Lewes artists to present latest works Oct. 12 and 13 in benefit exhibitProceeds from show, silent auction will go to Greater Lewes Foundation
Some of Lewes’ most celebrated artists will present their latest work at a weekend benefit art exhibit from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, in the Parkview Room of the Inn at Canal Square.
Each artist will showcase up to 10 new works. Participants are Connie Costigan, Jean Doran, Victor Letonoff, Steve Rogers (event organizer) and Nick Serratore.
There is no charge to attend, and proceeds from the show will benefit the Greater Lewes Foundation and its mission, “to maintain and improve the quality of life in the Greater Lewes region.”
The event will include a silent auction of an award-winning painting, “Salute to the USS Delaware,” donated by Victor Letonoff to the Greater Lewes Foundation. This painting is valued at $6,800. Silent bids may begin with a minimum bid of $3,500.
Letonoff began his career as a fine artist after 30-plus years of active duty with the U.S. Army in Europe, Vietnam and with the 82nd Airborne Division. A West Point graduate, he taught there and at the Army War College before studying painting and drawing at the Ecole Des Beaux Artes in Paris and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Letonoff has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and won several top awards. His paintings are reminiscent of Old Masters like Velazquez and Vermeer in their expression of mood and emotion. Active in the community, Letonoff served three terms on the Lewes City Council.
Doran’s love of nature is often displayed in her work, in particular man-made objects softened by location in natural, small town settings. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in art education from the University of Maryland, studied portraiture and lived in Hawaii and nine other states before settling in Lewes in 1998. Doran specializes in oil and acrylic painting on canvas, board and occasionally furniture. She displays in local and regional shows and her paintings are represented in collections from Maine to California.
Costigan’s work brings forth the “presence of the unseen” with visions of stillness and sensual meditations on energy and matter in constant transformation. A professor of fine arts emeritus at George Washington University, Costigan’s paintings can be found in major collections at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Phillips Collection and numerous university, public and private collections worldwide. The winner of numerous jurists’ awards and fellowships, she was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. Costigan is a frequent lecturer and juror for art programs and has conducted numerous workshops at educational and art organizations nationwide.
Rogers turned his love of drawing as a young man into a full-time profession more than 20 years ago. His specialties are acrylic and oil paintings of ships, the sea and the marine landscape. A signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists and a State of Delaware Fellow, Rogers is on the faculty of the Wooden Boat School and is represented by galleries in Lewes and Maine. He serves on the boards of the Rehoboth Art League and the Greater Lewes Foundation.
Serratore, recent winner of the 2012 Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, works primarily in pastels for their brilliance and immediacy. This medium lets him capture textures of the Sussex County scenes and landscapes that inspire his work. A graduate of the Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia and Wilmington University, Sertore’s paintings first attract viewers’ attention, and then draw them inward, seeking the message of his work. Serratore has had numerous solo exhibitions during the past decade, won many awards for his pastel landscapes and regularly participates in regional charitable events.
For more information, contact the Greater Lewes Foundation at 302-644-010.