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 and Judge
with Alida Fish
Saturday, Jan 5, 2:00 pm
Join juror and awards judge Alida Fish for an overview of the RAL Regional Juried Photography Exhibition. This year’s exhibition was open to all artists living in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Hear her process of selecting works from submission images as well as commentary on some of the works in this exhibition. Artists are invited to have open or private feedback of their works. Exhibition page
Alida Fish received a B.A. degree from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, and an M.F.A. in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. She is Professor Emerita at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where she served as Chair of the Media Arts Department, and later Interim Dean of the College of Art, Media, and Design. She is currently the President of Fish Studios, LLC. Complete resume
A selection of her work will be on display in the Ventures Gallery throughout the length of the RAL Regional Juried Photography Exhibition (Jan. 4 – Feb. 7, 2019).
From the Judge
with Narissa Steel
Saturday, April 6, 2:00 pm
Join Narissa Steel, judge of the Rehoboth Art League’s Contemporary Miniatures Exhibition, as she gives an overview of this unique artform, which has its roots in the book paintings and illuminated manuscripts set in the 7th century. She will also discusses her award selections. Artists are invited to have open or private feedback of their works.
Nar Steel is an artist and for nine years was the owner of Cobblestone Art Gallery in Old Town, Alexandria, VA. She has exhibited in many juried shows where she has won numerous first and second place honors as well as honorable mentions. Nar is President of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC (MPSGS). For many years, she has served as the Society’s chairperson for its International Exhibition. She was the Facilitator for the World Exhibition of Miniature Artists held at the Smithsonian Institute in the summer of 2005.
From the Artist
with Bill Wolff
Saturday, April 13, 2:00 pm
Hear from exhibiting artist Bill Wolff about his creative process and execution of sculptural work. He has been making and exhibiting sculpture made primarily from discarded tree parts for more than 20 years in a wide variety of venues nationally and internationally. Wolff holds an MFA from Louisiana State University and an MA from the Tokyo University of the Arts. He has worked as an educator since 2009 and is currently Assistant Professor and head of the sculpture area at Salisbury University on the eastern shore of Maryland.
From the Conservator
with Im Chan
Saturday, May 11, 2019 2:00 pm
Hear from Washington D.C. based, Professional Paper Conservator, Im Chan about the process and purpose of conserving and preserving works of art and historic artifacts on paper. She is a graduate of the Buffalo State College Art Conservation graduate program. Im has held positions in the paper conservation labs at The National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Morgan Library & Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is currently a Paper Conservator at the Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery. This talk generously supported by:
From the Judge
with Trudi C. Van Dyke
Saturday, June 15 2:00 pm
Join Trudi C. Van Dyke, judge of the Rehoboth Art League’s 46th Annual Member’s Fine Craft Exhibition, as she gives an overview of this large exhibition and discusses her award-winning choices. Artists are invited to have open or private feedback of their works. Exhibition page
Trudi C. Van Dyke received a B.A. degree from Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, W.V., and a M.S. degree from Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. She is a national fine arts and crafts juror who specializes in contemporary fine craft, and has been the awards judge for dozens of major craft exhibitions throughout the United States. resume
From the Judge
with Leslie Shaffer
Saturday, July 27, 2:00 pm
Join Leslie Shaffer, judge of the Rehoboth Art League’s 81st Annual Members’ Fine Art Exhibition, as she gives an overview of this large exhibition and discusses her award-winning choices. Artists are invited to have open or private feedback of their works. Exhibition page
Leslie Shaffer completed her undergraduate studies in the History of Art and Architecture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received her M.A. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA. She has held teaching positions at the Delaware College of Art and Design, Albertus Magnus College, and, among others, the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Ms. Shaffer has a long history in educational programs within museums and has served as the Curator of Education at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Executive Director of ArtSpace in New Haven, CT, and is currently the Interim Executive Director of the Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, DE.
From the Artist
with Kong Ho
Saturday, September 7, 2:00 pm
Hear from exhibiting artist Kong Ho about his creative process. Ho utilizes his bicultural background as a teaching artist professionally trained in both Chinese and Western visual art to teach as visiting professor at the USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China (2018). Always looking for new opportunities to inform the public of the educational and cultural value of mural art, he founded the Hong Kong Mural Society in 1997. In addition to his mural art, his structured painterly abstraction coupled with representational spiral paintings, nostalgic digital photographs and whirling complex digital prints have been exhibited in more than 90 international and national exhibitions.
From the Artist
with Mary Page Evans
Saturday, September 21, 2:00 pm
Please join us for an informative discussion by Mary Page Evans as she discusses her work from her exhibition “Drawings and Paintings from Nature.” Few artists paint with the courage, high energy and confidence of Mary Page Evans, an artist of long experience and deep conviction who brings to her work the strength of well observed landscapes and the grace and fluidity of nature. Few make the transition from paper to canvas so seamlessly or paint so prolifically. And even fewer apply so successfully their sense of poetry, of verbal rhythms, to the work of their brushes. Although unfaltering over several decades of exhibiting her work from Moscow to New Delhi and throughout the United States, Ms. Evans expresses, in this most recent body of work, further refinement and an edgy reduction that seems both a tribute to the early influence of her acknowledged mentor, colorist Gene Davis, and the confirmation of a mastery of her medium that has scoured extraneous information from her pictures and added a deeper sense of the artist’s delight in subject and expression. Her paintings and drawings are in public, private, and corporate collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University.