DMI Unveils Public Art

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Downtown Milford, Inc., (DMI) will showcase the Art on the Riverwalk Tour (ART) Project when it launches Phase 2, Launching Augusta: the Next Fleet of six boats on Sunday, June 8 from 3 to 5 pm at Abbott’s Grill, 249 N Front St, Milford. The ART Project consists of 4-foot “sculptures” of the classic yacht Augusta built by Milford’s Vinyard Boat Yard in 1927. The Second Fleet brings the total to 12 sculptures that will be displayed permanently along the Mispillion River.

Local Kent and Sussex artists, Linda Chatfield, Eddie Filemyr, Gwen Guerke, Marcia Reed and Bill Walton were selected in February of this year to be a part of Phase 2 of the public art project. Reflecting Milford’s branding of ‘Rivertown, Art Town, Hometown’, each of the artists worked with a high school art student as a mentor throughout the creative process. The decorated sculptures are now completed and will be displayed permanently around town during early summer, joining the original six already in place.

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. Boat building is an ancient art and integral to Milford’s history. There were originally seven 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 as it is now moored back in the Mispillion River.

The program on Sunday, June 8 includes the unveiling of the next six public art sculptures and the artists’ introduction. “It’s going to be exciting to see the new boats. The artists have done a great job,” Lee Nelson, Executive Director at DMI said. ”Each one is unique and showcases our branding of River Town. Art Town. Home Town”.

This program is 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.  ART is also partially funded by a grant from Dogfish Head Brewery.

Abbott’s Grill has donated the location and Abbott’s Bounty for guests and a cash bar will be available on Sunday, June 8 . Tickets cost $12 for adults, with children under 13 free, and are only available online at our website http://downtownmilford.org/art-project/art-project-launching-event-tickets. For more information, individuals are encouraged to contact Lee Nelson at (302)839-1180, e-mail Director@DowntownMilford.org or visit http://downtownmilford.org.