We Are Milford Mural Project

                 The We Are Milford Mural Project is a celebration of the different cultures and backgrounds that make Milford such a unique and wonderful place to live. Public murals provide an opportunity for art and community to interact. The purpose of the project is to share the incredible value of our community’s diversity with the residents of Milford.

                 This mural is a collaborative effort directed by an all volunteer committee of artists, local business owners and community organizers. Three local artists designed the mural with input from the organizing committee. The 24 by 12 foot mural is on 9 panels of marine grade plywood. The artists painted the mural with assistance from six Milford High School students at the Downtown Milford Inc. office.

                The finished mural was unveiled on April 10th, 2016 on the side of Arena’s in downtown Milford. When visiting downtown Milford you can see the mural walking, biking or driving down Park Avenue. For more information contact Noa Kornbluh, Main Street Community Coordinator, at community@downtownmilford.org

Artists

Lori Conner

Lori Conner is an artist and painter of many things. She is a self-taught artist who was born and raised in Southern California.  She incorporates her passion and love of art in teaching at her art studio Blu Butterfly located in Milford, DE where she instructs groups of all ages in painting on canvas.  She also works off site painting commissioned murals. Some of her work can be seen at the DAFB in the Pax Terminal (USO) and Kaza Medical Group in Dover.

Gilberto Rodriguez

Gilberto is originally from Cordoba, Veracruz Mexico. His first professional pieces of art were at age six where he used acrylics and water color on paper and canvas. He has been married to Blanca Rodriguez for almost 15 years and has three wonderful children named Korayma, Carlo and Sharon. Gilberto is currently living in Ellendale, DE. He has done art shows at Delaware State University, Mispillion Art League, Rehoboth Art League, Art Addiction (Wilmington, DE), The Upper Crust (Georgetown, DE), Hispanic Festival, Rehoboth Film Festival and has a permanent display at the Georgetown Public Library. Recently he created a mural in Downtown Rehoboth at the Crystal Restaurant based on Molyvos Lesbos, Greece.

DeMarcus Shelborne

At a young age DeMarcus practiced using different mediums but it was simple pencil and paper that he couldn’t be separated from. He attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia from 2002-2004, studying Media Arts & Animation. DeMarcus began his art training to do mostly graphic design. He began tattooing in 2008 when his daughter was on the way searching for a way he could maintain a career based in art that was profitable enough to avoid the whole “life of a starving artist”.  Tattooing has turned into a passion and a career. He also paints, typically acrylic or watercolor, does charcoal work as well as mixed medium pieces. In August 2015 he opened Body Canvas Tattoo Shop & Art Gallery in Milford, DE. There he will be introducing the bi-monthly “Life-In-Color” Art Exhibits, an art show geared to create a platform for some of the most talented urban artists in the tri-state area.

Milford High School Students Adrianna Campos and Christian Barron
Milford High School Students Jasmine Castaneda and Esther Lee
Milford High School Students Jose Casanora-Melendez and Neishaly Romero

Committee Members

  • Irma Barriga
  • Lori Conner
  • Anne Jenkins
  • Noa Kornbluh
  • Erica Rae Lokai
  • Lee Nelson
  • Gilberto Rodriguez
  • Gervasio Ruiz Jr.
  • DeMarcus Shelborne
  • Judy Struck
  • Nadia Zychal