Museum Plans Reception for Three New Exhibits

3By Terry Rogers

On Thursday, August 13, the public is invited to Milford Museum to view three new exhibits that are now on display. Visitors will now learn more about two nationally recognized wood carvers, Doug Gibson and John Ireland. In addition, a third exhibit, “Through the Lens: The Story of Milford Photographers” will also be on display. The reception is planned for 6 to 8 PM at the museum.

“Mr. Gibson will be on hand to talk about and demonstrate some of his work,” said Claudia Leister, Executive Director of the museum. “For the next few months we will be showcasing some of his favorite decoys as well. John Ireland, who was a renowned carver in the 1970s, will also have works displayed. Mr. Ireland’s carvings were recently donated to the museum.”

Mr. Gibson, who is in his 90s, still spends time carving decoys in his wood shop. He has been carving decoys for more than 30 years, getting into the craft after picking up a knife and carving a small goose. Not long after that, he and his wife visited a wood carving show at the Ward Museum and he decided to teach himself how to create the decoys he saw at the show. Mr. Gibson taught Engineer Design and Architecture at Delaware Technical and Community College Owens Campus in Georgetown after teaching for many years in the Milford School District. In total, Mr. Gibson taught for more than 39 years and still continues to teach waterfowl carving.

In addition to the two exhibits displaying the talents of two Milford wood carvers, a new exhibit titled “Through the Lens” depicts photos and information about some of Milford’s photographers, including Andrew Komoroski who included himself in every photo he took.

“There are many photos of downtown Milford taken by Mr. Komoroski with him standing prominently in front of whatever he was taking,” Ms. Leister explained. “We have some very talented people in Milford and the museum is pleased to be able to display those works so the public can learn more about them.

Refreshments will be served at the reception and Mispillion River Brewing Company will be on hand to provide tastings of their locally brewed beer.

The Milford Museum is open 10 AM until 3:30 PM Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 PM until 3:30 PM on Sunday. They are closed Mondays and holidays. There is no admission for the museum, which is located at 121 South Walnut Street in Milford. For more information on the reception or other exhibits at the museum, individuals can call them at 302-424-1080.

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