Wilmington Art Loop 2020 Continues Tomorrow, Friday, March 6
Christina Cultural Arts Center to honor author Toni Morrison; The Redding Gallery is scheduled to return to the Loop in April
Bearded Man by Paul Simon, part of “Not Just a Pretty Face” at the Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery, at 820 North French Street in Downtown Wilmington
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, March 6. The popular FREE art exhibition, now in its 32nd year, is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Out & About. Twenty-one art galleries in and around Wilmington will participate in this month's Art Loop.
The Christina Cultural Arts Center (CCAC), at 705-707 North Market Street, honors the late award-winning author Toni Morrison with the latest installment of its Literary Café on Friday, March 6, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in its Clifford Brown Performance Center. This FREE event is open to the public and will gather a collective of local, regional, and national social justice “artivists,” writers, and lovers of language to celebrate the impact and legacy of the influential Morrison, the first African American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Select excerpts from Morrison's work will be interpreted through narration, movement and song. Please reserve space by visiting ccacde.tix.com.
Also at CCAC this month is the “Eye Shadow” Women’s Art Exhibit, an exploration of themes from a woman’s perspective with works by Tabita Ares, Jaunita Aycox, Ebony H. Flag, and Alisha Jones. This group show, which has become a CCAC tradition, places women as changemakers throughout the universe, including education, science, health, religious, business, and political spaces. A new dimension of “Eye Shadow” delves into the “adultification” of black girls. A free opening reception will be held on March 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., and a second reception is scheduled for April 3rd.
Other featured establishments in March include Babes Styling Studio, LaFate Gallery, the Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery at Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD), and Blue Streak Gallery Spaces.
Babes Styling Studio, located at 213 North Market Street, will present ChaCha N. Hudson, owner of The SEWcial Café, a creative coworking space in Philadelphia for female fashion designers and crafters that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. Hudson plans to open a new location in Wilmington and encourages patrons to bring out their inner “sewist” (SEWER + ARTIST). Light refreshments will be served and The SEWcial Café vendors will be on site.
SEWcial by ChaCha Hudson
ChaCha Hudson is an international fashion designer, philanthropist, motivator, and educator with over 19 years of sewing experience. She currently teaches fashion courses in the University of Delaware’s Fashion & Apparel Studies department as well as advanced fashion courses in the Continuing Education department at Moore College of Art & Design.
The LaFate Gallery, at 227 North Market Street, will celebrate Women’s History Month with an exhibit by the “Fab Five” artists, including vibrant paintings in acrylic, oil, and watercolor from Hallie Albano, Marie Cousar, Margo Johnson, Eunice LaFate, and Jo Redbird.
Untitled by Marie Cousa
The Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery at Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD), at 600 North Market Street, proudly presents “Art Language and the Power of Contemporary Abstract Painting,” the latest exhibit by Wilmington native Monique Rollins, which will be on display now through March 19th. Art lovers are invited to a Curator’s Talk with Kathrine Page at 6:15 p.m. on Friday.
Rollins, who creates visual experiences that place the viewer in enduring habitats with astonishing consistency, rolls out nine works comprising five new oil paintings, two new acrylic and paper collages, and two charcoal drawings. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University in 2002, then in 2006 she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting, a Master of Science in Theory and Criticism, an Art History degree specializing in Venetian Renaissance, and a Museum Studies Certification from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Rollins’ paintings have been exhibited internationally for over a decade, including solo exhibitions in Turin and Venice in Italy, as well as in Beijing, China, all in 2018.
Improv by Monique Rollins
The Blue Streak Gallery Spaces, located at 1721 Delaware Avenue, will present “Flossie’s Umbrella,” a show of one-of-a-kind jewelry by Rebecca Mott-Lynn. Lynn is an artist from Southern Delaware who creates amazing, repurposed jewelry pieces out of vintage and found elements.
Necklace by Rebecca Mott-Lynn
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, April 3, 2020.