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artstrollby Anne Jenkins

Here’s wishing everyone an art filled 2013! January certainly ushered itself in with a grand arty start  –  it’s all happening in Rivertown, Art Town, Hometown Milford.

Milford got double recognition by the State in their individual artists awards: the Delaware Division of the Arts awarded Anne Jenkins the 2013 Established Artist Fellowship for folk art-visual arts discipline and an Honorable Mention to Michele Xiques, Director of First State Academy of Dance. Congratulations to both winners.

Art on the Riverwalk Tour (ART) is a new public art project: Downtown Milford (DMI) is partnering with the Mispillion Art League, Milford Parks & Recreation Dept and Milford High School on an exciting 3-year public art project partially funded by the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Milford Lions Club.  About ART: 4-foot “sculptures” of the classic yacht Augusta built by Vinyard Boat Yard in 1927 will be displayed permanently along the Mispillion River and throughout downtown over the next 3 years, 18 in all with 6 per year being the goal. The derelict Augusta was rescued by present owners of the yard, Sudler and Joan Lofland, and restored to it’s former glory. All artists living/working in Kent and Sussex Counties are invited to apply following the guidelines and timetable. Each paid artist awarded a sculpture to decorate/paint will work with High School students as a mentor throughout the process. For more info, contact Lee Nelson at (302)839-1190, e-mail Director@DowntownMilford.org or visit http://downtownmilford.org

Magic brightens the winter again from January-March. DMI’s Milford’s Magic Mondays Series opens with the first show on Monday, January 21. Magic and fun for the whole family! For info and online ticket purchase visit http://downtownmilford.org

We’re getting noticed! The Milford Art Stroll is featured on a 2-page spread in the 2013 Kent County Tourism brochure – a big thank you to Cindy Small and her team at Kent County Tourism.

Here’s a round up art spots and events in town – enjoy:

Angelucci Fine Woodworking & Stained Glass Studio & Artists Gallery 4 Park Ave. (302) 422-4533 http://www.angeluccifinewood-stainedglass.blogspot.com

Anne Jenkins Art Gallery 127 NW Front St.  (302) 393-6629 http://AnneJenkinsArt and http://facebook.com/annejenkinsartgallery

Created.rule 23 N.W. Front St., gallery/studio located inside LadyBug Shop.  (616) 328-4054

Diamond Dance Company 44 N. Walnut Street, Milford www.diamonddanceco.com

First State Academy of Dance 107 Maple Ave, Milford www.firststatedance.com

Gallery 37 #8 S. Walnut St. (413) 297-2690  http://marciareedpainting.com.

Hidden Gem Boutique SW Front St. https://www.facebook.com/TheHiddenGemBoutique

Milford Community Band http://milfordcommunityband.org  or call Joe Lear at (302) 422-6304

Milford Art Stroll  a self-guided studio & art tour. Check out the website to plan a visit – there’s a new map to print out – follow a route of your choice. Lots to enjoy right here in your hometown.  http://MilfordArtStroll.com

Mispillion Art League Gallery 5 N. Walnut Street.  Figure Drawing Session, Wednesday, January 9 from 5-7pm. The Holiday Show runs through end of  January. “Celebration of Black Artists” opens January 30, from 5-8 p.m. Third Thursday  on January 17 presents “Architecture of Milford” at 6:30 p.m. Free to the public.  http://mispillionarts.org and https://www.facebook.com/MispillionArts

Second Street Players presents, “Steel Magnolias” at the Riverfront Theatre. Friday, January 25, 26, and Sunday. January 27. For Tickets call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

The Music School of DE, Milford Branch presents Family Concert: A Musical Storybook – Saturday, January 12 at, 10am – 12pm. Recommended for ages 4 and up. For tickets $5, call (302) 422-2043 or purchase at door.

Thanks for supporting the arts! Call me, or e-mail me with art news: anne@annejenkinsart.com