Kent County residents (L to R) Jean Austin, Betty Spence and Alice Ritchie discuss Linda Hall’s exhibition. Photo by Kate Meehan

“Potpourri of the Palette,” an exhibition of exquisite watercolors by award-winning artist Linda Hall, has been mounted in the restored First National Bank of Odessa building (c. 1855). Please check your calendars as the exhibition closes June 30. There is no admission fee.

The artist, Linda Hall, has lived in Kent County’s Betterton since 1997. Her years of study, teaching, exhibiting and winning awards in many juried art shows, and working in the design field have placed her in many settings. As an artist, she reflects, “Since I have painted for the past twenty years on the Eastern Shore, marveling at its beautiful light on water, fields and changing skies, it amounts to a magical place for the painter.”

Soybean Field. Image courtesy of Linda Hall

Her paintings capture that light and invite the viewer to feel a connection with the various subjects. Her pieces are not just portrayals of beauty, but uplifting and realistic and totally satisfying — studies that everyone can relate to.

If you have never been to Odessa, Delaware, you are in for a treat. This picturesque historic village is literally next door to Middletown and a complete contrast.

The town is a living open-air museum in itself — primarily 18th and 19th century architecture that has been preserved and is now interpreted through tours (ticket required) or an easy stroll among residences and museum-owned properties. The tour includes a wide range of period living styles from the more informal residences to elegant interiors of fine antiques to a house that was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

September Still Life. Image courtesy of Linda Hall.

To top it off, an excellent restaurant, Cantwell’s Tavern, is across the street from the art show ready to tempt you for lunch or dinner. Known in 1822 as Cantwell’s Bridge Hotel and Tavern, this restaurant offers an up-to-date and interesting menu of delicious fare in a friendly 18th century tavern setting.

To find out more:
The Exhibition and Tours: Historic Odessa Foundation: 302-378-4119 or online.
The Town: online.
Cantwell’s Tavern: 302-376-0600 or online.

Peony Still Life. Image courtesy of Linda Hall

Please note: Linda Hall’s work is also on exhibit at The Artists’ Gallery, 239 High Street, in Chestertown.