Gallery One going on ‘Beach Odyssey’ in July

Gallery One in Ocean View recently announced the theme of its new show, “Beach Odyssey,” which will be open to the public through July 31.

“This is the time of year when many families begin their beach odyssey. It is a time for fun, family time, and reacquainting to the longer days and slower pace of beach life,” exhibit organizers said. “Our beaches are one of Delaware’s great gifts. It is experienced in many different ways. Many of us enjoy those moments when we seem to have the whole landscape to ourselves.”

“Just Us,” an oil by Marybeth Paterson, shows “the inhibited time at the beach before the crowds arrive to embrace laughter and dance in the sand.”

“First One,” a pastel by Laura Hickman, features “an early beachgoer braving the brisk winds with towels, a large cup of hot coffee, while enjoying the solitude and the beauty of the crashing waves.”

The summertime beach becomes the family’s playground.

“Connecting,” an acrylic by Lesley McCaskill, tells a story of how the beach slows people down. “I enjoy watching the body language of family and friends as they spend time catching up along with the visual play of color and textures,” she said.

“All year long, families look forward to their vacation at the beach,” said artist Pat Riordan. “It’s a great time for families to be together.” Her “On Vacation,” an oil, features family life on the Rehoboth beach.

“Fun in the Surf,” an oil by Jeanne Mueller, depicts the “happiness and fun of a child tiptoeing into the ocean waves and that moment of hesitation before plunging and splashing around.”

Tara Funk Grim’s “Beach Brellies—Oh the Stuff,” a mixed-media work, is part of an ongoing series that tackles the continual movement and constant change at the beach. “Every nanosecond, the beach is alive with motion, children running, buckets dropped, towels lost, snacks found, stuff everywhere.”

“What says summer and a trip to the beach better than sharing a big pile of steamed spiced crabs? Add some tasty beer to go with it, and it’s perfect.” “Beach Odyssey,” a acrylic by Dale Sheldon, shows “yummy crabs spread out on newspapers, loaded with spice and ready to pick.”

Artist Joyce Condry explored a different odyssey in “Island Hopping,” an acrylic. “Haven’t we all imagined sailing off to live on a warm, unspoiled island cooled by the ocean breeze? It is a place where we laze in the sun all day, sipping Mai Tais and listening to calypso music. In our dreams everything is perfect.”

“Beach Odyssey” runs through July 31, and, in addition, the gallery’s Artisan Room features exciting textiles, hand-blown glass, pottery, glass jewelry and wood pieces by local artists. Gallery One is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is always staffed by one of the artists.

For more information, visit Gallery One’s website at, call (302) 537-5055 or visit the gallery at 32 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) in Ocean View.