October 23, 2020
Ferry Facts: The Mural on Our Wall
The Delaware Discoveries Art TrailIn September, a formerly blank wall at our Lewes terminal suddenly became a burst of color bringing an underwater view landside. The program was part of a larger effort of nine outdoor murals sponsored by the Delaware Department of Tourism to encourage outdoor tourism on a new Delaware Discoveries statewide art trail.
Art on Our Wall
Visitors are encouraged to take selfies at each mural and tag their photos with #DelawareDiscoveries to share on social media. The program is designed to encourage off-season travel throughout Delaware to see the one-of-a kind artwork and inspire younger travelers to interact with the artwork while experiencing more Delaware attractions.
The ferry mural was created this fall and is one of only two in Sussex County. The ferry mural holds position #2 on the art trail map with the southernmost #1 spot located at Big Chill Beach Club in Bethany Beach. It is also the only mural to have been commissioned by a contest held by the State.
Each piece on the Delaware Discoveries Trail had to be painted on exterior walls in a pre-defined size, had to reflect the location, spark joy and be simple and engaging. Designed as street art, visitors are encouraged to take selfies and post them on social media.
Above: Lewes Terminal Manager Yelena Kretova and Customer Service Supervisor Chris Cox film a short spot for the new Delaware Art Trail.
Two of the pieces on the Delaware trail were created by Kelsey Montague, an artist known for her butterfly installations. Although most of her work is colorful, below is her famous white butterfly wing installation at the Gulch in Nashville, TN. The Nashville installation is filled with illustrations of a cowboy hat, guitars and BBQ while her Delaware butterfly at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is a colorful array with flowers.
Her second installation is at the Big Chill Beach Club and is a departure from her well-known wings. There the image is a beach scene replete with a beach umbrella and beach ball. Kelsey Montague is one of three artists who each did two of the sites. In total, six artists participated in the outdoor show. To see a full map of each of the installation locatons, go to: delawarediscoveries.com.
Art Installation Locations: 1. Big Chill Beach Club, Bethany Beach, 2. Cape May-Lewes Ferry, Lewes, 3. Mispillion River Brewing, Milford , 4. DE Turf, Federica, DE 5.Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge 6. Town of Wyoming 7. Riverfront Children's Museum, Wilmington 8. Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington 9. Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington
Electric Charging Stations for Cape May: Resolution 20-36 regarding electric vehicle charging stations was passed at this month's DRBA Commissioner's meeting held 10/20/20. The DRBA will accept $12,000 from New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection Electric Vehicle Charging Grant Program, which will fully fund the purchase, installation and maintenance of two dual-port EV chargers at the Cape May terminal. Two EV (electric vehicle) charging stations were already installed at the Lewes terminal in 2015 by the University of Delaware and DNREC - the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The New Jersey installations will be solar powered and be able to charge a broader range of vehicles.