The Mispillion Art League (MAL) hosted their Summer Show at their downtown location on July 8, presenting the artwork of the MAL members to the community of Milford. The exhibit that was displayed on Friday night will be shown at the downtown showcase during the months of July and August. The Summer Show allowed the featured artists to showcase originals as well as prints. The artwork was from all different mediums and styles but all had a summer theme.
The Mispillion Art League has been increasing its membership since 2004 and includes artists and visual arts supporters from 19 different zip codes. Since 2004, MAL has served the community through its participation in the annual spring Bug and Bud Festival, the annual fall Milford RiverWalk Festival, and the annual People’s Day Celebration in December.
The league is dedicated to providing education to adults and children through classes in drawing, watercolors, oils and jewelry. Working artists teach classes to beginners and experienced artists in the hopes of encouraging the exploration of art and enhancing and sharing talent to the larger community.
During the event individuals were asked to choose their favorite piece of artwork displayed with the winner being named “People’s Choice”. At the conclusion of the evening there was a four way tie for the title between artists April Abel, Hank Smallwood, Bill Patterson and Betsy Rybczynski.
Monthly, MAL hosts Third Thursdays which are social events that feature local artists that present their talents. Each Third Thursday is free and open to the public. On Thursday, July 21 a Music School of Delaware presentation will be given by The Bowman-Braddock Duo. Flutist Mindy Bowman and guitarist Chris Braddock have played together continuously since 1998. Their repertoire includes pieces from five centuries of classical music, as well as Celtic, ragtime, jazz selections and various types of Mediterranean folk music. The presentation will begin 6:30pm and continue to around 8:00pm.
The Art League’s primary exhibit venue is the Gallery at 5 North Walnut Street. In addition to annual members’ exhibits, the MAL has held collaborative exhibits at the Library with the Milford Garden Club and to honor famed portrait artist Simmie Knox, a former resident of Milford. Artists of the League also exhibit at several local restaurants.
Supported by membership dues, donations, grants and endowments, the Mispillion Art League continues to grow and serve the needs of our community in the area of the visual arts.