This Month on the Loop

2nd & LOMA Leasing Office

211 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 19801 655-0124
LiVnSoL Art Loop by Brian Hearns
Love More, Love Now by Brian Hearns

"My heart and soul are woven into the fabric of art through painting, recycled art, stone sculpture, jewelry making and poetry." Plus Bud & Butta Botanical Skincare Pop Up Shop. Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5-8pm.

City of Wilmington's Redding Gallery

800 N. French Street Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 576-2100
Donna Usher

The Redding Gallery will host a reception from 5-7pm with light refreshments and an interactive art activity surrounded by beautiful pieces from Donna Usher. 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, deep space planets and phenomenon, and wind patterns seen from above the earth. Ms. Usher’s frequent use of dots are inspired by her trip to Australia to study ancient Aborigine Dot Painting.

Her artwork is in the permanent collections of the National Centre of Fine Arts, Cairo, Egypt; The Museum of Cozumel, Mexico; Reading Public Museum, PA; American Restaurant Association Corporate Offices, PA; Verizon Corporate Offices, PA; Franklin Mint, PA; Hercules Chemical Company, DE; West Chester University, PA; Moore College of Art and Design, PA, and the Downingtown Public Library, PA; as well as numerous private collections.

Chris White Gallery

701 Shipley St. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 601-1160
Color of Women: Kasmira Cade-Seymour, Rising Phoenix, and Shannon Woodloe
Worth More Than Gold by Kasmira

"Through the exploration of color, three women of color share their voice and provide a safe space for all women of color to be heard and seen. We affirm ourselves."

Kasmira’s contemporary paintings experiment with elements of the surreal, fantasy, and bright colors to create eye-catching portraits and scenes of lively shapes and patterns. Rising Phoenix’s scores of small-scale graphic paintings depict subject matter that ranges from civil rights to politics to African American identity. Shannon’s powerful photography portrays images that highlight the relationship between gravity, dance, and the human figure.

Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD)

600 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 622-8000
Uncaged by Valetta

DCAD's new second floor gallery features the bold figurative abstractions of the artist, Valetta. Included are several large works in pastel, oil and mixed media done over the past forty years. The artist will be available to share insights and musings about her work throughout the evening.

Valetta is a graduate of Pratt Institute, New York, and has done graduate work at Tyler School of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. She has also attended classes at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. She has been included in numerous juried and group shows in cities across the United States and Europe where she has won top prizes for her work. Valetta has had solo show throughout the Delaware Valley in such venues as the Widener Art Museum in Chester, the Port of History Museum in Philadelphia, and the Allentown Art Museum. Her work is also featured in the new second floor gallery at the Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington, Delaware. Valetta maintains a working studio in Thornton and is director of a non-profit organization, the Regional Center for Women in the Arts in West Chest, Pennsylvania.

Mezzanine Gallery at the Carvel State Building

820 N. French Street Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 577-8278
Jamaican Journey by Katie West
Rafting on the Rio Grande by Katie West

The Delaware Division of the Arts’ Mezzanine Gallery presents 2022 DDOA Individual Artist Fellow Katie West’s exhibition, Jamaican Journey, running August 5-26, 2022. Guests are invited to attend a Meet-the-Artist Reception on Friday, August 5, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Travel to Jamaica with a collection of photographs depicting the rich culture and color from across the island - including landscapes, seascapes, flowers, people, and architecture. You’ll find yourself gliding gently down the Rio Grande River in Portland Parish, Jamaica, on a bamboo raft, powered and steered by a young Jamaican man using only a bamboo pole. A drive in the country yields an assortment of brightly painted buildings, as well as beautiful vistas of the green mountains and rivers. Take a walk along Negril’s 7-mile beach and cliffs to observe the sea, beach vendors, tropical flowers, and stunning sunsets. “Capturing life in all its forms on this beautiful island is my passion,” says West.

West describes her evolution as an artist: "I spent most of my working life involved in the arts - dancing professionally, teaching dance, and working in arts administration and grantmaking. As a child in upstate New York, I learned about photography from my father, an amateur photographer, but did not pursue it professionally until 2019, when I retired and decided to focus on travel, wandering, and photographing the sights and people along the way.”

In the two years since her first invitation to exhibit during the summer of 2020, West’s photos have been accepted into 6 juried in-person exhibitions, 12 international online shows, and two solo exhibits. Her works are now in several private collections; five of her black & white images of Delaware hang in the Marketplace on the Mezzanine (2nd floor) of the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington, and in 2022 she received an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Bridge Art Gallery @ New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Office

920 Justison Street Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 249-2184
“Raising Men” featuring the art of Maria Lupianez
Hug by Maria Lupianez

Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5-8:30pm with live music and refreshments.

The Delaware Contemporary

200 South Madison St. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 656-6466
OUTSIDE IN- Discover Space by Leanna Bacani
Outside In by Leanna Bacani

The Discover Space provides an annual opportunity for one emerging artist to create an installation space in response to The Delaware Contemporary’s exhibition themes. Outside In is an installation by Local Artist, Leanna Bacani, arranged to create a hyperreal experience through organic shapes and textures directly inspired by the Brandywine and Christina River. Over the year, The Discover Space will become a changing and developing ecosystem that will allow visitors to PLAY indoors.

Leanna Bacani is an installation artist currently based in Newark, Delaware. While completing her BFA at Moore College of Art and Design, she devoted her foundational skills in numerous forms of art making. It is this immensity of experimentation that has allowed her to create a more involved, art viewing experience. The distillation of motifs taken from nature allow us to experience her installation based work as a simulacrum of the landscape. Leaves, mycelium, wind patterns and water currents become patterns and tufted shapes of texture. These 3D representations transcend the pictorial, leeching into the observers personal space. Just as a falling leaf can graze the cheek of a bystander out 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.