REHOBOTH BEACH--In less than two years artist Andrew Criss has left his mark
on Rehoboth Beach. Criss' paintings can be found throughout the resort town,
from galleries to private collections to the walls of popular restaurants.
This summer two major (and distinctly different) showings of Criss' paintings
will hang in Rehoboth Beach. A large collection of landscapes will be
displayed at the Rehoboth Art League's Homestead Gallery from July 20 to
September 3, and an exhibit of figurative paintings will be featured at the
Blue Moon restaurant for the month of September.
According to Nancy Alexander, director of the Rehoboth Art League, "Criss is
an amazingly flexible artist. He's known for his wonderful portraits--and
when I discovered his landscapes, I was surprised and delighted."
Like many citizens of Rehoboth Beach, Criss first learned of the town while
living in Washington, DC. "After spending my twenties working as a designer
and illustrator," says Criss, "I was ready to focus on my goal of being a
full-time artist. Rehoboth is the perfect place to do that."
Word soon spread about Criss and his vibrant, evocative paintings. Local
collectors and visitors from Washington, DC to Washington State began to
solicit the painter. "I felt connected to Andrew Criss' art the first time I
saw it," says Sylvia Evans, archivist for the Charles Demuth Museum in
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. "His figurative work is completely unsentimental but
remarkably compassionate. Landscape painting allows Andrew to explore another
dimension of his creative potential."
"Landscapes by Andrew Criss" will open with a reception on July 20 from 5:00
to 7:00 PM at the Rehoboth Art League's Homestead Gallery, 12 Dodds Lane,
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The reception is free and open to the public. The
exhibit runs through September 3. For more information, call (302) 227-8408.
"Men: New Figurative Paintings by Andrew Criss" will open September 1 at the
Blue Moon restaurant 35 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, with a
free reception from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. The exhibit will show the month of
September. For more information, call (302) 227-6515.
More information on Criss and his work can be found at his website,
TOP "Jetty Rocks--North Shores." Oil on panel, 20 x 26 inches, 2001
BOTTOM "David." Oil on panel, 18 x 14 inches, 2001.
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