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Arts Playlist: Rehoboth Art League debuts three new shows

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The Rehoboth Art League marks its 85th anniversary with three new shows to start the year.

The Art League’s “8th Regional Juried Photography Exhibition,” “Hot House Hybrids II: Photography from Jenee Mateer,” and “Everyday Life, Everyday People: The Work of Jack Lewis” are open at the Art League’s Henlopen Acres campus in Sussex County and run through February.

On this week’s Arts Playlist, Rehoboth Art League exhibitions director Nick Serratore joins Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele to tell us about these exhibitions.

Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele chats with Rehoboth Art League exhibitions director Nick Serratore about the League's new shows

The Rehoboth Art League was formed in 1938 as a place where artists could teach, gather, and exhibit their work- and 85 years later that tradition continues.

Rehoboth Art League exhibitions director Nick Serratore says the League got its start thanks to Louise Corkran and Colonel Wilbur Corkran, who donated their property.

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"Lana" by Jenee Mateer

“The original building is the painter’s studio. And that was actually part of a kitchen on an old country road that sat along the Lewes-Rehoboth canal, and that piece was brought down by Colonel Corkran on a little barge,” explained Serratore.

The Art League plans to celebrate its 85th anniversary with special events, educational programs, and special exhibitions.

One new exhibition, which features an entire body of work from local artist Jack Lewis, will be on display for 2 months.

The collection was donated by Nancy and Russ Suniewick, long-time friends of Jack Lewis and Executive Producers of the documentary about the artist “If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home Now.”

Lewis was from Bridgeville.

“We titled the show ‘Everyday Life, Everyday People’ because he’s really capturing the essence of everyday life in Southern Delaware, especially in the township where he lived,” said Serratore.

He adds this exhibition includes some never-before-seen works from the artist.

Joining the Lewis exhibition are “8th Regional Juried Photography Exhibition” and “Hot House Hybrids II: Photography from Jenee Mateer,” which are all now open at the Art League’s Henlopen Acres campus in Sussex County.

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