Exploring Sussex County

May 31, 2023



Gallery One is pleased to announce their June show, Exploring Sussex County which is open to the public May 31 through June 28, 2023.

This month the artists of Gallery One are “Exploring Sussex County.” Delaware history begins with Sussex County, the town of Lewes was founded as a Dutch whaling colony in 1631. Today Lewes delights visitors with its quaint town, fishing boats, the beach, bay and canal. As artist Dale Sheldon’s acrylic painting, “On the Canal,” illustrates. “An evening ride on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal with the sun setting can be magical. It is a quiet and peaceful ride with ospreys, herons, egrets, and even baby owls frequently spotted. In Cindy Beyer’s pastel, “The Lady and Her Tulips,” we experience the beauty of Lewes in bloom with a backdrop of the canal and a popular fishing boat. “There is nothing more beautiful than visiting Lewes on a sunny day when the tulips are in full bloom. Everywhere you look the magnificent gardens of Lewes are an eye-catching delight set in a historically preserved context. In artist Joyce Condry’s acrylic painting, “Wetland,” we enjoy a classic Lewes landscape repeated throughout Sussex County. As the artist describes, “This is a scene you see repeatedly as you drive around eastern Sussex County.  It could be from Coastal Highway or in your own backyard.  These beautiful wetlands are everywhere.”

Among its distinctions, Sussex County is the birthplace of the broiler chicken industry! Evidence of this is reflected in our beautiful farms, and our reverence for the humble bird. In Lesley McCaskill’s acrylic, “Dorman Farm on Rt. 24,” we are treated to a vanishing landscape from Sussex County, the land has been sold so the variety of shapes, and seasonal changes that have delighted the artist for years may be at its end. In artist Michelle Marshall’s acrylic, “Chicks with Barn (Milford, De),” we enjoy both the chicken and his home on the farm. The barns of Sussex County are particularly illustrative of our area, and if you’re lucky you can still catch sight of the chickens fortunate enough to be able to roam freely.  In “Say it isn’t so,” an acrylic mixed media painting by Mary Bode Byrd, we are treated to a vibrantly graphic portrait of three Sussex County natives! “These lively ladies share in the fun of whimsical poultry.” “Concrete towers, weathered by the ocean, can be seen all along the Atlantic beaches. They are symbols of a nation once at war, built to safeguard the Atlantic Coast from a German sea invasion during World War II. When the towers were built, there were soldiers stationed along the U. S. coast.”  W. Scott Broadfoot in his oil painting, “Afternoon Shower” shows one of the towers. And similarly, Cheryl Wisbrock pays homage to the towers dotting our beaches in her acrylic painting, “Fire Control Tower no 3.” “Several fire control towers in Sussex County are iconic parts of our nation’s history.  This one, and Tower No. 4, is located near Dewey Beach in southern Sussex County, and have recently been restored and are open to visitors.”

No exploration of Sussex County would be complete without a trip to the beach, and artist Laura Hickman, takes us there in her pastel, “The Addy Sea.” “One of Bethany’s historic cottages, the “Addy Sea,” is a 
landmark along the beachfront.  It has been welcoming guests for 120 years and is now a wonderful B&B.” Welcoming visitors to Bethany Beach since 1976 is, “Chief Little Owl,” the iconic totem pole in artist Rina Thaler’s watercolor painting, “Bethany Totem.”

Another great part of Sussex County is Gallery One in Ocean View! We hope you’ll explore us with a visit to Gallery One this month. We are open daily 10am – 5pm.

If you would like to meet our artists, come to an open reception on June 10th, 5-7pm