Women's Club of Milton 2020
Selects Holiday House Tour Artist
The Women's Club of Milton has selected Barbara Coffin’s miniature oil painting “Winter Visitor” for the cover of its 2020 Holiday House Tour book. The painting was chosen by the Holiday House Tour Committee members during the Holly Days Show held by the Milton Arts Guild at the Studios on Walnut in Milton. The Milton Arts Guild has been an integral partner with the annual Holiday House Tour, and the studio has been included on the tour for the past five years.
Barbara grew up in a large family that loved Washington, DC parks, museums, gardens, and zoos, Barbara has been drawing, painting, and carving nature her entire life. She studied at the Corcoran Art School and graduated from the University of Maryland. Barbara retired from teaching art after 32 years but her real love was mentoring young aspiring teachers.
Over the years, Barbara won many awards. Her first, as a student, was having her painting appear on the cover of the Washington Post Newspaper. She later was awarded the Maryland Outstanding Art Educator Award. She recently won a First Place Award from the DelTech Senior Art Show, and a First Place Award from the Milton Art Guild. Barbara retired to beautiful Milton with her husband Denny Coffin who is a photographer, a poet, and a golfer.
Always a painter, Barbara discovered bird carving since joining the Mispillion River carvers 13 years ago. “ Living in the Atlantic
Flyway is fantastic for bird watchers and especially for me because I never run out of ideas for my art…..my latest carving is a little Kinglet, thanks to a photo my neighbor took of the little bird who flew to her window.”
Barbara said “I am thrilled that the Women’s Club of Milton chose my cardinal painting “Winter Visitor” for the 2020 Holliday House Tour.” The WCOM is thrilled to have Barbara’s artwork grace the cover of the 2020 Holiday House Tour booklet as well as all publicity for the event.
The Women's Club of Milton will hold its annual Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 12. The tour showcases the historic town of Milton and its architecture, many private homes and several public buildings, all beautifully decorated for the holiday season. The tour is a fundraiser for the charitable and educational initiatives of The Women's Club of Milton.