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RAL brings land, sea and fire with three exhibits March 28-April 27

Mar 27, 2014
“Wading Shorebirds," acrylic by Dale Sheldon.

Following the overwhelming success of its Young at Art and Hot off the Press exhibits, the Rehoboth Art League brings the elements of land, sea and fire to the galleries.

So, IL Perspective: Re-Imagined Landscapes; 144 Degrees: Encaustic Paintings by Kristen Woodward; and Members Showcase: Lost at Sea will run from March 28 to April 27.

Part of the 2014 RAL exhibition plan is to bring art and artists from other areas of the country to the league. So, IL Perspective: Re-Imagined Landscapes is a two-person exhibition that features artists David Linneweh and John Reddington, who both graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2007.

They have created a new series of paintings based on their collective experience living in the Southern Illinois region. Linneweh fractures and re-assembles the landscape using geometric abstract shapes, often leaving portions of the wood panel exposed. Reddington’s landscapes are reduced to simple shapes and lines filled in with flat swatches of color. Both artists’ approach to the landscape is more about the memory of place rather than a faithful rendering of space.

The duo will also be producing an audio podcast discussing their work that will be available for download. Visit Linneweh at www.davidlinneweh.com and Reddington at www.johnreddington.com.

144 Degrees: Encaustic Paintings by Kristen Woodward showcases work that uses an unusual technique in its creation. The title 144 Degrees refers to the temperature at which beeswax, a primary ingredient in encaustic painting, melts. Woodward, a professor of art at Albright College in Reading, Pa., works with a variety of subject matter ranging from gender relationships within the Judeo-Christian tradition to abstracted imagery that the artist says “reveals age-old tensions between the sacred and profane in a less illustrative and symbolic way."

All of the work for this show was done in encaustic and mixed media. For a preview of Woodward’s work go to www.kristentwoodward.com. She will also be giving a workshop about the technique of encaustic painting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 26.

Members Showcase: Lost at Sea - Seascapes, a juried show, will be in the Homestead weekends only. This showcase will feature artworks in a variety of media that reference, illustrate, capture, or suggest seascapes. This exhibition celebrates Rehoboth's connection to the ocean, and the league's talented members’ visions and ideas of it. The Homestead is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The opening for all three exhibitions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 28, and is free and open to the public. The main gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

The Art League Annex on the Avenue is now open with a members gallery of art and other interesting events at 510 Rehoboth Ave. in the historic McQuay's Marketplace. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

The Rehoboth Art League is a membership-based nonprofit arts organization dedicated to teaching, preserving and inspiring the arts in the region. For more information on the Rehoboth Art League, its classes, events and exhibitions, visit rehobothartleague.org or call 302-227-8408. Network on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the RAL blog.

These programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

“When a wife leaves you, a friend carries you, and BBQ, world famous mind you," acrylic by John Reddington.
“Small Truth Series - Is that my Jaguar," encaustic painting by Kristen Woodward.
"Mary Lou’s," acrylic by David Linneweh.
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