Resiliency by Stephen Kingsberry
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 the next Art Loop Wilmington tonight, Friday, September 9. The popular FREE art exhibition, now in its 34th year, is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Out & About. Galleries in Downtown Wilmington and along the Christina Riverfront will participate in this month’s Art Loop, and a complete list can be found in the September issue of Out and About.
Wilmington’s Redding Gallery, located at 800 North French Street, is proud to present Resiliency: Ductile People by artist Stephen Kingsberry. A resident of Hockessin, Kingsberry studied art at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y. His brilliant copper work seeks to inform about the struggles of people around the world, to highlight racial oppression and discrimination, and to promote the beauty, rich heritage, and tradition of Africa and its people throughout the world.
The Redding Gallery will host a reception tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with light refreshments. Stephen Kingsberry will participate in an artist talk and reception at the conclusion of this month’s Art Loop, on Thursday, September 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Redding Gallery.
The other featured establishments in September include The Delaware Division of the Arts’ Mezzanine Gallery, The Bridge Gallery, Chris White Gallery, and Christiana Cultural Arts Center.
The Delaware Division of the Arts’ Mezzanine Gallery, located on the second floor of the Carvel State Office Building at 820 North French Street, is pleased to present 2022 DDOA Individual Artist Fellow Kiara Florez’ exhibition, Inner Reflections, a collection of paintings running September 2 to 23, 2022. The public is invited to attend a Meet-the-Artist Reception on Friday, September 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Fleeting Dreams by Kiara Florez
A recent graduate of Delaware State University with a B.A. in studio art, painter Kiara Florez has already been seen in several exhibitions, was the Delaware winner of the 2017 Doodle4Google competition, and has had her work on view at the U.S. Capitol. Her imaginative paintings magically merge the figurative and the abstract, always informed by “nature, music, all forms of art, and dreams.” The Mezzanine Gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bridge Art Gallery @ New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, 920 Justison Street, continues to present “Raising Men” and featuring the art of Maria Lupianez. You are invited to an Art Loop reception at the Emerging Enterprise Center on Friday, September 9 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with live music and light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public, but member registration is requested.
Say Cheese by Maria Lupianez
Chris White Gallery, at 701 Shipley Street, proudly presents “Statecraft,” by Wilmington artist Michael Kalmbach. Kalmbach is the founder of the Creative Vision Factory, which fosters the creative potential of individuals on the behavioral health spectrum in a studio art environment that cultivates integration with the local community through a program of exhibitions, workshops, and communal workspace. Individuals share their experience, strength, and hope here. Their vision is a community free of stigma, where the creative vision of all individuals is valued.
The Creative Vision Factory will be holding open house events during both receptions, just down the street from the gallery from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 617 North Shipley Street.
“I’m very excited to announce that my exhibition ‘Statecraft’ will open @chriswhitegallery on September 9th,” says Kalmbach. “This group of paintings has never been seen together in Delaware. My latest run of hangoutology doodles will also be on view in the basement. These doodles on U.S. Capitol stationery mark my time through the early pandemic and serve as a meditation practice of sorts. The trance and ritual of these works hope to tap a magic propelling our civic imagination forward!”
Untitled from Michael Kalmbach’s “Portals” series
Christina Cultural Arts Center, at 705-707 North Market Street, presents the work of Sheila Exum, an artist with no formal training whose style takes you on a journey through abstraction to realism. Enriched with bold colors and occasionally subdued lines, each canvas invites you to become completely immersed in it. Sheila is motivated by an array of subjects: culture, nature, social issues, and animals. She began drawing as a toddler and allows her creativity to guide her. Previously, she was an art instructor in the OLLIE program for adults at the University of Delaware and has also donated art to charities, fundraisers, etc.
Superheroines by Sheila Exum
All visitors are expected to confirm and follow COVID guidelines as determined by individual galleries.
Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of the Art Loop shuttle, which will leave the parking lot of the Chamber of Commerce’s Bridge Art Gallery, located at 920 Justison Street, at 5:45 p.m. The shuttle provides 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. The shuttle driver 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, October 7, 2022.
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