In October, ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ at Gallery One

This month’s theme at Gallery One has a sky-high limit! The title of this month’s exhibit, “The Sky’s the Limit,” has as its origin a poker metaphor originating in the 1900s. Yes, according to Gallery One representatives, sky-high stakes poker is the original source for the expression.

In keeping with that “no holds barred” idea, the artists at Gallery One explored everything from landscapes with wildflowers and amusement parks to pigs for the exhibit, which will run from Aug. 28 through Oct. 1 at the gallery in Ocean View.

Most of this month’s artist incorporated the summer sky into their artwork, but one who didn’t was artist Laura Hickman, whose pastel painting, “Top Hog,” features a portrait of a barnyard favorite with the title incorporating the theme: “I’m telling ya, honey… when you’re top dog in the pig sty… the sky’s the limit, baby!”

Six of the gallery artists explored the sky as the literal limit this month. In Dale Sheldon’s acrylic painting, “First Light,” she brings the dawn over the beach to life on canvas.

“When the sky first lights up at dawn, it is somewhat unpredictable. Clouds on the horizon mean the colors might be spectacular, as this sunrise surely was! Quiet neutrals in the foreground lead to the colors that additionally light up the water, creating more color and movement.”

In “Great Sky with Orange Marsh,” artist Michelle Marshall’s acrylic painting done in vibrant, sun drenched hues, she dramatically explores the transition between where marsh meets sky. In artist MaryBeth Patterson’s oil painting “Cotton Candy Clouds,” done in crisp blues with a bit of warm sand to provide contrast, the clouds dominate, drawing the eye skyward.

In “Windblown,” artist Cheryl Wisbrock’s painting, the viewer is transported to a bright day at the beach with the sky above, as the clouds are whipped by strong breezes overhead. Artist Jan Moffatt’s acrylic painting, “Wildflowers,” aims to grab the viewer’s attention with bright colors and texture in the front, and then draw them into the painting to a quiet peaceful place beneath the towering sky.

Lesley McCaskill’s acrylic painting, “Love the View,” takes the viewer to the limits on a Ferris wheel. Combining the summer landscape of an amusement park with the characteristic local marsh landscape, the painting does not limit itself to one or the other, and was done largely en plein air.

She described the scene while painting near the Jolly Roger amusement park in Ocean City: “I was captivated by the view and the juxtaposition of the rollercoaster and Ferris wheel that was elevated near this quiet oasis of pond and wildlife marsh. Painting a small study there, I enjoyed the muffled sound of the coaster and the sounds of summer park goers while I was immersed in the quiet stillness of nature.”

Pat Riordan’s watercolor painting, “Up, Up and Away!” features the view from colorful hot air balloons over a marsh scene with wildlife.

“It doesn’t get any more sky high than that!” gallery representatives said.

Gallery One is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is always staffed by an artist. It is located at 32 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) in Ocean View, and can be reached by calling (302) 537-5055, or visit for more information.