MILFORD — Sketching brought artists near and far to the Milford Museum Sunday afternoon.
“I’ve never been here before. But, -like it. I’m learning about my state,” Rebecca Howell, member of Sketchers Delaware, said.
Although Ms. Howell traveled more than an hour away to Milford for the day from her home in Wilmington, she wasn’t the furthest sketcher to visit; another sketcher came from Pennsylvania, while others came from Claymont and Salisbury.
Rosemary Connelly helped the group organize the event to highlight her town while offering an opportunity to “get people out and enjoy the surrounding environment.”
She owns and worked out of Milford’s Live Cheap and Make Art Studio on N. Walnut Street, just a few blocks down from the museum.
“We have five administrators. Three are in New Castle County, I straddle Kent and Sussex Counties and we have another in Sussex County. We try to let administrators create events in their own counties because sometimes we can’t make it to all of the events. And we know the area best,” she said.
Sketchers Delaware is free to join, much like the events it hosts.
“We want to maintain the free aspect of it. There’s no lesson or instruction,” she said. “There’s a huge following for this activity. It’s amazing.”
Ms. Connelly said her art, including sketching, has taken her around the globe. She recalled a trip to Barcelona where she met up with local sketchers from an international organization called Urban Sketchers.
“It doesn’t take a lot of materials and it’s fun to do. It’s a great activity to do with your hands and share with other people,” Ms. Connelly said.
The local organization began last September and Ms. Connelly said the group hopes to continue growing as it offers monthly Sketch Crawls throughout the state.
While inside the Milford Museum Sunday afternoon, sketchers learned about history pertaining to both Milford and the state of Delaware as they were offered private tours during the event as desired.
Linda Steere of Salisbury, Md., sketched out an image of the first postmaster’s desk from inside the museum while Ms. Howell worked on sketches from the doll room. Another sketcher could be seen drawing near the photography exhibit, while others were found in the new military exhibit.
“This holds you accountable. You’ll actually do it. We find we don’t usually do it in between sketch crawls,” Ms. Howell said.
Sketchers Delaware can be found on Facebook or by calling 302-3595534 for more information.
Jennifer Antonik can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org