Artist Ellen Rice will debut two very different new paintings of the ocean in print at her gallery in Ocean View this Saturday, July 7, and use the pieces to show the differences between pastels and oils when painting the ocean.
Rice’s talks and open discussion periods will be hourly from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Light summer refreshments will be served in the morning hours, and wine and cheese starting at 1 p.m.
“A Moment in Time,” a quiet evening scene with glowing skies and water created by Rice in pastels, and “Wild Horses,” an oil depicting large waves breaking on the Bethany shore, will be released at 11 a.m., with introductory prices on each of the signed, numbered limited-edition fine art giclée reproductions. A handful of small proofs will also be available.
“There are both different and similar techniques I utilize when painting with oils and with pastels,” said Rice. “There are pluses and minuses to each medium. Oils are more durable, but there are special effects you can get with pastels that you can’t get with any other mediums.”
Rice’s new “A Moment in Time” pastel is her first pastel in about 10 years, though the artist is a prolific painter. “I put away my pastels because of the mess they make and the fact that when working with them you’re breathing in toxic dust, but I was inspired to paint this one scene, and it cried out for the softness and luminescence pastels can achieve, so I got them out again.”
Rice will show a number of works done in each medium on Saturday to demonstrate the mediums’ differences. Everyone attending can ask questions. They can also relate to other mediums Rice has used over the 50-some years she’s been painting professionally along the coast of Delaware.
Rice has been voted “Best Artist Delaware” by readers of two publications, was PNC Bank’s 2014 Artist of the Year and is the recipient of numerous other awards and accolades. Her gallery was named “One of the 10 Must-See Galleries and Museums in Delaware” by the international cultural review group The Culture Trip last year.
The Ellen Rice Gallery is located one block west of the building where it opened in 1999. The address is 111 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View. The gallery can be reached by phone at (302) 539-3405, and its website is at www.ellenrice.gallery. For more information, call, visit the site or stop in during regular gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Beyond this weekend, the artist is in the gallery on Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m., daily at different times and by appointment.