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The Rehoboth Art League hosts Gallery Talks as a free opportunity for the public to delve deeper into the arts and humanities content of our exhibitions. A wide range of presenters—including exhibition judges, jurors, art historians, and artists themselves—provide unique perspectives on fine arts, their historical contexts, and how the arts contribute to the human experience.

 

 

From the Juror, with Dinah Reath and Sally Packard
Friday, January 13, 4:00 pm
Henlopen Acres

Join jurors Dinah Reath and Sally Packard, former owners and directors of the Packard-Reath Gallery in Lewes, DE, for an overview of two photography exhibitions in the Tubbs and Ventures Galleries. Hear how these photography collectors determine what makes a good image, discuss historical photographic references in relation to images in the current RAL exhibitions, and receive some feedback on best practices for presentation. This talk is affiliated with RAL’s Second Annual Juried Camera Club Exhibition and Focal Point 2 exhibitions.


Dr. Ellen Notar


Lee Wayne Mills

From the Art Historians With Lee Wayne Mills and Dr. Ellen Notar
Saturday, March 4, 2:00 pm
Camp Rehoboth Community Center
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Join us as artist and curator Lee Wayne Mills will present, AbEx Revisited: The Rise of the Women. This presentation will focus on important female figures in the American Abstract Expressionism Movement in the 1940s, primarily focusing on Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Elaine de Kooning and Grace Hartigan. This was the first specifically American movement to achieve international influence and put New York City at the center of the western art world, a role formerly filled by Paris.

Also presenting is Ellen Elms Notar, who has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison; M.A. and M.S. from the University of Michigan. She taught for 30 years at university level in art history, semiotics and history. Dr. Notar is also a painter and printmaker, showing her work locally and in Mexico. Her presentation will include a video and discussion on Liz Larner, an American installation artist and sculptor living and working in Los Angeles.

This talk is affiliated with RAL's Women's History Month exhibitions, including Mid-20th Century Women in Art at the RAL, Modern Women—A Juried Members' Showcase, Celebrating Women—A Coastal Camera Club Exhibition, and Works by Contemporary Female Artists from the Collection.


Ann Baker Horsey

From the Curator With Ann Baker Horsey
Saturday, March 11, 2:00 pm
Henlopen Acres

Hear directly from the curator, Ann Baker Horsey, to find out how pieces were selected from RAL’s esteemed Permanent Collection for the Mid-20th Century Women in Art at the Rehoboth Art League exhibition. Ms. Horsey will provide an overview of Collection materials and provide information on how each of the female artists selected contributed to the formation and flourishing of the art league in the 1930s.

Ann Baker Horsey received a BA and MA in Related Arts/Design with an emphasis in Historical Restoration from the University of Iowa. She has worked as a cataloger for the National Trust for Historic Preservation at the Woodrow Wilson House, in Washington, D.C., and later accepted the position with the State of Delaware as Curator for the State Museum. Ms. Horsey has curated several major exhibits for the State of Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs (HCA), with emphasis on use of broad spectrum of collections, including decorative arts, fine art, and the Delaware State Portrait Collection. She also curates exhibits and displays for affiliates and partners of the HCA.

This talk is affiliated with RAL’s Women’s History Month exhibitions, including Mid-20th Century Women in Art at the RAL, Modern Women—A Juried Members’ Showcase, Celebrating Women—A Coastal Camera Club Exhibition, and Works by Contemporary Female Artists from the Collection.

 

 

From the Artists With Participating Exhibition Artists
Saturday, April 8, 2:00 pm
Henlopen Acres

Join us in the RAL galleries for an informal walk-thorough of the current exhibitions to hear directly from the artists regarding their artistic inspirations and creative process. This talk is affiliated with Beaches- Boards and Treats: Works by Tara Funk Grim, Nina Mickelsen, and Jan Crooker; Skies and Waves: Works by Susan Waters-Eller; and Eclectic Views from my Life: Works by Jean Doran.


Jan Crooker


Jean Doran


Tara Funk Grim


Nina Mickelsen


Susan Walters-Eller


Annaliese Tassano

 

From the Artists With Participating Exhibition Artists
Saturday, May 13, 2:00 pm
Henlopen Acres

Join us in the RAL galleries for a walk-through of the current exhibitions to hear directly from the artists regarding this artistic inspiration and their creative process to find out how it’s made. This talk is affiliated with The Mermaid Project: Chapter 1, Confinement—Works by Annaliese Tassano; TwoFold: Works by Žaneta Zubkova; and Director’s Choice.


Elizabeth Deans

From the Judge with Elizabeth Deans
Saturday, June 17, 2:00 pm
Henlopen Acres

Hear directly from the judge of our 2017 Masters’ Fine Craft Exhibition to gain a unique perspective on how craft artistry and technique is judged. A walk-through of the exhibition will highlight some of the leading artists and their work.

Elizabeth Deans is an Assistant Director and Professor at Smithsonian—George Mason University in Virginia, where she currently oversees the academic program and curriculum as well as teaches graduate courses in decorative art, design, and architectural history in the MA program in the History of Decorative Arts. Her seminars in the history of interiors, architecture, and ceramics, as well as survey courses in decorative art from Renaissance to modern, explore interdisciplinary relationships between design and material culture--investigating cultural exchange, materiality, mimesis, dissemination, diachronicness, and object theory.

This talk is affiliated with RAL’s 44th Annual Members’ Fine Craft Exhibition.

 

 

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum,
a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities