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Friday and Saturday 11am to 3pm
Sundays 1PM to 3PM.
The Greater Millsboro Art League will be hosting a show and sale of artwork from the Art Program at the Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI). This is the third year running that the Art League has hosted this especially interesting exhibition. The show will consist of approximately 70 artworks by about 20 inmates who participate in the SCI program, according to Nancy Thomas, the program coordinator. This year’s show will run from January 2 through February 28 with a reception on Thursday, January 8, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Many of this year’s SCI program participants/artists also had work displayed in last year’s Art League show. No artistic background is required to be in the weekly program at the prison and participants’ backgrounds range from practically none to some professional experience prior to incarceration. The artists themselves choose their own subject matter for their artwork and this year’s art includes landscapes, birds, and the Beatles. The artists work in a variety of media, including acrylic and watercolor paints, graphite and color pencils, pastels, and collage materials. The artists also decide on the size of their artwork with this year’s art ranging in size from smaller pieces such as 10 inches by 12 inches to larger sizes such as 3 feet by 5 feet. Art sales help pay for the program, which gets not state or SCI funding.
The January 8 reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Art League’s Gallery at 203 Main Street in downtown Millsboro. It is free and open to the public. This year’s reception will be particularly noteworthy, as it will feature a special presentation by Perry Gaidurgis, a documentarian currently working on a film project related to prison art programs and their positive effects on inmates, their families, and society at large. For those who cannot attend the reception, they can view the exhibition during the Gallery’s regular hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays).
Lawrence Dickens (foreground) works on a painting during the weekly therapeutic art program at Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown. Select works from the program will be on display in the Millsboro Art League gallery through March 1.
Russell Sullivan (foreground), William McKinney (far right), and Kenneth Fazekas focus on their projects during a session of the Sussex Correctional Institution’s therapeutic art program.
This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Work from the group’s 20 participants will be on display in gallery Jan 2 - Feb 28
Greater Millsboro Art League hosting Sussex Institution Art Show & Reception
Reception on Thursday, January 8 from 7 to 9 PM