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RAL opens 75th Members' Fine Art Exhibition

Jun 22, 2013
Photos by: Steven Billups Featured Artist Anne Hanna stands with her Adella E. Chiswell Award: Best Watercolor, titled “Bouncing Light.”

The Rehoboth Art League hosted its 75th Annual Members' Fine Art Exhibition opening reception June 14 in the Corkran and Tubbs galleries. Also on display is a selection of works, Heritage Artist: Birth of An Art Community, in the Homestead Gallery. The Heritage Artist exhibition highlights artists who were influential in the beginning years of the RAL in the 1930s and 1940s.

Winners include the following:

Sarah Ethel Tunnel Award: Best in Show
John Schisler, "Lemon Appeal," oil on panel

Mary Hall Leach Award: Outstanding Work
John Bayalis, "Morning with Monet," watercolor

Thomas McFarland Skelly Award: Painting of Exceptional Merit, any medium
Aina Nergaard-Nammack, "#1352 Albeniz, Grenada," acrylic

Louise Chambers Corkran Award: Best Sculpture
Roy Fitzgerald, "Glyph," black locust wood

Howard Schroeder Sketch Group Award: Portrait or Figurative Work
Margaret Bayalis, "Emerging," oil
(Sponsored by the Rehoboth Art League Sketch Group)

Lucille K. Megee Award: Honorable Mention
Anne E.H. Carroll, "Magdelana III," watercolor

Mary Derrickson McCurdy Memorial Award: Honorable Mention
Michael Weinert, "Cumulus Clouds, Rehoboth Beach," oil

Mrs. Robert McClellan Award: Honorable Mention
Angela Herbert-Hodges, "Clouds over the Cannery," watercolor

Adelia E. Chiswell Award: Best Watercolor
Anne Hanna, "Bounced Light," watercolor

Village Improvement Association Award: Two Local Artists
Louise Gatanas, "Persian Garden," gouache and ink 
Constance Costigan, "Spirit Field," pencil

Col. W. S. Corkran Award: Painting representative of the Eastern Shore of Sussex County (east of Route 113)
Lesley McCaskill, "Sunrise over the Dune," watercolor

Faucett Okie Award: Emerging Delaware Artist Working in Oil or Pastel, Traditional Style
Josephine T. Startzel, "Bits and Pieces," oil on panel

Winner of the Village Improvement Association’s Local Artist Award is Constance Costigan with her “Spirit Field” pencil drawing.
Finding a place to chat in the busy gallery are (l-r) artist Bill Snow, Tom Cordle and Richard Pagnotta.
Enjoying the opening are (l-r) Viers Mace, Katherine Priest, Vita Mule and Joe Homsher.
Shown at the reception are (l-r) John Mosher, RAL exhibitions manager; Elizabeth Kaufman, members exhibition judge and director of galleries and assistant professor of art and art history at Salisbury University; and Lee Wayne Mills.
Representatives of event sponsor PNC Wealth Management take a moment for a photo. Shown are (l-r) Brad Travis, Jen Joseph, Scott Bagshaw and Jason Priddy.
Admiring the great variety of work at the Members Exhibition are Beth Thomas, left, and her mother Angie Watkins.
RAL Board of Trustees President Diana Beebe, left, chats with Diane Pirkey and Darrell Grinstead.
Socializing at the opening are (l-r) Carole Ellison and board of trustees members Gretta Etsey and Jim Ellison.
Amelie Sloan stands with a painting by her aunt, Ethel P.B. Leach in the Heritage Artists exhibition. The painting is titled “The Old Paynter House.”
Josephine T. Startzel is shown with her work, "Bits and Pieces," an oil on panel. Startzel won a blue ribbon as an Emerging Artist. (Photo by: Edwin Krumm)
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