Gallery Exhibits Work of Local Artists

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By Terry Rogers

The Gallery of Eastwind, owned by Richard and Terry Clifton and located in Prime Hook, held a special exhibit featuring the work of three local artists. The gallery displayed the work of Deny Howeth, Joey Melvin and Terri Clifton as well as prints of work completed by Richard Clifton. A reception was held on Saturday, October 18, in order to introduce the artists and their work and an Open House was held on Sunday, October 19, which was open to the general public.

“This is the first time we have opened the gallery up for outside artists,” explained Mr. Clifton. “We decided to open the gallery up because we were given so many opportunities and there are just so many talented local artists in this area.”

Over the past 25 years Clifton has won over 40 state duck stamp contests around the nation. He has also won a Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. He is a self-taught wildlife artist who paints in acrylics and has been acclaimed for his paintings of waterfowl, songbirds and birds of prey. Mr. Clifton’s work has been represented in conservation groups, the Ducks Unlimited national art package, the NRA and more. He displays his work at Decoys and Wildlife, Ashley Art Gallery and The Gallery at Eastwind.

Featured artist Joey Melvin is a local wildlife photographer. Born out of his love for hunting, his pursuit of outdoor photography started at a young age as Joey began to spend most of his time outdoors. As his love for nature grew stronger, Joey decided he wanted to document his time outdoors and started shooting with the first camera he could find. As he matured as an artist, Joey moved to more advanced equipment and has now been featured in several publications including American Waterfowl Magazine, Delaware Beach Life, Outdoor Delaware Magazine and Ducks Unlimited. Joey takes a majority of his photographs at Prime Hook Wildlife refuge just south of Milford and enjoys capturing photographs of waterfowl and other wildlife.

“I have always done wildlife because ducks and deer don’t complain,” Mr. Melvin joked. “I do take some photos of family and I take photos during hunts, but I prefer candid shots. I take photos when the person being photographed doesn’t know the photo is being taken. The shots are more realistic that way.” Mr. Melvin said that the showing at the Gallery of Eastwind is the first formal showing of his photography, although he has had many of his photos published.

Featured artist Deny Howath is a professional photographer who specializes in all types of photography, including nature. She is currently a photographer for the Cape Gazette and a Lewes native. She spent many years on New York City and the Southwest. Her 30 year photography career includes work as a photojournalist for newspapers in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. She also worked in graphic design at a food industry publication in New York and a city publication in Las Vegas and Phoenix. Her photography includes images of flowers, landscapes, food and portraits of people with a keen eye for the simple beauty of the subjects she shoots.