Rice to debut 'Tower 3' at fundraising event

This Saturday, July 26, the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View will feature an evening of fine art and premiere paintings by Rice, fine cuisine by DiFebo’s restaurant and fine wine from Beach Liquors from 5 to 7 p.m. Patrons can also enjoy music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. And, for this one night only, everything in the store — excluding originals — will be 10 percent off.

At the event, Rice will be premiering her new “Tower 3” painting, depicting a World War II watchtower in Dewey Beach at sunrise.

“It’s still wet,” said Rice this week. “It’s a great opportunity to get a first look!”

Other never-before-seen works will be showcased Saturday, too — some that are still wet and one dry, including an oil painting of the cove at the Indian River Inlet’s north side and a marsh scene, also in oils.

Promoting the event along with Rice is Palettesandpalates.com, which is an event promotional Web site designed by Henry Cox in partnership with Cape Gazette newspaper owners Dennis Forney and Patricia Vernon. The site aims to showcase Delaware beach artists, art galleries, caterers, restaurants and wine stores — all to benefit local charities.

As organized through Palettes and Palates, Saturday night at the Ellen Rice Gallery will be the third in a three-gallery event. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at palettesandpalates.com or at the door for $40 and will benefit AIDS Delaware.

“I’ve never done anything like this,” said Rice. “I’ve never had anything catered. It’ll be a nice break in the summer. It’ll be relaxed. Mostly, I want people to come and have fun!”

Ellen Rice is one of the East Coast’s most collected artists and has lived much of her life around coastal Delaware. She won her first art award in elementary school and sold her first painting by high school. She has gone on to sell more than 30,000 of her originals and prints, many depicting the beauty of the ocean, the natural wildlife and the serenity of the area. Since those early days, she has launched herself into a full-time career artist and gallery owner.

For more information on Rice or her work, visit www.ellenrice.com online.