Gallery One displaying ‘A Thing of Beauty’ in April


“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: It’s loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness.”

Those are the words of the English poet John Keats, and the artists at Gallery One are inviting the public to visit the gallery to see how its artists have interpreted the theme “A Thing of Beauty.”

Five of the artists have chosen the beauty of the blossom as their theme for April.

Lesley McCaskill’s watercolor was inspired by a birthday bouquet she got from her sister. As the white lily buds opened, a pattern of dots of rich alizarin crimson was revealed on each petal. That was her inspiration for “A Gift, Speckles of Rose.”

Depicting flowers fresh from her summer garden and just dropped into an antique vase, Peggy Warfield painted the overflowing blossoms in a loose abstract style. She calls her acrylic painting “Garden Glories.”

Aubre Duncan saw an arrangement of hanging lanterns overflowing with colorful flowers and used that as the subject of her large watercolor, “A Delicate Balance.”

Both Pat Riordan and Dale Sheldon saw tulips and felt welcomed to spring after a long cold winter. Riordan’s “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” offers a soft watercolor background with a row of sprightly red-orange tulips. Sheldon’s canvas is filled with a variety of bobbing tulips. Her acrylic is titled “Spring Flowers.”

“If there were a beauty contest for fruit, pears would win hands down.” Two luscious green pears hang from a branch in Joyce Condry’s acrylic “Beauty Queens.” A view of the water and marshes at sunset from her parent’s home is Laura Hickman’s pastel “Sunset on White’s Creek.”

Venice is alive with beauty, according to Sonia Hunt. She loves the color of the sky, the color of the buildings and the canals with their bridges, reflections and ever present gondolas. Her pen-and-ink and watercolor is called “Venice.”

That is a sampling of the work to be seen this month at Gallery One. The public is being invited to view these pieces and more work by each of the gallery artists, as well as to visit the display of fine art by local artisans who specialize in pottery, jewelry, blown glass, weaving and wood artwork.

Gallery One is always staffed by one of the artists and is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit Gallery One’s website at www.galleryonede.com for more information and the opportunity to sign up for monthly e-blasts, or call the gallery at (302) 537-5055. The Gallery is located at 32 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) in Ocean View.