Brimming with talented artists against the light of a formidable legacy formed by the likes of Howard Pyle and the Brandywine school, Delaware combines emerging artistic exploration with respect for American tradition. As these ten contemporary art galleries and museums demonstrate, Delaware’s art scene is passionate and energetic despite its humble size, and thrives from Wilmington to Milford, Ocean View to Dover.
The Anita Peghini-Räber Gallery features the work of the titular artist. Peghini-Räber’s work is characterized by a sense of freedom in content and execution, where abstract patterns and motifs merge into emotional landscapes, filled with color and assertive brushstrokes. A Swiss native, she has had her work exhibited in New York City, but her cosy and welcoming gallery in Rehoboth Beach is still a haven of sorts. In addition to showcasing her own paintings, Peghini-Räber also displays paintings, drawings and woodwork by other local artists.
The Ellen Rice Gallery primarily features work by Ellen Rice, but the space has also exhibited works by 140 contemporary artists. Rice is labelled “one of the East Coast’s most collected artists,” and her works can be found in private, government, and corporate collections throughout the United States, specializing predominantly in coastal scenes. Rice prioritises a synesthetic artistic experience in the gallery itself, selecting the rustic coastal setting to allow environmental continuity to run seamlessly from exterior to interior, hand-picking the meditative soundtrack from sound artists of national and international repute.
Ellen Rice Gallery, 111 Atlantic Ave, Ocean View, DE 19970, USA +1 302-539-3405