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Openings
April 28, 2021 - June 1, 2021

Gallery One
32 Atlantic Avenue
Ocean View, Delaware 19970

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302.537.5055

It’s May at Gallery One, and our artists are thinking about Openings, our theme for this month. It seems very appropriate with winter finally releasing its grip, allowing an opening for spring and summer, our country slowly re-opening and doors, windows, flower buds opening – even our hearts opening to new possibilities. An” Openings” is a favorable combination of circumstances, time and place, and this month is surely that opportunity at Gallery One. Our exhibit, “Opening” is open to the public, April 28 through June 1.

This idea is illustrated perfectly in artist Joyce Condry’s painting, “Empty Nest.” Last spring Joyce was in the perfect place at the perfect time to observe a new robin family. She watched them build the nest that she has depicted in the painting, and tend their eggs for the month until the grand opening of the brilliant blue shells. In Mary Bode Byrd’s abstract acrylic painting, “Fisherman,” we experience the opening salvo of dawn breaking in riotous color, as the fisherman backs his craft into the sea at the most opportune time of day. Lesley McCaskill’s painting, “Flower Market,” in acrylic, illustrates that the best time to visit the lovely open-air markets in Europe is first thing in the morning, at the opening, if you want the best selection. The quality of light is also the most beautiful as Lesley’s painting glows with the morning sun.

An opening is also quite literally a place in a surface allowing passage into or through a thing, like a window or door, or an open space in a barrier – for example a fence. In Michelle Marshall’s painting, “Fences Make Better Neighbors,” we see this clearly as three delightful cow faces explore the “other side,” as well as take the opportunity to greet a passerby. In Dale Sheldon’s painting, “Open Window,” we see the exquisitely beautiful landscape that opens to the viewer when they simply open a window in Tuscany. And in “Out of the Woods,” a pastel by Laura Hickman, we experience the perfect opening in the trees that allows us to see the glorious yellow sunlight raking across the landscape through the clusters of joyous green leaves. In artist Marybeth Paterson’s oil painting, “Sailing Series,” one of many fun sailing and racing moments is shown -- the excitement in finding that slight opening and take off. Even for just a bit, every second counts. We can see this feeling in this painting, every stroke and mark is planned and deliberate to capture those rich colors as the composition takes off.

 

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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