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78 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Jan. 25 - Jan. 31 2002 McCoy exhibR on display through Feb. 24 at Biggs Museum The exhibit John W. McCoy: ' and floated paint on paper with in Maine recently. Dover is the his artist daughter, day and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. American Painter is now on view combinations of watercolor, oil, only other venue for the show." Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. to For more information, call the through Feb. 24 at the Biggs Mu- seum of American Art and Delaware-State Visitor Center in Dover. The exhibit treats the public to the exceptional talent of a mem- ber of the Wyeth circle of artists and the Brandywine School. Pre- viously known primarily by col- lectors, McCoy painted between the 1930s and 1980s, bringing to- gether traditional American real- ism with some post-World War II techniques of abstract expression. More than 40 examples of his landscapes, portraits and still lifes are on view. Admission is free. McCoy, the quiet and reserved son of a DuPont Company execu- tive, devoted his life to expressing a very personal and passionate love affair with nature. He poured, dripped, brushed acrylic and pastel. The rich results reveal powerful scenes of land and sea on canvas. Married to Ann Wyeth, the daughter of renowned illustrator N.C. Wyeth, McCoy studied with his father-in-law and often paint- ed alongside Wyeth's son Andrew in the lush fields of the Brandy- wine and the rocky coastlines of Maine. Like others in the Wyeth circle, he also used tempura to create strong images with amazing de- tail. "We are delighted to give muse- um visitors of all ages the oppor- tunity to see these phenomenal works," said Biggs executive di- rector Karol Schmiegel. "The exhibition received na- tional attention and acclaim when it was at the Farnsworth Museum McCoy, influenced early on by such great American realist painters as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins, later became fas- cinated with the techniques of ab- stract expressionists such as Jack- son Pollack. McCoy, who grew up in Delaware, received his degree from Cornell University and also studied at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in France and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibition in Dover draws from numerous'private collec- tions, including the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Delaware Art Museum and the Brandywine Art Museum, among others. Available for purchase at the exhibit is "John W. McCoy: American Painter," a recently published book written by Anna B. McCoy, 4 p.m. Wednesday through Satur- Biggs Museum at 302-674-2111. Milton theater benefit slated Feb. 8 Swingin' at the Beach, an ex- Specialty hors d'oeuvres will be travaganza show and fundraiser to served to sponsors, and a ctsh bar benefit the Milton Theater Pro- will be featured. Tickets for $50 ject, is set Friday, Feb. 8, at the . that admit one sponsor are also BayCenter in Dewey Beach. The event is being produced by the Milton Development Corporation. The evening's playbill of comic theater and musical entertainment will feature the unique singin' and swingin' talents of Coming Events! and the popular sound of vinyl shockley. Sponsor tickets are being presold.for $100 and will admit two to a private swing party, 6- 7:30 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. with music and dancing to follow. available. General admission tick- ets are available ($30 for two; $20 for one) for the show only and the swingin' afterwards, and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds from Swingin' at the Beach will benefit the non- profit, community effort to restore and renovate the historic Milton Theater into a multiuse, entertain- ment and performing arts center for Sussex County. Call Karen at 684-3400 for further information and to order tickets now. 'Romeo & Juliet' to be Staged Feb. 23 at Schwartz Center The Schwartz Center for the Arts wil'l host Delaware Ballet's "Romeo & Juliet, and Other Works from the Heart." For the very first time, dance oi" any type will grace Dover's Schwartz Cen- ter stage in a repertoire program of romance, drama, and even comedy. "Romeo& Juliet" is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m.. The show will feature excerpts from two of*he world's most pop- ular and romantic ballets, includ- ing the pas de deux from *'Romeo & Juliet." Pas de deux simply means "dance of two," and none is more storied that the one from this classical, yet tragic love story. Delaware Ballet will also present the "White Swan" pas de deux from "Swan Lake." Erin Cooper, reigning Miss Delaware and a former Delaware Ballet dancer, will perform the number that she danced in the Miss America competition in Sep- tember. In other dances, Delaware Ballet company members will be complemented by professional talent from the Pennsylvania Bal- let. In addition, Delaware Ballet is preparing some brand new works. Former dancer Kelli Johnson, as well as Artistic Director Daniel Kaiser are composing new chore- ography. Some of Delaware Ballet,s younger talent will be showcased, as students Bliss Soucek and Maura Pierannunzio are choreo- graphing numbers featuring the company's apprentices. Tickets for "Romeo & Juliet, and Other Works from the Heart" are $15 and $10, with group dis- counts available. Order by phone through the Schwartz Center Box Office at 302-678-5152 or 800- 778-5078. 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