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Three local artists, nine writ- ers and a musician will present a unique collaborative perfor- mance, Art in the AM, from 10 to 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, May 3, in the clubhouse of The Glade in Rehoboth Beach. Hosted by the Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild, the event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. To reserve a space, email fischer. maribeth@gmail.com. Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild Executive Director Ma- ribeth Fischer says, "Think of it as a three-act play with each act featuring one artist. While a painting by artist A is being displayed, three writers will read the short (300 words or fewer) original poem, memoir excerpt or flash fiction that the painting inspired. This will be followed by a live song performed by musician Stuart Vining, who will explain what in the painting prompted his choice of song, and finally, the artist will speak about his or her own inspiration for the work." The goal is to get people talking and thinking about the different ways people express themselves and to use one art form (writing or music) to talk about another (painting). Can writing about art inspire writers to delve deeper into their imagi- nations? Does hearing a song inspired by a painting change the way one views that painting? "Each month the writing, art and music intersect in surpris- ing ways," says Cape Gazette columnist Lisa Graff, who will emcee the event and who led the guild's art-inspired Free Writes for four years. The May artists include Re- hoboth Beach artist John Cmar, who when asked how long he has been working as an artist, an- swers, "Since the second grade." Although his medium these days is mostly acrylic paintings, which are on display at the Shoppes at the Pearl on Rehoboth Avenue, Cmar has worked in a variety of mediums. These include large- scale commissioned sculptures, such as the Sidney J. Brooks Me- morial, which Cmar completed in 1987 and is still on display in downtown San Antonio. The sculpture commemorates the first San Antonio resident to lose his life in World War I. Cmar, who is a member of the Re- hoboth Art League, says he often finds his inspiration for art in nature, where he spends time biking and kayaking. Also participating in this month's event, and also an artist with experience in a wide range of mediums, is Patricia Cassidy, who came to Rehoboth Beach just 18 months ago. A lifelong artist, Cassidy has also worked in publishing as a researcher and illustrator, and taught art for eight years in the Virginia public schools. Recent projects include a large painting for the Pediatric Unit at the Univer- sity of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, and stained glass window designs for a church in Arlington, Va. Cassidy also takes pottery classes and attends sketch groups at the Rehoboth Art League - more evidence, perhaps, of her curiosity about all forms of art. For more informa- tion about her work, go to www. cassidystudio.com. Finally, Ken Catterton is back at Art in the AM for the second time. Catterton, who retired to Rehoboth Beach after practicing architecture in Washington, D.C., and neighboring states for nearly 30 years, is a member of the Re- hoboth Art League, the recipient of the Village Improvement As- sociation's Local Artist Award presented at the 70th Annual Members' Fine Arts Exhibition, and a founding member of a lo- cal artist group, Delaware Shore Artists. Tickets Available at Door Cape Gazette ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY, APRIL 28 - MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 87 Art in the AM set in Rehoboth May 3 Writers’ guild hosting special event at Glade clubhouse ART by Patricia Cassidy. Art by John Cmar. Art by Ken Catterton. Continued on page 88