The Next Wilmington Art Loop 2019 is This Friday, October 4
The Redding Gallery continues to feature paintings by Seonglan Kim Boyce, while the Mezzanine Gallery will exhibit Individual Artist Fellow Leah BeachWilmington 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, October 4. The popular FREE art exhibition, now in its 31st year, is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Out & About. More than 35 galleries in and around Wilmington will participate in this month’s Art Loop.
The Redding Gallery this month will continue to feature minimalist abstract paintings by Delaware Contemporary studio artist Seonglan Kim Boyce. There will be a FREE reception on Friday, October 4 at The Redding Gallery, at 800 North French Street, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and light refreshments will be served thanks to a donation by the Kenny Family Foundation, the non-profit partner of Kenny Family ShopRite stores.
Seonglan Kim Boyce is an artist and educator currently living in Delaware. She teaches painting and drawing at The Art Studios for the New Castle County Community Services in Newport, Delaware, and previously served as an Assistant Professor for the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at Delaware State University in Dover. Kim Boyce holds an MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Painting from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Her works have been exhibited throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Artist: Seonglan Kim Boyce at the Redding Gallery
Emerging from the cool blue, gray and white terrain of Kim Boyce's canvasses are sharp-edged rectangles that punctuate the surface with bold and warm tones of red, yellow and orange. Her highly geometric demarcations of space reveal Boyce's minimalist but playful sensibilities with her relationship to color and space.
The Carvel State Office Building’s Mezzanine Gallery, located on the second floor of 820 North French Street, will present “Art with Purpose,” an exhibition of photographs and paintings by Leah Beach. The artist will host a FREE opening reception on Friday, October 4, from 5-7 p.m. Her work will be on display through Friday, October 25.
Beach maintains that every human has a story to tell. “I take photographs to inspire social change,” says Beach. “My camera is my tool to capture the stories of the people I meet around the world with the simple objective to share their story with honesty and integrity.”
The Delaware Division of the Arts presents photographs by Individual Artist Fellow, Leah Beach.
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 Redding and Mezzanine galleries, other featured galleries in the month of October include 2nd & Loma, the Christina Cultural Arts Center, and the Delaware Children’s Museum.
2nd & LOMA, at 211 North Market Street, presents “Exploration” by Craig Hable, with paintings that are an exploration of color, size and shape. Hable, a self-taught artist whose work celebrates the creative process as an outlet for serenity and joy, sees art as a therapeutic process. He will attend a FREE reception featuring live music and hand-crafted jewelry by Kristin’s Creations on Friday, October 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Artist: Craig Habel at 2nd & LOMA
The Christina Cultural Arts Center, at 705-707 North Market Street, will present the work of K.O. Simms, an artist with considerable experience in watercolors, acrylics, pen-and-inks, and pastels developed over two decades of on-the-scene drawing and painting throughout the Atlantic Coastal Region. The artist will host a FREE opening reception on Friday, October 4, from 5:30 to -8 p.m. in the CCAC Edward Loper Sr. Gallery, at 705 North Market Street.
Artist: K.O. Simms at The Christina Cultural Arts Center
The Delaware Children’s Museum will partner with the City of Wilmington on Friday, October 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. for a FREE community Art Loop event. The celebration will feature light refreshments and live music from local children’s band We Kids Rock. City and DMC officials will celebrate the official unveiling of two new art installations with a brief ceremony at 6 p.m.
Dial 911, a sculpture honoring first responders by artist George Greenamyer, will become a new permanent art installation at the museum. The sculpture, donated to the museum by the City, had been displayed since 1988 outside Wilmington’s Public Safety Building on Walnut Street. The sculpture will make its new home in the museum’s newly created Hallway of Helpers exhibit. Additionally, the museum will also unveil the Celebration of Creativity collection donated by VSA Delaware, to be displayed near the museum’s entrance.
“The Delaware Children’s Museum helps to develop creative minds daily and we are thrilled to have incorporated two, new, vibrant, art installations into our guest experience which gave us the opportunity to partner with many community organizations” exclaimed DCM Executive Director Jennifer Bush. “Art has the ability to bring families and communities together and encourages self-expression and confidence in young children.”
“One of the gems of the Riverfront—the Delaware Children’s Museum—has now added to the many reasons why children and their families continue to enjoy this facility,” said Mayor Mike Purzycki. “It is especially heartwarming to know that the Dial 911 sculpture has a new home which also honors our first responders. This could not be more fitting, and I thank the DCM, the Riverfront Development Corporation and the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs for making it happen.”
Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of the two 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 except for Independence Day Weekend in July. 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 here. The next Art Loop will take place on Friday, November 1.