Local Artists Hold Holiday Pop-Up Sale

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8By Terry Rogers

Five local artists held a Holiday Pop-Up sale on Saturday, December 13, at the Live Cheap, Make Art Studios, located in Penney Square on Walnut Street in downtown Milford. The art of April Allyson Abel, Rosemary Connelly, Sonja Frey, Anne Jenkins and Deborah Johnson were available for sale at the one day event.

April Allyson Abel is a nature photographer who has had her work featured in several magazines and books. Rosemary Connelly is a watercolor artists whose works include paintings of Italy, where she and her husband, Bob, a photographer, lived for several years. Sonja Fry’s works are acrylic and collage which have been displayed in several prestigious galleries. Anne Jenkins works in acrylics and water colors. Born in South Africa, Ms. Jenkins also creates tote bags that she sells as a fundraiser for the village of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Deborah Johnson weaves tapestries and creates dimensional art cloth with felted, embroidered surfaces and mixed media.

“We did this a few years ago at Anne’s gallery,” Ms. Connelly explained. “We are five friends with five different styles of art, so this type of show gives people a diverse selection to choose from.” Ms. Jenkins explained that this was a way to offer shoppers unique, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts while they enjoyed homemade refreshments and learned more about the arts available in Milford.

The artists said that they enjoyed talking with people about the art available and each of them said they had made several sales throughout the day. Ms. Jenkins said that visitors seemed to come in waves throughout the day.

“It is a treat for us as artists to be in someone another artist’s studio,” Ms. Jenkins said. “With each of us having such diverse styles, this gives us some insight into other methods.” The pop-up sale was for one day only, and was designed to encourage people to think of art as gifts.

Ms. Jenkins explained that her nephew and his wife purchased one art piece each year as a Christmas gift to each other and that the couple had built a diverse art collection by doing so. Purchasing art is a way to give a unique gift that cannot be duplicated elsewhere.

“People can go to Target and purchase a print as a gift,” Ms. Connelly explained. “The problem is their neighbor may have the exact same print in their house as they are mass-produced. At shows like this, you know that you are giving someone something that is one-of-a-kind, that no one else will have.”

All five artists also display works at the Mispillion Art Gallery in downtown Milford where they can be purchased as well.