Weeklong event celebrates Ellen Rice Gallery’s Bethany Beach grand opening

This Saturday kicks off a weeklong grand-opening celebration of the Ellen Rice Gallery’s move to Bethany Beach after “celebrating American creativity every day for 16 years” in Ocean View.

The event provides multiple opportunities to meet the artist, see and hear about her method of painting and upcoming projects, attend musical performances by one of Bethany’s own, John Pollard, and enter to win prizes valued at more than $2,000.

Throughout the celebration, Rice, the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Coastal Style’s 2015 Delaware “Best Artist” award and PNC Bank’s 2014 Artist of the Year award, will introduce a variety of oil paintings in different stages of progress, concluding on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 12, with the debut of her newly completed painting “Evening Splendor.”

Mid-week will offer performances by longtime Bethany bandstand performer, singer-songwriter, recording artist and Cole Younger Band founder John Pollard. He’ll play such songs as “My Bethany” and “Winds of Time” from albums of those names, as well as songs from his four other albums and audience requests, from noon to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m., rain or shine, on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Free grand opening prize tickets will be given out starting this Saturday, Sept. 5, one for every $25 spent on anything in the gallery, from Rice’s paintings and prints to the handmade jewelry, gifts and home décor of more than 140 local, regional and nationally known American artisans. The prize drawings will take place the same day as the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Art Festival, Saturday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m.

The grand prize is a 22-by-44-inch museum-quality archival giclée reproduction on canvas of Rice’s oil painting, “Addy Sea: Out of the Mist.” Second prize is a 20-by-30-inch museum-quality archival giclée reproduction on canvas of Rice’s “Timeless, Tameless Tide.” Third prize is the winner’s choice of one of Rice’s more than 100 limited-edition prints on paper from among her paintings of the Delmarva coast or her “Strength of Woman Series,” valued up to $500.

Rice’s scheduled appearances will be this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 5-7, from 2 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 9, from noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. She will also be on hand at random times throughout the festivities.

Light refreshments will be served throughout the event, with wine and cheese served during Pollard’s evening performance on Wednesday. The public is invited to attend.

The Ellen Rice Gallery’s new location is 98 Garfield Parkway (in the Blue Surf building on the south side of the circle), Suite 109, two doors east and a few steps up from Grotto Pizza, about a half-block from the ocean. For more information, visit www.ellenrice.com or call the gallery at (302) 539-3405.