Milford Art Walk is a midwinter celebration of life and love

Art, art, art, all around the town on Saturday, Feb. 23

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  • Announcing an end-of-art-walk performance by Dr. Joe Terry and The Trip at the Frisky Goat Coffeehouse (Photo by Marilyn Rosenthal)

  • The ARTery offers its "New Perspectives" open juried exhibit of 100 works (Photo provided)

  • A painting by Tom Keough included in the "Snow" exhibit at the Fauchere Gallery

By Marilyn Rosenthal

— An art walk in February?

"Sure, why not?" says Rebecca Roa, owner of the Frisky Goat Coffeehouse and founder of the Milford Art Walk, now in its second year. "What better way to get people out of their winter doldrums than to have them look at creative, original art featured in all the participating shops, galleries, and eateries in Milford? It’s a celebration of life, love, and art."

This free event takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 (the rain date is Feb. 24). There will be complimentary refreshments and an opportunity to meet many of Milford's local artists in each venue (see schedule, below).

The event is hosted by Milford Presents, a cooperative of Milford business owners and a not-for-profit organizations promoting community sustainability through cultural events year-round. This is the same group that organizes Milford's tree lighting, Girls' Night Out, Toast to Milford, and the Milford Music Festival, among other community events.

A frisky hangoutRoa is on the board of Milford Presents, along with Adriane Wendell of Harrington House, Katrina Foster of KKPR Marketing, and Julie Balogh, a Milford resident. An unlikely coffeehouse owner, with a business degree and a professional background in bookkeeping, Roa has embraced the concept of the quintessential coffeehouse as a vehicle for community involvement. And she immerses herself in the Milford community and its arts and music events.

Now in its fifth year, the Frisky Goat has become a place for artists and musicians to hang out, talk, drink coffee, and share their work. In fact, at the end of the art walk day — at about 7 p.m. — the Frisky Goat will present the musical group, Dr. Joe Ferry and The Trip, featuring all kinds of very cool music.

Why is the Frisky Goat frisky?

Roa told a tale handed down through the centuries about a place where the goats were very frisky. The owners found out the goats had been eating coffee beans. So, they got the beans and made themselves some coffee and they, too, became excited and talkative. And so the idea of a coffeehouse as a place for gathering, talking, sharing, and conversing with the locals was born. That spirit is now spreading throughout Milford and the events of Milford Presents.

For more information about Milford Presents, visit

Schedule All events are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. unless time is otherwise noted.

403 Broad, 403 Broad Street — Works of Jimmy Sheehan

A+ Computers, 107 West Harford Street — To be announced

Ambience Furniture and Fine Gifts, 200 East Harford Street — Barbara and Peter Fiore

ARTery, 210 Broad Street — "New Perspectives" open juried exhibit of 100 works by 14 members, including sculpture, paintings, and fine crafts

Artisan Exchange, 219 Broad Street — 126 all-American artists, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bar Louis, 401 Broad Street — "Icons of the '80s" by photographer Christopher Makos, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Breathless Beauty, 106 6th Street (Apple Valley Shops) — Journey Through Spirit Art, 5-7 p.m.

Columns Museum, 608 Broad Street — "50 Shades of Zane Grey" by Lynn Rideout, Dixie Rich, Bob Carl, Audrey Lanham, Joan Standora, Roxanne Scott, and Lori Strelecki; prints by Miriam Guest and Bruce Frank: 1-4 p.m.

Davis R. Chant Realtors, 106 East Harford Street — John Beardman, "About Faces," 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; talk with the artist: 12-1 p.m., 3-4 p.m.

Delmonico Room, 401 Broad Street — Hudson River School Collection

Dimmick Inn, 101 East Harford Street — To be announced

Earthly Treasures, 149 Sawkill Avenue — Collage by Jerry Reganess; painting by Bernice Craft

Fauchere Gallery, 401 Broad Street — "Snow"

Frisky Goat Coffeehouse, 611 Broad Street — Works by Joe Fretta and Jesse Clemente

Golden Fish Gallery, 307 Broad Street — Works by the Longendorfer Family

Golden Hammer Tattoo Studios, 315 West Harford Street — "Rituals," paintings and drawings

Jive Bar and Lounge, 319 Broad Street — Paintings by Rose Fernandez, 2-7 p.m.

Karenina’s Boutique, 320 Broad Street — An array of srtists

Log Tavern Brewing Co., 309 East Harford Street — Paintings by Rick Weber

Milford Craft Show, 120 East Harford Street — Local artists and crafters, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Old Lumberyard Antiques, 113 7th Street — To be announced

Behind French Doors, 113 7th Street — To be announced

Sawmill Creek Outfitters, 150 Water Street — To be announced

Shakespeare and Associates, 214 East Harford Street — Paintings by Lynn Rideout

Spoonful Soup and Eats, 311 West Harford — Works by Andrew Lange

TLC Salon, 801 Broad Street — Art by Leslie Parkins

Waterwheel Café, Bakery, and Bar, 150 Water Street — Paintings by Joe Ferry, 1-3 p.m.

The website includes a map with locations.

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