The committee overseeing the Art on the Riverwalk Tour (ART) project selected four Milford artists, Gail Angelucci, David Rule, Anne Jenkins and Cathy Walls, to take part in Phase 1 of the project which features six 4-foot “sculptures” of the classic yacht Augusta built by Milford’s Vineyard Boat Yard in 1927. Ultimately, there will be eighteen of these displayed permanently along the Mispillion River and throughout downtown over the next 3 years.
“The ART project is the good example of the revitalization and rebranding of the town. These four artists submitted excellent design proposals based on our “River town, Art town, Hometown” branding to the committee,” Lee Nelson, Downtown Milford, Inc., (DMI) Executive Director, said. “And, happily, it turns out there will be 2 hometown, 2 river town and 2 art town designs.”
The ART project is a collaboration of DMI with the Mispillion Art League, Milford Parks & Recreation Department, and Milford High School. The committee overseeing the ART project, consists of Joan Lofland, co-owner of Vineyard Boat Year and the classic yacht Augusta, Nicole Carter, arts teacher at Milford High School, Gary Emery of the Parks and Rec Dept., and Bob Connelly of Mispillion Art League. Each of the artists will work with a High School art student as a mentor throughout the process. The first decorated sculptures will be placed around town during early summer.
Boat building is an ancient art and integral to Milford’s history. There were originally 7 boat-building yards in Milford but over time they all closed. Vineyard Boat Yard was bought by the present owners, Sudler and Joan Lofland. They rescued the Augusta, which was lying derelict in another state and restored it to its former glory and is now moored back in the Mispillion River.
ART is partially funded by the “Eunice S. Reed Fund” Grant awarded by the Milford Lions club Service Foundation. This program is also made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For more info, contact Downtown Milford Inc. at (302)839-1190, e-mail Director@DowntownMilford.org or visit http://downtownmilford.org.