Outdoor Show


Due to the unprecedented events of 2020, and in consideration of the health and safety of our artists, staff, and volunteers, the Rehoboth Art League will hold its 47th Annual Outdoor Fine Art & Fine Craft Show in a virtual format. While we are saddened not to be able to gather the community on our historic, wooded campus in Henlopen Acres, just blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, we are excited to announce the dozens of artists who have been juried into this year’s virtual event.

The 2020 Outdoor Show will take place from August 1 through August 9 and will feature nearly 100 fine artists who will showcase their latest work through RAL’s website, social media, and other virtual venues. The Outdoor Show is a juried event yielding exceptional work and is the Rehoboth Art League’s largest fundraiser of the year. This year, artists will maintain the tradition of demonstrating their techniques and discussing their creative inspiration, and it will all happen online. Check back shortly to see a complete listing of our participating artists.

Check back as we post our complete schedule of events for this year’s Virtual Outdoor Show.


The Outdoor Show is a respected annual arts festival that draws applying artists from all over the country—and sometimes from other countries. This year’s virtual event has artists juried in from places including Connecticut, New York, Tennessee, and Florida, as well as some of your favorite local and regional faces. Our artists this year represent mediums including oil painting and watercolor, pastel and photography, and much more. Artists working in three-dimensional mediums will be showing their creations in ceramics and fine jewelry, fiber art and wood sculpture. Click here to see a complete listing of 2020 Outdoor Show artists.


While we won’t be able to host patrons on campus for lunch this year with our favorite local vendors—which have included incredible baked goods from The Point Coffee Shop and Dogfish Head’s seafood-centric Chesapeake & Maine’s—join us online as we host live cocktail creation demos and beer discussions from our historic Homestead garden.


Instead of finding our favorite local musical acts in the memorial garden at the art league, you’ll find them this year online. We will be announcing a schedule of live online performances from the bands you’ve come to love at the Outdoor Show.


Each year, the Rehoboth Art League raffles off an incredible piece of artwork, which is generously donated by a prominent artist from our Outdoor Show. This year’s featured raffle artist is Philadelphia-based painter David Oleski, who has donated this painting, Three Apples, 30″ x 40″ and valued at $3,400, for the league to raffle, with the proceeds benefiting our exhibitions and educational programs. Raffle tickets are available for purchase in the Corkran Gallery at the league’s campus, or by phone (302-227-8408 x100) and are priced one ticket for $5 or five tickets for $20. The winning ticket will be drawn live via RAL’s Facebook page on the final day of the Outdoor Show, August 9, at 4pm.

David Oleski holds a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland and currently lives and works in West Chester, PA. His paintings are notable for their boldness of color and texture, as well as their overwhelming scale. While attending Maryland Institute, David studied in the academy tradition of the Old Masters, and he draws on this education every day in his studio. Each painting begins with arranging and rearranging the actual objects that are represented on the canvas. The goal of each studio session is to capture a sense of depth and weight and atmosphere. He mixes huge amounts of paint with a giant palette knife and energetically carves out the shapes with large brushes. Over several days the canvas receives layer after layer of paint so that a finished piece can provide a variety of different viewing experiences depending on the viewer’s distance from the painting.


If you have attended the Outdoor Show in past years, you know that a nominal entry fee of $5 per person gets you access to all of the juried artists, plus food, drink, music, and more. Our nonprofit organization counts upon this admission to help sustain our year-round operational costs. Though the 2020 Outdoor Show is virtual, we hope that you will show us how much you’ll miss attending in person, and contribute your $5—or more—online through our Facebook fundraiser (available shortly) as a means of supporting our work during this difficult year.


With thanks to our 2020 Outdoor Show Underwriter:

And our additional event sponsors: