One of '10 Must-See Galleries and Museums in Delaware' - The Culture Trip
As a bud unfolds it petals and becomes a flower and a butterfly emerges from its cocoon a new creature, the Ellen Rice Gallery is transitioning into something beautiful and more purposeful.
As of today, more than 20 years after Ellen signed the lease for an old, rustic but homey 800 sq. ft. building in Ocean View, Delaware, Ellen's art establishment is now a full working studio and learning center.
Stop in soon and learn more!
A little about her gallery's roots:
When Ellen Rice opened her gallery in the spring of 1999 with a small collection of her own work and the handmade creations of a handful of artisans she knew whose work she loved, it was with the desire to "create a place away from the hustle and bustle of tourist traffic where people could come and browse at their leisure and be inspired and uplifted among my paintings and myriad other beautiful art forms."
With no backing and no retail experience, but remaining dedicated to her initial idea that the entire gallery be an uplifting experience, within three years of opening, her gallery had become one of the most successful galleries its size in the country.
A national NICHE Top Retailer Award finalist, the Ellen Rice Gallery had come to represent more than 100 of the country's finest artisans working in a variety of mediums, from glass to metal and fine gemstones to wood and leather and ceramics, all hand chosen by Ellen for their uplifting nature and quality of workmanship. Each season brings fresh works from these artists and introduces new artists to the mix.
The Culture Trip, an award-winning international art, culture, food and travel advisory group with over 2 million readers and offices in major cities around the globe, recently said of Ellen's gallery in part:
"The number of small galleries established by independent, native Delawarean artists and devoted solely to their work is admirable. One of the finest examples is the Ellen Rice Gallery...."
Visitors can often meet Ellen in her studio space. Hours will be posted.
The Ellen Rice Studio and Learning Center will have a soft opening the last week of October. It will be open all year and is located at 30370 Cedar Neck Road. For more information, call 302-539-3405.
Ample free parking is available.
ELLEN RICE STUDIO
AND LEARNING CENTER
ELLEN RICE ASSOCIATES LLC
Local Fine Art * Workshops * Travel
30370 Cedar Neck Road
Ocean View, DE 19970