by Terry Rogers
Mispillion Art League member are busy preparing for two big fundraisers in the month of October. On Saturday, October 13, “A Starry Night,” an elegant gala is planned at the gallery from 7:30 to 10 PM. Then, on October 27, MAL will hold “Run for the Arts,” a 5k costume run and one mile fun walk.
“Run for the Arts is being produced by Seashore Striders,” Julie Wagner, Chairman of the committee, said. “Pre-registration is being held through October 25 and race day registration begins at 7 AM with the run starting at 8 AM. We are asking participants to dress in costume, although it is not required for the race. We just wanted to add a fun element, especially for the kids.”
The cost to register is $25 as long as the runner is registered by 6 PM on October 25. Race day registration is $30. The top three finishers in nine age groups will receive prizes and the first 100 registrants will receive a t-shirt. Registration for the 5k can be completed at www.seashorestriders.com or a form can be downloaded from the Mispillion Art League website, printed and mailed.
The “Starry Night” Gala is a much different fundraiser than the 5k race. The gala will feature seven of the finest artists in the region, hors d’oeuvres served individually, signature cocktails, live music as well as a live and silent auction. Tickets for the event are $75 per person and can be purchased at the art league. Artists featured at the event include Anne Carroll, Sara Gallagher, Cathy Walls, Mark Reeve, Gerilyn Gaskill,Isabel Pizzolato, Mimi Gilligan, Sonja Frey and Gervasio Ruiz Jr.
Each featured artist has donated one art piece that will be included in the auction. Carroll is known for her watercolor portraits, landscapes and still life work with subject matters that range from surfing to classic cars. Gallagher uses watercolor and acrylic to create paintings that range from whimsical to realistic while Walls enjoys capturing complicated objects, reflective surfaces and machinery in her watercolors, although she enjoys using a variety of mediums. In 2017, she illustrated her first children’s book. Reeve is a realist painter who uses art as a “communication device.” One of his projects was the “Century Farm Portrait Project,” ten paintings that are owned by the Department of Agriculture and have been exhibited throughout the state.
Gaskill has a talent for capturing the beauty of Delaware’s shoreline in watercolor, oil and acrylics. Pizzolato is an award-winning watercolorist who received signature artist status in both the Delaware Watercolor Society and the Baltimore Watercolor Society. Gilligan creates whimsical pottery while Frey focuses on abstract collage works that she calls “spontaneous.” Ruiz is inspired by the beauty of nature, whether it is his native Puerto Rico or across the United States. His photography has been displayed extensively.