The Historic Odessa Foundation announced the temporary loan exhibition “Time Elemental: An Exploration of the Visual Expression of Thomas Del Porte,” now on display through Dec. 30 in the Historic Odessa Visitor Center Gallery, 201 Main St.

“Time Elemental” presents more than 38 works by Delaware artist Del Porte, who paints from direct observation of still life, figures and en plein air from landscapes. His paintings are made with thousands of little jeweled and curled paint strokes that document the unique combinations of light, line, color and space. These four tenets of painting are synthesized from the Loper School of painting. Thomas had the privilege of studying and painting with the Wilmington master painter, Edward L. Loper Sr. One of their goals was to communicate a visual quality that reveals something new within the movement and drama of the images they translate.

"The reason for ‘Time Elemental’ is basically how I paint. The ‘Loper Method’ is color next to color, but what I have discovered is that it is really a moment next to a moment. Each paint stroke captures a particular moment in time and becomes a small snapshot of that particular spot in that particular moment of time.”

Del Porte will present a talk on his methods and inspirations of his of his vibrant oil paintings at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 in the National Historic Register Bank Building Visitor Center Gallery. The lecture will be preceded by a reception with the artist. RSVP to 378-4119 or

Historic Odessa Foundation Associate Curator Brian Miller will present a talk on Edward L. Loper Sr., Delaware artist and educator, at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 in the National Historic Register Bank Building’s Visitor Center Meeting Room. Miller’s presentation introduces new audiences to the celebrated Delaware artist, and is free to HOF members, $5 general admission. Registration is required to or 378-4119.

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