"Island Life and Times"

Works by Laura Hickman and Steve Rogers

Showing October 3rd - November 1st

Works are available for purchase as soon as they are posted here.

     In our October exhibition, we are thrilled to bring together two artists who are Southern Delaware favorites. Laura Hickman, of Bethany Beach, and Steve Rogers, of Lewes, share a love for Tangier Island and have based the entire show on its scenic beauty. Tangier Island sits in the Chesapeake Bay, 12 miles from the nearest mainland port, and has been home to watermen for hundreds of years and people of the Pocomoke Nation long before that. A maze of waterways lined with quaint cottages and dilapidated docks flows through the island, breaking it into a thousand pieces. With a population of less than 700 and a remote location, Tangier seems to have frozen in time. Locals mostly get around on golf carts and bicycles because the roads are not large enough to accommodate cars. Sadly, this Chesapeake Bay treasure is quickly slipping into the ocean and will have to be abandoned in fewer than 50 years.

   Laura Hickman, primarily a pastel artist, was born in Milford, Delaware, and grew up on Fifth Street in Bethany Beach. She was profoundly influenced by her life at the beach which is evident in her artwork. She attended Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, graduating with a B.A. in Art and went on to receive an M.F.A. from the University of Delaware in Printmaking and Painting and Drawing. She taught for several years at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and then at The Savannah College of Art and Design. Hickman’s hometown beckoned for her return in 1988, when she realized her dream of becoming a full-time artist. In the pastel pieces created for the exhibition at the Peninsula Gallery, Laura depicts the serene humdrum scenes of Tangier Island, yet in a playful and vivid style. It’s as if idyllic childhood beach memories have been plucked from your mind and brought to life in brilliant color.

     Steve Rogers has loved boats and water all his life and has centered an art career around this passion. He works in acrylics to paint traditional working boats in precise realism. These are not pampered fiberglass yachts, but hard-bitten and over-worked oystermen, crabbers, and menhaden steamers. His paintings capture the toughness and durability of everyday working boats and the beauty and terror of the weather in which they work. Steve’s depictions are incredibly accurate, down to the materials and construction of each particular type of vessel. His palette is rich with natural tones of ochre, umber, and rust set off by shadows in cool blues and stark blacks. Tangier Island has provided Steve with a treasure-trove of inspiration as it is overflowing with the textures, colors, and moods that fuel his art.

Laura Hickman

Artist Laura Hickman

“New Day, Tangier Island” 24” x 36” image 32” x 44” framed pastel $2,600

Artist Laura Hickman

“House with Red Roof, Tangier Island” 22” x 22” image 30” x 30” framed pastel $1,900 sold

Artist Laura Hickman

“Path to the Beach, Tangier Island” 22” x 28” image 30” x 36” framed pastel $2,200

Artist Laura Hickman

“Main Ridge Street, Tangier Island” 22” x 30” image 30” x 38” framed pastel $2,200 sold

Artist Laura Hickman

“Toward West Ridge, Tangier Island ” 22” x 30” image 30” x 38” framed pastel $2,200

Artist Laura Hickman

“Looking Toward the Beach, Tangier Island” 22” x 26” image 30” x 34” framed pastel $2,200

Artist Laura Hickman

“Eclipse” 13” x 13” image 21” x 21” framed pastel $850 sold

Artist Laura Hickman

“Canal with Boat, Tangier Island” 13” x 13” image 21” x 21” framed pastel $850 sold

Artist Laura Hickman

“Store on Main Ridge Road” 22” x 22” image 30” x 30” framed pastel $1,900 sold

Artist Laura Hickman

“Yard with Cats” 13” x 13” image 21” x 21” framed pastel $850 sold

Artist Laura Hickman

“View to West Ridge, Tangier Island ” 22” x 22” image 30” x 30” framed pastel $1,900

Artist Laura Hickman

“October Morning, Tangier Island” 22” x 22” image 30” x 30” framed pastel $1,900 sold

Artist Laura Hickman

“View from Canton, Tangier Island” 22” x 30” image 30” x 38” framed pastel $2,200

Artist Laura Hickman

“Andrea Marie” 22” x 30” image 30” x 38” framed pastel $2,200

Artist Laura Hickman

“Red Wagon, Tangier” 13” x 13” image 21” x 21” framed pastel $850 sold

Artist Laura Hickman

“Light, Tangier Island” 22” x 22” image 30” x 30” framed pastel $1,900

Artist Laura Hickman

“Canal Beside Factory Road, Tangier Island” 22” x 22” image 30” x 30” framed pastel $1,900

Steve Rogers

Artist Steve Rogers

“Two Skiffs” 18” x 16” image 22” x 20” framed acrylic $850 sold

Artist Steve Rogers

“Thunderhead” 30” x 30” image 32” x 32” framed acrylic $2,100

Artist Steve Rogers

“Hilda M. Willing” 35” x 46” image 37” x 48” framed acrylic $3,450 sold

Artist Steve Rogers

“Old Skiff” 19” x 16” image 23” x 20” framed acrylic $950 sold

Artist Steve Rogers

“Blowing Up a Breeze” 30” x 40” image 31” x 47” framed acrylic $4,250

Artist Steve Rogers

“Travis at Dusk” 30” x 26” image 32 ” x 28” framed acrylic $1,950 sold

Artist Steve Rogers

“Retired” 17” x 34” image 21” x 38” framed acrylic $1,900

Artist Steve Rogers

“Crabber” 40” x 30” image 42” x 32” framed acrylic $2,650

Artist Steve Rogers

“Running for Home” 21” x 64” image unframed acrylic $3,600 sold

Artist Steve Rogers

“Quiet Creek” 40” x 30” image 42” x 32” framed acrylic $2,950

Artist Steve Rogers

“Roosevelt Inlet at Dusk” 40” x 30” image 42” x 32” framed acrylic $2,950

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