Local Favorites

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Peninsula Gallery Presents: “Local Favorites,” a multi-artist exhibition on Lower Delaware culture and scenery


In “Local Favorites,” 9 Delmarva artists bring the Lewes and Rehoboth area to life through paint. The exhibition features 46 original works that capture the vibrancy and beauty of the region through traditional and contemporary styles. Each artist brings their own vision to memorable subjects throughout Lower Delaware, such as architecture, boats, social life and isolated serenity.


Among the participating artists is Al Barker, who focuses on the tranquil and ever-changing skies of the Delaware shorelines. Doris Ingram, a long-time Lewes resident, recreates scenes of local life in watercolor, from the hustle and bustle of downtown to rustic hidden treasures. Jane McElvany Coonce exhibits views from docks along the Lewes Canal, including one shot of the picturesque Overfalls lightship. Jim Rehak brings to life the seasonal changes of the Delmarva Peninsula through a combination of impressionistic and realist landscapes. Janet Raesly’s seascapes and dune paintings are often referred to as expressionistic realism, finding beauty in simple landscapes. John Eiseman explores rural and coastal environments and subverts them to capture the natural phenomena and mood of the moment. Michelle Marshall paints beaches and marshes in a contemporary way by using extraordinary color palettes and elements of abstract expressionism, keeping her work fresh and spontaneous. Rick Phillips uses his background in illustration and advertising to produce a collection that spotlights the historic cottages and charming streets of downtown Lewes. Jacalyn Beam’s plein air impressionistic paintings show the buzz of the Rehoboth boardwalk and docked boats.


Each artist on show has a special relationship with Lower Delaware, using their passion and lived experience to create works that reflect why this area is a little slice of paradise. “In honor of our 25th year in business, we are delighted to celebrate the area that has supported us. This is the first time we have hosted an exhibition like this,” says Tony Boyd-Heron, co-owner of the gallery.


“Local Favorites” is on display from April 3rd to the 25th. Works from the show can be previewed www.peninsula-gallery.com. Purchases of works will begin two weeks prior to the opening and are available to purchase as soon as they are displayed on the website. 


An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 3 at 5pm, between 5 and 7 pm, with timed entry and limited numbers. Attendees must reserve a time slot beforehand and are required to wear a mask. Call (302) 645-0551 or email peninsulagallery1@gmail.com for details. 


The gallery is located in the Shops at the Beacon, 520 East Savannah Rd. Lewes, and is open Tue-Sat, 10-5, and Sun 11-3.


Local Favorites