Miniature artist Cooper to hold Saturday event at Ellen Rice Gallery

The Ellen Rice Gallery will host its first spring event this Saturday, May 4, in Ocean View, with the introduction of internationally collected local miniature artist Ann Cooper’s spring and summer 2019 collection of intricate cottage scenes contained in small, lit decorative lanterns.

Each lantern is a one-of-a-kind imagined world, much like a dollhouse in miniature, “only so much easier to display,” said the creator. In coordination with painter Ellen Rice, each lantern also contains a framed and lit miniature of one of Rice’s paintings.

“I made many of my new lantern worlds thinking of Mother’s Day and what a wonderful gift they would make — particularly some of the summer ones that can be taken home as a decorative reminder of fun times at the beach,” said Cooper.

From 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., the artist will be at the gallery to meet with visitors, talk about her creative process and personalize her lanterns if desired. She can only take a limited number of custom orders. Since no two are alike, she advised those wishing to have the widest selection from which to purchase to come early to the event.

Cooper began creating dollhouse scenes as a child at the side of her father. Today a retired teacher, she continues what has become a “passion” for the sheer joy of it.

“These little cottage scenes are a great escape from the news of the day! I love that you can lose yourself in them. I want people to feel like they can just step inside and find peace.”

The public is being invited to Cooper’s miniature show this Saturday, as well as to see the new paintings, drawings and prints Rice has created over the winter.

Light refreshments will be served throughout the day, with wine and cheese from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Ellen Rice Gallery is located at 111 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26), Ocean View, 2.2 miles inland from Bethany Beach, across from Lord Baltimore Elementary School. Live directions are available on Rice’s website at, on the Contact page. For more information, call the gallery at (302) 539-3405.

Rice’s work can be found in private, government and corporate collections on four continents and in 14 countries. Her gallery is listed as one of “10 Must-See Galleries and Museums in Delaware” by the international cultural review group the Culture Trip. The gallery, founded by the artist in 1999, will soon celebrate its 20th anniversary.