Unique Gallery Brings Artists Together

Artists Rosemary Connelly, April Abel, Sonja Frey and Anne Jenkins. Not pictured is Deborah Johnson.

Last week Anne Jenkins Art Gallery presented “5 – a Pop-Up Show,” a 3-day only show featuring five local, nationally recognized women artists each using a different media. The opening reception held on Thursday, November 8, was filled with art enthusiasts as they looked at the bright future of Milford’s art community. The gallery was open to the public from Thursday through Sunday, November 11.

The five featured artists and their media were April Allyson Abel, photography, Sonja M. Frey, collage, Rosemary Connelly, water-based media, Anne Jenkins, acrylics and Deborah Johnson, fiber.

“A lot of people think that art is very similar and I wanted people to have a chance to see different artists that use all different mediums,” commented artist Anne Jenkins. “It is one thing to see works of art in their respective galleries but by seeing them side by side allows you to really see the different artistic styles.”

Each artist presented five pieces of fine, affordable art paintings, photographs and fiber art in 2D and 3D in some of the fiber art. Since the artists have very different styles and subject matter, five pieces each made it easier to see a body of work but not be overwhelmed.

Sonja Frey uses acrylic paint and various items to create abstract collages with intriguing depth and color whereas Rosemary Connelly often paints delicate soft scenes with water-based paints and Anne Jenkins uses bold color in heavily textured, impasto style acrylics applied by palette knife rather than a brush. April Abel’s photography highlights scenes or objects from an unusual perspective and Johnson’s fiber work demonstrates every day vessels as art.

“I hope the show will stimulate more interest and have people come to support the arts downtown,” commented Jenkins. “Art brings attention and beauty to the town and the artist are always working together to support each other.”

5 – a Pop-Up Show Artists included:

Sonja M. Frey – earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Art in Graphic Design from Beaver College (now known as Arcadia University) in Glenside, Pennsylvania. After taking her first painting workshop in October of 2004, she immediately fell in love with the vibrant colors and techniques of painting with acrylics and collage.

Rosemary Connelly – Studied fine art and graphic design at Arizona State University, Mesa Community College and at workshops in Arizona and Delaware and spent over 20 years as a graphic designer before moving to Italy. Focusing on art and travel, her husband Bob, a photographer, and her lived in Italy for two years. Since moving to Milford in 2007, she has been inspired by the aging barns and the beauty of the eastern shore and explored working in pastels and oils on canvas.

Anne Jenkins – Anne Jenkins is a British citizen and was born and raised in South Africa. She has lived in six European countries and traveled the world extensively before settling in the United States. New Orleans was her beloved adopted city for several years until Hurricane Katrina. Anne is a self-taught artist and her acrylics and watercolors can be found in many private collections throughout Europe, Japan, South Africa, Canada, and the United States.

Deborah Johnson – Deborah attended University of North Carolina where she studied fine art. She also studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and glass making at Corning Glass Museum Studio School. Deborah Johnson is a visual artist who works with a variety of materials. She moved to Delaware in 2002 with her husband and their four children. While in Delaware she began to include fiber based work in her artistic practice and currently her fiber work is receiving critical attention.

April Abel – She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts at Wesley College. Introduced to the art form by Joseph Mullan, she was opened to a creative and expressive world that she had always hoped to experience but had not yet found entry into. In the spring of 2012, she set out to photograph the marshes and wildlife of central Delaware capturing images of the coastline, the sunrises and sunsets, and the migratory birds, otters, muskrat, and deer that make their home there.