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Anchors Aweigh
July 1 - 28, 2020

Gallery One
32 Atlantic Avenue
Ocean View, Delaware 19970

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302.537.5055

This month’s theme at Gallery One has a distinctly nautical feel. “Anchors Aweigh” will be displayed from July 1-28.

Our artists are setting sail with seaworthy inspiration. The anchor is “aweigh” when it is pulled from the bottom, allowing the vessel to go forward unfettered. And that is symbolic of where we all are right now, starting anew in many ways. Several of our artists took the theme quite literally with their boats essentially being “at anchor” and “waiting” and others took other directions.

The inspiration for artist Ray Ewing’s watercolor, “Calm Water”, was an attraction to the quality of light in the early morning or twilight in the marina. Ray looks for anchored boats in still water and matches his painting strokes to the calm rhythmic sway of the boat. “ I strive to share the restful feeling with the viewer," Ray says of his work.

In Cheryl Wisbrock’s “Weekend Warriors,” the artist depicts two boats resting and waiting for their skippers to resume work and have pleasurable time in them, and it was the abstract quality of the boats nestled by the docks that inspired artist Lesley McCaskill in “Anchored”, her acrylic painting.

And speaking of play, in her pastel "Happy Boat", Laura Hickman gives us a smile and a good example of anthropomorphism. Her boat has a smiling face and a “let’s go” attitude, and “her” outfit is just right for a fun, anchors aweigh!"

In “Waiting for Yellow,” Dale Sheldon’s acrylic painting, “confetti-colored kayaks” lie on the beach while a yellow kayak is still out on the water, all calmly waiting their turn. This inviting scene is in Lewes, but could be on a beach anywhere.”

Artists Scott Broadfoot and Mary Byrd focused on the tools of the Angler. In “Fishing,” an oil on panel painting, Broadfoot’s still life depicts vintage lures, shells and fish. According to Scott, the quiet ponds, rippling creeks, expansive marshes, tidal bays and sandy shores of Delaware and Maryland make for some of the best fishing in the US. Mary’s painting, “Hanging On”, features a colorful and graphic display of buoys. Hung in groupings on sheds, boat houses and seaside cottages, their bright colors and unique shapes (which are often hand carved) served as Mary’s inspiration. This collection is from a boat storage shed in “Fenwick.”

Joyce Condry’s acrylic painting “Rough Seas” depicts a sailboat caught in a sudden storm – cool blues and whites dance on the canvas as the sea is in tumult - no anchor in sight. While in “Sail at Daybreak,” Eileen Olson’s oil painting depicts a ship freed from her anchor sailing in the sea with a lighthouse providing safe travel over the water. It was done in a similar palette of crisp blues and whites.

Michelle Marshall’s acrylic painting, “Anchored” is a little different from the rest. It is a large painting, 48x48, done in Crayola bright colors and with a “day at the beach theme”. The work features a beach bag with an anchor, showing that where you choose to anchor doesn’t always have to be wet. Few can think of a better place to drop anchor and spend the day than next to the sea.

We hope that you’ll sail into Gallery One this month and drop anchor for a little while and enjoy our art. We will be open every day from 10-5 pm.

 

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Jan Moffatt Joyce Condry Michelle Marshall Mary Bode Byrd Eileen Olson Lesley McCaskill Dale Sheldon Marybeth Paterson Laura Hickman W. Scott Broadfoot Dianne Shearon