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62 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 18- April 24, 1997 "Floating Inferno", a watercolor by Robert Semler, features the Philadelphia fireboat Franklin, fighting a fire on board the Corinthos. Society of Marine Artists now exhibiting in Lewes Continuing its aim of introduc- ing the public to a varying mixture of artists not readily seen in south- ern Delaware, the Peninsula Col- lection will present a selection of works by Mid-Atlantic members of the American Society of Ma- rine Artists. The Society was formed in 1978 to recognize and promote marine art and history and to encourage cooperation among artists, historians, marine enthusiasts and others engaged in activities related to marine art and maritime history. Those taking part are: Robert Semler, the current pres- ident of the Society, from Pitman N.J., whose works are widely held in permanent collections in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wash- ington, D.C., including the White House. Denis Beaumont, from New Caste, a past president whose par- ticular interest is Naval shipping. Mary Ekroos, of Trappe, M.D., whose special talent is portraying the Chesapeake Bay, its villages, people and boats. James Iams, of Lutherville, M.D. and Rehoboth Beach, who is also a member of the American Watercolor Society, and who has been sailing and painting the rivers and tributaries of the East- ern Shore for more than 40 years. Jack Wiberg, also from Re- hoboth Beach, whose influence is the three masted sailing ships of yesteryear, that he was familiar with while living in New England. William Dawson, of Wilming- ton, who studied art at the Philadelphia College of Art and who is equally at home painting in watercolor, acrylic or oil. James Madison, of Deptford, N.J., whose commissions have in- cluded subjects on the Delaware River and the "before 1950" Philadelphia waterfront. Martha Hudson, from Me- Daniel, M.D., who describes her- self as a "watercolor painter of na- ture...expressionistic, regional, seasonal. Vincent Piecyk, from Bell- mawr, N.J., who has been painting for more than 45 years, specializes in marine works. The exhibition opens on Friday, April 18, and runs until the end of May. All works are for sale. There will be a reception to meet the artists on Sunday, April 20 from 3 to 6 p.m. The Peninsula Gallery is located at 520 Savannah Road. Opera Delaware offers package from Sussex for "Student Prince" OperaDelaware will offer a spe- cial package for Kent and Sussex County residents to attend a per- formanee of"The Student Prince" on Thursday, May 8. The company has made arrangements with Mills Charter Bus Service and the Sheraton Ho- tel in Dover for a dinner and trans- portation package. Those attending will have a 5 p.m. dinner at the Sheraton in Dover, and depart at 6:16 for the Grand Opera House in Wilming- ton for the 7:30 performance of ACS Folk Art, Basket Accessories Show set The American Cancer Society will present a Folk Art and Basket Accessories Show on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover. There will be many items for sale, including past collector bas- kets from Dresden, O.H. Proceeds from the show will help fund American Cancer Society pro- grams including tobacco educa- tion, Cancer Information Hotline, mammography awareness, prostate cancer education and more. Admission is a $5 donation. Children age 12 and under who are accompanied by a parent are admitted free of charge. Tickets will be available at the door the day of the show. The Modern Ma- turity Center is located at 1121 Forest Avenue (Route 8). 'Street Talk' slated at Lewes Historical Society A local history of street names will be the featured program at the Friday, April 18 meeting of the Lewes Historical Society. The meeting will be held at 8 p.m. at the Lewes Presbyterian Church Social Hall on Kings Highway and Franklin Streets. Hazel Brit- tingham, well known local histori- an and member of the Lewes His- torical Society will be the speaker. She will be assisted by another lo- cal historian, Jim Ippolito, and Neal Boyle, who is a noted post- card expert and collector. "The Student Prince." The bus will return after the performance to the Sheraton at 11:30 p.m. The cost for the package is $49 per person, which includes non-al- coholic beverages and gratuity; or $37 for transportation and the per- formance only. 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