The mission of the Mispillion Art League is to provide community-wide access to a quality visual arts program.
The Mispillion Art League Inc. is a relatively new organization, founded and incorporated on June 15, 2004.
The members of the founding Board of Directors were: Joan Frense, Dot Furnish, Sara Gallagher, Carrie Geyer, Helen Holleger, Skip Pikus, Steve Quillin, Cathy Walls, Jean Wiley, and Jo Wood.
Supported by membership dues, donations, grants and endowments, the Mispillion Art League continues to grow and serve the needs of our community in the area of the visual arts.
Community involvement and outreach
Mispillion Art League has served the community through its participation in the Downtown Milford Farmers’ Market, the annual spring Bug and Bud Festival, the annual fall Milford RiverWalk Festival, the Holiday Stroll, and the annual People’s Day Celebration in December.
The art league and its members contribute to the community brand, River Town, Home Town, Art Town, through the creation of major public art projects, including murals on the Salvation Army building and the Augusta boat project along the Mispillion Riverwalk.
In addition to ongoing members’ exhibits, The League has held collaborative exhibits with other community organizations, with students from the Milford School District, and to honor local artists.
Community outreach is one of the ways that the Art League fulfills its mission of providing a quality visual arts program. The Mispillion Art League hosts outreach art classes for domestic violence victims and for children living in public housing neighborhoods. For several years there has been a monthly class for clients from Peoples Place. One of our teachers has been going to Stevenson House juvenile detention center on a regular basis. We have a monthly visit from clients of the Salvation Army, and classes will soon be offered to clients from Kent-Sussex Industries and to both branches of Home of the Brave.
Classes and workshops
The League holds classes for children and adults in drawing, watercolor, oils, print making, and jewelry with plans to expand workshops into other genres of the visual arts.
There are open studio sessions as well as monthly figure drawing workshops for members.
The MAL has also sponsored events such as bus trips to area art museums. The Art League’s primary exhibit venue is the Gallery at 5 North Walnut Street.
This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.