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The Peninsula Gallery Presents

Dane Tilghman Solo Exhibition

Showing through April

        We are overjoyed to kick off our exhibition season with a solo show by Dane Tilghman. Dane has become a premier painter of African American culture, whose work is in numerous universities and major sports arenas, and collected by celebrities, including Nelson Mandela. The public is invited to view 19 of his original works.  

         Dane’s artistic exploration began at age four when he took an interest in drawing. He remembers watching his older brother draw and wanting to follow along. Dane continued to hone his abilities throughout grade school, taking specialty art courses. In his youth, he was eager to

learn from his peers and would surround himself with people from whom he could pick up new skills. The artist says, “I used to hang around other kids who could draw anything better than me.” After graduating from Kutztown University, where he studied design and graphic arts, Dane rigorously pursued his true passion for painting.

         Tilghman’s most prominent themes are life during the Jim Crow Era, blues music, and baseball. This exhibition focuses on his paintings of African American life during the early and mid-1900s. Dane finds photo references for these works at the Library of Congress. He may select a single photo to interpret, though he will typically gather a collection of photos from which he can create an original composition. Since these photos are black and white, he has the

freedom to build his palette. His style captures the qualities of cubism, impressionism, and realism. Tilghman uses pallet knives while applying his acrylic paint to achieve a variety of textures. While Dane flattens and simplifies his forms, his use of color and impasto pulls the painting into the third dimension. This impassioned collection of paintings is a poignant, yet nostalgic insight into historical African American communities.

Public Art in Lewes

Prints of the Lewes Drawbridge Mosaic Mural may be purchased at the gallery

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Gallery Hours

Tuesday - Saturday  10 am - 5 pm

Sunday  11 am - 3 pm

(Closed Monday)


*No Framing Consultations on Sundays

The Peninsula Gallery Presents


Contemporary Mixed Media Art by Nina Mickelsen

Rescheduled for June 27 - July 19

Opening Reception scheduled for Saturday, March 28th is canceled

This exhibition has been rescheduled for June 27 - July 19, 2020. The art and show information can be seen by clicking the button below. All work is currently available for purchase and may be viewed by appointment.