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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.

Art in Bloom – 1st Project – Silent Sentinels at the Lewes Trailhead

Mayor Ted Becker and Jane Ellen Golde unveiling dedication plaque

Cliff Diver, Senator Ernie Lopez and Mayor Ted Becker pose with dedication plaque

Lewes Mayor, Ted Becker and Jane Ellen Golde

Denise Bridgens

The Sentinels

Crowd at Trailhead during dedication
Photo by Sue Sandemeyer

Left to right – Mayor Ted Becker, Marilyn Vai, Nancy Phillips, Fred Phillips, Congresswomen Lisa Blunt Rochester
Photo by Sue Sandemeyer

Left to Right – Marilyn Vai – LIB Co-chair, Congresswomen Lisa Blunt Rochester, Nancy Phillips – LIB Co-chair
Photo by Sue Sandemeyer

 

Silent Sentinels at the Lewes Trailhead

Sentinels are up and spinning at the Trailhead

Art in Bloom – 1st Project – Silent Sentinels at the Lewes Trailhead

Silent Sentinels at the Lewes Trailhead

Nick Serratore Painting Sold to Benefit Art in Bloom

For further information contact Jane Ellan Golde  jegolde@aol.com or Tony Boyd-Heron peninsulagallery1@gmail.com                   

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.

Left to right: Tony Boyd-Heron, Peninsula Gallery, and Stephen and Joyce Oliner

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.

The Silent Sentinels

Peninsula Gallery Sponsors Second Fundraiser for Art in Bloom

Peninsula Gallery Sponsors Second Fundraiser for Art in Bloom

Two prominent local artists have donated work that will be on display at the Peninsula Gallery during March. All the sale’s proceeds will go to Art in Bloom to support its ongoing efforts to enhance the beautification and cultural environment of Historic Lewes. The Gallery hosted a fundraiser in April of 2017, which kicked-off the successful attempts to raise money for the three wind sculptures.

This year’s artists, Richard Calvo and Nick Serratore, have both donated works for the 2018 fundraiser at the gallery.

Calvo’s distinctive photograph “October Mist” is an example of the landscapes he has been creating for more than 50 years. Helen Harrison of the New York Times described his work as “romantic, almost abstract in its concentration on shape, tone and texture.”

Serratore is known for his atmospheric landscapes of Southern Delaware. In the past several years he has focused on a series of wildflower pieces. His large-scale paintings depict vast fields of flowers in shimmering tones and it is the latest of these creations that he is donating to raise funds for Art in Bloom.

Art in Bloom plans 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 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.

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.”