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On Thursday, October 4 Governor Markell visited Milford as he traveled the state to explore Delaware’s rich cultural heritage and celebrate the burgeoning arts community. On his first stop he visited Angelucci Studios and The Studios Upstairs celebrating their success over the last two years.

Highlighting the continued success of Scott and the Milford art community, Governor Markell quoted Thomas Edison by stating “Vision without execution is hallucination.” Markell continued to explain to the crowd about the partnership Scott and himself had built over the past years and his excitement to see Scott’s vision grow.

“I was here in the early stages of the Angelucci Studios and to return to see that vision taking place is amazing. This is a model for not only other towns but for cities across the county.”

Markell was also welcomed with two student performances from Taylor Hogan, Katie Fields, and Shannon Hopkins.

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Angelucci Studios and The Studios Upstairs will be celebrating their second year in business in December at their location next to the Mispillion Riverwalk in downtown Milford. Owners of Angelucci Fine Woodworking & Stained Glass Studios , Scott and Gail Angelucci, specialize in reproduction and one of a kind pieces.The new gallery space and second floor artist’s studios, The Studios Upstairs, features masterpieces in wood, glass, pottery, jewelry, photography, watercolors, pastels, oils and more.

Artists featured at The Studios Upstairs have included Marie Schmelzinger, Beth’s Whimsacalities (Beth Gilbert), The Pearl Lady (Joan Frense Mulholland), Live Cheap & Make Art Studio (Rosemary & Bob Connelly), Clara Hollingsworth, StudiO -k (Betsy Rybczynski), Paul Jones, Oliave Jones and Nelson Weigman.

Supporting future growth of the art community in Milford, Scott Angelucci has received support from the State of Delaware to create an interactive art center with a focus on education in Milford. The details are still not complete for a downtown art education center but is said to be developed on South West Front Street. The facility would encourage people to develop skills of fine craftsmanship, but also help them learn about the business aspect of artwork as well.  The business skills will help students learn how to effectively market their work in clay textiles, glass-working, printmaking and other types of fine crafts.

“We have been working with Governor Markell from the beginning of the studio and he has always been very supportive,” commented Scott Angelucci. “It is great to have him back to see the space occupied, for us it’s completing the circle.”

Before leaving downtown, Governor Markell visited the Mispillion Art League (MAL) and viewed the gallery currently on display. MAL, which started in 2004, established 118 members in the first four months and have now reached close to 300 members. The league holds classes in drawing, watercolors, oils and jewelry with plans to expand workshops into many other genres of the visual arts.

The second stop by Governor Markell in Milford was the First State Dance Academy, located at 107 South Maple Avenue. Director of the Dance Academy, Michele Xiques, gave the Governor a tour of the facility including its 3 studios that welcome roughly 130 adult and children dancers each year. Markell was also welcomed with two student performances from Taylor Hogan, Katie Fields, and Shannon Hopkins.

The studio offers ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern, partnering, male technique, ballroom dance, Zumba and adult/teen tap and dance. Michele’s studio aims to develop the artistic talents of students by giving them the knowledge, background and technique needed to accomplish personal goals.

“When you see people that have a vision and that vision to take things to the next level all you can say is incredible kudos,” stated Governor Markell.”

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