Visual arts

The Peninsula Gallery is hosting an artists’ reception on September 3

In September, the Peninsula Gallery hosts an exhibition of architectural painting, featuring five unique painters. Inside, Outside explores people’s interactions between buildings and spaces, using different artistic styles and mediums.

The works in this exhibition depict famous places like the New York skyline and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. But the majority of the pieces pay homage to familiar places found in small towns around the world. From ballet rehearsals to ice cream dates, local diners and nostalgic motel signs, these works will transport viewers to a new place far beyond Lewes.

“Although this exhibition focuses on the geometric design of architecture, the real essence behind each work is the ‘lived-in’ quality of each space. You can feel, in all of the artists’ works, the quality time spent in the interior. inside and outside these buildings,” said Shelby Cooke, the gallery’s public relations manager.

An opening reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., Saturday, September 3, with some of the performers in attendance to discuss their works. Call 302-645-0551 or email [email protected] for details.

Born and raised in the New York metropolitan area, artist John Aquilino has been working for 20 years. Her work has received numerous accolades, including five fellowships, four Individual Artist Program awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Montgomery County Council for the Arts and Humanities. Aquilino’s work brings a graphic element to cityscapes, creating an intimate connection to buildings through intense precision and detail.

Roger Dellar is a professional artist working from his home studio in Surrey, England. He frequently visits the United States and the Peninsula Gallery is his only American venue. Dellar’s art reflects his keen interest in people, their behavior and how the play of light transforms a subject. His paintings capture everyday situations in public spaces, usually done outdoors. For Inside, Outside, Roger painted iconic locations like the historic Petworth House in the south of England, as well as scenes well known to Britons: pub drinking.

Christine Heyse is self-taught in watercolour, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as an emergency room nurse early in her career. But she drew and painted all her life, her love of art having been encouraged by her father, who was an industrial designer in New York. During a break from raising her three children, she took oil portraiture classes and became a certified copyist at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, before discovering watercolor. Heyse paints common subjects, transforming them with colored lights and shadows.

Emily Thompson attended the prestigious High School of Art & Design in New York and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is a nationally recognized and award-winning artist. Through her painting, she documents the iconic, vanished, abandoned elements of American identity. Thompson’s rooms in this show are filled with wonderfully nostalgic buildings and signs. His street scenes take the viewer back to the post-war years with their vintage cars and motels.

C. Mercedes Walls grew up in New York and New England, eventually settling in lower Delaware and starting a family with her husband Bill. She earned a BA in Sociology from SUNY Stonybrook and worked as a probation and parole officer for 10 years, while pursuing her passion for painting. Mostly self-taught, his biggest fan and first teacher was his maternal grandfather, a shoemaker. A signature member of the Delaware Watercolor Society, Master Artist of Delaware By Hand, and founding member of the Mispillion Art League, Walls exhibits widely in the region, winning numerous awards. The works featured in Inside, Outside are populated by families and friends, sharing time together.

View from the Water is on display from September 3 to 25. Works in the exhibition can be previewed on and are available for presale.

The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, in the Village Shoppes at the Beacon Inn, 520 East Savannah Road, Lewes.