Friday, July 31, 2009

"Artsy" Observations from a Beach Vacation

Art comes in many forms. Since I am still (mentally) returning from our annual trip to Delaware's Beaches, I thought I'd share some "new finds" and favorite things. If you're headed down DE Route 1, check out:

*Gallery 50, 50-A Wilmington Avenue & Ward Ellinger Gallery, 37 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach
Photos courtesy of Gallery 50/Susan Finsen (left) & Ward Ellinger Gallery (right)

These two galleries are filled with all things I enjoy about visual art: color compositions that shout at you from the walls; warm and welcoming artists/gallery owners; and contemporary art that is truly within my financial realm. Gallery 50 was featuring work by Rose Minetti and Susan Finsen (up until 8/5), whose neon-bright, odd-sized pieces immediately grabbed my eye. At Ward Ellinger Gallery in the CAMP Rehoboth courtyard, Ellinger's work of abstract expressionism makes the space burst with bold shapes and color, and endless energy.

*Kindle, 111 Bank Street, Lewes
I lunched here on a whim, and I am compelled to tell everyone. The restaurant, known for previous digs in Milton, has an atmosphere reflective of its name---warm & cozy but chic. Nice price & selections on wine list. Waitstaff friendly & right-on with recommendations. I had a vegan wild mushroom & multigrain soup so flavorful---Kindle, please make this a menu staple! Also had the BLAT (bacon, lettuce & tomato 'wich with avocado), with so much chunky, creamy avo, I (almost) forgot about the bacon.

*Seafood Shack, 42 1/2 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach
We love this little aqua blue-and-pink spot, tucked between shops just past CAMP Rehoboth. Yummy po'boy sandwiches (full of shrimp, crab, oysters or all), casual back patio (where dogs are welcome, YAY!), live music at night. But maybe the best thing? The red sangria by the glass. Ask your friendly host, co-owner Steph, her secret ingredient and she'll tell you it's the cinnamon. I think it's all of the above...but I'll have another sangria to be sure.

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