Five local artists have been selected for Phase 2 of Milford’s community art project, Art on the Riverwalk Tour (ART),to begin designing and painting six, four-foot sculptures to be placed in downtown Milford. The ART project began last year as six sculptures depicting the classic yacht Augusta were designed and created by four local artists and displayed permanently along the Mispillion River.
The classic yacht Augusta that was built at the Vinyard Shipyard in Milford, links the town’s historical beginnings of shipbuilding to the modern attraction of the Riverwalk along the Mispillion River. The committee overseeing the Art on the Riverwalk Tour (ART) project has named local Kent and Sussex artists, Linda Chatfield, Eddie Filemyr, Gwen Guerke, Bill Walton and Marcia Reed to take part in Phase 2 of the public art project.
Selected artist Eddie Filemyr was raised in New Jersey where her mother always encouraged her to pursue arts and a love of nature. Now residing in Milton, DE, Eddie is a member of the Rehoboth Art League, Milton Art Guild and Mispillion Art League in Milford. With two pieces of pottery currently in a Mispillion Art League juried show, Eddie recently took third place in the Millsboro Art League professional juried show. Passing up the opportunity to be part of Phase I of the Art on the Riverwalk Tour, Eddie is excited to now be a part of the public art initiative.
“I am a three dimensional artist as a potter and a jeweler and that inspired me to paint three dimensional models,” commented Filemyr. “You keep stretching what you do and the more you do the more creativity flows.”
Filemyr’s sculpture of the Augusta is painted with vibrant colors depicting a sunrise on one side of the ship and a sunset on the other. She hopes that these attractive colors will remind people walking the Rverwalk to think about the Augusta and its historic connection to Milford.
“I hope it will inspire people to think about the boat as the timeless icon it has become,” commented Filemyr. “I think it says something that the boat is still there alive and well.”
Filemyr has enjoyed the project and acknowledged that it has helped her to get back into a positive mood after this long, cold winter. She began working on the boat on her back deck as the ground was still covered with snow. As she painted the boat with vibrant reds, purples and blues, the surrounding environment began to change with it.
“I have loved it,” commented Filemyr. “It has been uplifting to work with these colors and to see the boat transform from a white background to a startling expression of sculpture.”
The second phase of the Art on the Riverwalk Tour is expected to be completed and displayed permanently around town during early summer, joining the original six already in place. For more info on the project, individuals can contact Lee Nelson, Director of Downtown Milford Inc., at (302)839-1190, Director@DowntownMilford.org or visit http://downtownmilford.org.