Milton Public Library to offers virtual art gallery from January 1st to February 28th, 2021

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Milton Public Library to offers virtual art gallery from January 1st to February 28th, 2021

From January lst to February 28th, 2021, there will be an online art exhibit available to view at the website of the Milton Public Library, which is www.miltonlibrary.org.

In this unique display, Milton photographer Deborah Milbauer has assembled a wonderful collection of local family portraits to show the changing face of the Town. This exhibit was first displayed 8 years ago on the Library’s lower level, and is being turned into a nice virtual show now. 

The original collection of photos was created in honor of the Town’s 350th anniversary, and it includes friends and neighbors who lived within a few streets of the Milton home of resident Milbauer. The idea was first conceived after she slowly discovered – by dumb luck – 20 years ago that she and her family had landed in such an incredible neighbourhood of diverse and beautiful families.  Over time these families came to enrich her own family’s life.

At the time, Deborah wanted to find a way to honor her neighbors and celebrate the changing face of Milton.  She realized the Town’s 350th anniversary was a fitting opportunity to capture a “then and now” perspective. The families in this online exhibit represent over 20 countries of origin, a dozen religions, tens of spoken languages, blended families, multi-racial/multi-cultural families, families with adopted children and same sex families. With 8 years now in the rear-view mirror, Milbauer sees the photographs, with their accompanying descriptions, as a vehicle to tell a bigger story of identity, community and belonging.  This 2012 exhibit was her first (and only) photography display although her second one, showing more Milton families, is planned for late 2021.

Deborah Milbauer is an amateur photographer, and wears many hats, including Town Meeting Member from Precinct 4, volunteer with the Pine Tree Brook Neighborhood Association and Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice, Public Health Consultant to the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Milton Health Department, and a Senior Lecturer at Northeastern University in the Dept. of Health Sciences.  She has worked in Public Health for over 30 years, and lives with her husband and two daughters in Milton.  You may view this exhibit starting January 1st at: 

https://miltonlibrary.libguides.com/art

For information about displaying your art at the Milton Public Library virtually, please Email [email protected] or call Jean Hlady at (617) 898-4964.

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