This Month on the Loop

1313 Market Street/The Chancery Market Food Hall

1313 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 19801 421-2005
“Art of Beer” featuring the beer-can designs of Sarah DeFlaviis, Pat Higgins, and Joe

A tasty collaboration between Wilmington Beer Week and the Art Loop, this exhibit looks at the designs that local artists Sarah DeFlaviis, Pat Higgins, and Joe Hoddinott have created for area breweries like Bellefonte Brewing, Twisted Irons and Wilmington Brew Works. Guests will also be able to enjoy happy hour at The Chancery bar with an opportunity to taste fresh-brewed beers all crafted in Wilmington area.

City of Wilmington's Redding Gallery

800 N. French Street Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 576-2100
"Commit to Memory: The Precipice of Exhibition"
Gorilla by Cheryl Gross

The March Art Loop features the art of Cheryl Gross. Commit to Memory: The Precipice of Extinction is a multi-platform, three-tier social commentary addressing the shifting and eventual disappearance of our culture using animals on the endangered species list as the metaphor.

Christina Cultural Arts Center

705-707 North Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 429-0101
Eye Shadow

An exploration of lived themes from a woman’s perspective. Subjects include self-reflection, feminism, motherhood, health & wellness, spirituality, friendship, community, and social justice.

An exploration of lived themes from a woman’s perspective. Subjects include self-reflection, feminism, motherhood, health & wellness, spirituality, friendship, community, and social justice.

The exhibit will include multiple artists. Join us for the Art Loop reception on March 3rd from 5:30-8pm.

Chris White Gallery

701 Shipley St. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 601-1160
Two exhibits: “MUSE” featuring the art of Smashed Label & “Predecessors” featuring the art of Erica Jones
Muse by Smashed Label
Untitled by Erica Jones

Opening reception, Friday, February 3, 5-9pm; Closing reception, Friday, March 3, 5-9pm.

“Muse” is the focus of Smashed Label’s art. “MUSE” is a transitive verb meaning to become absorbed in thought but it is also a noun with three different meanings: an instance or period of reflection, a state of deep thought or dreamy abstraction, or a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.

Erica Jones produces vibrant portraits in acrylic and oil to highlight the African American experience. Also known as E.Lizé, she is a visual artist and emcee from Aberdeen, Maryland. With visual art being her first passion, Erica graduated from Cecil College in 2017 with an AA in Drawing/Painting as well as an AA in Graphic Design, following up with a brief stint at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD)

600 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 622-8000
PROJECT X- Exhibition Fundraiser
Trust is a Tender Thing to Hold by Jess Owens Young

PROJECT X features the work of 13 emerging to mid-career artists with diverse voices and who have demonstrated impact within the lens of art and community. In keeping with Delaware College of Art Design’s commitment to empowering creatives to take artistic risks, the artists in PROJECT X further promote dialogue between artists, institutions of higher learning, and community. Works will be available for purchase in support of the artists and DCAD’s student scholarship fund - a great opportunity to support both the artists and DCAD students!

Featured artists: Stephanie Boateng, Kim Canfield, COLLAZO, Persis Jackson, Julian Johnson, Jae Martin, Yonnie Matthews, Chloe McEldowney, Brian Mills, Jae Martin, Jess Owens-Young, Lauren Peters, Jennifer Small, and DeVaughn Turner. On exhibit February 24 - April 20, 2023

Opening Celebration on Friday, March 3rd, 5 - 7 pm: Meet the artists, buy art, and enjoy light refreshments!

Gallery at 919

919 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 298-1542
RitaMarie Cimini
Impulse by RitaMarie Cimini

RitaMarie Cimini’s dynamic, colorful abstract and abstracted landscape oil paintings will be on exhibit for March. Cimini, a fine artist living and working in Delaware, taps into the collective consciousness via common experiences. Trained as a formalist, Cimini’s paintings are physical objects whose surfaces allow the viewer to glimpse her working process. Her radiant paintings, informed by a daily meditation practice, investigate links between sight and interior vision.

Featured in multiple group and solo exhibitions, her work was notably included in an exhibit at Belskie Museum in Closter, NJ. While maintaining a studio practice, she also served, until June 2019, as President of Studio Montclair, a non-profit visual arts organization. Cimini facilitates meditation groups and writes about art and spirituality for Huffington Post, Sivana Spirit, and her website, Cimini holds an MFA in painting and sculpture from Bennington College and her work is held in private collections in the United States and abroad and in the public collections of Atlantic Health Systems, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the MC Hotel.

Refreshments will be served and live music played during the reception from 5-7pm.

Gallery at Grace Church

900 North Washington St. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 655-8847
Here & There: Paintings from home & abroad by Jen Polillo
Here & There by Jen Polillo

Here and There: Paintings from home and abroad is a small selection of painted works that were made locally as well as while traveling abroad for artist residencies and family vacations. Most of the pieces are painted on-site from direct observation, however Jen also practices painting from imagination, conjuring memories from here and there to make work from the soul. Join us for the Art Loop reception on March 3rd from 5-7pm.

Artist Bio: Jen Polillo is a Wilmington, DE based award-winning painter and photographer. She studied photography, illustration, and glass blowing at The University of the Arts, earned a four-year Certificate of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and BFA from University of Pennsylvania in 2007.

For over 25 years, Jen has been an arts educator and worked with students of all ages and abilities including small children, at-risk and adjudicated youth, gifted teens, and adult learners. She has worked with many grassroots arts organizations including the Newark Arts Alliance and Cape May Community Arts Center, as well as major institutions such as the Brandywine River Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Jen also worked with numerous artists and organizations in Delaware as former Director of Education at The Delaware Contemporary. Jen’s artistic practice includes drawing, painting, and photography. Her artistic vision is rooted in the act of observation, both the meditative process and the academic tradition.

Her go-to palette for working from direct-observation is a limited one; an adapted, nine tube warm-cool primary palette that includes a warm and a cool version of each primary color, white, viridian, and burnt sienna. Limiting the colors helps to simplify and lighten the load, which is helpful when painting en plein air. When working from imagination or stream of consciousness, she does not limit herself to a specific palette or technique. Until recently, Jen worked primarily with oil paint, but has migrated to slow-dry acrylics and has most recently been enjoying gouache. Whether painting en plein air, direct observation, from a memory, or her imagination, Jen is drawn to capture the light and atmosphere of a scene in order to evoke emotion, memories, or feeling of nostalgia in the viewer.

Jen takes on painting commissions, private and group instruction, portrait and commercial photography contracts, as well as short and long-term residencies in the U.S. and abroad. She hosts a weekly virtual open studio and enjoys challenging herself to grow as an artist through travel, study, and connecting with other artists.

Mezzanine Gallery at the Carvel State Building

820 N. French Street Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 577-8278
The Sweet Shoppe, Stephanie Boateng
Mocha by Stephanie Boateng

The Delaware Division of the Arts is pleased to present a selection of new work by Stephanie Boateng, Individual Artist Fellow in Painting. Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5-7pm. This exhibit closes on March 31st.

The Grand Opera House / baby grand

818 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 658-7897
Grand Gallery: Thirst by Tanya Bracey
baby grand Gallery: Mia Muratori’s Poetry Paintings (Art Loop Reception Friday, 3/3/23 in The baby grand Gallery)
Baldwin and West Envision Zong by Tanya Bracey
Mia Muratori’s Puppet Opera

Grand Gallery:Thirst refers to the state of needing refreshment and nutrients for the body, usually found in scripture. It can mean also an emotional longing or a strong desire. I have created a collection of original art pieces connected by history, hope, and the power of service. They reflect a hidden history that was drowned and the present effort of recovery what was lost. These paintings tell the story of my thirst for understanding in a sea of knowledge. In my uncovering of things, I have also found peace and new purpose

In the last three years I have experienced an upheaval of the fabric of how I see and define myself. Working in paint has helped me replenish my strength and redefine who I really am. I have painted what I love, what I want to uncover, and what I want to cherish- which is the enduring human spirit.

baby grand gallery: “Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field, I’ll meet you there” Rumi 1248 Rumi’s words, relevance and meaning offer parallels and solace to our world today. For me, art making is a documentation of the world. Watching, synthesizing and recording. I throw it down with paint, the tragic, the comedic. No words, just light, color, shape and space … I’ll meet you there. Mia Muratori 2023

University of Delaware Associate in Arts Wilmington

Community Education Building, 9th Floor 1200 North French Street 932-0740
ReStitched by Amir Campbell

Join UD Artist, Amir Campbell for a live demonstration and art exhibition on the Art Loop. RetroReflection is an exhibition by Amir “Amiracle” Campbell expressing moments, memories of influence, and moments that speak to past and current social climate conditions of the world. Amiracle is a multi-faceted creative. Each piece is a moment in time--a captured thought. Currently he is an MFA candidate at the University of Delaware, specializing in abstract expressionistic portraiture. Amiracle uses his subject matter to advance the opportunity to introduce a new language through artistic expression, asemic language, and explain his views of systems behind societal norms.

Enjoy live music from UD School of Music and light refreshments while viewing the exhibition.

The Delaware Contemporary

200 South Madison St. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 656-6466
Double Sky by Zoë Scruggs, Setting the Table by Dana Sherwood and Beth Galton and In the Meantime by Sa-kreea Mo’nay
Art Loop reception from 5-9pm
Unlimited Life by Zoe Scruggs

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS: DOUBLE SKY, Zoë Scruggs "Double Sky" features original mixed media paintings on wood panel, works on paper, and a new sound score by multidisciplinary artist Zöe Scruggs. From the traditional art-making forms of figurative portraiture and landscape painting, to the less traditional such as sound composition, music production, experimental new media and performance, Scruggs’ work defies easy categorization.

SETTING THE TABLE, Dana Sherwood and Beth Galton For millennia, the table has been a site for gathering. Whether marking a significant event or simply joining together, the act of thoughtfully preparing and presenting food or an arranged table transcends culture, age, race, and economics. Through the work of artists Dana Sherwood and Beth Galton, "Setting the Table" contemplates what, for whom, and why we are extending this effort.

IN THE MEANTIME, Sa-kreea Mo’nay In the Meantime is a body of work showcasing the affirmative and creative process of embracing the journey of life - shedding the old and embracing the new. This series showcases fashion design, film, and painting to inspire others to make the best of any process to get to where they desire to be; but, also to be present in the current moment.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: 6 PM | Experience a live in-gallery Musical Performance by Zoe Scruggs 7 PM | Join us for a screening of a virtual On Art Artist Talk with exhibiting artists Dana Sherwood and Beth Galton moderated by Leslie Shaffer. HANDS ON | Bring the little ones to make their very own placemat inspired by Hatch Gallery artist Sa-Kreea Mo’nay’s work or try your hand at setting the table by learning how to expertly fold a dinner napkin into a swan, a flower, and more!

Blue Streak Gallery

1721 Delaware Ave. Wilmington, DE 19806 (302) 429-0506
Rite of Spring by Ken Mabrey
Rites of Spring by Ken Mabrey

Join us for Ken Mabrey's Rites of Spring show featuring his oil paintings. Art Loop reception from 5-7pm.

Howard Pyle Studio

1305 N. Franklin St. Wilmington, DE 19806 (302) 656-7304
The Studio Group Show
Howard Pyle by Kathy Rusk

Members of The Studio Group will be exhibiting work for the month of March. Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5-7:30 pm.

Arden's Buzz Ware Village Center

2119 The Highway, Arden Wilmington, DE 19810 (302) 981-4811
Landscapes: The Panorama Within - Rosemary Luckett.
Creator Within Me by Rosemary Luckett

Figurative mixed media expressions of universal archetypes. Both large paintings and small icons in niche boxes depict heroism embodied by caregivers, seekers, lovers, rulers, sages, and others we can recognize within ourselves and others. Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5:30-8pm with complimentary refreshments.

Bellefonte Arts

803C Brandywine Blvd. Wilmington, DE 19809 (302) 762-4278
March Mashup!
March Mashup by Stephanie Hinson Kara Hinson

Join Bellefonte Arts for a March Mashup! This group exhibition features collaborations among members of Bellefonte Arts. See what happens when artists of different mediums pair up to integrate their talents into collaborative works of art. This “Mashup” will include painters, sculptors, photographers and more!

Featured artists: Alice Reid, Maureen Collins, Kristin McCourtney, Marsha Neal, Kara Hinson, Stephanie Hinson, Joy Littleton, Stephanie Grant, Kirsten Ashley and Ryan Pic.

We will be hosting a reception on March 3rd from 5-8pm. Stop by to see some truly unique creations!

The Station Gallery

3999 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE 19807 (302) 654-8638
"Essence of Spring" Group Show
Spring-Blast by Jim Gears

Oil Paintings, Jacalyn Beam - plein air paintings from our area, Rosemary Castiglioni - soft focus still lifes, Jim Gears - plein air paintings with palette knife application. Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5-8pm.