Wilmington Art Loop 2020 Continues Tomorrow, Friday, February 7
The Mezzanine Gallery will continue to present 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 art lovers from around the region to Art Loop Wilmington, which will be held tomorrow, Friday, February 7. The popular FREE art exhibition, now in its 32nd year, is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Out & About. Nearly 20 galleries in and around Wilmington will participate in this month's Art Loop.
The Carvel State Office Building’s Mezzanine Gallery, located on the second floor of 820 North French Street, will continue to present wall-mounted wood sculptures and furniture by Terron Mitchell, a sculptural painter from Nashville. Mitchell primarily creates abstracts from wooden sheathing boards. He intricately carves each piece and layers the materials in a three-dimensional fashion. Then, 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 Mezzanine Gallery is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Artist: Terron Mitchell
Other featured establishments in February include The Mill Space, Chris White Gallery, and The Christina Cultural Arts Center.
The Mill Space, located at 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, is pleased to present “Passage” by Krista Dedrick Lai. Lai makes vividly colorful, high contrast paintings and mixed media pieces about her experiences and observations. She has a studio in her home where she also cares for her young son. Lai always has a long list of projects in her head, a canvas on the wall, and a few side projects happening, and she is excited about where her art is going. Her work has been shown in Philadelphia galleries such as Space 1026, the InLiquid Gallery, and Practice Gallery, as well as galleries in New Orleans and New Jersey. One painting, “Disparate Voices,” was recently included in the exhibition Into the Light, which was organized and curated by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery. Music along with complimentary beer and wine will be served while supplies last.
Artist: Krista Dedrick Lai
Chris White Gallery, at 701 North Shipley Street, will exhibit “401 by Shannon Woodloe and Chet’la Sebree.” 2019 Delaware Division of the Arts Fellows Shannon Woodloe and Chet'la Sebree will present a collaborative work that explores the legacy of slavery’s effect on black women and their sexuality. Through Woodloe's photography, inspired by Sebree's poetry collection Mistress, the exhibition will meditate on an observation made by historian and lawyer Annette Gordon-Reed:
"The portrayal of black female sexuality as inherently degraded is a product of slavery and white supremacy, and it lives on as one of slavery’s chief legacies and as one of white supremacy’s continuing projects."
Shannon Woodloe, 2019 Delaware Division of the Arts Emerging Artist Fellow, is a Wilmington-based photographer. Using photography as a tool, she aims to document her subjects beyond literal interpretation. Through her lens, she aims to provide the stories behind her subject matter. This passion is derived from the history she excavated about her family through the family's photo archive.
Chet’la Sebree, 2019 Delaware Division of the Arts Established Artist Fellow, is the author of Mistress, selected by Cathy Park Hong as the winner of the 2018 New Issues Poetry Prize. She is the Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts and an assistant professor of English at Bucknell University.
Tomorrow’s event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., will feature an exhibition of artwork and a short poetry reading.
Artist: Shannon Woodloe
The Christina Cultural Arts Center, at 705 North Market Street, will present "The Merge-Justice and Fine Arts" by Ebony H Flag and "Juxt-58 Art" by Milton Downing.
Ebony H Flag showed an interest in the arts from an early age, seeking to emulate the creative abilities of her parents. A graduate of the Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, Flag focuses on illustration, graphic design, and poetry. Her passions do not end at the tip of a pen or paintbrush, however; she exhibits the same level of commitment in wanting to see others’ lives made better. Influenced by her interactions as an educator, youth counselor, and community builder, her rhythmic writings are as vivid and as captivating as the illustrations she creates.
Milton Downing describes his art as Juxt-58 Art assembled to harmonize. The art of arranging a collage of paint, fact, fabric, and fun. He has been the director of visual art programming at CCAC for 28 years.
Artist: Ebony H Flag
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, March 6, 2020.