Longtime Delaware Artists Guild members Lynda Elias and Diane Hodges were in the Arts Castle Tuesday afternoon, hanging a stained glass and mixed media piece Hodges had made.
“Winter Street is what I call it, because there’s cherry blossoms on Winter Street in springtime,” Hodges said. “It took only a few days. It’s fun. You just start cutting pieces.”
Winter Street is among the 54 pieces from 22 artists on display in the Guild’s “Spring Members Exhibit,” on view through May 30 at the Castle, 190 W. Winter St. The Castle is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Guild members and the Castle staff spent a couple of hours Tuesday putting a wide variety of artwork in place, and attaching tags next to them with the artist’s name, title of the piece, medium and selling price. All the artwork is for sale. Those pieces will be judged by Ohio Wesleyan University Arts Professor Frank Hobbs on Friday, with prizes awarded to winning entries.
The public is invited to a free reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21.
The spring exhibit at the Castle is an annual event for the Guild, which was founded in 1975, according to its website. In addition, Guild members’ works are often on view at the Delaware YMCA, said Elias.
“The mission of the Delaware Artists Guild is to provide information and the encouragement of fellow artists,” its website states.
“We’re looking for new members who want to find a group of like-minded people that are interested in the arts,” Elias said. “We want it to be a diverse group.”
Hodges, who is also executive director of the Arts Castle, said one doesn’t have to be a professional artist or live in Delaware to join the Guild.
“You don’t even have to make artwork,” Elias added. An annual membership is $20, and includes opportunities to exhibit, monthly meetings featuring artists speaking about their work, parties and picnics.
“It’s a place to learn, to exchange ideas, to meet other artists in the community,” Hodges said. “It’s a good group of people, very open and friendly, welcoming. I like just seeing what everybody’s doing, because it really inspires your own art.”
The next Guild meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the Arts Castle. The speaker will be artist Helen Hoffelt.
Lynda Elias, left, and Diane Hodges adjust wires before hanging Hodges’ stained glass work Winter Street in the Delaware Arts Castle on Tuesday. Elias and Hodges are among the artists displaying their work as part of the Delaware Artists Guild’s “Spring Members Exhibit,” on view through May 30. (GAZETTE | GARY BUDZAK)[/caption]