“Small Jewels 16” Holiday Exhibition at the Peninsula Gallery Opening Reception

November 30th, 2019 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

“Small Jewels 16” Holiday Exhibition at the Peninsula Gallery November 30 - December 29
Opening Reception November 30th 5-7 pm

Featuring 26 artists, this year’s “Small Jewels” holiday exhibition at the Peninsula Gallery will be the largest in its 16-year history.  There will be 116 works of original art on display, all of which are limited in size and price for the gift-giving season.
“With everything priced at $500 or less, this show presents clients with the opportunity to purchase for a loved one, as well as for themselves.  Those with little wall space can usually find room for something small but significant,” said gallery owner Tony Boyd-Heron.  “Although we represent most of the participating artists on a year-round basis, this show allows us to include many others that we do not.”

Completely new to the Peninsula Gallery is Jill Glassman. Jill is primarily a plein air painter working in oil, though she includes still life amongst her repertoire. Whether working indoors or out, her textural brushwork makes you want to reach out to feel the surface of the painting as if it were sculpture. Much like traditional impressionists, Jill conveys the intense color, light, and movement of the subject, rather than a precise representation. A former resident of Annapolis, Jill moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2003 and is an active member of numerous regional arts organizations and art leagues. Her most recent awards include First Place 2019 Plein Air Easton Quick Draw (non-competition artist), the First Place Gino Manelli Award at the 2019 Paint It! Ellicott City.  

Another newcomer to the gallery, Joe Milligan, is a watercolorist from southeastern Pennsylvania, whose coastal paintings are inspired by his childhood summers spent on Brigantine Island off the coast of New Jersey. His fondest memories are those of the island’s unpaved gravel roads, wooden boats, and empty beaches during the 1950s and 1960s. Joe is invested in his medium. The unpredictability of the watercolor keeps him constantly experimenting with washes, transparent color layering, dry brush detail and the reserved white of the paper.

Nina Mickelsen returns to the Peninsula Gallery with her contemporary acrylic and silkscreen ink work, embedded in epoxy resin.  This year she features a grouping of kitchen-themed images that will bring any cook’s workspace to life.  A native of Finland, she grew up around Nordic and Scandinavian design that showcases vivid colors and bold shapes. Nina says of her work, “I am drawn to explore the juxtaposition of controlled shapes with natural free strokes. I explore the contradiction between discipline and abandonment.” Nina now resides in Lewes, DE where she works and teaches in her home studio.
All work featured in the show can be previewed on the gallery website, www.peninsula-gallery.com.  The exhibition will run through the end of the year and clients may remove work as soon as payment has been made.  For more information call 302-645-0551.  The gallery is located in the Shops at the Beacon, 520 East Savannah Rd. Lewes, and is open Tue – Sat, 10-5, and Sun 11-3.

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