As You Like It

January 3, 2023


Gallery One is pleased to announce the January show,As You Like It,” open to the public January 3, through February 27, 2024.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, silver white winters that melt into springs, these are a few of my favorite things. In the 1965 film, The Sound of Music, Maria sings about her favorite things. This month the artists of Gallery One are painting their favorite things. “As You Like It,” could be more appropriately titled, “As Our Artists Like It,” and this show offers us insight into their artistic inspirations, and what makes them happy.

For artists Lesley McCaskill, Cheryl Wisbrock, and Cindy Beyer, it is the stunning local scenery in their own backyards. In “Morning View of the Glade,an acrylic painting by McCaskill, she reflects, “This view is by my home. I love looking at it at all times of the day. “Evening Stroll,” an acrylic painting by Cindy Beyer, depicts, “a little fellow out for his evening snack. The sun is just setting behind the clouds which almost makes him disappear. A perfect time to fish!” Artist Cheryl Wisbrock, relives summer pleasures to get through the gray of winter in her pastel, “Easy Access.During these cold winter months, I like to think of warm summer days and green foliage and grasses.”

Artist Laura Hickman gets through those cold winter days, by remembering how good a flavored water ice tastes on a really hot summer day, in her pastel painting, “Fenwick Ice Co. This ice company on Rt. 24 in Fenwick is very popular, and I can vouch for the cold tasty treats!!

Vibrant roses and spectacular gardens filled with flowers inspire artists Marybeth Paterson and Dale Sheldon. In her oil painting, “Roses!” Paterson brings a joyous explosion of color to the canvas. “Being at the shore, we all love painting the warm sunny beach days. But I love our times when things slow down here. Still life paintings depict things that are “still” and do not move. For a plein air painter it is a great way to slow down and just focus on those “Roses!” Sheldon’s acrylic painting, “Walking Thru Keukenhof Gardens,” is a delight to the eye. “Imagine walking around a corner and seeing a blue “river” of flowers winding between trees, with tulips planted along the edges. Spectacular!!”

W. Scott Broadfoot’s still life is best exemplified perhaps as a category of painting called  “vanitas painting”: a genre of still life that focuses on the fleetingness of life. The fruits will last only a short time and then spoil. The butterfly lands, is admired, and then quickly disappears. Scott’s painting has a hidden meaning which is a testament and reminder of the transient nature of life.

“On the Cross,” an acrylic painting by artist Mary Bode Byrd reflects her desire to honor her faith. “For a long time, I have wished to paint the Crucifix….I could not do His face. But embellished the colors of the world around the Lord and the face …well it is up to the viewer.”

In Michelle Marshall’s acrylic painting, “Look,” we observe the curiosity and delight of a day at the beach and sharing a day’s “find.”

As we approach the end of one year and the start of a new one it is a good time to “simply remember your favorite things” with a visit to check out ours.   Gallery One is open daily 10am – 4pm.