St. Peter’s Art Show Returns to Lewes July 3

by Dave on June 22, 2010

On Saturday, July 3, the streets of downtown Lewes will come to life with the work of 140 fine artists and artisans from up and down the East coast at St. Peter’s 44th Annual Art Show. The exhibitors will show their original paintings, sculptures, jewelry, textiles, and more from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on St. Peter’s Square at Second and Market Streets.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is organized by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and raises funds for local charities. In addition to the artwork, visitors also enjoy the ECW’s Famous Turkey Salad luncheon, a silent auction with over 100 donations from participating artists, and a Featured Artists’ Raffle. Children enjoy face painting, provided by Karen Letenoff, and a children’s art project provided by Rehoboth Art and Framing. Free parking is available at Shields Elementary School on Savannah Road, with shuttle service provided courtesy of Prudential Gallo Realtors.

This year’s Featured Artists are Anne Hanna, Pat Staby, and Laura Ellison. Anne Hanna, a watercolorist from Dagsboro, DE, is donating “Queen Nefertiti Rose,” an original watercolor of a rose from her garden. Pat Staby, a textile artist from Lewes, is donating an original, whimsical, Lewes-themed appliquéd pillow. Laura Ellison, a jeweler from Princess Anne, MD, is donating “Trip to the Beach,” a one-of-a-kind necklace composed of sterling, opal, beach glass, resin, and pearl. Raffle tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00. There are separate drawings for each item at 2:00 p.m. on July 3, and winners need not be present. Tickets may be purchased at the church office or at the show.

St. Peter’s Famous Turkey Salad croissants and hot dogs are sold in the parish hall from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The silent auction will be held outside the parish hall at the same time, featuring donations of original fine art and crafts from over 90 generous exhibitors. Visitors can also fine some shade and air conditioning in the 19th century church building, perhaps catching an interactive demonstration of the parish’s impressive organ by T.J. Thomas, parish music director, or a tour of the historic site by Don Matthews, parish historian.

This annual event started as a Clothes Line Art Show in 1966 and has grown include 140 local and national fine artists and artisans, with proceeds enabling the ECW to support many local charities. St. Peter’s Church, founded in 1681, offers four Eucharistic services weekly and sponsors an interfaith Summer Spirituality Series through its Seekers Book and Gift Store. Self-guided tour information for the historic churchyard is available. For further information visit and click on the Art Show link, e-mail, or call the office at (302) 645-8479, x206.

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