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Connie IngallsBy Anne Jenkins

On Friday, August 23, the Mispillion Art League in downtown Milford announced its latest silent auction fundraiser. The event will feature the paintings of the late Constance Ingalls.

Ingalls was a prolific painter and teacher. She was born in Vero Beach, Florida in 1931.She began painting at age four, under the tutelage of her father, Howard Ingalls, a postmaster. She studied at Florida State University and went on to earn a master’s degree in English at Columbia University.

Ingalls painted in her spare time while teaching high school English and journalism in the Baltimore County Schools from 1955- 1988. She was a longtime resident of Dundalk, Maryland, and enjoyed watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting. She was a member of the Art League of Maryland, Baltimore Watercolor Society, and Portrait Society of Maryland. Her work was exhibited in the Essex College Gallery, Fells Point Gallery, Patuxent Art League and Laurel Lake Galleries.

She demonstrated and taught art classes for many years, later teaching from her home studio when she retired to Delaware. Connie Ingalls moved to Laurel, Delaware in 2004, and then began to have health issues. Her dear friend, Joyce Brock, was friend and caregiver to Connie, until the time of Connie’s death in 2009.

Joyce Brock’s generous donation of Connie’s collection of paintings to the Mispillion Art League made their current fundraiser silent auction possible. “Connie would want people to enjoy her works, not have them in storage,” Joyce said. There are nearly fifty paintings that will be displayed, among them landscapes from Delaware and other places that Connie visited in her extensive travels.

“Connie was very active, she golfed regularly and  she was an avid rockhound (rock collector) and mountain climber in her younger years,” Joyce Brock said. “I want to honor her memory and spirit with the donation of these paintings for sale to benefit the Mispillion Art League,” Brock said.

This year’s event follows in the tradition of last year’s very popular Julie Baxendell Retrospective Show and Sale. Paintings will have bid sheets and bidders will be able to place bids beginning on August 27 through September 26 at 5pm. An opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 6 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Member art will also be available for bidding during the event. For further information on the auction individuals are encouraged to visit the Mispillion Art League Gallery at 5 N Walnut Street in downtown Milford or call 302-430-7646.

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