Gallery one featuring ‘Celebration’ with December show


In December, people often look back on the past year and celebrate those events which are personal and meaningful to each of them, and the same is true of the artists of Gallery One in Ocean View, which is holding its new show, “Celebration,” from Dec. 2 through Jan. 4, 2015.

Celebrating joy — head thrown back, arms outstretched, feet planted firmly on the earth — is Peggy Warfield’s acrylic abstract, called “Joyfulness.” Aubré Duncan’s watercolor, “Celebration,” depicts a colorful beach cottage, an American flag hanging from the porch and twirls and stars exploding in a blue sky.

Rina Thaler’s mixed-media work, “A Great Miracle,” depicts the celebration of Hanukkah. A blue menorah and an orange dreidel dominate the space. “Both are symbols of the miracle which occurred when one night’s worth of oil burned in the temple’s candelabra for eight nights — a great miracle happened there.”

Using a palette of blues and oranges, Joyce Condry depicts a scene titled “Ladies Nite.” Condry said, “Good friends, great conversation and half-price drinks. What could be better?”

Sonia Hunt’s watercolor is designed to be spare and dramatic. Against the stillness of a dark background, the pianist sits at a piano and plays for the “Celebration” of… a wedding, a funeral, a picnic, a parade or just for the love of a song.

The purity of a pot of white calla lilies, the gleam of an old, worn wooden door of an ancient Peruvian church and the wash of light illuminating the tableau, inspired Dale Sheldon to paint “Wedding Flowers,” in which the calla lily represents love and affection.

Laura Hickman chose pastels in a variety of cool blues for “Winter Light.” She says, “The winter months bring shorter days, but … the sun rewards us with the most spectacular, brilliantly angled light that beckons us to bundle up and celebrate the season with a brisk walk.”

With masterful strokes, Lesley McCaskill, in her painting “Water Play,” captures a playful shooting water fountain with three children frolicking and joyfully finding relief from the heat of a summer’s day.

This is a small sampling of the work to be seen in this show. The public is being invited to view the show and see more work by each of the gallery artists, as well as to visit the special display of fine crafts by local artisans.

Visit the website at www.galleryonede.com for more information on Gallery One. The website has articles, a list of classes and the opportunity to sign up for monthly e-blasts. Gallery One is always staffed by one of the artists and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Gallery is located at 32 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View. Call (302) 537-5055.