The Ellen Rice Gallery's rustic coastal exterior belies the world of exquisite beauty and serenity inside, filled with world class luminescent oil paintings of the shore and beyond and myriad artforms by some of our country's finest artists and artisans.
The gallery was born 12 years ago out of Ellen's desire to create a quiet, beautiful environment near her coastal Delaware home where she could exhibit her paintings and people could browse at their leisure, take a deep breath and find peace and inspiration.
One of the Mid-Atlantic region's most collected painters, she started the gallery with a small collection of her own work and the handmade creations of a handful of artisans she knew whose work she loved. While her art remains the central focus of the gallery, today The Ellen Rice Gallery offers the handmade creations of more than 140 of America's finest artisans, many whose names are well recognized among American craft collectors.
The gallery has a reputation for one-on-one, personal service, excellence in workmanship at fair prices, and is a 2006 NICHE Top Retailer Award finalist. Though gallery space is not large, Ellen's paintings of the sea, the coast, her people and scenery across the country transport visitors beyond the walls, while the uncluttered environment lets artisans' creations speak for themselves, inviting the spirit to explore.
The next time you're looking for a unique American handmade gift or for friend, loved one or yourself -- or a stunning painting, print, colorful creation in glass or bronze sculpture to enhance your home or office -- please take a look at www.ellenrice.com, call us, or better still if you're in the Mid-Atlantic region, make a special trip to The Ellen Rice Gallery.
The bricks and mortar Ellen Rice Gallery is an experience that touches every sense -- beautiful, intriguing, colorful, uplifting sights; the peaceful sounds of trickling water and recordings of local, regional and international artists whose CDs and tapes are played and sold; the tastes of Mother Maude's Fabulous (entirely homemade, preservative-free) Fudge made by her gallery manager's family from his mother's recipe, and the unique smells of new leather, wood and fresh flowers in hand crafted Ikebanas. Step outdoors and you may just catch the scent of salt air...
The gallery is constantly evolving, with new paintings and prints by Ellen debuting regularly and a changing flow of one-of-a-kind hand crafted creations.
Delaware has no sales tax, and Ellen makes it a point to offer our artist's works at some of the lowest prices in the country, including many smile-inducing American handmade gifts well under $50 in our gift and jewelry sections.
The Ellen Rice Gallery is located 2.2 miles west of Bethany Beach in the westernmost section of the old Country Wicker building. Ample free parking is provided and the welcome mat is always out.
Our website is up and running 24-7, but we urge you to call or check www.ellenrice.com for our bricks and mortar gallery's seasonal hours here at the shore. Our toll-free number is 1-888-355-7423.
The Ellen Rice Gallery
103 Atlantic Avenue (Rt. 26)
Ocean View, DE 19970
302-539-5963 (Office and Studio)