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Arts Playlist: ‘Oneness in Spirit' at the Historic Odessa Foundation

Twilight on Rabbit Hill Farm - painting by Nancy R. Thomas
The Historic Odessa Foundation (HOF) presents one more art exhibition this year.

Artists from The Artists Gallery in Chestertown, Maryland are featured in The Historic Odessa Foundation’s final exhibit of the year.

“Oneness in Spirit: Art from the Artists’ Gallery in Chestertown,” is on display through December 30, 2020 at the Foundation’s Visitors Center.

The Artists’ Gallery consists of five partners - including Bonnie Howell.

“I primarily like to paint water and all of its various aspects," said Howell. "But primarily local water, our rivers and streams; occasionally I do an ocean or two, which there is an oceanscape exhibited at this show.”

Howell says she and Nancy Thomas paint using oils while Evie Baskin uses pastels.

“For this show, I had done a portrait of my dog, which is a Labradoodle and I had started experimenting with texture with her because she has this really curly topcoat," said Baskin. "And so I had painted underneath of the pastel with acrylic paint to just sort of raise the surface slightly.”

Baskin, Thomas and Howell join Mary Ellen Mabe and Barbara Zuehlke with paintings in this exhibit; there are 30 paintaings total - six from each artist.

The artists work well together, serving the same goal of presenting a wide range of fine art. Since the partners take turns working at the gallery in Chestertown, Maryland, visitors get the opportunity to meet the artists and often view works in progress.

The gallery celebrates both its variety and its oneness of spirit in providing a showplace for the partners and many other local and regional artists and craftsmen whose work often includes paintings, photography, pottery, woodcrafts and much more.

For more information about the exhibit Oneness of Spirit: Art from The Artists’ Gallery in Chestertown, click here.

Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support 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.

Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.