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The Mispillion Art League has come a long way from its humble beginnings on NW Front Street. The bright, open Gallery and well-equipped classroom space welcome art lovers and students from Kent and Sussex Counties.

Offerings abound at MAL. Art exhibits, art talks, and most importantly, art classes. Class offerings meet the needs of beginners to experienced artists, from preschool to senior citizens. On any given day a visitor to the Gallery might find a class in session, artists at work, or on Third Thursdays, exciting and enlightening presentations. One recent Third Thursday featured local actor Joe Plummer bringing artist Howard Pyle to life through character acting. Third Thursday for March will feature Poetry Night Live, with speakers from the National League of American Pen Women, and an open invitation to the public to bring and share some of their own poetry. Thursday, March 15, 6:30-8. Free and open to the public, refreshments served.

The mission of the Mispillion Art League is “to bring a quality visual arts program to the Greater Milford area,” and they do just that. New member Leah Kinder, from Felton, said she joined partly because of the enthusiastic welcome she received, and also because of the inherent positive energy of Mispillion Art League. Friendly, talented people share their skills and knowledge and encourage one another at MAL. It’s not competitive. One of the most frequent comments from visitors is that the people there are not snobby or stuffy. Everyone is welcome, and everyone has something to contribute.

There is something for everyone, and all talents and skill levels are welcome. You might see an experienced painter trying her hand at an aqueous media class, or a photographer studying hand-building with clay. One recent class, taught by Joan Frense Mulholland, featured “Wine and Pearls,” a sort of girls’ night out where participants enjoyed wine and laughter while creating beautiful pearl necklaces and bracelets.

In March, painter John Schisler will be leading an oil painting class. Diane Deeney will teach how to make a smocked Easter egg ornament just in time for the holiday. Faux finishes and trompe l’oeil painting will be offered by Linda Chatfield, and the March lineup is rounded out with Drawing II taught by Bill Patterson. Sign up today to ensure your place.

Visit the Mispillion Art League in person, on 5 North Walnut Street, open Wed-Sat 10-6, or online at www.mispillionarts.org. Find them on Facebook under Mispillion Art League and Gallery, or follow them on Twitter. However you find them, you will be sure to find a warm welcome and a place to share talents and learn new ones.

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