On the evening of Friday, July 15 Angelucci Studios, located on the Riverwalk in downtown Milford, held their first organized show at the studios. Scott and his wife Gail have been working for over a year to get the facility ready for large exhibits. The event, which was called “Hard Pressed”, was standing-room only and showed a very positive and overwhelming response to the art gallery and its display of the art of Inataglio.
Intaglio is a family of printmaking techniques which include engraving, etching, linocut, lithography, mezzotint and monoprint. It is recognized as the oldest art form in the world and is unique in the fact that every piece of art is produced as an original. There are numerous forms of printmaking which can most noticeably be recognized as transferring a design directly onto a plate, paper or other form of template.
Six local artists from the Rehoboth Art League were featured on Friday evening: Linda Chatfield, Mary Ellen Daly, Mark Harris, John C. Murray, Betsy Rybczynski, and Toby Jo Vandiver. This group of artists goes by the name SteamPunk Atelier and is an assembly of individuals who came together because of their collective love for the art of printmaking. The group has been meeting once a week at the Rehoboth Art Studios for a year and has collected a large and various amount of work created by the six artists. The accumulation of the artwork produced the need for the group to put on an art show.
“The work produced on Friday evening shows an element of maturity and professional execution,” commented John Murray, organizer of SteamPunk Atelier. John has been involved with the art form of Intaglio for over 30 years with the non-profit organization Maryland Printmakers.
Scott Angelucci and John Murray developed the “Hard Pressed” gallery after they met at a demonstration John presented at the Mispillion Art League. Impressed with John’s work, Scott wanted to create an event that invigorated people’s interests to the art of printmaking by exposing them to the Intaglio art form. The event on Friday presented the broad scope of printmaking and how it impacts the art world.
“I was very impressed with the presentation that John gave to the Art League,” commented Mr. Angelucci. “Printmaking requires such labor intensive techniques and is so unique that I wanted to expose people in the community to printmaking and hopefully create an interest.”
The success of the show on Friday evening suggests that the Milford community is becoming increasingly interested in the arts. Scott Angelucci has recognized this trend and realizes how strong arts communities around the nation have supported strong economies. Scott hopes that his studio will help thwart the perception that arts are just for the upper class.
“A lot of people think the arts are just for the well-off or for kids to have a well-rounded education but they really are a strong economic driver,” stated Scott.
In the future Scott hopes to offer classes to help individual’s experience printmaking first hand at Angelucci’s Studios. The Printmaking gallery that was displayed on Friday evening will run for a month and will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11-6, Fridays 11-7, Saturdays 10-4 and by appointment. Appointments can be made by calling the Angelucci Studios at 302- 422- 4533.