ULTIMA HORA.- REHOBOTH BEACH, DE— A perennial favorite, the Rehoboth Art League’s 71st Annual Fine Art Exhibit will open on Friday, July 24, 2009 in the Corkran, Tubbs and Ventures Galleries with a reception open to the public from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Also sharing the spotlight, the League will showcase the art of Maryland photographer Phyllis Berger in the Homestead Gallery. All shows will be on display through September 6.
This year’s featured artist for the Members’ Show is watercolorist, Lesley McCaskill. An avid painter who loves to paint outdoors, McCaskill is a long time member of the Rehoboth Art League and has exhibited here and abroad. She has taught art in school systems in both Delaware and Maryland. In 2004 she was honored with the Centennial Educator Award. Her featured piece, Cobalt Vases in the Homestead Garden, was painted on location at the Art League.
This year’s judge is art historian and artist, Ellen Elms Notar. Notar’s formal training includes the Art Institute of Chicago, The Corcoran, Maryland Institute of Art, University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently lives in Lewes and participates in the local art community both as a studio artist and teacher of art history for the University of Delaware’s Academy of Lifelong Learning, and a speaker for the Delaware Humanities Forum. She has served as a juror for a number of organizations locally as well as nationally.
Rounding out the event will be photographer Phyllis Berger, whose show titled “Rocks, Sea, Sky: Celtic Landscapes,” will be on display in the Homestead Gallery. “All of my photographs were taken on or near the water and are a photographic interpretation of the wild coasts of Brittany, France and the Burren in southwest Ireland. My work celebrates the amazing geologic forms that abound in this surreal landscape. This is a place that is felt as well as seen and my photographs are a subjective representation of what I experience in the field.”
Berger graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with both bachelor and master of fine arts degrees and now teaches at MICA in Continuing studies. She is the coordinator of the Photography program at Johns Hopkins University and a lecturer in Museum Studies and the Master of Liberal Arts Programs. She is a recipient of an artist residency in Brittany, France and much of the work for this show came from the time she spent there.