MAL Showcases “It’s A Small World”


DSC03271By Terry Rogers

A unique exhibition opened with an opening reception Friday, July 12 at Mispillion Art League. “It’s a Small World” features traditional sized artwork along with miniature pieces created by local artists. According to Cathy Serwalt, the exhibit is actually a “show within a show.”

“The artists created some regular sized pieces with miniatures that had to be 25 square inches or smaller,” Ms. Serwalt explained. “There were many different art styles including oils, acrylic, watercolors, and even one etching. The show, which runs until August 24, featured many Milford artists including Janine Smith, Richard Amory, Ellen Camarote, Kelly Sverduck, George Abbott and more.

“Creating the miniature was an option for the artist,” said Ms. Serwalt. “I believe most of them did create at least one miniature. Even in the downpour on Friday, we had about 35 people who came out, enjoyed the beautiful art work and the excellent homemade goodies we provided.” Ms. Serwalt explained that the Mispillion Art League usually organize a reception for the shows to encourage the public to come in and enjoy the many different styles of artist work on display at the gallery.

Ellen Camarote, who has both a full-size and miniature piece displayed in the gallery, said this was the first time she had placed an art piece in a gallery showing.

“I felt more confident doing the miniatures. They are what drew me to the show,” Ms. Camarote said. “I am a fairly new gallery artist, although I have been drawing and painting for years, mostly gifts for friends, family and children. The idea of doing a smaller piece made me more confident.” Ms. Camarote also said her husband is a carver who displays at Mispillion Art League, and he inspires her to continue with her artwork.

Richard Amory, who is another new artist, echoed Ms. Camarote’s comments. “I liked the idea of the miniatures,” Mr. Amory said. “I try to put something in every showing, but the miniature idea was close to the cards I make for friends and family. I am fairly new to art, having only been doing this for two years, but the other artists in the gallery keep me motivated.” All artwork on display in the gallery is for sale.

Mispillion Art League is located in downtown Milford at 5 North Walnut Street. The gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 AM until 5 PM and on Friday from 10 AM until 6 PM. Appointments during other hours can be made by calling 430-7646 or emailing