The Milton Arts Guild Reception (http://www.miltonartsguild.com/) was held on February 9, 2008 at the Fire Hall in downtown Milton. Over 300 guests attended and walked through the space checking out work by 18 local artists, Bob and I included. It was a good experience for us, just in preparing for and setting up the show. Due to space restrictions, every artist was permitted to bring two 3' x 6' panels. So our focus was to prepare enough work to fill them. We were kind of nervous to begin with but it was fun meeting everyone who stopped by and of course talking about our trip to Italy and the work we had done there. Almost everyone who stopped by had either been to Italy or dreamed of going so there was a good deal to talk about. Not really advertised as a "sale" we hadn't expected to sell anything and in fact only a few of the artists who attended did. But it was good exposure for us we thought and we met a lot of the other artists who offered good advice and information. All the guests who attended were asked to vote for their favorite artist/work of art and I was delighted to tie for second place.
Since then, we've been gearing up for the March 7th show at the Mispillion Art League, our own hometown's art group (http://www.mispillionarts.org/). We have been building up our inventory of prints, matting and framing and organizing what we have. The MAL has it's own gallery space, the newly renovated Governor Tharp Building, an historic building, right next door to the LadyBug Shop in downtown Milford. This is a Photography, Prints and Student Member show and it will be interesting to see what the locals think of our work.
Here is what we put together for the Milton show. We have ordered a 10' x 10' tent for future outdoor shows and a couple more of those stands.
Bob's display panels
Rosemary's display panels
Next on our agenda is Downtown Milford's Bug & Bud Festival on Saturday, April 26. (http://www.downtownmilford.org/festival.html). In case you were wondering, the ladybug is the official bug of the state of Delaware (it's such a little state, you know!) Every year on Arbor Day, downtown Milford hosts this festival, with a costume parade and seedling tree giveaways, live entertainment and arts and crafts vendors, along with street games, kite flying, and much, much more. Bob has volunteered to bring the concept of "Tocati" (http://livecheapmakeart.blogspot.com/search?q=tocati) the street games festival we enjoyed so much in Verona to Milford and has been contacting local groups to involve them in setting up various locations throughout the downtown where everyone can participate, like the games we played as children – hopscotch or bottle caps or double dutch jump rope for example. He wants to involve the various ethnic groups that live in Milford, in an effort to bring people together, sharing history and culture in an atmosphere of fun and friendship.
Here's our agenda for the next few months:
March 7, Mispillion Art League's Print, Photography & Student Member Show
April 26, Bud & Bud Festival
May 17, Cape Henlopen Senior Center Show (this coincides with a Sidewalk Sale in Rehoboth Beach)
June 28, Milton Arts Guild Sidewalk Show & Sale
July 5, St. Peter's Episcopal Church's 42nd Annual Art Show in historic downtown Lewes (http://www.stpeterslewes.org/Artshow.htm) This show has a great reputation and has been a summer highlight of the Delaware beaches since 1966 and we were excited to be juried in)
July 18, Rehoboth Art League Members' Fine Art Exhibit
That should be enough to keep us busy for a while!