City News | Wilmington, DE

Seven sites located in downtown Wilmington and along the Riverfront are highlighted this month

gold crown of life by Donna Usher

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, the city’s Director of Cultural Affairs Tina Betz, and Jerry duPhily of out and about Magazine invite city residents and art lovers from across the region to the upcoming Art Loop Wilmington, friday august 5. The popular FREE art exhibition, now in its 34e year, is a partnership between the town hall of cultural affairs and out and about. Galleries in downtown Wilmington and along the Christina River will participate in this month’s Art Loop, and a full list can be found in the August issue of out and about.

from wilmington Redding Gallerylocated at 800 North French Street, continues to feature the painter’s work Donna Usher, a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design and the University of Delaware, who was an associate professor of art at West Chester University for 25 years. In 2021 Ms Usher was awarded the Honors College skilled Appointment by West Chester University Board of Trustees. Additionally, in 1999, Professor Usher received the Faculty Merit Award for Creative Efforts and Collaboration with Students.

Donna Usher’s artwork is influenced by the commonalities of patterns, shapes and forms found in nature, such as circles, spheres, organic shapes, microscopic cells, aquatic life, planets of the deep space and wind patterns seen from above the earth. His frequent use of dots is inspired by a trip to Australia to study ancient Aboriginal dot painting.

Ms. Usher’s work has been exhibited in over 70 national and international juried and invitational exhibitions. His works are part of the permanent collections of the National Center of Fine Arts in Cairo, Egypt; The Museum of Cozumel, Mexico; Public Reading Museum; Verizon Enterprise Offices; Franklin Mint, Hercules Chemical Corporation; West Chester University; Moore College of Art and Design; Regional Center for Women in the Arts; Downtown Public Library; Offices of the American Restaurant Association and numerous private collections.

The Redding Gallery will host a reception on Friday from 5-7 p.m. with light refreshments and an interactive art activity surrounded by some of Ms. Usher’s beautiful pieces. For more information on the artist, visit:

Other featured establishments in August include the Delaware Division of the Arts’ Mezzanine Gallery, 2n/a & LOMA, Chris White Gallery and Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) Downtown, and The Delaware Contemporary and the Bridge Art Gallery at the Riverfront.

Rafting on the Rio Grande by Katie West at Mezzanine Gallery

Rafting on the Rio Grande by Katie West

The Delaware Division of Arts Gallery Mezzaninelocated on the second floor of the Carvel State Office Building at 820 North French Street, is pleased to present a selection of photographs by Katie West, an individual artist, titled Jamaican trip. Travel to Jamaica with this collection of photos depicting the rich culture and colors of the entire island – including landscapes, seascapes, flowers, people and architecture. “Capturing life in all its forms on this beautiful island is my passion,” says West.

West describes his development as an artist: “I’ve spent most of my professional life dealing with the arts – dancing professionally, teaching dance, and working in arts administration and grantmaking. Growing up 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 travelling, wandering and photographing the sites and people along the way. .”

The Delaware Division of the Arts invites you to meet Katie West at an opening reception on Friday from 5-7 p.m. The exhibition will continue until Sunday, August 29.

Love more love now by Brian Hearn

2n/a & LOMA, at 211 North Market Street, presents LivnSol by Brian Hearns of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, an artist known for his attention-grabbing works. “My heart and soul are woven into the fabric of art through painting, recycled art, stone carving, jewelry making and poetry,” says Hearns. Also discover the pop-up store Bud & Butta Botanical Skincare. You are invited to an Art Loop reception on Friday from 5-8 p.m.

Kasmira's Worth More Than Gold at Chris White Gallery

Worth more than gold by Kasmira Cade-Seymour

Chris White Gallery, at 701 Shipley Street, will present “Color of Women”, featuring artists Kasmira Cade-Seymour, Rising Phoenix and Shannon Woodloe. Kasmira’s contemporary paintings experiment with elements of surreal, fantastical and vivid color to create eye-catching portraits and scenes of vivid shapes and patterns. Rising Phoenix’s dozens of small-scale graphic paintings depict topics ranging from civil rights to politics to African-American identity. Shannon’s powerful photography depicts images that highlight the relationship between gravity, dance and the human figure.

There will be an Art Loop opening reception on Friday August 5th from 5-8pm The exhibition will also close with a reception on Friday August 26th from 5-8pm

Uncaged by Valetta at DCAD

Without cage by Valletta

Delaware College of Art and Design (DACD), at 600 North Market Street, will present the audacious figurative abstractions of the artist Valetta in its new gallery on the second floor. Included are several large pastel, oil and mixed media works completed over the past 40 years. The artist will be available to share ideas and thoughts on his work throughout Friday evening.

Valetta is a graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York and completed graduate studies at the Tyler School of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. She also took classes at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. She has participated in numerous juried and group exhibitions in cities across the United States and Europe where she has won prestigious awards for her work. Valletta has held solo exhibitions throughout the Delaware Valley at venues including 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 the director of a non-profit organization, the Regional Center for Women in the Arts in West Chest, Pennsylvania.

Outside In by Leanna Bacani at DE Contemporary

out in by Leanna Bacani

Contemporary Delaware, at 200 South Madison Street, invites you to OUTSIDE IN – Discovery Space by Leanna Bacani. The Discover Space provides 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-realistic experience through organic shapes and textures directly inspired by the Brandywine and Christina rivers. As the year progresses, The Discover Space will become a changing and developing ecosystem that will allow visitors to PLAY inside.

Ms. Bacani is an installation artist currently based in Newark, Delaware. While completing her BFA at Moore College of Art and Design, she devoted her fundamental skills to many forms of artistic creation. It is this vastness of experimentation that allowed him to create a more involved art viewing experience. The distillation of motifs drawn from nature allows his installation work to be experienced as a simulacrum of the landscape. Leaves, mycelium, wind patterns and water currents become bushy patterns and shapes of texture. These 3-D representations transcend the pictorial, infiltrating the viewer’s personal space. Much like a falling leaf might brush a viewer’s cheek in nature, Leanna’s work evokes the sense of touch while acting 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 5 from 5-9 p.m. with a cash bar. Event highlights include music by Ed Dwornik and The Seedlings, a visit to Brandywine Zoo, piñata smash and water stamping (make your ‘mark’ by water stamping) water at waterfront businesses ranging from the Delaware Contemporary to the Delaware Children’s Museum).

Home- With Love from Mama to Mijo by Maria Lupianez at Bridge Art Gallery

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 titled “Raising Men” and featuring the art of Maria Lupianez. You are invited to an Art Loop reception at the Emerging Enterprise Center on Friday, August 5 from 5-8:30 p.m. with live music and light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public, but member registration is required.

All visitors must confirm and follow COVID guidelines as determined by individual galleries.

Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the Art Loop Shuttle, which will leave the Chamber of Commerce’s Bridge Art Gallery parking lot at 920 Justison Street at 5:45 p.m. The shuttle provides round-trip transportation to the center -city Art Loop venues or locations in Trolley Square and north of downtown and provide a convenient way to meet other art lovers. The shuttle driver will be on hand at The Contemporary to answer questions and help art lovers navigate the many offerings at Art Loop Wilmington. Reservations are not required.

The Wilmington Art Loop is a self-guided exhibition of visual art presented in galleries, studios, museums and alternative spaces in Wilmington and surrounding areas. FREE event draws local and regional art lovers to the Downtown District and greater Wilmington area on the first Friday of the month, excluding Independence Day weekend in July . Many venues offer the opportunity to meet the featured artists while patrons enjoy refreshments and, in some cases, live entertainment is scheduled.

The Art Loop Wilmington website – a portable guide to the Loop easily navigable by gallery location, artist or venue type – is mobile-friendly and features monthly lineup at least two weeks before each Art Loop begins. The site can be accessed at People can also join the conversation on social media using #ArtLoopWilm or visit the Facebook page. The next Art Loop will take place on Friday, September 9, 2022.


John Rago
Deputy chief of staff
Mayor’s Office
Mobile: (302) 420-7928
Email: [email protected]

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