Gallery One’s new show offers artists’ takes on Funland


Gallery One’s current exhibition ‘Same Place, Different Takes — Funland,’ Aug. showing now through August 28, features work by Marybeth Paterson, Leslie McCaskill, Dale Sheldon and Laura Hickman. Shown here, Leslie McCaskill’s ‘Family Funland.’

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Gallery One in Ocean View announced recently that the theme of its August show will be “Same Place, Different Takes — Funland,” open to the public Aug. 1-28.

The artists at Gallery One were challenged to paint the same subject: Funland amusement park in Rehoboth Beach. The artists of Gallery One sifted through memories and photos to attempt the complicated structures of old and new rides, and to portray the energy and delight of the children in one of their favorite places at the beach.

Funland has been visited by children and parents and grandparents since 1962 and is filled with memories for many. Mary Beth Patterson’s oil, “So Many Memories of Funland,” captures the excitement of the boardwalk entryway into Funland.

“Lights, happy sounds and lively activity for everyone is the experience at Funland,” said Lesley McCaskill. “Hearing the little bells of the boats takes me right to memories of my children and now grandchildren of the magical place. ‘Family Funland,’ an acrylic, captures the bright lights and the large gestural strokes express the joyfulness and energy that I feel each time I visit.”

“Funland Tickets,” a fluid acrylic by Dale Sheldon, captures the movement of the many rides.

“Funland in the summer is full of sounds, colors and crowds of people! It is a fun place to be — happy chaos. Just buy a bunch of tickets, and you have fun for hours!”

Laura Hickman’s “Funland” pastel-and-ink shows “the end of the day when Funland comes alive with lights, colors, movement and happy, happy people.”

In addition to “Same Place, Different Takes — Funland,” the gallery’s Artisan Room features textiles, hand-blown glass, pottery, glass jewelry and wood pieces by local artists. Gallery One is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is always staffed by one of the artists. For more information, visit www.GalleryOneDe.com, call (302) 537-5055, or visit the gallery at 32 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) in Ocean View.