Preservation Matters

Works from RAL's Permanent Collection

May 1, 2018 - May 8, 2018

May 1 -8

May 9 – September 7, 2018
Marcia and Henry DeWitt Gallery

The Rehoboth Art League is one of only a few actively collecting art institutions in Delaware. The permanent collection contains over 900 items, which include: Approximately 600 works of art in various media; colonial furniture; artifacts and decorative art collected by the Corkran’s when they resided at the Homestead, as well as an array of RAL organizational archives. The permanent collection maintains a focus on early to mid-20th century works of art created by all twenty-two Heritage artists. These artists were instrumental in the development of the Rehoboth Art League and includes such notable artists as Ethel P.B. Leach, William Leach Orville, Jack Lewis, Howard Pyle, Edward Grant and Howard Schroeder, to name a few.

For decades these works were housed in less than adequate conditions and many have suffered extensive damage. RAL’s permanent collection storage facility, kept at museum standard temperature and humidity conditions, will serve to ensure each work’s long term survival.

Patrons are encouraged to ‘adopt’ a work of art and cover the costs of its conservation treatment. As a thank you, each patron who ‘adopts’ a work will receive a giclee print of the work following its treatment as well as receive special recognition in a future exhibition of newly treated works.