Scallop Boats by Joe Sweeney

"Scallop Boats"
Oil / Watercolor Paper


For the Love of the Sea
Square Pear Fine Art Gallery (200 E. State St., Kennett Square)

July 1 – July 31, 2017
Wednesday - Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m

This is the time of year that thoughts turn to beaches and relaxation, so the new exhibit at the Square Pear Fine Art Gallery in Kennett Square is very welcome. “For the Love of the Sea,” which continues through the end of July, looks at the beauty of nature and the bustle of shore town life with a nice array of styles.

Joe Sweeney's wall of sunny beach views is delightful. While dark clouds have cleared the beach of swimmers in one painting, leaving only an empty lifeguard chair and a warning flag, elsewhere it's bright and beautiful – particularly the happy little puffball clouds in “Two Guards” and the sweep of bathers, gulls and red-roofed building in “Cape May Point 1.”

Carefully selected and impeccably displayed, the works in “For the Love of the Sea” add up to a mini-vacation if you can't make it to the shore this year. Stop by for a visit and you may find yourself slipping into that vacation state of mind.