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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Saturday Farmers Market & Downtown Milford

I love the Saturday Farmers Market in downtown Milford (Delaware)! Everyone comes out to buy fresh, local produce and there are always pretty things you can't resist like jewelry by Zelma Nicholas or Beth Gilbert, or a bunch of herbs or fresh flowers. I always have to stop in at the Mispillion Art League to see what's new and walk down the block to Dolce Bakery for an iced tea, and maybe one of their yummy treats. Or just to say hello. I always meet people I know out on N.W. Front Street and I love all the comings and goings of a lively, alive, downtown. With some new stores either open or about to be, the Riverwalk Center for the Art's galleries and artist studios on the brink of completion, there is a buzz in the air that is palpable!

Here's a little "taste" of what downtown Milford looks like on a Saturday morning. See you next week!

Little Wagon Produce - they always have a great assortment

Fresh Produce!

The summer corn is always our favorite! Locally grown and fresh as can be.

My friend Zelma (also a member of the Mispillion Art League) - I love her big warm hugs and beautiful hand-crafted jewelry

Triple M Farms - how can you resist those fresh plants and warm smile!

Misty Morning Herbs - a terrific assortment

Dolce Bakery - THE place to go in Milford for coffee and delectable fresh baked goodies and a warm welcome, it's really hopping on Saturday mornings!

Chuck and Nick - their smiling faces greet you when you walk through the door at Dolce!

My friend Beth - another art league member who makes a lovely assortment of hand-made jewelry

Riverwalk Center for the Arts with the Mispillion Art League - open and operating - and Angelucci Studios and Artists Gallery - soon to be open - on the ground floor and the Artists Studios in the final construction stages upstairs

The Alley Art Gallery is the concept of the owner of the Antique Shop - fun and free outdoor art gallery to peruse!

A Hint of Fall?

The Governor thinks "This Place Matters"

We were so excited to hear the Governor of Delaware, Governor Jack Markell was coming to visit our little town of Milford, in the heart of Delaware! Long a supporter of our fair city, he came down from Wilmington to see the progress on the Riverwalk Center for the Arts and downtown businesses and to take part in our campaign to win $25,000 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. All it takes is to get more people to vote for Milford's "This Place Matters!" To vote, click here. We thank you so much!

Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Downtown Milford Inc.'s President, Scott Angelucci, standing on N.W. Front Street, our main downtown street declaring that "This Place Matters"

Giving the Governor a tour of the studios (including mine!) in the Riverwalk Center for the Arts, upstairs from the Mispillion Art League.

Former Mayor Dan Marabello has been a huge help in getting the Riverwalk Center ready for occupancy.

The Governor with Scott, in the soon to be open Angelucci Artists Gallery, next to Angelucci Fine Woodworking and Stained Glass and Artists Gallery

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Brandywine Festival of the Arts

We'll be there, the weekend of September 11 and 12 at Brandywine Park in Wilmington, DE. Stop by our booth #F-8 and say hello!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

National Museum of American History, DC

This museum, on the Mall in Washington DC was first opened to the public in 1964 as The Museum of History and Technology and in 1980 its name was changed. The Museum showcases objects that reflect the experience of the American people. We visited there on Sunday on our way to the Baltimore International Airport. We had spent a few days in Richmond at Chris and Kyla's place with Jessica and she was on her way home. Since her flight was later in the day, we decided to leave relatively early and spend some time in D.C., breaking up the 4-hour trip that would take us to the airport and then home to Delaware.

It was so worth it! There are 3 million artifacts, including the original star-spangled banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write what became our National Anthem, C3PO and Dorothy's ruby slippers! From the serious to the silly, this museum is a fun place to spend an afternoon and want to go back for more! We even took part in a recreation of the Greensboro, S.C. Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in from 1960 that made history.

The actual lunch counter that is part of civil rights history

Dorothy's Ruby Slippers!

Julia Child's actual kitchen where her cooking show "Bon Appetit" was filmed

C3PO from Star Wars

My Studio!

No, it's not ready for me to move into yet, but it's getting there. Some time this fall, I will be taking a big leap into my own studio space away from our condo. Above the Mispillion Art League, in the recently renovated historic building on N. Walnut Street, next to the Riverwalk, a hardware store in its heyday, now called The Riverwalk Center for the Arts - there will be nine individual studios that a variety of artists will be working in once the space is deemed occupy-able (if that's a word!)

While I do have a nice studio here at home that I've been painting in for the past three years, I do feel a bit constrained in not being able to paint with abandon, paint larger and paint messier - maybe get into oils or pastels and...who knows! It seemed a logical next step for me and, I hope, will allow me to take my work to another level. I'll keep you posted on the Opening Date, as there will be a party to celebrate. Here's a peak at what it looks like now, in its semi-finished state.

My Studio - studio i - has a lovely golden stuccoed wall that reminds me of Italy!

Bob and I spent a morning painting the walls a lovely white color called "Roman Columns" it works nicely with the walls and the wood floors without adding too much color.

Wood and metal beams of the ceiling - the walls do not go all the way up, so it's still nice and open, while maintaining privacy

The view of N. Walnut Street from my studio (through the window screen) - with north light!

We need to take a more recent photograph of the Art League with its new window signage, but this is the building. The studios are on the second floor.

Rehoboth Art League's Outdoor Show 2010

My booth at the Rehoboth Art League's Outdoor Art Show, the first weekend of the two weekend show. I only did the first weekend - August 7 & 8. It was a hot weekend but we made some sales and met a lot of really nice people. Hopefully setting seeds for the future. It was the first year that they have charged a $5 admission - those of you who came, I'd like to hear you comments/thoughts about that.

Michele Byrne, Tara Funk Grimm, I. Charlene Jobe - a great group of fellow artists to spend the weekend with. On Sunday Tara brought champagne!

Piazza Duomo - an original watercolor, one of my sales for the weekend

Friday, August 6, 2010

RAL Outdoor Art Show this weekend

I will be in booth #32 at the Rehoboth Art League Outdoor Fine Art and Fine Craft Show on the grounds of the Rehoboth Art League, this weekend only, Saturday and Sunday August 7 & 8 with my watercolors and prints and a selection of notecards – Botanical and Italian. If you come, be sure to stop by and say hello!

Here's the scoop:

37th Annual Members' Outdoor
Fine Art & Fine Craft Show

Saturday & Sunday - August 7 & 8 and 14 & 15
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

At the Rehoboth Art League Campus
12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres



Weekend Admission: $5.00/Adult - Children Free

Call 302-227-8408 for more info

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The National Aquarium, Baltimore

My sister Suzanne and my nieces Sam and Maddie left Delaware about two weeks ago now and flew home to Denver out of Baltimore. Instead of waiting at the airport for them to take off, we opted to go up to Baltimore's Inner Harbor and sightsee. We figured if there was a problem with the flight we would not be far away and could go back to the airport if they needed us. Their flight took off on schedule and we spent a lovely afternoon at the Aquarium. (I'm sorry to say our posts are a bit out of order but we had these ready to post, so here they are! Hope you like them.)

The National Aquarium in Baltimore's Inner Harbor was named the nation's #1 Aquarium in the U.S. by Coastal Living Magazine in 2006, and having recently been to the Aquarium in Monterey, that's saying something! It really is a spectacular place. It has five levels that are accessible by escalator and you feel as if you are in the middle of a giant tank of water, as the fish are swimming all around you from floor to ceiling, or at least it feels like that! Dolphins, shark, rays, there are over 16,000 specimens of over 600 different species. There are 3 buildings that house the entire collection and the incredible rooftop rainforest draws you in from outside the building through the wall of glass on the exterior. There is so much to explore, we would return again.

National Aquarium Exterior

View from inside the Aquarium of the Hard Rock Cafe in a former warehouse, shops and ships in Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Pink Anemone

Leapin' Lizards!

Can't resist watching the jellyfish

Croc Eye (where's Captain Hook??)

Aquarium Levels

Lastly, we enjoyed a meal at the Cafe Gia in Little Italy, owned and run by Giovanna Aquia who emmigrated to the U.S. with her parents and brother from their native Sicily when she was just a child. This Sicilian bistro's colorful exterior caught my eye and the interior did not disappoint with it's contemporary renditions of historic posters and artwork, the atmosphere is charming and delightful. And the food! Che buonissimi! If you are in the Baltimore area, give it a try. Little Italy, 410 High Street. 410-685-6727 for reservations.