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Bloomin' Lewes Plein Air Painting Awards Announced
The Bloomin’ Lewes Celebration of Public Gardens and Art on August 17, sponsored by Lewes in Bloom and Art in Bloom (a project of Lewes in Bloom) and their enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers, culminated in the Plein Air Painting awards for Best in Show, Best Use of Color, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice Awards for the Plein Air Painting Event.
Plein air artists painted in several Lewes parks in the morning. They did not know ahead of time which garden they would be assigned to; it was determined by a drawing. After arriving at their designated spot at 8:00 a.m., they painted for the next four hours. At noon, the painters were required to stop painting, frame their paintings, and present them at Zwaanandael Park for the People’s Choice selection and professional judging by Dennis Young, a painter who has painted in many plein air events in the mid-Atlantic area, Florida and California. His paintings are in the homes of private and municipal offices.
Winners of the event were Jim Rehak, Best in Show, Siobhan Duggan, People’s Choice and Best Use of Color, and Diane Laird, Honorable Mention.
Artists painting in the event:
Anne Buck, Lewes resident and lifelong teacher, is the President of the Milton Art Guild and member of the DE Watercolor Society and the Rehoboth Art League. She loves the luminosity and translucence of watercolor and the impressionism of oils.
Siobhan Duggan, Lewes resident, is a grant recipient from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Her current work is Plein Air painting with pastels which merge her two favorite worlds of nature and art. Her work can be found in many private collections and at the Lewes Historical Society and other local shops in Lewes.
Raymond Ewing grew up in western Maryland and currently lives in Lewes. The landscape of the mid-Atlantic coast now serves as inspiration for many of his paintings. He has been an art instructor, an active juror and a guest lecturer in the Washington DC area for more than thirty years. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Assn., Maryland Pastel Society and the Baltimore Watercolor Society.
Diane Laird is a resident of Middletown, DE. Much of her work currently focuses on Delaware and Eastern Shore Maryland. Diane’s “signature style” combines watercolor and pen/ink to create paintings that exhibit rich color, transparency, and meaningful subject matter. Diane serves full time as the Executive Director of the Downtown Dover Partnership.
Melanie Moser, Lewes resident, is a former landscape architect and teacher of graduate landscape architecture programs. She also teaches an Osher Lifelong Learning program and is a member of the Ocean City Art League. Today she focuses on watercolor and has used Lewes cityscapes as subjects for many watercolors.
Marybeth Paterson, a Lewes resident, has worked many years in art-related fields and in government and politics. For the past ten years she has returned to art and is working with art groups in the Washington area and the Delaware shore.
Jim Rehak, Seaford resident, was an artist from an early age and has illustrated comic books, been a portrait and caricature artist, art director, teacher, and freelance court illustrator. He captures the seasonal changes of the mid-Atlantic and vicinity in his landscape paintings.
Plein Air Painting Lecture by Local Plein Air Painter - July 24th - 3:30 PM
A Dynamic Contemporary Art Movement in Lewes
Plein Air Painting Lecture by Local Plein Air Painter
For more information contact: LAIBArtists2019@gmail.com
Art in Bloom invites the public to a talk by J. Stacy Rogers, fine artist and plein air painter, on July 24 at 3:30 pm in the Medium Room at the Lewes Public Library. This lecture is a prelude to the plein air painting event that will occur during Bloomin’ Lewes — a Celebration of Public Gardens and Art — made possible by all of our dedicated volunteers, on Saturday, August 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free to the public. Plein air artists will paint in designated gardens that day, and the paintings will be judged and offered for sale later that day. During Mr. Roger’s lecture on July 24, he will describe the manner of painting en plein air, the historical beginnings of plein air painting, and why it has become such a dynamic, contemporary art movement. He will also show the plein air painting process as well as the materials, canvas surface preparation, observation, composition and painting technique. Mr. Rogers will also give plein air painting anecdotes and answer the audience’s questions. Two frequently asked questions are: Should one talk to an artist while they are painting? What kind of questions should one ask the artist? He will also describe his creative background and personal history in plein air painting.
Mr. Rogers is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Art (now The University of the Arts). He has spent a career as a Creative Director of Art and an agency owner. He is a member of the Rehoboth Art League and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association with gallery representation at the Peninsula Gallery in Lewes and Canal Gallery in Washington Crossing, PA. In 2019 Rogers established a Bucks County PA plein air painting group that has grown to fifty members. Rogers, now a Lewes resident, paints in plein air events competitively in nearly all the major plein air festivals along the East Coast.
He approaches each new landscape painting as if it’s a silent story to be told in paint, brushed onto a canvas. Tales of hope, aspiration, failure, or anguish can be interpreted from the quality of available light falling on nature-made or man-made landscapes. More importantly, he feels that these landscape stories, when painted en plein air, have the unique qualities of immediacy and freshness having been created on site and in the moment.
Menhaden Mural and Otis Smith Plaque dedicated on June 7th, 2019
The Menhaden Mural on the beach side of the Beacon Motel painted by artist Damon Pla was dedicated on June 7th, 2019. Arcoss from the mural is Otis Smith Park. A new plaque honoring former mayor of Lewes Otis Smith was unveiled.
Mural Time Lapse Video
Here is a link to view the time lapse video of the Menhaden mural being painted.
WRDE Interview with Damon Pla and latest mural phots
Click HERE to see the Damon Pla interview that aired on WRDE TV on Monday 4/8/2019.
See the latest photos of the progress on the mural below:
Menhaden Mural on the side of the Beacon Motel - in Progress
New Pictures of the Mural Progress are added weekly.
The newest Art in Bloom public art project began on March 25 and will continue through April. Damon Pla, a renowned painter and muralist, was engaged by Art in Bloom to design and paint a mural on the side of the Beacon Motel facing the bay.
Pla began the mural by priming the wall with white paint. His next step will be to draw the outlines of his painting on the primed wall before the actual painting begins. Also shown here is Mike Clerval, delivery driver for Iron Source, showing Damon how to use the lift to reach the heights needed to create the mural.
The Lingo family, who owns the motel, graciously agreed to have their building used for the art project. The painting depicts the art and science of trawling for menhaden when fishing was the primary industry in Lewes.
The mural is made possible through a public-private partnership that includes Art in Bloom, the Lingo family, and Damon Pla, muralist. John and Karen Parker (Otis Smith’s niece) have generously agreed to be a major donor for the project.
Residents are welcome to watch the mural as it progresses through April. Prints of the mural can be purchased at the Peninsula Gallery located in the same shopping center.
Art in Bloom Showcases Current and New Projects While Engaging Volunteers
On March 14, the Art in Bloom Steering Committee invited volunteers to learn more about what we do and how we do it. Steering Committee members and other volunteers staffed tables about each of the activities and events in progress for Art in Bloom. Attendees moved from table to table to find out more about what Art in Bloom is doing and how they could assist with the variety of activities.
In addition to Steering Committee members (Jane Ellan Golde, Ed Zygmonski, Carolyn Marshall, Tony-Boyd Heron, Dave Beck, and Sue Sandmeyer), other LIB volunteers who contributed were Diane McGreal and Cindy DeEmedio. Diane and her husband Rich are integral to the Lewes Junction project design and implementation. Schell Brothers has generously donated time and materials for the enclosure that would be a replica of Lewes’ early 20th century train station. Cindy has assisted Tony Boyd-Heron with a variety of tasks launching the Menhaden Mural.
You, too, can get involved! Contact Jane Ellan Golde, Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Stepping Stones to travel to Cervia 3-28-2019
Public/Private Partnership Creates Stepping Stones for Lewes/Cervia Garden
written and photos by Sue Sandmeyer
To further promote Delaware to European tourists, a public/private partnership between Art in Bloom and local mosaic artists is creating mosaic stepping stones for the garden in Cervia. Each stone depicts a Delaware or Lewes icon such as the Harbor of Refuge lighthouse, tulips, ladybugs, the blue hen, a horseshoe crab, a swan and others. These volunteer artists include Lorelei Meanor (of Lorelei’s Mosaics, who contributed many materials), Terry Lake, Laura McGrew, Catherine Norberg, Lorraine Quinn, Linda Rancourt, Sue Sandmeyer, and Marilyn Vai. Jane Ellan Golde has designed glass fish murals that will be placed vertically in the garden. Each fish is found in the Delaware Bay.
New Art in Bloom Project is part of the Larger Lewes Junction Project
Lewes Junction – 2019 Public Library
To enhance the appeal of the Lewes Public Library as the cultural gateway to the City of Lewes through imaginative works of art, Art in Bloom has a major role in the historic project known as “Lewes Junction,” set to commence in 2019 for the Lewes Public Library. Art in Bloom will work with Schell Brothers to construct an enclosure that would be a replica of Lewes’s early 20th Century train station. There will be 3 whimsical murals, each telling a story about Lewes, painted by school children under the direction of a muralist, and much more.
Lewes’ long railroad history may live on through an ambitious project that would preserve a remaining section of track near the Lewes Public Library and the now-unused canal swing bridge.
Representatives from several Lewes-area groups have developed a preliminary plan to build a replica train station, acquire as many as three rail cars, preserve the railroad swing bridge in the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and build a model train garden.
“We would like this to be a cultural gateway to the city of Lewes through imaginative works of art,” said Rich McGreal, speaking on behalf of the Lewes Junction working group.
The project is a joint effort between Lewes Historical Society, Lewes in Bloom, Art in Bloom, Fort Miles Historical Association, Historic Lewes Byway, Lewes Parks and Recreation, and Lewes Public Library.
Following the state’s decision to decommission the railroad from Cool Spring to Lewes, Lewes officials petitioned Department of Transportation officials to leave 210 feet of track in place between the library and the Rollins Community Center with hopes that a local group could find a way to commemorate the city’s railroad history.
“When council approved this, it provided a blank canvas,” said Randy Voith, a retired engineer who’s working with the group.
The plan is to bring at least three authentic train cars to Lewes, including a steam engine with its tender, a Pullman car and a caboose. Dr. Gary Wray, president of the Fort Miles Historical Association, said ideally the Pullman would be used for historical presentation telling the story of railroading in Lewes.
Wray said he’s involved with the project because the railroad played an important role in the locating of Fort Miles.
“The U.S. Army picked this place because it had a railroad,” said Wray, adding that the Army often brought in large guns and equipment via the railroad. “That railroad was the heart and soul of Fort Miles.”
Wray said they’ve already found a locomotive and caboose in Hockessin; however, they are a long way from making decisions on acquisition.
To complement the display, Art in Bloom would work with Schell Brothers to construct an enclosure around unsightly mechanical equipment beside the Lewes library. The enclosure would contain a replica of the early 20th century train station that once existed in Lewes, said Jane Ellan Golde of Art in Bloom.
On the side facing the library, Golde said, there would be three whimsical murals. Each mural would tell a story about Lewes. They would be painted by schoolchildren under the direction of a muralist.
The side facing the library’s parking lot would feature a mural representing a 1930s steam engine pulling into the train station, while the opposite side would show Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Train Station from the Harry Potter novels.
The project would also hide inverters on the outside wall of the library. There, the group plans to add 16 panels representing book covers chosen from the New York Public Library’s list of 100 children’s classics.
Reception for Damon Pla
To kick off the Art in Bloom menhaden mural event, Peninsula Gallery held a Meet-the-Artist reception on February 9, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Peninsula Gallery. A standing-room-only crowd enjoyed meeting the artist and one of the mural’s benefactors, Karen Parker, niece of Otis Smith.
The mural is made possible through a public-private partnership that includes Art in Bloom, the Lingo family, and Damon Pla, muralist. John and Karen Parker (Otis Smith’s niece) have generously agreed to be a major donor for the project. Ms. Parker said, “I am pleased the mural will continue the memories of my uncle and the menhaden fishery.
The mural was conceived by Art in Bloom as a meaningful and artistic way to commemorate Otis Smith’s significant contribution to the menhaden fishing industry and its importance to the history of Lewes. The mural is expected to be completed in April. A historic marker placed in the park, describing the history of the industry and its importance to Lewes and Otis Smith, is also planned. A limited number of canvas and paper giclee prints were available at the reception and signed by the artist. Orders for giclee prints on paper or canvas will still be taken at the gallery. Besides primary funding from the generous donation of Karen and John Parker, additional funds were raised at the Gallery from the sale of prints. Each print, consisting of a 16” x 20” image with a 2” white border, produced on archival paper and using archival inks, is mounted on foam core and individually signed by Mr. Pla. A certificate of authenticity and a 15%-off coupon for custom framing at Peninsula Gallery accompany the print. The canvas print is 24” x 30”, ready for framing. The paper prints are $150 and the canvas prints are $395.
Meet the Artist - Damon Pla - Trawling for Menhaden mural on side of Beacon Motel
Art in Bloom has engaged Damon Pla, a renowned painter and muralist, to design and paint a mural on the side of the Beacon Motel facing the bay. The Lingo family, who owns the motel, has graciously agreed to have their building used for the art project initiated by Art in Bloom. The painting depicts the art and science of trawling for menhaden in the waters around Lewes when fishing was the primary industry in Lewes.
To kick off the mural event, Peninsula Gallery invited the public to a Meet-the-Artist reception on February 9, at the Peninsula Gallery on Savannah Road. A limited number of canvas and paper giclee prints were available at the reception and signed by the artist. Orders for giclee prints on paper or canvas will also be taken. Besides primary funding from the generous donation of Karen and John Parker, additional funds are to be raised at the Gallery from the sale of prints. Each print, consisting of a 16” x 20” image with a 2” white border, produced on archival paper and using archival inks, will be mounted on foam core and individually signed by Mr. Pla. A certificate of authenticity and a 15%-off coupon for custom framing at Peninsula Gallery will accompany the print. Limited edition giclee canvas prints of the painting will also be available. The canvas print will be 24” x 30”, ready for framing. The paper prints are $150 and the canvas prints are $395.
The mural is made possible through a public-private partnership that includes Art in Bloom, the Lingo family, and Damon Pla, muralist. John and Karen Parker (Otis Smith’s niece) have generously agreed to be a major donor for the project. Ms. Parker said, “I am pleased the mural will continue the memories of my uncle and the menhaden fishery
The mural was conceived by Art in Bloom as a meaningful and artistic way to commemorate Otis Smith’s significant contribution to the menhaden fishing industry and its importance to the history of Lewes. The mural is expected to be completed in April. A historic marker placed in the park, describing the history of the industry and its importance to Lewes and Otis Smith, is also planned.
For more information contact Jane Ellan Golde, Art in Bloom Chair at email@example.com 302-200-7970 or Tony Boyd-Heron at firstname.lastname@example.org
Art in Bloom is a committee of Lewes in Bloom. Its mission is to enhance the beautification and cultural environment of Historic Lewes and the community at large by means of public art. Lewes in Bloom and Art in Bloom work together to enhance the natural beauty of Lewes – a community that values art and culture.
Exciting new projects discussed - Art in Bloom - Informational Meeting - December 11, 2018
On December 11, more than 30 LIB volunteers attended a meeting to learn about how they can become involved in the variety of activities being generated by Art in Bloom. They learned about opportunities to fund-raise, write grants, interface with other arts organizations, organize events and a possible Arts Festival. Current projects in the works, the new Lewes Public Art Committee, and concepts for new projects were also discussed. The PPT will bring you up to date on all current activities as well as the process for getting to where we are today.
Public Art in Lewes Inaugurated
Art in Bloom Successfully Launches The Silent Sentinels
It was inspiring to see the citizens of Lewes join together to celebrate the dedication of the first outdoor art project in this wonderful small town that we love so much. Gathered at the Trailhead near the Lewes Library, residents and guests, including representatives from the Greater Lewes Foundation, Delaware Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, Senator Ernie Lopez, and Mayor Ted Becker, enjoyed the dedication ceremony on a sunny and windy April afternoon.
The Silent Sentinels, three kinetic wind sculptures by international artist Lyman Whitaker, represent the culmination of a vision that began 3 years ago in Holland, Michigan when Lewes in Bloom won the Circle of Champions Award at the America in Bloom competition. Four Lewes in Bloom members, Warren Golde and Jane Ellan Golde, and Linda and Dennis Davison attended the competition’s ceremony. Noticing the beautiful sculptures in downtown Holland, the four of them returned with a desire to see sculpture placed in the public spaces throughout Lewes. They talked about their aspirations and others agreed with them, believed in them, and joined them as they set out to obtain the goal. The names of those initial supporters were listed as Founders on the plaque that was unveiled on Saturday, April 14 at a large ceremony at the Lewes Trailhead.
Art in Bloom was established almost 3 years ago as a committee of Lewes in Bloom and a Steering Committee was formed with Jane Ellan Golde as chair. After due consideration, Mayor Ted Becker and the City Council of Lewes began to accept the initiative, as well. Last fall, they joined together in a partnership to place the first public art in Lewes.
The fundraising campaign commenced, beginning with a major donation from the City of Lewes. Other major donors, for whom Art in Bloom is most grateful, came forward. They are Denise Bridgens and Paul Collins, Cliff Diver, and Lewes in Bloom. Their generous support was key to helping Art in Bloom reach its goal. Following a successful fundraising campaign, the sculptures were ordered in January, and recognized sculptor, Lyman Whitaker, began their creation.
Art in Bloom is a committee of Lewes in Bloom, and has a steering committee that includes: Jane Ellan Golde, Chair, Tony Boyd-Heron, Warren Golde, John Lester, Carolyn Marshall, Ed Zygmonski, Laura McGrew – and the liaison to Lewes in Bloom: Dave Beck.
The sculptures are named: Oval Twister Huge™, Double Dancer Huge™, and Single Helix Star™, and range in height from 18 feet to 13 feet 5 inches.
Sentinels are up and spinning at the Trailhead
Nick Serratore Painting Sold to Benefit Art in Bloom
For further information contact Jane Ellan Golde email@example.com or Tony Boyd-Heron firstname.lastname@example.org
During March, Peninsula Gallery held another benefit to raise funds for Lewes in Bloom’s Art in Bloom. A prominent local artist, Nick Serratore, donated a painting for the fundraiser at the gallery. The Serratore painting “Wildflowers” recently sold to Joyce and Stephen Oliner. All proceeds from the sale will go to Art in Bloom as it continues to raise funds to bring public art to Lewes.
Art in Bloom’s inaugural public art project included three kinetic wind sculptures called “The Silent Sentinels” by nationally recognized sculptor Lyman Whitaker. Art in Bloom raised enough money through donations and a fundraiser with the Peninsula Gallery in 2017 to acquire and place the sculptures. The dedication for the Silent Sentinels of Lewes will take place on April 14, 11:45 am, at the Trailhead, Lewes Public Library. The public is invited.
Art in Bloom plans to continue to add outdoor art, such as sculptures and perhaps murals and mosaics, in Lewes’ parks and other public spaces. Fundraisers such as the one sponsored by Peninsula Gallery are key to its success and implementation.
Art in Bloom’s mission is to enhance the beautification and cultural environment of Historic Lewes and the community at large by means of public art. Further donations may be made by check, payable to Art in Bloom, to PO Box 61, Lewes, DE 19958.
The Peninsula Gallery is located in the Shops at the Beacon on Savannah Rd. The next gallery exhibition, opening on March 31, will be a multiple-artist show titled “Birds and Bees, Flowers and Trees.” A proportion of all sales will also go to support Art in Bloom.
Placement of Wind Sculptures Approved; Date Set for Placement
The Lewes City Council unanimously approved the placement of three kinetic wind sculptures by nationally recognized sculptor Lyman Whitaker. The kinetic sculptures will be placed at the Trailhead near the new Lewes Public Library on April 14 at 11:45 am. The public is invited.
The three sculptures, entitled Oval Twister Huge™, Double Dancer Huge™, and Single Helix Star™, ranging in height from 18 feet to 13 feet 5 inches, will be visible from all directions when approaching the library and the Trailhead
Successful fundraising programs over several months made it possible for the number of sculptures acquired to grow from one to three.
Peninsula Gallery Sponsors Second Fundraiser for Art in Bloom
Art in Bloom – First Approved Project “Oval Twister” Will Enhance the Beauty and Cultural Environment in Lewes
Lewes residents know the importance of offshore winds and its impact on our daily lives. The University of Delaware has created clean energy with its wind turbine, as it prepares the next generation of earth, ocean and environmental scientists. Art in Bloom, a committee of Lewes in Bloom, will install three wind-driven Lyman Whitaker sculptures at the Trailhead next to the new Library.
Internationally recognized, Whitaker’s sculptures are located throughout the world at venues including the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, the Hill-Stead Museum of French Impressionism, and numerous hospitals and hospices in the United States, as well as private collections in North America, Europe and Australia.
Known variously as wind sculptures or kinetic art, Whitaker’s works have a natural theme. His goal with each piece is to “inspire a stronger bond between mankind and mother earth.” The 18’ tall sculpture, which spins on sealed ball bearings, is handmade of industrial grade copper and marine grade stainless steel. The effect of salt air to the copper will cause the sculpture to develop a weathered patina look. His sculptures are built to last for generations. Even a small amount of wind can set the sculpture in motion. In Lewes, it surely will be in motion most of the time.
The Whitaker sculptures will also enhance Lewes’ natural beauty. Lewes is known as “the most beautiful small city in the United States,” and a sculpture is a natural extension of the city’s lovely parks and gardens. While residents and visitors are already attracted to the beautiful plantings throughout the city, a sculpture at the Trailhead will arouse interest and invite visitors to sit and ponder how moving air sustains the earth. As the artist has stated, “When visitors see art in an area, they know that they are in a community where art has a dominance and importance”.
Kinetic, or wind art when set in motion can be mesmerizing. It allows us to see, if only in our imaginations, the ways in which we are connected to the wind and the air and the breezes around us. In colonial times, a wind-driven whirligig could be made with lead musket balls or buttons from a sewing kit. Farmers and sailors have used weathervanes for years. These ancient wind devices, functional or playful, make a kinetic sculpture historically appropriate to Lewes as well.
Art in Bloom’s mission is “to enhance the beautification and cultural environment of Historic Lewes and the community at large by means of public art.” While Lewes in Bloom is currently best known for its beautification through floral displays and landscaping – Art in Bloom strives to add outdoor art (such as sculptures, and perhaps murals and mosaics) in Lewes’ parks and other public spaces to enhance the cultural beauty of the city. Jane Ellan Golde, chair of Art in Bloom said “Art and beauty come naturally to Lewes. Lewes in Bloom and Art in Bloom want to continue to enhance the natural beauty of Lewes for a community that values art and culture. Public art also contributes to a city’s openness and welcomes people in a unique way.”