Artist on the ball with one-man show
It was a walk on a dull winter’s day with his dog Jesse that got artist Jeffrey Moore thinking about spring, and warm, bright colors and beach balls. Since then, beach balls have made regular appearances in his watercolor paintings, digitally manipulated photographs and stained glass pictures.
Not surprisingly, when asked to display his work for a one-man spring show in the Scott’s Chapel Gallery at Epworth Church in Rehoboth Beach, Moore suggested a beach ball theme. The show opens on Sunday, April 27, with a reception from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and lasts until May 28.
Moore, who lives in Blackwater Village, returned to his home state from California about 10 years ago. He found that life was becoming monotonous after working all day behind a computer screen as a draftsman and then watching a television screen all evening before going to bed.
“I graduated from Liberty University with a degree in theater arts and had been surrounded by artsy people in Los Angeles, and my mind was screaming to do something creative,” said Moore. “Of all things, my first foray into the visual arts was instigated by an origami day-timer calendar. Each evening while the TV was on, I would make a new piece of origami from the previous day’s page. And then, the following year, I got a watercolor day-timer, and by then I was hooked on creating beautiful things with my hands.”
“I started to take my paintings to the many art shows throughout the area and did particularly well with my miniatures,” he recalled. “I used my photographs to paint from, and before long I naturally found myself playing with the images on my computer and creating really fun pieces… which people also liked. Then I found myself really attracted to the light refractions of different colors through glass, and so I learned how to work with stained glass, and I’m doing a lot of that at the moment.”
It didn’t take long for Moore’s talent to be recognized. He was invited to join the popular SEDAST (SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour) on the long weekend following Thanksgiving, in which the artists open their home studios to the public.
“It’s great to meet people and answer their questions. I show them how I work with stained glass and explain just where a certain photograph was taken,” said Moore.
While preparing for his show at Epworth, Moore learned that one of his pieces of stained glass had been accepted for a prestigious exhibition at the Biggs Museum of American Art, titled “Landscapes.” It is a gorgeous rendering of a splendid blue/pink/purple sky over gray rooftops and through golden brown tree limbs. That show in Dover is from May 17 until July 30. Moore’s picture was one of 50 accepted from approximately 500 entries.
In the upcoming season of arts festivals, Moore is looking forward to participating in a new one for him, the Artisans Fair at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on May 24.
“It’s always a pleasure to be able to display my work to a new group of people,” he said.
Epworth United Methodist Church is located at 19285 Holland Glade Road in Rehoboth Beach. Scott’s Chapel Gallery is open seven days a week but is sometimes unavailable when used as a meeting room. The phone number to check in advance is (302) 227-7743. Moore’s website is at www.jeffreytoddmoore.com.