Live Jazz – The Tool Gypsies – Milton Theatre – Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 @ 8 pm

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The Tool Gypsies will be performing at the Milton Theatre, 110 Union Street on Friday, August 14 @ 8pm.

The group came together as a project of talented musicians wanting to break out into the music they loved, which was gypsy music, French Chanson, difficult jazz, and flamenco. The group comprises twin violins Susan Dabney and Stephen Sen’Gerni, guitarist Curt Heavey, and bassist Chris Levey. Violinist and singer Susan Dabney brings her phenomenal linguistic skills and haunting voice, her husband Stephen Sen’Gerni, known for his World Music violin work in Sedona, France, and India, brings gypsy culture and passionate attack, Curt Heavey, guitar phenomenon of boister fame, brings off the hook brilliance and sensitivity, and seasoned bassist Chris Levey provides the solid and elegant pocket.

Fiery gypsy violins, brooding Rumanian story songs, Thelonious Monk, Jacques Brel, flamenco, and Curt Heavey’s elegant, intellectual instrumentals, will make this a night to remember!

Tickets are available at 302-684-3038 or



205 Lavinia is delighted to announce that Diane Maurer will be teaching a Japanese suminagashi marbling workshop @ Studios on Walnut, 310 Walnut Street in Milton, Delaware on Saturday, July 25 from 10am to 2pm.

Pale meandering lines and jagged rings of color are the hallmark of Japanese Suminagashi marbling.  A favorite of paper decorators for over 800 years, this is an easy, almost meditative type of marbling. In this class you’ll learn to float dyes on water, fan, blow or tease them into designs and apply a sheet of absorbent paper to make a contact print. We’ll concentrate on eastern techniques and add some western take-offs like multiple-image work and kitty-whisker prints to spice things up.

We’ll begin this class by exploring Suminagashi marbling on paper and then apply the techniques to marble silk. You’ll leave class with beautiful papers, a silk scarf and a new technique to use for quilting, bookbinding or making wearable art.

COST: $125
Supply List: Please come prepared with an apron or other dye-appropriate clothing as well as a packed lunch.
Materials Fee:  $12 payable to the instructor at the time of the class covers paper, dyes, surfactant, silk and paper towels.


Milton Historical Society, in collaboration with 205 Lavinia, announces a teacher-student art exhibition, The Marbling Group. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 26. Accomplished musician Jimmy Keane will be playing instrumental finger-style guitar for entertainment during the reception.

Diane Maurer will give a talk and demonstration on fancy watercoloring marbling and a book signing from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 25, for her republished book, “Ultimate Marbling Handbook.” Both events will be held at the Milton Historical Society, 210 Union St. in Milton.

In November, Maurer offered two workshops: Traditional Watercoloring Marbling and Drawing Designs in Color Paste. The enthusiasm of the 11 participants inspired Jeanie Greenhaugh to turn her antiquated photographic darkroom into a marbling studio to incorporate the pieces from the workshop in an exhibition.

For the last few months the group has been creating art pieces from paper, which include a faux collage of one of the stained glass windows at the Milton Historical Society, marbling on silk scarves, collages on boxes, doilies, greeting cards, marbling on wood, slate, framing and reproducing the marbling, and paste paper on canvases. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind design.

The exhibit will also display Maurer’s beautiful, exclusive line of creations which marbling, paste paper notecards, silk scarves, original framed marbling and paper paste collages.

Maurer’s marbling art has been exhibited throughout the world. Her work is represented in many museums and libraries. Commissions include designs for Godiva Chocolates, The White House and numerous book publishers. She has taught marbling throughout the United States and made guest appearances on several television shows including “Martha Stewart Living.” She is the author of 13 books about paper art and collage.

Many of these items will be available for purchase. The exhibit will run through July 24. For more information, go to

Art & Drag – A Night at the Theatre





A group of Milton artists known as the Five by Five—5×5, for short—is at it again! They are having another art show in Milton, this time at the Milton Theatre on March 6. In keeping with the group’s typically unique art shows, this one will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. with the theatre following that with “ICONS: An Evening of Drag,” starting at 8 p.m. This prompted Keith Steck, a Milton photographer and member of the 5×5 group, to quip that the art show is the opening act for the drag show. The art show is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. Tickets to the drag show are $15 each and can be purchased at

The art show will consist of paintings, photographs, and ceramics with the theme “theater.” All of the artwork is based on all forms of theater, ranging from Broadway shows and films to ballet and even theaters themselves. It includes ballerinas, stage scenes, theater masks, and a giant wave, among other subjects! The artwork is for sale and will hang throughout the theater. The show runs through May.

This 5×5 show will be the group’s third. It coincides with the start of the group’s third year. The group began when five Milton area artists—Jean Bowers, Eddie Filemyr, Aurelio Grisanty, Earle “Butch” Norman, and Raymond Petersen—approached photographer Keith Steck about painting their interpretations of five of his photographs. The name 5×5 was born. The resulting show in 2013, the group’s first, generated a huge response, with over 100 people attending the opening reception and more than half of the 30 paintings and photographs being sold. The group had an equally successful show last year with “The Miltonians.” That show added two more Milton artists to the group—painter Libby Zando and photographer Jeanie Greenhaugh—and consisted exclusively of portraits of Milton residents and was held in honor of two long-time Milton residents, Gladys Wilkins and Frankie Ditman, who had recently passed away. As with most art groups, this one has also morphed. Jeanie Greenhaugh is now part of the group; Butch Norman no longer participates; and although Raymond Petersen recently moved to New Mexico, he has art in this year’s show. The art show will also include art by Michael Bruley, one of the principals in the company managing the Milton Theatre.

The group is hoping to generate another large crowd at the theater and create another fun evening in Milton on March 6!

The Milton Theatre is located at 110 Union Street in downtown Milton, Delaware. For more information about the art show, please call Keith Steck at 302.253.8952 or email him at For more information about the theatre and upcoming events, please call the theatre at 302.684.3038, visit its website at or email




Traditional Watercoloring Marbling Workshop
Saturday Nov. 8, 2014 – 10 am – 4 pm

Traditional watercolor marbling, which dates from 15th century Persia, involves floating special paints or inks on water to which a thickening agent has been added. The colors are combed into patterns and a treated paper is applied to receive the design. Marbling is a graphic process which produces unique contact prints. Broom straw whisks and brushes are often used to apply color to a carrageenan marbling size. The combs and rakes will be used to create a classical marbled design. $12 Supply fee payable to instructor at the time of class. Cost $125   If you have any questions you can call 302-381-0322 or E-mail:  Space is limited, so reserve now by clicking on the buy now button below or send a check to 205 Lavinia Street, Milton, DE. 19968


Paste Paper Design Workshop
Sunday Nov. 9, 2014 – 10 am – 4 pm
For centuries, artisans have been decorating papers by drawing designs in colored paste. The basic technique involves dampening a sheet of paper, brushing on a coat of colored paste, and drawing various implements through the paste to displace it and create patterns. Kitchen tools, calligraphy pens, carved brayers and found objects can be used to make deceptively sophisticated designs. In this photo I’m using a rubber graining comb to create a scalloped design. $12 Supply fee payable to instructor at the time of class. Supplies: Bring two 2″ wide house paint brushes. Cost $125  If you have any questions you can call 302-381-0322 or E-mail:  Space is limited, so reserve now by clicking on the buy now button below or send a check to 205 Lavinia Street, Milton, DE. 19968





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Diane Maurer – Instructor

Diane Maurer’s award-winning paper and fiber art has been exhibited throughout the world. Her work is represented in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Dutch Royal Library and the Museum of Antiquities, Urumchi, China. Commissions include designs for Lenox China, Godiva Chocolates and numerous book publishers, including Penn State Press. Diane has taught collage, bookbinding, marbling and paste paper design throughout the United States at art centers and museum schools including Arrowmont School, Erie Art Museum, Historic Rittenhouse Town, Pyramid Atlantic, Society for Contemporary Crafts, Smithsonian Institution, The Penland School, University of the Arts, and others. She has made guest appearances on several television shows including Martha Stewart Living. She is the author of thirteen books about paper art and collage published by Watson-Guptill, Random house and Storey Book.

Cancellation Policy: Sorry no refunds in case of cancellation.

The workshops are sponsored by 205 Lavinia Street, Milton, DE. 19968

They will be held at Studios on Walnut, 310 Walnut Street, Milton, DE 19968

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