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Friday, March 25, 2011

Downtown Milford April Events

Tulips and daffodils are coming up everywhere. Rain is washing everything clean. Trees are budding. Spring is that time of year when everyone starts coming back outside to enjoy the lovely weather. I thought I'd tell you about some good reasons to come out and visit the downtown. I've noticed from my second story studio window that a clean up crew has been working on removing all those rocks from the tree beds and the big barrels too. Wonder what's in store for us now! Downtown Milford just keeps getting better and better and I for one am so happy to live in this delightful little town. For my pet-owning friends there's a cute little shop about to open that has all sorts of fun stuff for Rover or Fifi. I think it opens first of April - be sure to check it out!

Here are a few of the things that are on my radar. Thought I'd share with you!

Tua Hayes Retrospective at Mispillion Art League




Tua Hayes was born in Alabama in 1916 and studied art at Converse College in South Carolina. She moved to Wilmington, Delaware and in 1948 joined Studio Group, a non-profit organization whose members still meet to paint and study in the stimulating atmosphere of the former studio of famed artist and illustrator Howard Pyle, established after his death in 1911.

For over 50 years, Tua was active in art and community organizations. She was a valued member of Studio Group and served as president from 1954-56. She exhibited in numerous one-person shows and received prestigious awards for her work and her paintings are in private and public collections including: The Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, The University of Delaware, Converse College, Wilmington Trust Company, and the Bank of Delaware.

Don't miss this amazing body of work by one of the most respected names in the history of the arts in Delaware


Delaware School of Music
Milford Branch
10 South Walnut Street
Milford, DE 19963
302-422-2043



STUDENT RECITALS
★ Saturday, April 2, April 9, 2011—times TBA, Milford Branch

FAMILY CONCERT: A Musical Storybook
Saturday, April 16, 2011—3:00 p.m., Milford Branch
Did you know music can tell a story? Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” (for piano four-hands) and Ridout’s “Ferdinand the Bull” blend instruments with narration to create lively characters and capture the imagination. Featuring Jennifer Chen, piano; Richard Gangwisch, piano; Michael Larkin, narrator; and Kate Ransom, violin.
TICKETS: $5 each
☺ Ages 4 and up


8th Annual Bug & Bud Festival
Saturday, April 30, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A few photos from past Bug & Bud Festival Days




Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Watercolor Journaling Session at Minorbird!



I have Leigh Minor Nagy, owner of Minorbird to thank for this lovely video! She really captured the mood of these 3-hour-once-a-month-on-a-Sunday Watercolor Journaling Sessions. This month's was held in her beautiful shop on North Walnut Street, in the heart of historic downtown Milford. It's the one with the black and white awning across from Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop.

And for the photos, she posted them on flicker - click here

For a very flattering view of the day, check out Leigh's blog "MinorbirdStyle" for her take on the morning's session! (and be sure to check out all the beautiful things on her website too!)

In case you are interested, here are the dates of some upcoming Watercolor Journaling Workshops I'm teaching:

Sunday, April 10, 10am-1pm - April Watercolor Journaling Session. This session is almost completely full.

Wednesday, May 4, 9am-4pm - Watercolor Nature Journaling at Abbott's Mill Nature Center
Spend a creative and informative day in the outdoors! Explore the natural beauty and diverse habitats of Abbott’s Mill Nature Center and discover the joys of capturing your observations and feelings in a watercolor nature journal. Our day will begin with an informative nature walk led by Jason Beale. Rosemary will share with you her journals and tips on how to create your own nature journal in pen and watercolor. Some drawing experience is recommended. For information or to register call 302-422-0847. Supply list to be provided upon registration.

Sat/Sun/Mon, June 25-27 5:30-7:30pm - Watercolor Journaling Workshop
Discover the joy of creating a watercolor journal as a memento of your travels – around the world or just around the neighborhood. Mispillion Art League, 5 N. Walnut Street, Milford DE. For information call 302-430-7646 www.mispillionarts.org

Wed/Thurs, June 29-30 5:30-7:30pm-Watercolor Journaling Workshop
Discover the joy of creating a watercolor journal as a memento of your travels – around the world or just around the neighborhood. Gallery One, 32 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View, DE 19970. For information call 302-537-5055. www.galleryonede.com

Monday-Friday, August 15-19 9am-12pm-For Kids - Ages 8-12 - Creating a Nature Journal- Using watercolors, photography, and writing, we will help students discover the joys of creating a nature journal. Students must bring a digital camera to class and watercolor materials will be available to use from the art league. $125 per camper. Mispillion Art League, 5 N. Walnut Street, Milford DE. For information call 302-430-7646

Monday, March 21, 2011

Watercolor Journaling Session at Minorbird

Photos to come on yesterday's Session at Minorbird. What a delightful way to spend a Sunday morning! My once-a-month-on-a-Sunday Watercolor Journaling Sessions continue to be a hit. In fact when I started I thought I would limit the number of attendees to six. Yesterday's had 9 and April 10's is around 12. My absolute maximum! We started with a lesson on design elements, practicing with line and shape, drawing the adorable cupcake boxes on display, using PITT pens (no pencils here - so no erasing, second-guessing themselves!) trying to encourage them to loosen up and sketch, like "gesture drawing." Then using their watercolors, making washes of color. What fun to see all the sketch books filled with pink and blue cupcakes! Leigh Minor Nagy (owner of Minorbird) took many photos, and as soon as I get them, I'll post them here. After the lesson, they found all sorts of wonderful things to focus their attention on and a thoughtful, quiet, focused morning was had by all.

That's Leigh, center at the Grand Opening of Minorbird last week!

New work on the Website

Just added some new prints to our website! I'll be adding some of Bob's new photographs soon as well, so check back with us again. We're both working hard putting together a body of new work for our upcoming joint exhibit at the Decatur Area Arts Council Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center in Decatur, Illinois this coming September. We've also got a pretty full calendar of workshops, classes and events coming up this spring and summer. For a complete list, click here.

Doors of Sicily, Buscemi #1


Persimmon on Blue


Terra Cotta Pots

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Family Comes to Delaware

We had such a fun weekend! Chris and his cousin Chrissy (they are months apart in age) planned a visit that would bring Chris and Kyla from Richmond and Chrissy and her husband and two children, along with her sister Celeste and her partner Julie from New Jersey and New York, to Delaware to meet up at our house. The "girls," Chrissy and Celeste are my cousin Anthony's daughters and very special to me. Anthony passed away from cancer a number of years ago now and we all miss him. The girls and Chris spent the first few years of their lives together during visits at my Mom's house in New York but only saw each other occasionally once we moved to Arizona. But then Chris lived in New York for a time and they became friends, hung out together and became quite close. Now that they both have daughters it's so much fun to know that the family connections are alive and well. Getting their daughters to know each other means a continued family closeness that means a lot to me and them.

After lunch at our house on Saturday I had to take them all downtown for dessert at Dolce and then a visit to my Studio! Kyla and Lexi had a great time painting with my paints and created several works of art. Lexi went home with a pile of paintings while Kyla opted to leave hers on my art wall where you can see them if you come to visit!

Kyla painting an apple still life


Lexi loved painting in my studio


Livi just wanted to run around!

Kyla at Dolce - sweets for the sweet!


Chrissy and her daughter Lexi trying out my watercolors


Chris and Kyla by the window in my studio


Celeste checking out the prints in Studio i


My cousin Anthony - we miss him very much

Friday, March 11, 2011

Angelucci Fine Woodworking and Stained Glass Studios

In case you never visited the "Links" page on our website, I thought I'd call attention to some of them and tell you why we decided to share links with them. Today's plug is for Scott and Gail Angelucci - who happen to be our "landlords" - they manage Angelucci Galleries and the Studios Upstairs where I rent my studio - not to mention, our dear friends here in Milford. A super talented couple, it is largely with Scott's vision (and the work of many other hearts and hands) that the Riverwalk Center for the Arts and, as former president of Downtown Milford, Inc., the restoration of our small town, that has turned downtown Milford into a little jewel in the heart of Delaware.

Angelucci Studios and Galleries
Located on the Riverwalk in downtown Milford Delaware, just 20 minutes from the resort beaches, you'll find an unique collection of fine art and crafts. Custom woodworking and custom stained glass are the specialties of the owners, Scott & Gail Angelucci.

7 Park Avenue Studios and Galleries

With the Woodworking Studio & 2 floors of Gallery space at 7 Park Avenue, you can find a large array of fine art and fine craft to meet any budget. Art work of over 30 local & regional artists including pottery, jewelry, fine art , prints, photography, handcrafted jewelry, handcrafted baskets and much more can be found at the gallery.

4 Park Avenue Studios and Galleries

In the new space, 4 Park Avenue, you will find the Gallery and Stained Glass Studio on the 1st floor and The Studios Upstairs on the second floor. The working artists studios are open to the public, and include Color Design by Sonja (Sonja Frey), Marie Schmelzinger, The Pearl Lady (Joan Frense Muholland), Falling Leaf Studio (Deborah Johnson), Live Cheap & Make Art Studios (Rosemary & Bob Connelly), Clara Hollingsworth & StudiO-k (Betsy Rybczynski).

An example of the fine woodworking Scott crafts by hand


Table - Gail's stained glass artistry and Scott's woodworking make unique pieces of functional art


Stained Glass classes are offered by Gail


Stained Glass Windows by Gail


Hours: Wed/Thurs 11-6, Fri 11-7, Sat 10-4, Sun by chance and anytime by appointment

Studio hours for the Studios Upstairs resident artists vary based on individual artists, but most are open during the gallery hours. (My studio is open 10-5 Wed/Thurs/Fri and 10-4 Sat)

Monday, March 7, 2011

More Watercolor Journaling Workshops!



Just wanted to give you a heads up on some of the classes I will be teaching this spring/summer. Lots of opportunities for you to discover this fun way of capturing the world around you.

Wednesday, May 4, 9am - 4pm
Watercolor Nature Journaling at Abbott's Mill Nature Center



Spend a creative and informative day in the outdoors! Explore the natural beauty and diverse habitats of Abbott’s Mill Nature Center and discover the joys of capturing your observations and feelings in a watercolor nature journal. Our day will include an informative nature walk led by Jason Beale. Rosemary will share with you her journals and tips on how to create your own nature journal in pen and watercolor. Some drawing experience is recommended.

Supply list to be provided upon registration.


Watercolor Journaling Workshops

Milford, Delaware: Saturday, Sunday and Monday June 25-26-27 at Mispillion Art League

Ocean View, Delaware: Wednesday and Thursday, June 29 and 30 at Gallery One, Ocean View

Discover the joys of creating a watercolor journal as a memento of your travels – around the world or just around the neighborhood. A watercolor journal can become a treasured keepsake of a special vacation as well as a place to record the birds that come to your backyard feeder, rocks and shells you find on the beach or the changing colors in your garden. Always trying to keep it simple and light, Rosemary will share with you her travel journals and tips on how to get started on this fun way to capture the world around you.

Supply list will be provided

A few examples of what a watercolor journal can be:







Call or email these organizations to express your interest in taking one or more of these Watercolor Journaling Workshops. They fill up fast! Click on the link for more information about each of these wonderful places!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Art Work in Progress

How do I make a painting? I finished one yesterday but I don't have photos yet of the finished work. I wanted to post these in stages so that you could see how a painting comes to life. Here's a somewhat condensed view:

First I create the drawing - just an outline of the image - in this case, from a photograph I took (yes, me) in Vietri sul Mare where we lived along the Amalfi Coast. I know I took it because it was taken at sunrise and Bob is definitely not up at sunrise taking photos!


Then I begin to block in color - I work in layers, building up color and contrast as I work my way through the painting


More building of colors/layers in the painting. At this stage the colors are not as vibrant as they will be in the completed work. That sky is going to be much more dramatic in the final stage. And all the colors beefed up.


Close up detail of the still unfinished painting