Connelly’s watercolor journals featured at Biggs Museum


From August 7 through November 22, Biggs Museum of American Art is featuring over 50 paintings by Delaware’s “Ultimate Hidden Gem” artist Jack Lewis. This unique exhibition is a rare look at examples of Lewis’s work from gifts given to the Biggs Museum and the Rehoboth Art League from area collectors such as Paul Baker and Sam Profetta and from private collections throughout Kent and Sussex Counties.

Jack Lewis came to Delaware in the 1930s to record the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression bringing a dist

inctively modern aesthetic to the state’s art scene depicting the towns, architecture, people, and natural beauty of the Delmarva Peninsula. Heading towards a chosen destination, he drove until he found a scene that would cause him to stop to make a few plein-air paintings from the side of the road.

These rarely seen examples were selected to highlight areas in the Mid-Atlantic Region – most from the Delmarva Peninsula – and to demonstrate the range of Jack’s artistic career from his early years on the Peninsula in the 1930s to works he completed in the late 1980s.

Rosemary Connelly, the imminent watercolor journalist, will display a number of her artistically rendered travel journals as part of this exhibit. With the same spirit that drove Jack Lewis to explore his region, to find unique subjects and scenes, and to record them in watercolor sketches, Rosemary Connelly has explored numerous locations, both local and international to record her unique impressions of architectural details and natural landscapes.

Now based in Milford, Delaware, Rosemary is a Mispillion Art League board member, a member of the Rehoboth Art League and is a founder of Urban Sketchers Delaware. She is also the chairperson of The 2020 Big Draw Festival Delaware, presented by Mispillion Art League, partnering with the City of Milford, taking place in October and reimagined in this time of Covid-19.

Watercolor and Wine
On Friday, September 25, 2020 from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, Rosemary Connelly welcomes intermediate artists into the Biggs Studio for a watercolor journaling workshop accompanied by a glass of wine. Register online for tickets or call 302-674-2111. For questions, please contact Kristen Matulewicz, Curator of Community and Academic Programs, at or at ext. 104.

For further information about Rosemary Connelly contact the artist at 302-359-5534 or email at or visit her website or find her on Facebook at

The Biggs Museum is located at 406 Federal Street, Dover, DE 19901,