Seven venues in downtown Wilmington and the surrounding area the Riverfront are particularly noteworthy this month
Wreath of life gold by Donna Usher
Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, City Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz and Jerry DuPhily of Off & Over magazine invite city residents and art lovers from the region to the next Art Loop Wilmington, Friday, August 5th. The popular FREE art exhibition, now in its 34th yearth Year, is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Off & Over. Galleries in downtown Wilmington and along the Christina Riverfront will be participating in this month’s Art Loop, and see the August issue of for a full listing On road.
Wilmington’s Redding gallerylocated at 800 North French Street and continues to showcase the painter’s work Donna Usher, a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design and the University of Delaware, who was an adjunct professor of art at West Chester University for 25 years. In 2021, Ms. Usher was awarded Honors College emeritus Appointed by the Board of Trustees of West Chester University. In addition, Professor Usher received the 1999 Faculty Merit Award for creative endeavors and collaboration with students.
Donna Usher’s artworks are influenced by the commonalities of patterns, shapes and forms found in nature such as circles, spheres, organic shapes, microscopic cells, aquatic creatures, space planets and wind patterns that descend from the top of the earth see are. Her frequent use of dots is inspired by a trip to Australia to study ancient Aboriginal dot painting.
Ms. Usher’s artwork has been featured in over 70 national and international jury and invitational exhibitions. Her artworks are in the permanent collections of the National Center of Fine Arts, Cairo, Egypt; The Museum of Cozumel, Mexico; Reading Public Museum; Verizon corporate offices; Franklin Mint, Hercules Chemical Corporation; University of West Chester; Moore College of Art and Design; Regional Center for Women in the Arts; Downingtown Public Library; Corporate offices of the American Restaurant Association and numerous private collections.
The Redding Gallery will be hosting a reception on Friday from 5pm to 7pm with light refreshments and an interactive art activity surrounded by some of Ms. Usher’s beautiful pieces. For more artist information, visit: www.DonnaUsher.com
Other facilities featured in August include the Mezzanine Gallery of the Delaware Division of the Arts, 2ndnd & LOMA, the Chris White Gallery and Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) Downtown, and The Delaware Contemporary and Bridge Art Gallery on the Riverfront.
Rafting on the Rio Grande by Katie West
The Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine galleryis located on the second floor of the Carvel State Office Building at 820 North French Street and is pleased to present a selection of photographs by solo artist Katie West entitled “ Jamaican trip. Travel to Jamaica with this collection of photos that showcase the rich culture and color throughout the island – including landscapes, seascapes, flowers, people and architecture. “Capturing life on this beautiful island in all its forms is my passion,” says West.
West describes her development as an artist: “I have spent most of my professional life in the arts – dancing professionally, teaching dance and working in arts administration and grants. As a kid in upstate New York, I learned photography from my father, an amateur photographer, but didn’t pursue it professionally until 2019, when I retired and decided to focus on travel, hiking, and photographing the sights and people along the way .”
The Delaware Division of the Arts invites you to meet Katie West on Friday from 5-7 p.m. for an opening reception. The exhibition runs until Sunday 29 August.
love more love now by Brian Hearns
2nd & LOMA, at 211 North Market Street, presents LivnSol by Brian Hearns of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, an artist known for works that attract attention. “My heart and soul are woven into the fabric of art through painting, recycled art, stone sculpture, jewelry making and poetry,” says Hearns. Also check out Bud & Butta’s Botanical Skincare Pop Up Shop. You are invited to an Art Loop reception on Friday from 5pm to 8pm
Worth more than gold by Kasmira Cade Seymour
Chris White Gallery, at 701 Shipley Street, will present “Color of Women” with artists Kasmira Cade-Seymour, Rising Phoenix and Shannon Woodloe. Kasmira’s contemporary paintings experiment with elements of the surreal, fantasy, and bright colors to create striking portraits and scenes with vibrant shapes and patterns. Rising Phoenix’s numerous small-scale graphic paintings depict subjects ranging from civil rights to politics to African-American identity. Shannon’s powerful photography features images that emphasize the relationship between gravity, dance and the human figure.
On Friday, August 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a kind of loop reception to mark the opening. The exhibition will end with a reception on Friday, August 26 from 5pm to 8pm
uncaged from Valetta
Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD), 600 North Market Street, will feature artist Valetta’s bold figurative abstractions in its new second floor gallery. Included are several large works in pastel, oil and mixed media created over the last 40 years. The artist will provide insights and reflections on her work throughout Friday evening.
Valetta is a graduate of New York’s Pratt Institute and has degrees from the Tyler School of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. She also attended classes at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. She has been included in numerous juried and group exhibitions in cities throughout the United States and Europe, where she has won top awards for her work. Valetta has had solo exhibitions throughout the Delaware Valley at locations such as the Widener Art Museum in Chester, the Port of History Museum in Philadelphia, and the Allentown Art Museum. Valetta maintains a working studio in Thornton and is director of a nonprofit organization, the Regional Center for Women in the Arts in West Chest, Pennsylvania.
outside in by Leanna Bacani
The Delaware Contemporary, 200 South Madison Street, invites you to OUTSIDE IN – Discovery Space by Leanna Bacani. The Discover Space offers an annual opportunity for an emerging artist to create an installation space in response to The Delaware Contemporary exhibition themes. OUTSIDE IN is an installation by local artist Leanna Bacani arranged to create a hyper-real experience through organic shapes and textures directly inspired by the Brandywine and Christina rivers. Throughout the year, The Discover Space will become a changing and evolving ecosystem that will allow visitors to PLAY indoors.
Ms. Bacani is an installation artist currently based in Newark, Delaware. While completing her BFA at Moore College of Art and Design, she developed her fundamental skills in numerous forms of art making. It is this immensity of experimentation that has enabled her to create a more immersive art viewing experience. The distillation of motifs from nature allows us to experience her installation work as an image of the landscape. Leaves, mycelium, wind patterns and water currents become patterns and tufted texture shapes. These 3-D representations transcend the visual and invade the viewer’s personal space. Just as a falling leaf can brush a spectator’s cheek out in nature, Leanna’s work evokes the sense of touch while functioning as a microcosm of the whole. Each tufted piece relates to the rest, creating an elaborate system of tactile pieces.
You are invited to a FREE Opening Reception on Friday, August 5th from 5pm to 9pm with a cash bar. Event highlights include music by Ed Dwornik and The Seedlings, a visit to the Brandywine Zoo, smashing piñatas and water stamps (make your “brand” with water stamps at riverside shops ranging from The Delaware Contemporary to Delaware Children’s run a museum).
At home – With love from Mama to Mijo by Maria Lupianez
Bridge Art Gallery @ New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, 920 Justison Street, proudly presents its third art exhibition entitled “Raising Men” and features the art of Maria Lupianez. You are invited to an Art Loop Reception at the Emerging Enterprise Center on Friday, August 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with live music and light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public, but registration as a member is encouraged.
All visitors are expected to confirm and follow the COVID guidelines set by each gallery.
Customers are encouraged to use the Art Loop shuttle, which departs at 5:45 p.m. from the Chamber of Commerce Bridge Art Gallery parking lot at 920 Justison Street. The shuttle provides round-trip transportation to either Downtown Art Loops venues or locations in Trolley Square and venues north of downtown and is a convenient way to meet other art lovers. The shuttle driver will be available at The Contemporary to answer questions and help art enthusiasts navigate Art Loop Wilmington’s many offerings. Reservations are not required.
The Wilmington Art Loop is a self-guided exhibition of fine arts presented in 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 every month, excluding Independence Day weekend in July. Many venues offer opportunities to meet the featured artists while guests enjoy refreshments, and live entertainment is scheduled in some cases.
The Art Loop Wilmington website — a portable guide to the Loop that’s easily navigated by gallery location, artist, or venue type — is mobile-friendly and features the monthly lineup at least two weeks prior to the start of each Art Loop. The website can be accessed at www.artloopwilmington.org. People can also join the conversation on social media by using #ArtLoopWilm or visiting the Facebook site. The next Art Loop will take place on Friday, September 9, 2022.
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