RAL juried photo exhibit to debut on Jan. 4

Antonio McAfree’s ‘Third 2,’ archival digital print on paper will be displayed at the Rehoboth Art League through March 12, 2019.

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The Rehoboth Art League Regional Juried Photography Exhibition debuts on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, with an opening reception for the artists and public from 5 to 7 p.m. The scope of this year’s exhibition was expanded by inviting artists living in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., to participate, RAL representatives noted.

There will be a variety of photographs using traditional and unique methods from 53 artists who were selected from more than 250 submissions. Three artists will be given awards of artistic merit.

The first-place award, sponsored by Delaware Beach Life, is a $500 cash prize and the opportunity to have a solo exhibition concurrent with the 2020 Regional Juried Photography Exhibition. The second-place award, sponsored by Sally Packard and Dinah Reath, and a third place award, will also be announced at the opening reception at 6 p.m.

Also opening that night will be a solo show from juror and awards judge Alida Fish, who is known for her still-life work using manipulated photo processes, mythic tableaux of flora and curiosities, and disquieting spectral images. Throughout her career, she said, she has indulged the make-believe, using photography as a tool for her imagination.

“The impulse to populate and control an invented world has led to photographs of sculptures that appear to metamorphose into living flesh, plants that emerge as heroic in their struggle to exist, and curious objects that are a testament to the wonders of life on this planet.”

Fish is professor emerita at the University of the Arts–Philadelphia, where she served as chair of the Media Arts Department, and later interim dean of the College of Art, Media & Design. Her photographs have been exhibited throughout the country in galleries and museums including the Portland Museum, the Albright-Knox and the Florence Griswold Museum. She has been a resident artist at institutions such as the American Academy in Rome, Anderson Ranch in Colorado and Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, N.Y.

Fish will be giving a Gallery Talk on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at 2 p.m. in RAL’s Corkran Gallery, where she will discuss her process of selecting works for the exhibition, as well as her artistic response to some of the pieces in the exhibition. Artists are being invited to engage in an open or private dialogue on their works.

The winter gallery hours at the Rehoboth Art League are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The opening reception and Gallery Talk are free and open to the public. Both exhibitions run through Feb. 7, 2019, and RAL’s current Members’ Sales Gallery Exhibit runs through March 12, 2019.

For more information, visit the website at rehobothartleague.org or call (302) 227-8408.