Rehoboth Art League steps it up


The Rehoboth Art League has been promoting artists and arts education for more than 70 years, offering exhibits and programs that stimulate the mind and capture the essence of Delaware. Now, under new executive director Karen McGrath – and with a healthy step into the 21st century by means of an updated Web site – the Rehoboth Art League is catering to even more Delawareans and visitors to the area.

Coastal Point • Jesse Pryor: Rehoboth Art League’s new executive director Karen McGrath stands next to an Anne Hanna painting.Coastal Point • Jesse Pryor
Rehoboth Art League’s new executive director Karen McGrath stands next to an Anne Hanna painting.

“It’s really amazing to be working with such an outstanding team and a great organization,” said McGrath, former executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. While the organization’s Web site has always provided a wealth of knowledge for the league, from events and general information to schedules, the updates now provide accessibility for online registration for memberships and classes.

“The Web site is more convenient,” McGrath said. “We have a lot of members who live in D.C. and other cities, who come here in the summer. By updating the Web site, it enables us to let people renew or join online. Registering for classes is easier, too. It gives you to option to join right there. It just makes sense.”

The Web site has proven to be a functional aspect of the Rehoboth Art League in the past, allowing for quick updates to be posted, as well as links to other organizations.

And, starting Feb. 14 and running through the end of March, the art league will feature selected works, forming a permanent collection – something the organization has not provided before.

“The public doesn’t really get the chance to see the permanent collections as much,” said McGrath.

The new Creative Spirit program is opening artistic eyes and minds, as well. In late January, guests had the opportunity to speak with Roy Fitzgerald, whose chainsaw art has pushed the limits and boundaries of artistic creativity.

“It’s a lot of fun to hear these people talk about their muse,” McGrath added. “These events are always well-received.”

Creative Spirit will continue on Sunday, Feb. 22, from 2 until 3:30 p.m., in which the political cartoons of Pulitzer Prize-winner Herbert Lawrence Block, commonly referred to as “Herblock,” will be honored in celebration of President’s Day. Jane and Bob Asher, colleagues and peers of the political cartoonist, will talk about working with Herblock, and share some of their own experiences.

Later this spring, the Rehoboth Art League will present Young at Art, where first- through 12th-graders from around Sussex County can showcase their work.

“We’re looking to do a lot more with the organization,” McGrath added, “and our Web site is only going to help that even more. We want our site to be a one-stop resource.”

McGrath has never shied away from a challenge, either. In addition to the art league, she also has herself occupied these days as the co-director of Sussex County Women Build, part of Habitat for Humanity.

“It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “I always find something to keep myself busy. I’ve always been interested in art, and it’s a really good fit for me. It’s something I really have a passion for and there’s a lot of potential for growth.”

For more information about the Rehoboth Art League, including membership and class schedules, visit www.rehobothartleague.org or call (302) 227-8408.