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Annual Outdoor Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Show Draws Thousands to Rehoboth Beach

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - The Rehoboth Art League's 46th Annual Outdoor Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Show takes place on two consecutive weekends. On Sunday, people from across the country walked, rolled, and even crutched into Henlopen Acres to see each piece up close. 

The art league has been around for 81 years. Exhibitions Director Nick Serratore says the event draws close to 10,000 people. "We're on a 3.5 acre campus so it's not really crowded," he says. "You can actually walk around, you get to talk to the artist, you get to view the art, and it's nestled in a wooded area."

Clara and Melissa Lilley from Rumson, New Jersey are in town to visit Grandma, but they had to stop by. In fact, they say they come every year. "We've seen pottery to clothes, to pictures, to paintings," says Clara. "We have so much family here that we go back and report and everybody kind of comes throughout the day," adds Melissa. 

The Rehoboth Art League is a nonprofit organization. Over the last 46 years, this show has helped raise money for its outreach, exhibitions, education programs, and maintenance of the 3.5 campus in Henlopen Acres.

"It started out as a close line event," says Serratore. "A bunch of artists that were members got together. "A snow fence was put out and artists would showcase their work against the fence." 

Now the artists have their own tents. Penny Feder has been coming down from Brewster, New York for 15 years. 

"I make a living," she says. "Some people plan their vacations when they come down around the show and it's good to sell to an appreciative audience." 

Mike Cruz from Keedysville, Maryland came back for a second year to share business, Knotty by Nature, with that appreciative audience. He brings wooden bowls made out of woods from Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. "Being about three hours from my house, it's hitting a new market for me," he says.

The 46th Annual Outdoor Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Show will return Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th. The $5 cover charge to get in is good for both days. The event is free for children. 







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