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Art Loop Wilmington Celebrates Hispanic Heritage with Exhibition and Visit from Mexican Consulate

Post Date:10/05/2017 4:00 PM

Fall Season set to open Friday, October 6, with Alec Dempster’s “Jarocho Impressions”

Mayor Michael S. Purzycki and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs proudly celebrate the launch of the fall 2017 season of the Wilmington Art Loop.  Art Loop Wilmington will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with artist Alec Dempster’s “Jarocho Impressions” exhibition, which premiers Friday, October 6, in the Redding Gallery of the Louis L. Redding City/County Building (800 N. French Street). The exhibition will be on display throughout the month of October, which is also Arts and Humanities Month.

Now in its 29th year, Wilmington Art Loop is a monthly, self-guided exhibition of visual art displayed at art galleries, studios, museums and alternative art spaces in and around the City of Wilmington. The free event draws art lovers from all over to the Downtown District and greater-Wilmington vicinity on the first Friday of each month, with some venues offering opportunities to meet the featured artists while enjoying refreshments and, in some cases, live entertainment. The art is available for viewing all month long.

The Redding Gallery’s October exhibition of Alec Dempster’s etchings contains a series of prints based on the artist’s research of traditional Mexican music known as son jarocho, originally from the State of Veracruz. Dempster, born in Mexico City to a French mother and British father, was raised in Canada. He returned to live in Mexico in 1998, and from that time has become an accomplished visual artist as well as respected musician, author and folklorist. In recognition of Dempster’s significance as a Mexican artist, Alicia G. Kerber-Palma, Mexico’s Philadelphia-based Consul, will attend the opening night reception of Dempster’s work, accompanied by Consul staff and colleagues.

This month, Art Loop Wilmington also celebrates the launch of its new website:, which replaces the previous Out & About section that once listed all Loop venues, exhibitions and artists. The new website is designed to become a hand-held guide to the Loop and is easily navigable by gallery location, artist or type of venue.


Step 1: Review the many gallery openings listed on the Art Loop Wilmington website ( and choose the openings you wish to attend.

Step 2: Choose your method of transportation.

  • Choice A: The Art Loop Shuttle is a free service provided by the City of Wilmington. Reservations for the shuttle can be made via email at
  • Choice B: Self-guided tours are a go-at-your-own-pace option and offer more freedom to customize your experience.

To learn more about Art Loop Wilmington and celebrate October as National Arts and Humanities Month, please visit To learn more about this month’s Redding Gallery artist, Alec Dempster, please visit

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