Worth a Look
Aficionados of visual art, this one’s for you: three great shows and plenty of time to see them.
First, see what inspires and motivates art teachers in our public schools. What is their own work like? Find out now through Aug. 21 during “Creativity Multiplied” at Delaware Art Museum. As part of its Outlooks Exhibition Series, the museum reached out to art teachers in the Christina School District. Eleven display 27 works that range from abstraction to realism, all in a uniquely personal way. These teachers inspire their students to create art, thus renewing a continuous cycle of creativity. The show is not only a lesson, but a tribute as well. For more, visit delart.org. The museum is at 2301 Kentmere Pkwy. in Wilmington. 571-9590
Her name may sound heavenly, but her paintings are very down to earth. Inspired by a love of nature, Linda Celestian makes images of fire and water, elements that can be either creative and destructive, tranquil and energetic. Matching those qualities has led her to find new ways to paint. “I feel akin to nature by making art in the same way the earth came to be, and continues to evolve,” the Moore College-trained artist has said. “Volcanoes erupt and pour molten lava down the mountains to form new land masses and glaciers melt to feed bodies of water. Everything in nature is constantly changing and I try to depict this in my work.” And it is stunning work indeed. See it in “Outpourings,” her current show at the Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery, which runs till July 29. The gallery is in the Carvel State Office Building at 820 N. French St. in Wilmington. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
For the moment, it’s all black and white and shades of gray at Gallery 50 and G-50 Photography in Rehoboth Beach. Through Aug. 4, see New Works by Richard Chandler Hoff in Gallery 50. His beautiful graphite drawings reflect a sense of nostalgia for the 1940s and ’50s. Photographer Phillip Gutman’s silver-gelatin prints are remarkable images of New York City subculture. Both shows will leave an impression. Visit the galleries at 50 Wilmington Ave. and 46 Wilmington Ave. 50contemporaryart.com, 227-2050
Now, the Live Stuff…
Native son Chuck Wicks of the reality show “Nashville” and “Dancing with the Stars” comes home—kinda—on July 20, when he brings his country music to the Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach. Best known for his hit “Stealing Cinderella,” the Smyrna native has landed at least three songs in the country Top 40. Likely you’ll hear them all if you see the show. The concert starts at 9 p.m. For tickets—$20—call 227-7272, or visit deweybeachlife.com.
And this weekend, Milford’s Second Street Players continues its production of “Barefoot in the Park.” The comedy runs July 22-24 at Riverfront Theater, 2 S. Walnut St. This is community theater at its best. 422-0220, secondstreetplayers.com