Preservation Matters

Rehoboth Art League Permanent Collection

May 11, 2018 - November 1, 2018

Marcia and Henry DeWitt Gallery

The Rehoboth Art League is one of a few actively collecting art institutions in Delaware. The permanent collection of the Rehoboth Art League contains over 900 items. These include: Approximately 600 works of art; colonial furniture; artifacts and decorative art collected by the Corkran’s when they resided at the Homestead, and an array of Rehoboth Art League organization archives dating back to 1938. The Collections Committee, a standing committee of the Board of Trustees, oversees the collection.

Fine art works from the collection are currently on loan to several government offices: The Governor’s office, in Wilmington; the Wilmington office of Senator Carper; the DC office of Senator Coons; the Dover office of the Delaware Speaker of the House Peter C. Schwartzkopf; the Rehoboth Beach Municipal building’s Great Hall; the offices of the Mayor of Rehoboth Beach, and in the Buena Vista Conference Center, in New Castle, Delaware.

The collection includes many historical works by prominent Delaware artists who were instrumental in the formation of the Rehoboth Art League. These include: Ethel P.B. Leach, Ethel Poyntell Canby Peets, Jack Lewis, Howard Pyle, Bertha N. Riley, Olive Rush, and Virginia Yardley to name a few.

There are many works in the collection by these, and other prominent Delaware artists, that have weathered over the years and are in urgent need of conservation treatment. The Rehoboth Art League is taking the initiative to actively focus on the conservation efforts of these important works. As part of this initiative, the Collection Committee has identified works in the most urgent need of treatment and we are asking our patrons to help support these efforts.

Support can come in the way of a financial donation to help with these efforts, or to ‘adopt-a-work,’ for treatment. As a ‘thank you’ for your support, the Rehoboth Art League will offer a giclee print of the finished treated work to any patron adopting a work for treatment.