Millsboro Art League to hold first plein air event

This weekend, the Millsboro Art League hopes to draw some attention to its hometown and also create a little bit of art.

“We were discussing how we could get some involvement with the town of Millsboro,” explained Tom Keeley, chairman of the MAL’s event committee. “And there is a sizable business community to bolster the awareness of people of downtown Millsboro. So we thought we would have a plein air event… It’s outdoor painting — painting in the air.”

The league’s first plein air event will be held June 1 and 2, with a theme of “Millsboro, Old and New.”

“It was just something that was kicked around the table about highlighting Millsboro. There are some grand old houses in the area that would be nice to paint,” Keeley noted.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, and there is no entrance fee for participants. Artists who wish to pre-register may do so on the league’s Web site. Participants will be treated to light refreshments before they are sent off into town to their chosen location.

“It’s up to the artist to pick his subject,” said Keeley. “They will choose their site and disperse from the art league.”

Artists may create a piece in any medium and may turn in their completed work to the league’s gallery between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on June 2. The artists may then frame and hang their artwork before the show.

“We will have a work area available in the art league for people to frame their work and enter it, decide a price for it, and then it will be judged.”

The MAL, which holds monthly showings, will use the art created from the event for their June show. The event’s artwork will join photographs taken by members of the Coastal Camera Club and artwork by other league members, all highlighting Millsboro.

“In the gallery, the Coastal Camera Club has been invited to hang pictures that they might have representing things in downtown Millsboro. Any of our members, if they can’t participate in the plein air event, have been invited to hang pictures that they have of the Millsboro area.”

The show will open Saturday evening at 5 p.m. A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the artwork judged to be the best in the show.

“We have a $100 cash prize that will be awarded to the piece that is selected by those who have entered the event. So it will be judged by a jury of your peers,” Keeley noted.

He added that the league hopes that the event will be well received by the community and become an annual event.

“We’re hoping for a sizeable turnout. Plein air events are reasonably popular at the various art leagues, and we’re just hoping for some good participation.”

The Millsboro Art League is located at 203 Main Street in Millsboro. For more information, or to preregister, visit