantic Ave., Route 26, in Ocean View. The gallery is open with special artist demonstrations until 7 p.m. on Fridays from June to August.
For more information call 302-537-5055, email [email protected], or visit galleryonede.com.