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The RAL members’ fine art exhibition includes “Untitled Portrait” by Becky Raubacher, a multimedia work.



The Rehoboth Art League invites the public to its galleries from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 23, to celebrate the opening of a new series of exhibitions, including the annual Members’ Exhibition on Fine Art, now in his 83rd year.

Summer Favorite features artwork from over 80 member artists in a variety of media, including pastel, watercolor, acrylic, oil and mixed media paintings; sculptures of metal and wood; photography; and more.

Following a long-standing tradition, a variety of awards are presented, and this year’s show will be judged by Molly Giordano, Executive Director of the Delaware Art Museum. Giordano will present a free Gallery Talk at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, in the Corkran Gallery, to provide an overview of his award decisions and to discuss other notable pieces from the members’ fine art exhibit.

The opening night on Friday July 23 at RAL’s Ventures Gallery is John Clendening’s “Experience the Great Outdoors,” a collection of oil paintings featuring inspiring landscapes.

Clendening was the winner of the Best in Show award for the 2020 RAL Membership Art Show. He began studying at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, in 1958 and learned realistic drawing and painting techniques. In 1963 he was hired by the Corcorans to teach drawing and painting classes to adults, and Clendening worked full-time as an exhibit designer at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. He was then selected to work at the National Air & Space Museum.

Now retired, Clendening has opened his own studio on the East Coast, where he continues to paint.

Starting the same evening at the Peter Marsh Homestead property, a fiber art exhibit by Melissa May is “reinterpreted”. May is a Lewes artist who has exhibited at the Rehoboth Art League since 2019. Her wall hangings have been described as “organic, transformative, atavistic, manifesting feminine divinity and evocative of the primal.”

The artist received a bachelor’s degree in painting from the Art Academy in Cincinnati, continued his studies in art history and museum studies, and eventually obtained a graduate degree in anthropology from Eastern New Mexico. University. His career has included museum work in four states and various types of institutions, including a historic site, state museum, Native American museum, and arts organization. His works have been exhibited across the United States and as far as Australia.

This series of exhibitions will be on display until August 22.

The Rehoboth Art League is a non-profit, membership-based arts organization dedicated to teaching, preserving and inspiring the arts in the region. For more information about the Art League, its courses, events and exhibitions, visit the website at rehobothartleague.org or call (302) 227-8408.

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