st. peter's 53Rd Annual art Show

"Art that Gives"

  Saturday, July 6, 2019

In July 1966, members of the St. Catherine’s Guild at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes strung a clothesline across the wall in front of the church and invited local artists to display their works. St. Catherine’s was one of several guilds that women of St. Peter’s could join, and its members held fundraising events throughout the year, using the proceeds to pay for special church projects. The success of that first art show encouraged the women of St. Peter’s to repeat the event in subsequent years — and today, the show is the parish’s major outreach activity, involving the entire congregation, with proceeds benefiting many community organizations.

Over the years, the focus has expanded from just paintings to include works in ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, wood, metal, and photography, and the show now fills the streets surrounding the historic church as well as the adjacent M&T Bank parking lot. The show takes place on the first Saturday in July.

Food has been important since the early days of the art show, when the church women hosted a bake sale as part of the event. At this year's show, the Episcopal Church Women and their friends are selling “Grab & Go” lunches in the Parish Hall.

Talks about St. Peter’s history and an organ recital are offered in the church during the show, and little art fans can have their faces painted on the Parish Lawn.

From its earliest years, the show has featured a raffle of works by Featured Artists, and a description of this year’s raffle donations is in the program. Raffle tickets are for sale on the Parish Lawn. A silent auction of works donated by over 100 exhibitors is in the Parish Hall.

Since the 1980s, St. Peter’s has given all the money raised from exhibitor fees, raffle and silent auction, and the luncheon to organizations that help people in need in the local area. The Community Resource Center in Rehoboth, a ministry of the Lewes Rehoboth Association of Churches, is a major beneficiary of the show. Aid is given regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, color, marital status, creed, national origin, disability, or religious affiliation.

It’s no wonder that the show’s motto is “Art that Gives.”

schedule of events

Historical  Tours and Organ Demonstrations                10 am -  1 pm  

  • Given by the parish historian and music minister in the air-conditioned church. 

Silent Auction                                                                    10 am - 2 pm

  • Parish Hall

Face Painting                                                                          10 am - 2 pm

  • Outside at the Labyrinth area

Grab and Go Lunches                                                           11 am - 2 pm

  • Parish Hall / Patio

Raffle Drawings                                                                      2:30 pm

  • Parish Lawn

Information Booth and Water Available

  • See Locations on the map

Public Restrooms

  • Available on Market Street


  • Free Parking and Free shuttle from the Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.
  • Shuttle runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Contact Information

     Phone: 302-645-8479 - ext. 206


featured artists

Featured Artists’ Raffle

100% of the net proceeds to benefit local outreach programs

Purchase Tickets at the Raffle Table on the Parish Lawn

($2 each or 6 for $10 / 12 for $20)

Drawing on the Parish Lawn

Saturday, July 7, at 2:30 pm

(you do not need to be present to win)

  • Cape Henlopen Bathhouse & Boardwalk

    Acrylic, silk screen & sand painting

    by Nina Mickelsen

    Nina loves to watch people “hurrying down

    the boardwalk to get to the beach and ocean— the joy and excitement!” She grew up in Finland, and her works have a Scandinavian design vibe with their bright colors and bold shapes. This painting measures 27 x 27 inches in a white floater frame.

  • Wall Candle Holder

    Created by Mary Costa, MFC Woodworking

    Mary uses domestic and exotic hardwoods to create familiar household items. She has donated a wall candle holder handcrafted in olive wood and finished in three coats of lacquer. Luminara candles in glass containers are part of the work. 

  • Bronze Bracelet and Earrings

    Created by Hannah Ehlman,  

    Hannah Jean Metalworks

    Hannah works in bronze, copper, and sterling silver to create her unique pieces. She has donated a bronze bracelet with copper disc and bronze dangle earrings on gold-fill ear wire. They could be worn as a set or separately. 

thank you, sponsors!

Many thanks to our generous sponsors to the 2019 St. Peter's 52nd Art Show:

And especially to the Long and Foster Kogler Team (Mike Kogler, Candy Williams, Carol Lazzara) for generously donating this year's t-shirts.