Disney-certified Glass Slipper Concierge travel planner Duane Whitman will present “Navigating Spring Break at Disney,” and artist Ellen Rice will debut six 6-by-8-inch mini-prints of the coastal area at a Holiday Open House at the Ellen Rice Gallery this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21 and 22, from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. each day. The public is being invited to enjoy the festivities, holiday music, door prizes and refreshments.
Whitman, who frequently gives talks about the best ways to travel Disney, has been an avid Disney fan all his life, visited Walt Disney World more than 30 times, sailed on the Disney Cruise Line numerous times and has been planning custom itineraries for families visiting Walt Disney World since 1972.
A graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge, he joined Glass Slipper Concierge, a Disney-specialized, authorized, travel concierge service that offers planned Disney vacations, in 2012. He specializes in selecting and reserving the resorts, park tickets and dining plans to meet specific needs and desires and, beyond those basics, offers free, customized “concierge” itinerary planning, complete with free one-on-one, on-call help during vacations, if desired, and fee-based, onsite guided tours.
Ellen Rice will release gift-sized, easily frameable, mini-giclée prints of the 6-by-8-inch oils and will be on hand to personalize them for gift recipients both days of the Holiday Open House this weekend.
The prints feature bay scenes, ocean scenes, moonlit pathways, sunrises and sunsets along the shore and marshes of coastal Delaware. She will also be showing the first paintings in her ongoing “Children by the Sea” series of paintings that will soon be offered as greeting cards.
Rice, voted “One of Delaware’s Most Collectible Shore Artists” several years ago, has lived on the shore since 1962, the last 19 years on the edge of the James Farm in Ocean View, and has been painting professionally since the 1970s. She opened the Ellen Rice Gallery in 1999 to offer a quiet, peaceful environment where people could come in, relax and enjoy the beauty of her inspirations and the creations of numerous artisans whose work she represents. To date, she has in print more than 100 paintings of the region she calls home.
Whitman, a lifelong resident of the Millsboro area, has managed the Ellen Rice Gallery for 15 years. He can be reached seven days a week by calling (302) 448-1534 and by appointment at the gallery year-round.
The Ellen Rice Gallery is located at 103 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View, in the west end of the old Country Wicker Building, 2.2 miles west of Bethany Beach.