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106 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, January 26 - Monday, January 29, 2007 Third annual plein air-festival slated July 22-29 in Easton Now in its third year, Plein Air-Easton! Painting Competition and Arts Festival will be held July 22-29. Plein air (French for "in the open air") painting is America's hottest art movement. Based on the West Coast for decades, some believe the plein air hub is migrating eastward, and Easton, Md. is welcoming the movement with open arms. Again this year, Plein Air-Easton! will feature a main competition with award-winning artists vying for large cash prizes, gallery exhibits, collectors' parties, world-class speakers, art demonstrations, music, film, Shakespeare theater, and the popular Quick Draw held for two hours in downtown Easton. Plein Air-Easton! is attracting thousands of artists, art enthusiasts, and spectators from across the country. AI Bond, economic develop- ment director for Easton Main Street, said, "Easton is known as a destination for arts of all kinds. Our region is becoming a mecca for artists; notably for plein air painters. Plein Air-Easton! is an Plein Air-Easton! will fea- ture a main competition with award-winning artists vying for large cash prizes, gallery exhibits, collectors' parties, world-class speakers, art demonstrations, music, film, Shakespeare theater, and the popular Quick Draw held for two hours in downtown Easton. event where artists, collectors, students and art lovers from var- ied backgrounds feel welcome. We call it 'Art for Everyone' and aim to make this the East Coast's premier plein air competition." "I think it already is," said event founder and organizer Nancy Tankersley, owner of South Street Art Gallery. "With several previ- ous artists gaining recognition as a result of their participation in our event, it is becoming known as a career-maker." Last year's event had signifi- cantly increased sales, both in quantity and prices of paintings sold. In 2007, with more prize money, more award-winning artists, and more perks for partici- pants, there are more reasons for more artists to make the pilgrim- age to Easton. The juried competi- tion will showcase 52 national artists, each creating two paint- ings. Cash awards will total more than $11,000. This year, the Call to Artists deadline is March 1, with accept- ed artists and alternates announced March 19. Information, artists prospectus, and digital uploading of juried submissions are available online at (sub- Friends of Millsboro Public Library to host gala auction Mm'cn 3 Friends of the Millsboro Public Library are all working overtime finalizing plans and collecting auction items for the 13th annual library gala auction, set for March 3 at the Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown. Auction items are being picked up and arriving each day, includ- ing local collectible Delaware items, featuring those from Delaware, Sussex County and Millsboro. The gala has enabled the Friends to purchase many needed items over theyears. For example, a video eye machine for the visu- ,ally impaired is a great asset to the library from the Friends. Other items include book stacks, tables, computers, supplies, books, furni- ture and more. The evening starts at 5 p.m. with a social hour during the silent auction, followed by a buffet din- ner at 6 p.m. and then the live auc- tion with Dave Wilson. Friends members are selling tickets, which may also be bought at the library on State" Street, for $30 each. All ticket money goes to the country club that night; the Friends' profits are from the two auctions only. The country club will offer a cash bar for the evening. Some of the items coming in for the auction include Perdue gift certificates for boneless breasts and boneless thighs, a model trac- tor trailer Perdue truck signed by Jim Perdue, beautiful costume jewelry, Delaware coasters, col- iectible Delaware books, numer- ous gift certificates, open window buildings, Beanie Babies, church plates, cookbooks, an old milk bottle, old Millsboro pictures, a numbered, framed print by Constance James Kollock and much more. For more informa- tion, call the Koehlers at 934- 9319. All proceeds benefit the Millsboro Public Library. Southern Lights of Life to benefit Breast Cancer Coalition The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Inc. (DBCC) will host Southern Lights of Life: An Evening of Living and Giving, at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16 at the Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center. This is Southern Delaware's premier fundraising event, and all funds raised will benefit DBCC's programs to defeat breast cancer in Kent and Sussex Counties. Southern Lights of Life,; An Evening of Living and Giving fea- tures dinner, live and silent auc- tions and an upbeat fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors. Wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres, and dinner are included in the $80 indi- vidual ticket price. A cash bar and free 15arking will be available. DBCC welcomes cochairs Susan DiMondi and Kelli Meoli, along with honorary chairpersons Dr. Joel Halpern, Dr. Wendy S. Newell, Dr. Mark Sobczak and Dr. James E. Spellman Jr. Along with the event committee, these individ- uals have taken personal action to defeat breast cancer in Delaware. People can join the lifesaving fight against breast cancer by attending this event. Bayhealth Medical Center is the Grand Benefactor Sponsor of Southern Lights of Life. Cochair Susan DiMondi (Kent County), a breast cancer survivor, explained why she is co-chairing this event. "I was fortunate that my breast cancer was caught in a very early stage and my treatment Was successful. Through Southern Lights of Life, we will increase awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection." Co-chairwoman Kelli Meoli (Sussex County), also a breast can- cer survivor, said, "When I became involved with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, I met a 24-year survivor. "I want to be that 24-year sur- vivor a new breast cancer patient meets one day and give that person hope and encouragement." The support of the community enabled DBCC to raise nearly $170,000 at the 2006 Southern Lights of Life. These funds were used to expand programs in Kent and Sussex counties which. increase breast cancer awareness, promote the importance of early detection, and provide support and resources to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. DBCC's goal for this year is to sur- pass last year's record-setting event to continue and expand their successful initiatives, including programs such as mentoring women newly diagnosed with breast cancer and providing Spanish-language outreach. For more information, about Southern Lights of Life, contact Priscilla Rakestraw (866-312- 3222) or Tina Kelleher at 302-672- 6435 or visit www.debreast- missions will also be accepted on CD sent via postal mail). Artists must submit 3 digital images of their original plein air work completed in the past two years along with a fee of $35. Submissions can be sent via mail or online. For more information and prospectus, visit, email or phone 410-822-7297. ........ ] ........ MONDAY- Burger& Fries TUESDAY- 35 Wings & 1/2 Price Steamed Shrimp WEDNESDAY- All U Can Eat Steamed & Snow Crabs $23.95pp SUNDAY - Brunch 1 1-2:30, $ 3 Bloody Marys & Mimosas WAHOO000. Open DAILY from 11 am Rt. 1 Rehoboth 302-227-6700 ......... iJlll I r