Two events coming to new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery & Learning Center

The new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery & Learning Center on Cedar Neck Road is hosting two events this Friday and Saturday featuring artists and authors, one of whom will soon be an instructor for the learning center.

On Friday afternoon, a husband-and-wife team, Aida Waserstein and Eric Doroshow, both professionals in the legal field, will share their creative sides, Waserstein as a published author of a children’s book, Doroshow as a painter, researcher and author about ancient Israel.

Then, on Saturday, retired university professor of art and published book author and illustrator Joanne Guilford will introduce the water-media lessons she will teach at the Rice learning center beginning in January.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Waserstein will read from and personalize copies of her children’s book “My Name is Aida,” the story of her journey as a 13-year-old Cuban-Jewish girl who left her home as an unaccompanied minor, went to the United States by herself in 1961 through a program later known as “Pedro Pan,” studied, worked hard and eventually became a judge.

The book depicts the child’s feelings about leaving the only country she had known, her bewilderment in a new place where she did not know the language, and her adjustment to an unknown environment. She was distressed about feeling different, but through her journey, she flourished. She learned that each person is unique and that being different is good. It helps to build a stronger more resilient society.

“It’s a very inspiring story, designed to be of help to children in foster care,” said Ellen Rice, “but I think it’s a story for all.”

Eric Doroshow, founder of the law firm Doroshow, Pasquale, Krawitz & Bhaya, will present and personalize his archival giclée print, ”The Twelve Tribes of Israel” and the first draft of his book telling the stories of the tribes.

His print contains 12 watercolors, each inspired by ancient descriptions of specific subjects and colors related to the tribes. Doroshow will introduce a new 8-by-10-inch print size during the event.

His book is a journey back in time to the beginnings of both the Jewish and Christian religions.

On Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., retired professor, artist and author of “Bethany Beach, Now and Then,” and a series of books about other towns, the chicken industry and soon the Naval Academy, will do a meet and greet to introduce the watercolor, acrylic and gouache series of lessons she will teach at the learning center beginning in January.

All are outlined and can be purchased in the Workshops section of the website at Now through the end of the day on the 14th, prepaid sets of classes are 10 percent off, whether purchased in the studio or online.

Rice will also be present as host and to explain the fine graphite drawing lessons she will teach in 2020, but dates for those will not be set until completion of her current commissioned work in January.

All are welcome to attend the events. Refreshments of fresh baked cakes and cookies, Rice’s special hot apple cider recipe, hot coffee, and wine and cheese will be offered,

The new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery & Learning Center is located at 30370 Cedar Neck Road, Ocean View, just past big Fish Grill on the left and on the way to G&E Hardware, the James Farm Ecological Preserve and the VFW.

Cedar Neck Road is only accessible via Coastal Highway and Fred Hudson Road at this time due to a temporary closure of Central Avenue and 5-mile detour if coming from the west.