The Rehoboth Art League will open its doors to three new exhibitions on Friday, Aug. 31, including its fourth annual juried show featuring the work of 14 artists, like Milford's own John Bayalis, as well as two spotlight shows highlighting the work of other central and southern Delaware artists.
The opening reception is free and open to the public and begins at 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31.
1 Color and form
Milton resident Ray Petersen will be featured in the Venture's Gallery of the Rehoboth Art League with his show, "Delaware and New Mexico Paintings—Color and Form." A scientist and teacher, Petersen was a professor of Botany at Howard University in Washington, D.C. when he took some evening classes at the Corcoran School of Art. Once he retired, he took up the brush full-time.
"I have always been interested in art and color," Petersen said. " My subjects are mostly plants, especially trees."
Petersen added that in his art, the organic forms are frequently suggestive of animals and people, seeming to subliminally appear in his work.
"I call this emergence of form, as others have, biomorphic art, [which translates as] literally 'life-form' art," Petersen said.
Peterson will also be on hand Monday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. discussing art and his work.
2 Character and beauty
Southern Delaware resident Denise Dumont's show "By the Sea" will be featured in RAL's Homestead gallery. Dumont spent her childhood on Long Island before making her life in New York City. An accomplished landscape painter, she spent several years painting in the Hudson River Valley and Baltimore, MD before settling in Delaware.
Dumont is considered a "realist painter," who enjoys capturing the character and beauty of her everyday world.
Her work has been largely influenced by artists like Edward Hopper, Edouard Vuillard and Fairfield Porter and, with her sketchbook and portable easel in hand, Dumont can often be found painting "en plein air."
A regular exhibitor along the Mid-Atlantic region, Dumoont will lead a class, "Oil Painting: Mastering Value," Friday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 23. Space is still available and interested individuals should call (302) 227-8408.
3 The juried show
The 4th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition was open to members and non-members alike.
Juror Maiza Hixon, the Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, selected 14 regional artists for the show, which requires a submission process before judging even begins.
Judge Alice Hupfel, who is also the Director of the Art Sales and Rental Gallery at the Delaware Art Musuem, will pick the winners, who will split various cash prizes totaling $4,000.