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Art Loop Celebrates the Return of the Redding Gallery in the City/County Building with Exhibition by Artist Timmy Graham

Post Date:12/06/2018 1:30 AM

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs rededicates the Louis L. Redding Lobby Gallery and announces new relationship with The Delaware Contemporary

Mayor Mike Purzycki, City Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz, Joseph Gonzales, Executive Director of The Delaware Contemporary, and Jerry DuPhily of Out & About Magazine, invite City residents and art lovers from around the region to enjoy this month’s Art Loop Wilmington tomorrow, Friday, December 7.  The popular art exhibition continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary with the rededication of the Louis L. Redding Gallery in the City/County Building, 800 North French Street.

The Art Loop, a partnership between the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs and Out & About, is also announcing today the addition of the Delaware Contemporary as the programming and curator partner. “The Delaware Contemporary is excited to enter into this creative alliance with the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs," said Joseph Gonzales. "It allows us a shared venue, the Redding Gallery, for showcasing the work of our region's excellent artists in a public space that receives local residents and visitors to Wilmington from all walks of life." 
 
The Redding Gallery will rejoin the Art Loop after almost a year-long absence.  The rededication reception and exhibition will feature the work of Timmy Graham with pieces from his series “Introduction to Fourth Dimensionalism.”  The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

"The makeover of the Redding Gallery offers a refreshing first impression for visitors and City and County employees as enter City Hall,” said Mayor Purzycki. "The improvements, including freshly painted walls and a new lighting and art exhibition display system, provide a more appropriate exhibition space for the works that The Delaware Contemporary will be installing three times a year." 

“The combination of Out and About as our marketing partner and The Contemporary as our program partner situates the Louis L. Redding City/County Building as a destination on the Loop,” said Betz. “More appropriate gallery space is necessary for the caliber of artists that The Delaware Contemporary will make available to us. We are pleased to show Timmy Graham’s work as our inaugural exhibition and look forward to his remarks for our opening on the 7th." 

Philadelphia-based artist Timmy Graham takes "fourth dimensionalism" on a color journey as he fuses math and science with art in his massive oil paintings. Inspired by the theory of relativity, color relates to measured distances on the electromagnetic spectrum as every brushstroke becomes an individual plane. While the Fourth Dimension has its roots in the mid-1700s, Graham's experimentation ushered a new approach to his art-making process. Viewers are invited to visualize the paint's height, width, length, and depth as it steps off the canvas and extends into another dimension in space. Timmy Graham received a certificate of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA, followed by a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. A Fulbright Scholar and Pollock-Krasner recipient, Graham has received awards and fellowships for his work.

As always, many venues will offer opportunities to meet the featured artists while patrons enjoy refreshments, and, in some cases, live entertainment is scheduled.

Twenty-nine venues will be participating in Art Loop Wilmington on Friday, December 7, beginning at 5 p.m. Venues throughout the city will be showcased, from The Delaware Contemporary on the Riverfront to The Chris White Gallery in Downtown to the Delaware Center for Horticulture on the West End to Bellefonte Arts in Bellefonte. For a complete list of participating venues and featured artists visit ArtLoopWilmington.org.
 
Art Loop Wilmington’s website – a hand-held guide to the Loop that is easily navigable by gallery location, artist or type of venue – is now more mobile friendly and will feature the upcoming lineup at least two weeks prior to the start of each Art Loop. The site can be accessed at www.artloopwilmington.org.  
 
The Redding Rededication and Graham Exhibition Opening
Friday, December 7, 2018
5:30p – 8:00p
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 North French Street, Wilmington 19801
Free to the public

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Email: jrago@WilmingtonDE.gov

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