By Anne Jenkins
Welcome to my monthly column, Monthly Art Ramble, about the great art on offer in downtown Milford. It’s all here; visual, performance, culinary. Art is important to everyone. Here’s an example – appropriate considering our recent unexpected weather.
When I lived in New Orleans, a new client said, “I’ve finally got the kids out of college, I’m done with prints and posters. Now I’m starting to collect original art.” She bought two pieces and left so excited with the start of her new life. Three weeks later Hurricane Katrina roared her destructive path through the area. Many months later, she came to see me on a visit to the city. She had lost everything and was living in Texas with her sister.
“When I evacuated, all I took was your art and my mother’s jewelry,” she told me. “Now it’s all I have in this world. I want to buy another piece and start rebuilding my live with things that really matter.”
We were both in tears by then, I was honored beyond words. As she choose her new piece I watched her leave me once more with a big smile and a sense of hope. That moment was one I’ll never forget. It showed me the power of art. It brings joy. It gives hope. It enriches our lives in myriad ways.
So, visit your local artists, start a new collection, go to the theater, enjoy a musical event or eat a yummy culinary creation at our cafes and restaurants. Be sure to stop and say thank you to the wonderful artists finishing the mural on SE Front Street. Milford’s art scene is dynamic and growing constantly. Here’s a brief roundup for September:
• Angelucci Studios & Artists’ Gallery: 4 Park Ave., always has interesting new art and wood work on show, (302) 422-4533 Open Wed-Sat. www.angeluccifinewood-stainedglass.blogspot. com
• Anne Jenkins Art Gallery: 127 NW Front St., new gallery opened showing the work of this self-taught artist who is currently working on local scenes. Open Thu-Sat or just call ahead, (302) 393-6629 www.annejenkinsart.com
• Mispillion Art League Gallery: 5 N. Walnut St., current show “Milford Through Art” runs through end of the month. Gallery reception for the show will be Friday, September 9, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Free to the public and refreshments will be served. The Third Thursday, Thursday, Sept. 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., presentation features background information on the current exhibit. Free to the public and refreshments will be served. There are exciting workshops scheduled for September: watercolor painting, drawing basics, watercolor journaling …check for details, (302) 430-7646 Open Wed-Sat. www.mispillion.org
• Riverwalk Freedom Festival during the festival, there’ll be a community art project, “From Farm to Art Table,” for anyone who wants to paint hand-carved veggie prints to take home. It’ll be on The Green at the Downtown Milford Farmers’ Market, Saturday, September 10 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. with Jennifer August.
• Studio Upstairs at 4 Park Ave – various resident artists, including The Pearl Lady, Live Cheap & Make Art, Beth Gilbert and Betsy Rybczynski. Open Wed-Sat., (302) 359-5534 if door locked
• The Downtown Milford Farmers Market on Saturdays: look out for local jewelry artist, Beth Gilbert, showing her Beths Whimsicality creations, potter Maria Sadler from Kalypso Pottery, or Handmade Baskets by Wendy Welfley.
I’m new to the area, delighted to be here and I look forward to this art ramble with you. Tell me about your interest in art by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.