Award-winning artist headlines First Friday in Dover

DOVER — Beginning Friday and extending through Sunday, downtown Dover will host daily programs, artists, music, vendors, guided tours and exhibit to celebrate Dover Days.

Dennis Young, award-winning plein air artist, studio painter, and owner of Mo’zArt studio in Old New Castle, will kick off this evening’s activities with a pastel demonstration from 5 to 7:45 p.m. amidst a backdrop of live jazz and blues. These activities are free and open to the public at the Dover Art League.

“Outside I favor cityscapes and the interplay of light and shadow. In the studio, I especially favor the portrait and the figure,” says Mr. Young, who has juried into numerous competitive plein air events in the mid-Atlantic region, including in Annapolis, Solomons Island, and Frederick, Maryland, as well as in Richmond, Virginia and Tequesta, Florida. Bring your own pastels and paper to try some of the techniques or simply watch Mr. Young bring color vibrancy to a simple wooden panel.

Along with Mr. Young and many local musical favorites, an expanding array of musicians will be featured inside the library and nearly 20 downtown shops and restaurants, including Wesley Melvin playing jazz on sax at House of Coffi and several others from Dover High School playing pop, rhythm and blues. Soon to come, a jazz quartet also from the Dover High, as well as a caricature artist.

The following is the lineup for First Friday:

Bayard Pharmacy – Mollie Raley Hall, singer/songwriter on guitar, ukulele and mandolin with an eclectic mix of mostly folk and pop.

Bel Boutique – Bob Frazier & Friends, singers accompanied by guitar and ukulele performing an eclectic mix of tunes.

Dover Art League – Live demonstration by pastel artist, Dennis Young. Joe Conner heading up jazz and blues selections accompanied by Earl Read on electric guitar, Anthony Taylor on drums and Vernell Armwood Jr. on bass.

Dover Public Library – In Harmony Concert Series: Vocal music with the Deltones, a co-ed acapella group from the University of Delaware. 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Multi-Purpose rooms A & B.

Forney’s Too – Rick Hudson, singer/songwriter on guitar and harmonica featuring blues, old time country and contemporary pieces.

House of Coffi – Enjoy Wesley Melvin playing jazz on tenor sax while visiting the photography exhibit “Nature on the Eastern Shore” by Jerry Hendrickson.

La Baguette – Mike Nielsen, harpist/songwriter, featuring a Celtic, classical sound.

My Roots – Ryan Schumacher and Friends from Wesley College, with Ryan on guitar, Becky on bass and Samuel on piano. From jazz to more popular tunes in the acoustic style.

Parke Green Galleries – Original artwork by guest artists Dick Chinery and Jim Rehak.

The Delaware Store – Leilani Wall, singer/songwrite, featuring quiet ballads, classic rock to table-thumping Irish drinking songs. Tom Smith will be spinning tales of historic Dover, including the 1881 Great Fire in the Capitol Hotel.

The Loocke – Deborah Doukissa and her belly dance troupe, Dendarah Nar. 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Wedding Boutique – Mike Miller on acoustic guitar, singing Americana-themed pieces.

Simaron Steak Shop – Guest to be determined.

Zuha Trend – Tom Hench, singer/songwriter on guitar/harmonica, mixed folk type storytelling, with humorous to serious overtones.

Enjoy various musicians while dining at The Grey Fox, 33 West and Governor’s Café.

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