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74 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May I - May 7, 1998 The stars come out to honor Sussex dean of artists Jack Lewis Carper bestows Order of First State on Lewis It truly was "an evening of art and enchantment" as supporters of local art and culture descended upon Delaware Tech in George- town on Friday evening, April 24, for the Fourth Annual Delaware Art Show and Sale. True to the Vincent Van Gogh ballad-inspired theme of "Starry Starry Night," written by Don McLean, the spotlight was direct- ed upon veteran Sussex County artist Jack Lewis. Lewis, whose life and work was the recent sub- ject of the feature-length video, "If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now," received a number of accolades that evening. Calling him a "wonderful, de- cent human being and friend," Gov. Tom Carper bestowed the highest award given to any Delawarean, the Order of the First State, on Lewis, who first painted Delaware scenes as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Upon receiving the award, re- served for top elected, business, religious and education leaders, Lewis said the mpact of such an honor "hasn't sunken in yet, but it sounds very important." Prior to Carper's announce- ment, other dignitaries had their turn at the dais, including Delaware Tech President Dr. Or- lando J. George Jr. Terming Lewis a "matchless artistic interpreter of the Delaware scene," Dr. James Soles, chairman of the Delaware Tech board of trustees, presented him with the state's Arts & Humanities Life- time Achievement Award and April 24 was designated Jack Lewis Day in Delaware. He told those gathered it was fitting that the "people's college recognize the people's artist. We're grateful not only for what you've done,but what we expect you to continue to do," Soles told the 85-year-old artist. "Your legacy will live for- ever and interprets our history." In accepting these honors, Lewis, who now spends much of his time with his family in Maine, told them his favorite saying is that 'time is short, but art is long,' so there is hope for me." With that, Lewis dispensed with the speech-giving and brought down the house when he brought out his harmonica and performed a little ditty to a standing ovation. Sen. Robert Voshell, D-Mil- ford, and Rep. George Carey, R- Milford, praised Lewis's "lasting artistic contributions to the state," including the Jarge Lewis murals that grace many public buildings, including Legislative Hall in Dover. Sussex County Councilman Lyn Rogers called Lewis's teach- ing of art to prisoners at the Sus- sex Correctional Institution and clients at Stockley Center as es- sential to his contributions as his painting of the land, waterways and people of Sussex County. In other evening highlights, Lynda Messick, development council chairperson, noted that the proceeds from this year's art show and sale will benefit the Center for Language & Culture at Delaware Tech..Citing the increasing cul- tural changes in society, Messick said they must be accepted and managed. She called the center a showcase for ethnic cultural arts and that they hope the center will be a meeting place for the com- munity. Messick went on to recognize members of the development council: Lee Frankei, William Carter, Dr. Bucky Owens, Richard White, Marlene Eliiott, Trish Ro- drigue z and John Evans. Also recognized were sponsors Greenwood Trust Company, gala underwriter; First National Bank of Maryland/First Omni Bank, room sponsor; connectiv, decor sponsor; Delaware National Bank, EDiS, McColl & McCool Archi- tecture Design and Schmittinger and Rodriguez, artist sponsors; Delaware National Bank, artist re- ception sponsor; Duane, Morris & Heckscher, cocktail sponsor; Pru- dential Joy-Gallo Realtors, cham- pagne dessert sponsors; and Per- due Farms, entrde providers. The evening culminated in dancing to the local band The Funsters, The Starry Starry Night Committee included Rodriguez and Pat Campbell-White, co- chairs; Becky Craft, Sussex Arts Council executive director; EI- liott, Jean McCool, Michael Thawley, Carolyn DePew, show coordinator; Evans and Messick. Among those on hand for the April 24 Delaware Art Show and Sale at Del Tech are (clockwise from above) Carolyn DePew, show coordi- nator, with artist Richard Clifton of duck stamp fame; Rep. John Schroeder, D- Lewes, whose father Howard was a compatriate of Jack Lewis', seen with Frank and Mitzi Perdue, who donated the entree; and Starry Starry Night Co-Chair Trish Ro- driguez at the podium, along with DePew, recognizing sponsors Paul Mylander and Lynda Messick from Delaware National Bank. Dennis Forney photos Our Staff was awarded 12 PRIZES at this year's Rehoboth Chocolate Festival. We invite you to come in and try one of our AWARD WINNING DESSERTS! Serving Lunch Monday-Saturday * 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Subs, Soups, Salads, Quiche, Go;urmet Pizzas, Burgers, Sandwiches & Morel -. NIGHTLY ENTREE SPECIALS - 25% OFF! EARLY BIRD PASTA SPECIALS $ [ 95 Daily From 4 - 6 p.m. Seniors Dine for $6.00! U Includ. Salad At left, venerable artist Jack Lewis accepts the Order of the First State from Gov. Tom Carper, and above, sere- nades the crowd on his harp. Banquet Information 945-4070 Rt. 24 Peddlers Village Lewes, DE ASHBY'S OYSTER HOUSE SPECIALS New Menu & Exciting Pasta Dishes! 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