This Month on the Loop

City of Wilmington's Redding Gallery

800 N. French Street Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 576-2100 cityfestwilm.com/redding-gallery
Resiliency: Ductile People: Stephen Kingsberry
Resiliency by Stephen Kingsberry

Stephen Kingsberry's 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. Join us for the Artist Talk and Reception on Thursday, September 15th from 6- 8pm

Christina Cultural Arts Center

705-707 North Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801 ccacde.org (302) 429-0101
Sheila Exum
Superheroines by Sheila Exum

Sheila's 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.

Sheila began drawing as a toddler. Allowing her creativity to guide her, Exum has no formal training. 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. Commissions are accepted.

Join us for the Art Loop reception in the Edward L. Loper Sr. Gallery from 5-7pm; refreshments will be served.

Chris White Gallery

701 Shipley St. Wilmington, DE 19801 chriswhitegallery.com (302) 601-1160
"Statecraft" by Michael Kalmbach
Untitled from the "Portals" series by Michael Kalmbach

Michael Kalmbach is the founder of the Creative Vision Factory, whichh 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 5:30-8:30pm at 617 N. Shipley Street.

Artist Statement: I’m very excited to announce that my exhibition “Statecraft” will open @chriswhitegallery on September 9th. 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!

Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD)

600 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 622-8000 www.dcad.edu/gallery
Constance M. Simon: The Making of Art and Artists
Crystal Grid by Constance M. Simon

On exhibit from August 19 – November 20, 2022. Join us for the opening reception of this special exhibition featuring works by visual artist and longtime Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) professor Constance (Connie) M. Simon (1947-2021). Twenty of Connie’s 37 years as a Wilmington resident were spent teaching in DCAD’s Fine Art Department. As a professor, Connie inspired and motivated not only students and faculty, but the entire DCAD community. While many know Connie as a generous, kind, and supportive professor, she was also a prolific artist.

This retrospective of her drawings and paintings — many inspired by her travels — pays tribute to her commitment to her creative process. Her impact as a professor is in many ways immeasurable if it were not for the 1000+ DCAD alumni who benefited from the curricula she developed, and which still underpins the College’s Foundation Year curriculum. Her presence will continue to be felt at the DCAD for years to come. We invite you to join in this celebration of her life and artistry.

Constance M. Simon (1947-1921) held an M.F.A. from Syracuse University and a B.F.A from Cleveland Institute of Art. She exhibited her paintings and drawings for 50 years in solo and group shows across the country. The Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA purchased one of her paintings for their permanent collection in 2006. She is the two-time recipient of the prestigious Individual Artists Fellowship Grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, one in 1993 and another 2020. Her paintings and drawings have been featured in national art magazines such as Artists’ Magazine and American Artist.

Connie moved to Silver Spring, MD after retiring from 21 years of teaching in the Fine Arts and Foundations Dept. of the Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington, DE. Before that, she had a long career of teaching since 1972 at University of DE, Delaware Art Museum, Otis Art Institute of the Parsons School of Design, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Cazenovia College, and Syracuse University.

Gallery at Grace Church

900 North Washington St. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 331-0719 gracechurchwilmington.org
Vignettes of Nature, watercolors by Elmslie Wharton
Vignettes of Nature by Elmslie Wharton

Mr. Wharton has spent time in the past two-year painting flowers from his backyard. Capturing nature itself is an exercise that he so enjoys. He says, “If you look at the folds of a rose, each petal so intricate, attempting to copy nature it is a great challenge, especially when done in watercolor.” Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5-7 pm.

Elmslie Wharton credits his upbringing in Guyana and his teachers for providing him with the tools and drawing out in him an interest in painting. The British Council would send students home with oils allowing them to practice and return to school for lessons and guidance. As a young man, Mr. Wharton received a scholarship to study painting in England. He spent time there learning from the great masters in the Museums and also gained a deep appreciation for classical music. This was an experience that he cherishes and holds dear to this day. Mr. Wharton says that he is, “at his best when he is painting”.

Mezzanine Gallery at the Carvel State Building

820 N. French Street Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 577-8278 arts.delaware.gov
Inner Reflections, Kiara Florez
Fleeting Dreams by Kiara Florez

The Delaware Division of the Arts is pleased to present a selection of new work by Individual Artist Fellow in Painting, Kiara Florez. Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5-7pm.

The Grand Opera House / baby grand

818 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 658-7897 thegrandwilmington.org
Grand Gallery: Michael Teters "Monsters with Flowers"
baby grand Gallery: The Fantastic Art of Lissanne Lake
Million in Prizes by Michael Teter
Hammer of the Gods by Lisanne Lake

Grand Gallery: Michael Teters' statement: I was raised Catholic and grew up next to the Catholic church my family attended in Eatontown, NJ. This may be the reason for my early interest in the divine. Later my career path led me to the sciences, which made me question the dogma of my upbringing, but it did not reduce my fascination with the myriad belief systems of humans. Actually, my career as a physicist has increased my interest in what drives the universe, the source of natural forces and the afterlife.

The body of work I have submitted is a product of my obsession with people's beliefs, the inevitability of death, and the occult. Personally, I do not subscribe to any specific belief system, but the desire to make sense of this world via mystical beings and ritual practices exists in every society and has been interpreted by artists throughout recorded history. However, this work is not meant to memorialize the past and I have incorporated items and themes from sources as disparate as film, tattoos and circus posters.

The portrait of Santa Muerte was my starting point in this series of work. As a gay man, former punk rocker, and all-around misfit, the image and idea of Santa Muerte is very attractive. The Catholic church, especially in Latin American countries, rejects homosexuals, prostitutes, and those who operate on the margins of the law. Santa Muerte, the holy personification of death, is impartial and excepting of all. She is a product of the cult of crisis, and her followers increase during times of extreme hardship. She is a deity who does not judge. This portrait is one of my favorite paintings and lifts my spirits every time I look at it.

Tarot cards have always fascinated me. A tool used by gifted persons to divine a seekers situation and suggest a path forward through life. Even if they contain no magic, the illustrations on the cards all suggest a narrative in the intricacy of their details. I have presented modernized versions of some of my favorite cards.

The current arc of this series has brought me to an interest in traditional Vanitas type paintings. Vanitas is defined as a still-life painting of a 17th-century Dutch genre containing symbols of death or change as a reminder of their inevitability. Flowers are frequently included as symbols of transient beauty. For all their banality, flowers, peonies in particular, are a difficult subject due to their ragged structure. I have stayed true to the skull as a prominent item in my still-life paintings but the other items depicted skirt the traditional Dutch style. My painting style has also changed with these Vanitas painting. I have attempted to stay true to the fine detail, shading and smooth brush strokes of the Dutch masters.

Most of these paintings were completed during the COVID pandemic. The global crisis of sickness, stress and politically charge agitation have served as the fuel for my recent work. The isolation the pandemic has caused has given me the time not only for painting, but time for the reflection and patience that was necessary for its completion.

Baby grand Gallery: The Fantastic Art of Lissanne Lake

The Fantastic Art of Lissanne Lake is a display of published paintings of traditional realistic fantasy art done for book covers and other literature. The purpose of this art is to make the potential reader interested in reading the story, while remaining true to the tale and giving nothing away. It is a skill fast becoming lost these days.

Lisanne Lake has been a full-time professional illustrator for over 35 years, and has done over 200 book covers and thousands of paintings for publication. "I am happy to have The Grand continue the long tradition in the Delaware area of hosting fantasy fine art in galleries, and I hope you will come and view the show."

MKT Place Gallery

200 W. 9th St. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 438-6545
Listening Through the Lens Group Show Exhibit
September by James Wyatt, or “Y.it”

We are thrilled to announce this collective of amazing artists whose connected work will be displayed at MKT Place Gallery on Friday 9/9. Samara Weaver, James Wyatt, Stephanie Boateng and Geraldo Gonzalez's work has been documented in progress through the last two months and final pieces will be shared for the first time at this Listening Through the Lens Exhibit. This event will show both the final pieces for this collective as well as over 20 images showing the process that each artist took to create the work. Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5-9pm.

James Wyatt, or “Y.it” as he styles himself, is a painter, sculptor and mural artist who is poised at the intersection of a celebrated family legacy that stretches INto Wilmington’s past and a collective of young artists who have revitalized Wilmington’s cultural landscape in the last decade. He is proud of both those associations.

Old Swedes Historic Site

606 Church Street Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 354-0855 oldswedes.org
Colonial Heros at Old Swedes by Kevin O'Malley
George Washington by Kevin O'Malley

Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5-9pm with music, cash bar, appetizers and onsite, free parking.

Artists’ Statement: The History of America has always been a unique source of inspiration for artists. While growing up on Long Island and now residing in my adoptive state of Delaware I’ve learned to appreciate the beauty and historic charm of both regions. At Old Swedes and in other parts of this area there are stories of both local and national interest to be discovered.

Using my background in painting and illustration I like to express my fascination of these historic surroundings by depicting the people, both well-known or otherwise, which have help mold their communities along in this quickly changing world. I enjoy using various media such as graphite, wash and oil. My style leans toward an Americana and primitive look in many cases which I believe is well suited to the subjects I draw and paint.

Kevin O'Malley received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, NYC in 1984 and won the Student Competition Award – 1984, Society of Illustrators, NYC. Other shows include Irish History in Art – 1999 – Longwood Library, Middle Island, NY, Painting Exhibition of Historic Landmarks –2013 Southampton, NY and Various Paintings of American History, Portraits, and Illustration Work.

The Sold Firm

800-B N. Tatnall Street Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 689-3237 thesoldfirm.com
Brick Kastles
New York City at Night by TJay

“Brick Kastles” will mark the début of new and never-before-seen work by the artist, T’Jay - A Kid From Brooklyn. These include contrasting hues of NYC most mesmerizing architectural structures. Traveling through brushstroke movements enfolds the viewers into cool familiarity.

This exhibition represents a significant concept in T’Jay’s style as he creates artwork that visually articulates the ideas and aesthetics that pulsates in every visual.

T’Jay is a Brooklyn based artist who specializes in highlighting landmarks and architecture throughout NYC. To hone in on his skills, T’Jay was mentored by artist James Wyatt through 2020-2021. As a new artist who embraces his autism, T’Jay finds inspiration and confidence to continue sharing his art with the world.

Bridge Art Gallery @ New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Office

920 Justison Street Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 249-2184 bridgeartgallery.net
“Raising Men” featuring the art of Maria Lupianez
Say Cheese 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 decontemporary.org
FEATURED EXHIBITION: Through A Glass, Darkly, curated by Kristin Deady, Jenna Lucente, Alexander Rosenberg
Yellow or White by Abegael Uffelman

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
-6:00 PM & 7:30 PM Immersive Performance: Fanfares et s' épanouit dans de la Lux (Fanfares and Blooms in Light)

This performance is a collaboration of Ross Walter (musician) and Bohyun Yoon (artist) using sound and light. In this performance, antiphonal brass music performed by Virginia Commonwealth University music students will transfer musical energy through sympathetic vibration to affect laser light reflections from instrument-mounted lasers for presentation on a screen.

Each performance will be 30 minutes and will require the audience to be seated for its entirety. Doors will be closed during the performance. Visitors should note this performance contains lasers and use of a haze machine.

Blue Streak Gallery

1721 Delaware Ave. Wilmington, DE 19806 (302) 429-0506
Margo Allman and Stan Smokler
Jack-in-the-Box by Stan Smokler

Margo will present drawings and paintings. Stan will show sculptures. Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5-7pm

Howard Pyle Studio

1305 N. Franklin St. Wilmington, DE 19806 (302) 656-7304 howardpylestudio.org
Studio Group Member Art Show & Sale
Heading South by Wendy Cotton

Art show and sale by the members of the Studio Group, Inc. Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5-7:30pm.

Bellefonte Arts

803C Brandywine Blvd. Wilmington, DE 19809 (302) 762-4278
Bellefonte Arts New Member Spotlight: Nancy Butler, Wendy Fantini & Joy Littleton
Assorted Handmade Jewelry

Nancy Butler is featuring a one-of-a-kind twisted torsade of three strands of all natural Amethyst with a rough cut Amethyst stalactite slice as the centerpiece - finished off with a sterling silver lobster clasp and matching earrings.

Wendy Fantini is featuring her eye catching stained glass Nautilus creation. Wendy’s artwork is the culmination of a lifetime of creative pursuits and the ongoing development of her skills in design and fabrication.

Joy Littleton is featuring her clay stoneware and raku pieces that offer distinct and individualized works of art. Her experiments with glaze combinations and surface designs produce unusual and exciting finishes to her expressive clay creations.

Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5-8pm. Outdoor vendors will be set up for a Shop & Stroll night in Bellefonte. Live Music and food available across the street at the Bellefonte Cafe.

COCA Pop-Up Gallery

3829 Kennett Pike, Powder Mill Square Greenville, DE 19807 (302) 218-4411
Group show of local artists
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COCA Pop-Up Gallery features many local artists including Shirley Rigby, Catherine Bosk, Max Savaiko, Marty Barnes, Sarah Baptist, Caroline Chen and more! From small to large pieces, we have something for every budget. Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5-8pm.

Station Gallery

3999 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE 19807 (302) 654-8638 stationgallery.net
Fall Kick Off~ Group Show
The Flautist by Gay Freeborn

Our September Group Show features new paintings by Frank DePietro, Marjorie Egee, Gay Freeborn, and Temre Stanchfield. Gallery Hours Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturdays 10am – 3pm. Join us for the Art Loop reception from 5-8pm.

Talleyville Frame Shoppe

3625 Silverside Road Wilmington, DE 19810 (302) 478-1163
Surreal Appeal - Photography 2022
Tintype of Bethany by Adam Gierke

A group of commercial and fine-art photographers, coming together to explore what makes their medium unique. Whether this is shown through vintages techniques, or a fresh look at modern methods, this is going to be a show, not to be missed. Join us for the Art Loop reception from 6-8pm, where beer, wine, and light refreshments will be served.