The Next Wilmington Art Loop 2019 is This Friday, May 3
“Art Loop on French Street,” with concurrent exhibits at the City/County Redding Gallery and the State’s Mezzanine Gallery, continues
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, May 3. 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 collaboration between the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Delaware Division of the Arts (DDoA) introduced in February, 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. Metered parking on French Street is free after 5 p.m. on Art Loop Fridays.
“We are very excited to continue our partnership with the DDoA, and I encourage art lovers to visit both galleries on our little corner of French Street this Friday,” said the Mayor. “We are pleased that ‘Art Loop on French Street’ this month will feature exhibitions by two talented Delaware painters, Jenna Lucente and Jim Rehak.”
Mayor Purzycki also thanked The Delaware Contemporary for its 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.
May’s Art Loop at the Redding Gallery will continue to feature three paintings by Delaware-based artist and educator, Jenna Lucente, which first went on display in April and will continue to be on display through July 25.
“The Redding Gallery continues to serve as one more nexus to showcase the best that Wilmington has to offer, to demonstrate pride in our talented residents, and to highlight the stories and artistry in a welcoming, diverse context,” said Cultural Affairs Director Betz, who invited patrons to a FREE public cocktail reception at The Redding Gallery on Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. 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 “Plein Air by Jim Rehak.” Rehak lives in Seaford and is a plein air painter. Featured in this “plein air” exhibition are original oil landscapes painted on site. The locations are scattered across the Delmarva Peninsula and vicinity. Following in the tradition of the Impressionists, light is a key element in the work.
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.
May also marks the return of West Side Art Loop, with more than 20 participating businesses and organizations on Wilmington’s West Side, primarily along the Union Street and Lincoln Street corridors. Art lovers are encouraged to explore the work of local artists and artisans while enjoying live music as well as food and drink specials. An interactive map of West Side Art Loop can be found here.
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 June Art Loop will take place on Friday, June 7.