Gallery offers ‘An Afternoon with John Pollard’

Looking for something relaxing to do this Saturday at the beach?

Longtime Bethany Beach bandstand performer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, recording artist and Cole Younger Band founder John Pollard will perform throughout the afternoon this Saturday, Feb. 27, in Bethany Beach, at the Ellen Rice Gallery.

Armed with his acoustic guitar, Pollard will perform songs including “My Bethany” from his album “Winds of Time,” songs from his five other albums and a wide range of audience requests from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. in the gallery’s seating area. The afternoon event is open to everyone. Coffee, wine and light refreshments will be served.

Pollard and Rice’s collaboration with musical events at her gallery began in 2004, when Rice debuted her pastel painting “Winds of Time.” Pollard arrived an hour early for its debut so he could get print No. 1 of a painting that had special meaning to him, and soon Rice was agreeing for him to use the painting as the cover of an album featuring songs about coastal Delaware. The following summer, Pollard began making regular appearances at the artist’s gallery.

Plans are for Pollard to perform inside in the seating area of the gallery, but if the weather is fair and warm enough, he’ll take it to the boards outside, where guests may pull up a butterfly or dragonfly bench and enjoy his sounds in the fresh salt air.

The Ellen Rice Gallery is located on the south side of the Bethany Beach circle in the Blue Surf building, a half block from the ocean and a couple of doors east and a few steps up from Grotto Pizza. For more information, call the gallery at (302) 539-3405 or visit