St. Peter’s Art Show Committee has announced this year’s generous donors to the show’s Featured Artists Raffle: painter Nina Mickelsen, woodworker Mary Costa, and jewelry artisan Hannah Ehlman have each contributed unique pieces for the show, which will be held on Saturday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The three will be among 140 fine artists and artisans exhibiting at the 52nd annual Art Show sponsored by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and held on St. Peter’s Square at Second and Market streets, Lewes, and the nearby M&T Bank parking lot. Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine. Proceeds from the Art Show benefit organizations helping those in need in the Cape Henlopen School District.
Silk-screen artist Nina Mickelsen lives in Lewes, but she was born in Finland. “I grew up with Nordic and Scandinavian design,” she writes on her website. “Bright colors, bold shapes. Crisp, strong lines. I draw my inspiration from nature but also from contemporary design.”
The work she donated to the raffle is acrylic, silk screen, and sand on canvas, and measures 27″ x 27″ in a white floater frame. It is a colorful depiction of the bathhouse and boardwalk at Cape Henlopen State Park. Mickelsen says she enjoys watching people “hurrying down the boardwalk to get to the beach and ocean — the joy and excitement! In my imagination I color the bathhouse beachy and happy colors. That was the inspiration for the painting.”
Mary Costa of MFC Woodworking combines domestic and exotic hardwoods to create familiar household items such as cutting boards, bowls, serving trays, candle holders, clocks, and more. For the Art Show raffle, Costa donated a wall candle holder handcrafted in olive wood and finished in three coats of lacquer. Luminara candles in glass containers are part of the work.
According to her website, “Mary developed her love of woodworking early, but it was only after completing a 34-year career in federal service that the California native had enough time to truly pursue her passion. Now a resident of Rehoboth, Mary begins by taking long hardwood boards through the process of sawing, planing, jointing, and sanding. Most of her designs feature laminates, inlays, or insets.”
Hannah Ehlman of Frostburg, Maryland, works in bronze, copper, and sterling silver to create unique pieces that strive to meet her goal of “overlaying human experience with the world of nature. Each piece is hand fabricated by cutting, hot and cold forming, welding, forging, polishing, and finishing with a heat patina,” she says.
For the Art Show, Ehlman donated a bronze bracelet with copper accent disc and bronze dangle earrings on gold-fill ear wire. The pieces could be worn as a set or separately.
Ehlman, whose business is called Hannah Jean Metalworks, has been making sculpture and jewelry since she graduated from Frostburg State University in 2010.
A special display in the window of Citizens Bank on Second Street features photos and information about the raffle items. Raffle tickets are $2 each, six for $10, or 12 for $20. They can be purchased in the church office Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m., or on the parish lawn on the day of the Art Show. There will be separate drawings for each item at 2:30 p.m., and ticket holders do not need to be present to win.
Photos courtesy Saint Peter’s Art Show Committee