August 7-8 & August 14-15, 2021
48th ANNUAL OUTDOOR FINE ART & FINE CRAFT SHOW
The Rehoboth Art League’s signature summer event, the Outdoor Show, returns to our historic Henlopen Acres campus in 2021. More than 100 artists and artisans from around the county will display and sell their fine art and fine crafts amidst the Rehoboth Art League’s 3.5+ acre wooded campus, just blocks from the busy downtown Rehoboth Avenue in coastal Delaware. The annual Outdoor Show is a juried event yielding exceptional work, and many of the artists actively enjoy demonstrating their creativity during each day of the show.
The Outdoor Show is not simply a fine art and fine crafts show, but it is an unforgettable summer event full of activities, including great food, live music, historic tours, children’s activities, artist demonstrations, gallery exhibits, beautiful gardens, the historic Peter Marsh Homestead, and a Dogfish Head Beer Garden. While events of the past year will have us modify our traditional activities to comply with health and safety requirements, we look forward to again welcoming the public at this open-air event, which spans several acres of property.
The Outdoor Show is a respected annual arts festival that draws applying artists from all over the country. Our artists this year represent mediums including oil painting and watercolor, pastel and photography, ceramics, fine jewelry, fiber art, and much more. Artists interested in applying for the 2021 Outdoor Show, please take note of these important dates:
Artist Submission Deadline (online): March 1, 2021 (Midnight)
Acceptance notification (by email): April 1, 2021
Booth Fees Due: May 1, 2021
Weekend One Dates: August 7-8 (Early set-up August 5-6)
Weekend Two Dates: August 14-15 (Early set-up August 12-13)
The League’s Annual Outdoor Show traditionally includes a variety of food and drink options, including local favorites The Point Coffee and Bake Shoppe, which offers a variety of breakfast and lunch options, and Chesapeake & Maine’s seafood-centric menu. There will also be lemonade outside of the Children’s Studio, with proceeds benefitting RAL’s Visual Arts Outreach program, which offers free arts education opportunities to young people in underserved areas of Sussex County. In the afternoon, wander the Homestead Garden, where Dogfish Head craft brews will be offered, with proceeds to benefit the car of RAL’s historic gardens, which we maintain in the vision of our organization’s founder, Louise Corkran.
Out Outdoor Show annually offers an array of performing musicians for our attendees to enjoy, located in the memorial garden in the center of campus, as well as roaming musical acts.
Children under the age of 12 enter the Outdoor Show for free. And we have plenty for them to do while they are visiting. A number of artists work in their booths during the show, and members of RAL’s Pottery School and Studio will be showing children how they create ceramic masterpieces on the wheel, just outside of the Chambers Building. And don’t miss our children’s activity booth, where our Director of Education always has something fun planned for all ages.
Please check back for information about your travel to and from the Outdoor Show. Limited parking is available in proximity to the Rehoboth Art League’s campus, and we encourage guests to carpool or to ride by bike to our property, where a designated bike and scooter parking area is available.
There is a weekend entry fee of $5 for adults. There is no charge for children under the age of 12. Tickets can be purchased by cash or credit card at the gate.
The Rehoboth Art League will be offering special gifts over the course of the Outdoor Show to people taking out new memberships or renewing an existing membership while they are on campus. Visit our Membership Table in the Corkran Gallery to speak with a staff member about RAL member benefits and to see what membership level is best for you.
We are grateful to the many local businesses, whose sponsorship makes this event possible.