The First Wilmington Art Loop of 2020 is Tomorrow, Friday, January 10
The Mezzanine Gallery presents the work of Nashville artist Terron Mitchell; The Redding Gallery is scheduled to return to the Loop in April
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 the first 2020 Art Loop Wilmington, which will be held tomorrow, Friday, January 10. The popular FREE art exhibition, now in its 32nd year, is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Out & About. Normally held the first Friday of each month with the exception of Independence Day Weekend in July, January's Loop is being held on the second Friday due to the New Year's holiday falling on a Wednesday this year.
The Carvel State Office Building’s Mezzanine Gallery, located on the second floor of 820 North French Street, is pleased to present a selection of wall-mounted wood sculpture and furniture by Terron Mitchell. Terron Mitchell is a sculptural painter from Nashville, Tennessee, who primarily creates abstracts from wooden sheathing boards. He intricately carves each piece and layers the materials in a three-dimensional fashion. To add color, he creates oil stains by mixing oil pigments with thinning agents and applying them to the wood thinly to assure that the natural wood grain design remains exposed. The Delaware Division of the Arts exhibition will kick off with an opening reception from 5 – 7 p.m.
Spring Must Come, Terron Mitchell
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.
Other featured establishments in January include The Grand Opera House, The Baby Grand, and The Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD).
The Grand Opera House, at 818 North Market Street, will present a collection of photographs entitled “Best of Show: The Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography.” These prints, displayed in the March 2019 Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography, were judged best of show by a panel of nine international judges who are not affiliated with the Delaware Photographic Society, the parent organization of the Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography. Jury members traveled here from Canada, Indonesia, California, New York, Oklahoma, and Montana in February to judge over 1,500 prints that were submitted from around the world. The show is an annual event that has been held for 86 consecutive years and is hosted by the Delaware Photographic Society, which was founded in 1931. The featured photographers range in age from 14 to 95 years old.
Next door at The Baby Grand, The Pacem in Terris Traveling Peace exhibition features art created by Delaware youth, whose work answers the questions, “What does peace look like?” and “What does the world that you want to live in look like?” The exhibition was conceived as a dialogue between our younger citizens and us— with them showing us the world they want to live in, and us, understanding their vision, charged with a responsibility to respond. Last year, Pacem in Terris invited local youth to create art that is a vision of peace. More than 650 inspiring works of art from 42 schools and community organizations were submitted, work that was exhibited at The Delaware Contemporary during PeaceWeek Delaware in September. Through a generous grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Longwood Foundation and the Wilmington Flower Market, this exhibit will continue to travel throughout the state in 2020 as part of the Pacem in Terris Traveling Peace Youth Art Exhibition. For more information on the show see the Youth Peace Art website.
"Pacem in Terris Traveling Peace Youth Art Exhibition "
Later this month, the Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery at Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD), at 600 North Market Street, will have its Drawing Marathon 2020. DCAD’s Drawing Marathon 2020 takes place on January 18th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Join DCAD faculty, students, alumni and regional visual artists in this large-scale studio experience that will feature nine hours of artwork creation devoted to the human figure. Participants of all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate in this annual creative marathon experience. Visit the DCAD’s website to register.
Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of 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.
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. The next Art Loop will take place on Friday, February 7, 2020.