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Cape Gazette ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY, MAY 29- MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015 9~ REHOBOTH ART LEAGUE IO It is no surprise the Rehoboth Art League capped the restora- tion of its historic stables at its main campus in Henlopen Acres with a work of art. Damon Pla designed a trompe l'oeil - an art technique that makes painted scenes seem real (it translates to "fool the eye") to replicate the look of the structure's original open bays and historic doors. Given the building's listing in the National Register of Historic Artist Damon Pla paints the trompe I'oeil on the Rehoboth Art League stables restoration. Places, the general appearance of the building was retained while the interior was enhanced with appropriate climate-controlled space to house RAL's historic art collection. The state of Dela- ware's Division of Historical and Cukural Affairs advised the RAL on this initiative. The structure's restoration effort is an important component of the significant preservation efforts RAL has undertaken over the past several years and also reflects the com- mitment of the state of Delaware to preserving the heritage and artistic value of RAL. To celebrate its completion and thank those who made it possible, a ribbon-cutting cer- emony was held May 9 with guests including Tim Slavin, di- rector, Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, state of Dela- ware; Rep. PeteSchwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach speaker of the Delaware House of Representa- tives; Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes; and David Lyons, mayor of the Town of Henlopen Acres. "The restoration of the stables will allow us to preserve our , "% ,, ~... REHOBOTH ART LEAGUE'S HISTORIC STABLES are shown after restoration. valued collection and further our mission to encourage and sup- port the vibrant arts community in coastal Delaware for years to come," said Sheila Bravo, ex- ecutive director of RAL. "We are extremely grateful for the gener- ous partners who have made this unique restoration possible." Randy R. Radish completed the building's restoration work. Damon Pla, a member of RAL for more than 10 years, was se- lected among several applicants to create the trompe l'oeil mural. Information about Pla and his Continued on page 94 Rehoboth Art League stables are Shown before restoration. SUBMITTED PHOTOS !