The Next Wilmington Art Loop 2019 is This Friday, April 5
“Art Loop on French Street,” with concurrent exhibits at the City/County Redding Gallery and the State’s Mezzanine Gallery, continues
...and the waters rise (Jenna Lucente)
Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, City Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz, and Jerry DuPhily of Out & About Magazine invite City residents and citizens around the region to Art Loop Wilmington on Friday, April 5. The popular FREE art exhibition, now in its 31st year, is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Out & About.
“Art Loop on French Street,” a new collaboration between the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Delaware Division of the Arts (DDoA) introduced last month, will again see concurrent visual exhibits in the City/County Building’s Louis L. Redding Gallery and the Carvel State Office Building’s Mezzanine Gallery, both in the 800 block of North French Street. Mayor Purzycki encourages art patrons to visit both neighboring galleries this First Friday. Metered parking on French Street is free after 5 p.m. on Art Loop Fridays.
“We’re very happy to continue our partnership with the DDoA, which brings art lovers from all over the city and region to our little corner of French Street,” said the Mayor. “We are especially pleased that ‘Art Loop on French Street’ this month will feature exhibitions by two talented local painters, Jenna Lucente and Robert Bruce Weston.”
Mayor Purzycki also congratulated Joseph J. Gonzales, Ph.D., executive director of The Delaware Contemporary, for his role in forging the successful creative partnership with the City that has revitalized the Redding Gallery, located at 800 North French Street, and added this important exhibition space back to the Downtown District’s Art Loop gallery offerings after a months-long absence. The Redding Gallery was rededicated in December 2018.
April’s Art Loop at the Redding Gallery features three paintings by Delaware-based artist and educator, Jenna Lucente, which will be on display through July 25. Lucente’s monochromatic landscapes present a vision of an environment marred by the effects of flooding and climate change. Her paintings, inhabited by anonymous figures eerily meandering half-submerged through swollen waters, explore ruination and irreconcilable differences.
“The Lucente exhibition joins Art Loop Wilmington as part of the City’s new ‘It's Time’ campaign, a dynamic blueprint for renewal that celebrates ingenuity,” said Cultural Affairs Director Betz. “The Redding Gallery serves as another nexus to showcase the best of Wilmington, demonstrate pride in the talent of its residents, and highlight the stories and artistry in a welcoming, diverse context.” The Redding Gallery Lucente Exhibition will kick off with a complimentary cocktail reception on Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. that is FREE and open to the public. Betz also thanked ShopRite and its non-profit Kenny Family Foundation for their ongoing support of Redding Gallery First Friday receptions.
At the Carvel State Office Building’s Mezzanine Gallery, located at 820 North French Street just across Freedom Plaza from the Redding Gallery, The Delaware Division of the Arts will present “Painting with Wood,” a selection of wood veneer paintings by Robert Bruce Weston of Milton. A retired cabinetmaker who has worked with wood for more than three decades, Weston draws on this vast experience when creating his art. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and his paintings will be on display through April 26.
The Mezzanine Gallery regularly presents solo exhibitions of work by Delaware artists during each month’s Art Loop, focusing on a full range of disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, folk and media arts. For a complete list of participating venues and featured artists visit www.artloopwilmington.org.
Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of the FREE Art Loop Shuttles, which leave the parking lot of The Delaware Contemporary, located at 200 South Madison Street, at 5:45 p.m. The shuttles provide round-trip transportation to either Downtown Art Loop venues or locations in Trolley Square and venues north of Downtown, and are a convenient way to meet other art lovers. Shuttle drivers will be on-hand at The Contemporary to answer questions and help art enthusiasts navigate the many offerings of Art Loop Wilmington. Reservations are not required.
The Wilmington Art Loop is a self-guided exhibition of visual art displayed at galleries, studios, museums and alternative spaces in and around Wilmington. The FREE event draws local and regional art lovers to the Downtown District and greater Wilmington area on the first Friday of the month with the exception of Independence Day Weekend in July, when the Art Loop will take place on July 12. Many venues offer opportunities to meet the featured artists while patrons enjoy refreshments, and, in some cases, live entertainment is scheduled. Out & About has teamed up with Breakthru Beverage to present complimentary beer, wine or spirit tastings at three Loop venues that rotate each month.
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 mobile friendly and features the monthly lineup at least two weeks prior to the start of each Art Loop. The site can be accessed at www.artloopwilmington.org. People can also join the conversation on social media by using #ArtLoopWilm or visit the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/484618038700021/. The May Art Loop will take place on Friday, April 5.