Gallery Talks



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

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 Director and Professor of Design History at GW's Decorative Arts & Design History Masters Program, 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.

René Treviño

From the Judge with René Treviño
Saturday, July 29 at 2:00 pm
Henlopen Acres

Hear from this year’s Members' Fine Art Exhibition awards judge René Treviño as he discusses the exhibition as a whole and some of the award-winning works. Mr. Treviño received a BFA with Distinction in Painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY, as well as attended classes at the Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He then went on to earn an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, MD. He has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and has served as curator for a number of regional projects and exhibitions. From 2009 - 2014, he served as the Exhibitions Manager at School 33 Art Center, in Baltimore, MD. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor at Towson University in Towson, MD and at the Maryland College of Art in Baltimore, MD.

J. Susan Isaacs, Ph.D.

From the Curator with J. Susan Isaacs, Ph.D.
Saturday September 9 at 2:00pm
Henlopen Acres

Hear from the curator how she approached curating the Rebecca Raubacher - Drawings and Paintings 1975 - Present exhibition. She will also discuss both works in the exhibition and the career of artist Rebecca Raubacher. (Click for exhibition)

Dr. J. Susan Isaacs is Professor of Art History at Towson University where she teaches advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses in modern and contemporary art history and theory, and museum studies. She is curator for the Holtzman MFA and Center for the Arts Galleries. She directs the M.A. in Professional Studies/Art History Concentration and coordinates the undergraduate major in Art History. She was also the adjunct curator for the Delaware Contemporary (formerly the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts) from 2001—2009, and Curator of Special Projects there from 2009-2016. Dr. Isaacs publishes on contemporary art.

Dr. Jann Hayes Gilmore


Olive Rush: Finding Her Place in the Santa Fe Art Colony
by Dr. Jann Haynes Gilmore
Thursday, October 5 at 4:00 pm
Henlopen Acres

Olive Rush: Finding Her Place in the Santa Fe Art Colony is the subject of a new biography of Olive Rush (1873 – 1966). Rush was a prominent participant among the coterie of women illustrators who Howard Pyle taught in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1920, Rush turned to easel art and became the first independent woman artist to join the renowned Santa Fe art colony. For over four decades Rush’s artwork was wide-ranging including watercolor and oil painting and mural commissions in true fresco for the 1930s WPA. Her style evolved from realism to an avowed modernist style. Dr. Jann Haynes Gilmore will present an illustrated talk and sign books on October 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm. She is the author of seven books, all related to historical artists of Delaware, including a history of the Rehoboth Art League, updated in 2013. Several Rush artworks from Dr. Gilmore’s collection will be on view during her presentation.

From the Artists with Participating Artists’ Exchange Artists
Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 pm
Henlopen Acres

Join artists from the Artists’ Exchange participation in their current group exhibition, Mixed Metaphors, as they discuss their approach to the exhibition as well as some of their works and how they relate to others.


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