REHOBOTH ART LEAGUE
Henlopen Acres, home of Rehoboth Art League, an extraordinary place, thanks to Louise
Chambers Corkran and Colonel Wilbur Corkran. Colonel Corkran hired Jack to be an
artist for the CCC in 1934. Louise wanted to bring culture to southern Delaware as it was in
northern Delaware, Wilbur, an architect, wanted to keep Henlopen Acres as natural as
possible. He made 'rules' about how a house had to be built, what could be done to the land,
and how to save the Loblolly pines, sea grass and sandy beach along the Atlantic. Everyone
today agrees with his dream and foresight, although it upset many when he made his
demands years ago.
The Paynter Studio was a dream of the Corkrans. At one time it stood between Lewes and
Rehoboth at the edge of a marsh in pretty poor condition. In the fall of 1937 it was brought
down the canal, through the pines, to the new Art League next to the Homestead, the
18th century home of Corkrans. Jack ran behind to pick up shingles being brushed off by
the pine trees. Within a year it was restored and dedicated.. Jacks signature is on the 'door'
with other notables Ethel Leach,, Thornton Oakley, Gayle Hoskins and Louise Corkran.
Abstract: A Brush With Fate, Jack Lewes, his book.