The Next Wilmington Art Loop 2019 is This Friday, June 7
Thirty galleries in and around Wilmington will participate in June; The Redding Gallery will return to the Loop in July
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, June 7. The popular FREE art exhibition, now in its 31st year, is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Out & About.
A total of thirty galleries in and around Wilmington will participate in this month’s Art Loop. The Redding Gallery in the City/County Building on North French Street is taking the month of June off as the City prepares for the 31st Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (June 16 and June 19-22, 2019) and the July 4th Celebration. There will be no Redding Gallery reception on June 7.
At the Carvel State Office Building’s Mezzanine Gallery, located on the second floor of 820 North French Street, The Delaware Division of the Arts will present Shelter, an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Ekaterina Popova. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, June 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and her paintings will be on view until Wednesday, June 26.
Utilizing her expressionistic style, Popova paints vibrant scenes of intimate interiors, personal items, scenes from travel and more. The interest in interior spaces started as a way for her to reflect on her upbringing in Russia, but eventually progressed to exploring the overall idea of “home” and what it means to her now. The work has slowly evolved from being reflective and sentimental to being mindful and present in the current environment.
The Mezzanine Gallery, open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., regularly presents solo exhibitions of work by local artists during each month’s Art Loop, focusing on a full range of disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, folk and media arts.
In addition to the Mezzanine Gallery, other featured galleries in the month of June include the LaFate Gallery, Urban Bike Project, and 3P Gallery (The 3rd Place).
The LaFate Gallery, at 227 North Market Street, will celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month in June with a kickoff celebration on Friday evening that includes Steel Band drummer Atiba Fields. Fields, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, is sponsored by The City of Wilmington and Cityfest, Inc. Award-winning Folk Artist Eunice LaFate, who shares Caribbean and American Heritage, will showcase her vibrant Caribbean Folk Art & Culture at LaFate Gallery and other City locations, throughout the month of June.
The Urban Bike Project, at 1500 North Walnut Street, is proud to present a series of new watercolors by local illustrator Todd Miyashiro, entitled The Pretty Great Outdoors. Todd draws on his backgrounds in plein air painting and cartooning to create fun, community-affirming images. Original paintings and digital prints will be available for purchase.
A lifelong Wilmington resident, Miyashiro works as a freelance illustrator and comics creator. His artwork explores themes of diversity and reintegration with the natural world. Todd recently created a watercolor mural for the interior of the newly renovated Urban Bike Project. See more of his illustrations at http://addtadd.com.
Finally, 3P Gallery (The 3rd Place), located at 1139 West 7th Street, Suite C, will present Subway Train Roller Coaster Art Exhibit by Geraldo Gonzalez. This exhibition will feature new artwork about traveling on public transportation to avoid traffic and road rage. Most of the artwork is mixed media colors. 3P Gallery will host an open reception on Friday, June 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and the artwork will be on display through Friday, June 21 when there will be a closing reception, also from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Patrons can visit the gallery on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Geraldo’s first art experiences were drawing stick figures in 2004 before moving on to 3-D images in 2006. Geraldo’s favorite artist is Psychedelic, and his main source of inspiration is his photography, which he used to draw his transit pieces. Geraldo likes to use anything when it comes to doing his art, which is why he doesn’t like to focus on one subject matter. The important thing about his art is that it has an arts and craft like quality about it.
Art Loop 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 July Art Loop will take place on Friday, June 12.