Cape Gazette

RAL holds opening reception

May 09, 2014
Photo by: Steven Billups

The Rehoboth Art League held an opening reception May 2 in Henlopen Acres. In the Corkran Gallery is the exhibit “Sounds of Many Waters,” Drawings and Paintings by Brooke Rogers. In the Tubbs Gallery is “Drawing Detroit,” Works in Ink by Margi Weir. Also on display in the Homestead was the Members’ Showcase, a juried photography show.

Shown in front of his carnival ride-inspired images is Rogers with his wife Dawn. Rogers is the chair of the art department at Salisbury University. Growing up on Maryland's Eastern Shore, hurricanes were part of the seasonal life. In his artist’s statement, Rogers says about hurricanes, “A fearful respect-excitement mixed with apprehension-is a good characterization of the human perspective on God.” In his recent work, the hurricane has been simplified and abstracted into geometric patterns such as the pinwheel.


Enjoying the social atmosphere at the opening are (l-r) Al Rosin, Cookie Kerxton and Jonathan Willen. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Standing in the Tubbs Gallery amidst the Drawing Detroit Exhibition are (l-r) Paolo Peghini, Anita Peghini-Raber and Katharina Billups. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Rehoboth Art League Executive Director Sheila Bravo, left, artist Margi Weir, center, and exhibition manager John Mosher share a moment discussing Weir’s art. Weir is an assistant professor of painting and drawing at Wayne State in Detroit. In her artist’s statement Weir wrote, “Since my move to Detroit in 2009 I've been working on a series of drawings titled “Frontline Detroit,” that depicts the remains of buildings that were once signifiers of the culture here. The open form left by fire and weather appeals to my sense of design. They have become part of my everyday world, my neighbors. I began to draw them to help myself understand them and my relationship to them. These ‘bones,’ ruins of our civilization, occupy an ambiguous place and time that I'm trying to understand.” (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Titled “View from E. Pierce Street,” these are the most recent drawings by Weir. Weir states, “In the summer of 2013, I began to notice the reclamation by nature of the empty lots left by fire or blight. The opulent vegetation makes these open spaces appear pastoral in the heart of the city.” (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Standing with her photograph “Vases with Apple and Pear” is Leslie Sinclair. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Enjoying the opening reception are (l-r) Patti Barker, Mary Shultz and Kevin Fitzgerald. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Standing front of some of Rogers' hurricane paintings are Pat Coluzzi, RAL Business Operations Manager Luz Diaz; and Rae Ramos, exhibitions coordinator. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Showing their support for their colleague Brooke Rogers are Salisbury University Art History teachers (l-r) Elizabeth Kauffman, Vicky Pass and Jennie Liston. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
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