The Gabby Guy joins an elite group for a first-time event, then braves the weather—yet again—to attend a truly inspiring affair for a group of dedicated mentors.
By Mike Dodson Published April 12, 2010 at 10:03 AM
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A Photo Finish to Start
Heather Campbell Coyle, curator of American Art for the Delaware Art Museum, looked at an image of a bullet piercing an apple. “It’s how they make apple sauce at MIT,” she said.
The first meeting of the new Renaissance Social Group coincided with the museum’s “Faster Than The Eye Can See: Photographs by Harold Edgerton.” The exhibit featured 18 original prints of ultra high-speed pre-digital photographs. Subjects included the frozen flight of a hummingbird and the static splashdown of a drop of milk, which Edgerton labored for 25 years to catch perfectly. “Don’t make me out to be an artist,” the late Edgerton once said. “I am an engineer,” whose images have appeared in publications such as Life and National Geographic and have been shown frequently at the Museum of Modern Art.
To refresh community involvement and membership support, museum director Danielle Rice, Renaissance chair Joan Sharp, director of development Susan Zellner and PR manager Dennis Lawson are hosting monthly gatherings to promote art appreciation through dialogue, discovery, cocktails and nibblies. The number of attendees will be kept “intimate and manageable,” said Sharp, who was looking sharp in ultrasuede slacks and sassy Prada slingbacks.
The next Renaissance Social Group at Delaware Art Museum will be May 20 in the Copeland Sculpture Garden (no stilettos, ladies) and will pair art and wine. “If the Boteros were still here on loan, we’d probably have paired them with a big, full-bodied, plump, South American red—a Malbec maybe,” said Campbell Coyle. Lucky attendees will likely be treated to the namesake Copelands’ own appellation, Bouchaine of Napa Valley. Be smart and reserve soon. Contact Heather Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) pronto.
The first RSGers included art lover Jan Jessup, who visits the museum often to find inspiration for her Wilmington-based home textiles and furnishings business. “This museum should be a social center,” Jan told us. “The community needs a place to develop and secure relationships—and it’s a lot closer than South Africa.” Jan recently returned from a “fantasy trip” to South Africa, where she found plenty of inspiration for animal prints “up close and very personal.”
Mrs. Lee Kallos also got personal. “People need to know it’s their museum to participate and party in,” Lee said. “It’s not some foreboding, stodgy place.” Trust us: Lee, an always stylish Delebrity decorator, knows from not stodgy. She recently counseled another Delebrity, Pulitzer-nominated photographer Jim Graham, on wall color.
The group of 50 guests included chartreuse-chemised committee member Tara Quinn and bijouxed Blue Streak Gallery owner Ellen Bartholomaus. Graham, the guest artist and lecturer, had all rapt with his attempt to re-create an elusive Edgerton droplet with splashback crown. Puncturing a plastic bag of water using a pin, Jim released droplets into a brownie pan as a digital camera displayed the process on a large screen, to much oohing and aahing from the audience. Jim managed to snag an excellent Edgertonesque splash on only the third attempt. Impressed photophiles included Renaissance member Christopher Gervais and volunteer docents Susan Kreshtool and Becky Rosen, who said, “My middle school group kids would love this,” as did Penny Ashford, who was “going home to try it.”
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