By Terry Rogers
In an effort to provide additional art instruction in Milford, the Mispillion Art League is expanding. Last week, they signed a lease to create larger classroom space in the area behind the current gallery which was the previous home of Culture Eye and Angelucci Gallery.
“We will be expanding our retail space in the area that is now the classroom,” Irene Averitte, Operations Manager, said. “We hope to close in the breezeway between the two spaces so the doors can remain open. The new space is 1,800 square feet. There will be a large, open area with tables and easels for classes. We also plan to add a pottery studio in the back section of the space.”
Ms. Averitte said that the gallery also hopes to add fine art and craft events during the Farmer’s Market, Small Business Saturday, Holiday Stroll and other downtown events throughout the year.
In addition to figure drawing courses, that help artists learn how to quickly sketch the human body and learn terms like foreshortening and negative space, the Mispillion Art League plans to add nude figure drawing classes. “Currently, anyone who wants to learn nude figure drawing must travel to Salisbury or Dover,” Ms. Averitte said. “Adding nude figure drawing actually improves the stature of our league, which is the second largest in Delaware. Currently, we offer figure drawing, but only with clothed models as the classroom space we have now is not private enough. With this new space, we can create an area that is private so that local artists can develop additional skills that were unavailable before.”
The new project is being funded by the Mispillion Art League, but Ms. Averitte said they are considering applying for Downtown Development District grants. She said that the Art League is currently seeking Redner’s receipts as they receive a percentage of the amount of each receipt collected. Donations can also be made through Amazon Smile or through a new “Donate” button on the art league website.
Mispillion Art League will be open for the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl with Irish dancers at 6:30 PM. Ms. Averitte said she is not sure when the new space will be open, but that renovations should begin soon. Anyone interested in events or fund raisers at the gallery should contact them at 302-430-7646.
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