Artists selected for final phase of Riverwalk ART tour

Bill WaltonStudent: Victoria Carr-Davis

The third phase of the ART project is the final page.


MILFORD — The committee overseeing the Art on the Riverwalk Tour (ART) project named local Kent and Sussex artists, Karen Brittingham from Ellendale, Linda Chatfield from Wyoming, Paul Drzymalski from Dover, Kim Klabe from Rehoboth Beach, Erica Rae Lokai from Magnolia and Keith Steck from Milton to take part in the final phase of the project.

ART features 4-foot “sculptures” of the classic yacht Augusta built by Milford’s Vinyard Boat Yard in 1927. These will be displayed permanently along the Mispillion River and throughout downtown.

“It will be exciting to see the final six boats in place along the Riverwalk this Spring bringing the total to 18 artworks.” Lee Nelson, Downtown Milford, Inc., (DMI) Executive Director, said. “This has been a very successful project. The boats have been attracting a lot of local, state and regional media coverage and bringing visitors downtown.”


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The ART project was created to raise awareness of local artists and bring people downtown.

The ART project is a collaboration of DMI with the Mispillion Art League (MAL), Milford Parks & Recreation Dept., and Milford High School. The committee overseeing the ART project, consists of Joan Lofland, co-owner of Vinyard Boat Year and the classic yacht Augusta, Nicole Carter, arts teacher, Gary Emory of the Parks and Rec Dept., Cathy Walls of MAL.

Each of the artists will work with a High School art student as a mentor throughout the process. The decorated sculptures will be placed around town in April joining the 12 already in place.

Boat building is an ancient art and integral to Milford’s history. There were originally 7 boat-building yards in Milford but over time they all closed. Vinyard Boat Yard was bought by the present owners, Sudler and Joan Lofland. They rescued the Augusta, which was lying derelict in another state and restored it to its former glory and is now back in the Mispillion River.

Linda ChatfieldStudent: Sarah Johnson

Linda Chatfield and Sarah Johnson created this art piece installed along the Mispillion Riverwalk in downtown Milford.



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. See their website: ART is also partially funded by a grant from Kent County Fund for the Arts.

For more info, contact Lee Nelson at (302)839-1180, e-mail or visit

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