The Rehoboth Art League is pleased to continue its Cottage Tour, now in its 74th year. This year's event will be held live, in its traditional two-day format from 10am to 3pm on Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10, 2024!
The Cottage Tour Committee, a group of hard-working volunteers, has worked hard to vet and secure another very special selection of local homes that showcase the best of the area's art and design. The homes on this year's tour offer a variety of landscapes, interior and architectural designs, ranging from historically significant to contemporary and sleek. Some homes have quite an evolving history and many homeowners showcase memories, artwork, and collections in creative ways.
Homes on the 2024 Tour
Check back as we update the list of selected homes on this year’s Cottage Tour. The tour is self-paced and transportation on the Jolly Trolley to each location is provided by the Art League. The Tour’s ticket and program book features original artwork of each home and includes addresses, home descriptions, and driving instructions.
2024 Cottage Tour Artist
We are pleased to announce that the 2024 Cottage Tour Artist is Rick Phillips:
My path as an artist has included sojourns into illustration, advertising, and design before finally emerging as a full-time fine artist and painter.
I’ve created images for companies like Campbell Soup and TastyKake, commissioned works for Bank of America and Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals, and fine art for many private collections.
Critics have said my style is reminiscent of 19th-century painters who used the richness of light and color to create an atmosphere that could almost be touched. Painting outdoors, ‘en plein aire,’ is almost a religious experience for me. In that surrounding, I employ hard and soft edges selectively to develop the feeling of moisture, wind, and the warmth of the sun.
In the city, in the country, or working on a still life of antiques and florals, I get to the heart of my subjects with loose and bravura brushstrokes, elegant and evocative colors, and a unique sense of mood. My portfolio includes images of barns, fields, and farmhouses as well as more nostalgic subjects like the rugged bicycles I remember as a child. My interest in interior design and gardening has also informed my art to be decorator-friendly as well.
I am honored to be among a select few invited every year to exhibit at the famous Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show in Philadelphia. I am also proud to have participated in a creative partnership between Pratt Institute in New York City and The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington DC. A personal achievement was establishing the Darley Arts Center, a gallery for visual artists, and a center for art education and workshops.
My work can be found in the Square Pear Fine Art Gallery in Kennett Square, PA, and the Peninsula Fine Art Gallery in Lewes, Delaware. --Rick Phillips
The ticket for the tour is a commemorative program booklet with an image and description of each home on the tour. Tickets are $40 per person (appropriate for ages 13 and above). After June 30, tickets are only available at the Art League’s Henlopen Acres campus, 12 Dodds Lane, or at homes on the Cottage Tour. (Please note tickets previously purchased on the RAL website and by phone must be picked up at RAL.)
Tickets for the tour--payable by cash or check only--are also available at select local shops that support this event. Check back for a complete listing. Tickets for the tour are also available the day of the tour at any of the homes, based on availability, and the Rehoboth Art League.
This year parking is very limited at several of the house locations. Free parking will be available at Rehoboth Elementary School, 500 Stockley Street. From this location, the Rehoboth Art League is providing Jolly Trolley transportation for ticket holders. Shuttle service, which will run continuous loops to all houses on the tour, will begin running at 9:45 AM and continue until the tour's end each day. Check the Jolly Trolley website on Tour days to track the route of each trolley in live time.
Support the work of the Rehoboth Art League by becoming a Cottage Tour event sponsor.