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36 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 15 - Nov. 21, 2002 Leach Continued from page 85 Rose Verdon, their mother's younger sister. While Blanche was a violinist, Ethel studied art in New York City prior to returning home to became a student of the famous Delaware artist Howard Pyle. "Pyle preferred to spend most of his time tutoring the male students but he helped the women artists by contacting publishers in need of illustrations for their magazines and books,' Sloan explained. Soon Ethel was executing illus- trations for such publications as "Harper's Bazaar" from her Wilmington studio as well as be- ing commissioned to paint por- traits before spending a year in Paris studying art and expanding her experiences. One miniature diary found in the Leach attic conveys a vivid description of a horrible storm ex- perienced while making the trans- Atlantic crossing on a steamer. Another vignette relates the tur- moil in Europe that led to WWI. Ethel married relatively late in life; at the age of 44, to Will Leach, in 1922, at St. Peter's Epis- copal Church in Lewes. Sloan re- called many fond memories as a child in the company of Will and Ethel. "We loved to slide down the Great Dune at Cape Henlopen and Will loved to fish and clam and he had an eye for beautiful  vuon pho Cape Region artist AmeHe 81oan describes the life of her aunt, the Delaware artist Ethel Pennewill Brown Leach, to members of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society during their fall luncheon Nov. 9. Behind 81oan are an illustration and painting by Leach. things," Sloan recalled of the col- 1948: "Art is the handmaiden of orful character. Will built three religion. Art opens the eyes to the houses in Rehohoth Beach and world of beauty. It awakens a one of them, Blue Gate at Easton deeper appreciation of nature, 'Street and Columbia Avenue, still which is God's art." stands. "One time Will built a Prior to Sloan's presentation the house for his sister on a lot on RBHA elected officers and direc- Sussex Street, but he built it on the tors for 2003. They include Bill wrong lot and had to exchange Bahan, president; Jay Stevenson, properties with the other owner," vice president; Mary Tylecki she said. "He even accidentally Dickson, secretary; and Dick Dar- planted a victory garden on some- ley, treasurer. New directors are one else's yard." Mary W'flson, Tun Spies, Richard Ethel concentrated on her art af- Tfldob, Bitsy Cochran and Warren ter Will's death of a stroke in MacDonald, who will finish out 1958, holding a retrospective at his term as president at the end of the RAL. She soon followed Will, the year. Other directors include as she had heart problems, but not Irene Simpler, Greg Gause, Bar- before being cared for by Ruth barN Dougherty, Peggy O'Neill Emmert at th Dinner Bell Inn. Slade, Josephine Conaty and Ethel Pe/mewill Brown Leach Mark Aguirre, who serves as the summed up her philosophy on art liaison to the City of Rehoboth during a talk to the Avon Club in Beach. History programs continue To learn more about women artists in Delaware history, plan to visit the new exhibit at the Rehoboth Art League, "Almost Forgot- ten: Delaware Women Artists 1900-1950," which continues through Jan. 20, 2003. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, in the Henlopen Acres complex. Corresponding lectures and events will be held while the exhibit is on display. They include: Saturday, Nov. 16 - Charles Allmond with give a lecture, "I'he Arts in Wilmington: 1930-59," at 1 p.m,, and Dr. Page Talbot will present the lecture "The Philadelphia Connection," at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 - E. Jean Lanton will give a workshop on art and poetry at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 - Judy Rhoads Obbard will give a lecture, "rhe Studio Group and Art Education in Delaware," at 7 p.m., fol- lowed by coffee and dessert in the Homestead Gallery. This will be sponsored by the Village Improvement Association. Saturday, Jan. 11 - Dr. Jann Haynes Gilmore will give an "Al- most Forgotten" curator's talk about the exhibit and the artists at 5 p.m. Admission to all of these events is free; however, reservations are requested by calling the Rehohoth Art League at 227-8408 to re- serve a space. All events will be held in the Chambers Studio un- less otherwise noted. UNLIMITED GENERAL CONTRACTING, INC, CUSTOM CARI00iNT00Y & PAINTING RESIDENTIRL COMMERCIRL I 1 * CUSTOM HOMES * ROOITIONS * DECI I grr00rmm mrms. nmFma, r, aaac, r,m I SlOING * iliA. PHRM OF Iff.ON.gN I pmm UlaMmmS  gr.zmim r. iemulmo I We can assist with plans, permits, obtaining a lot, and obtaining bank financing. I WANT TO  YOU MAKE YOUR DRF.&II ooidng TRUE. COAT IS ON SALE !