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Twenty-six galleries from Wilmington and surrounding areas will participate this month

At Donna Usher’s Red Island

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 tomorrow, Friday, May 6. The popular FREE art exhibition, now in its 34and year, is a partnership between the town hall of cultural affairs and out and about. Twenty-six galleries from Wilmington and surrounding areas will participate in this month’s Art Loop. A full list can be found in the April issue of out and about.

from wilmington Redding Gallerylocated at 800 North French Street, features the work of the painter 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 forms, 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.

You can view Donna Usher’s exhibit at a reception at the Redding Gallery on Friday, May 6 from 5-7 p.m. For more information about the artist, visit:

Other establishments featured in May include the Mezzanine Gallery of the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Christina Cultural Arts Center, the Sold Company and the Delaware Contemporary.

The Delaware Division of Arts Gallery Mezzaninelocated on the second floor of the Carvel State Office Building at 820 North French Street, will present Charactersan exhibition of the artist Gail Husch May 6-30, 2022. A sculptor of whimsical figures and forms, Husch was named a 2022 DDOA Emerging Artist Fellow in the Visual Arts Discipline of Craft.

After growing up in New Hampshire, Husch attended the University of South Florida, where he earned a BA in Art Education. She then went to Amherst College in Massachusetts for a master’s degree in art history. In 1984, she and her husband traveled to Delaware, where she pursued a doctorate. in Art History from the University of Delaware. Since then, she has been a “Delaware”. Husch also taught art history at Goucher College near Baltimore from 1989 until his retirement in 2017.

His imaginative creations are mostly small clay people who, as Husch describes it, “…tip to the edge of ridicule without losing their humanity”. Her characters are heavily inspired by literature and history, as well as people she meets or finds in photos. Guests are invited to attend the Vernissage des Artistes on Friday, May 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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The Christina Cultural Arts Centerat 705-707 North Market Street, invites you to an exhibition of works by several artists entitled The man cave. Artists whose works will be on display include Karl Williams, Chad Cortez EverettMilton Downing, Nick Irving, KO Simms, and Arnold Floyd. You are invited to an opening reception on Friday, May 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. where refreshments will be served.


Superficial by E.Lize

The company soldat 800-B North Tatnall Street, presents Superficial by Erica Jones, also known as E. Lize. This latest exhibition from E.Lizé shines a light on the women of black history who paved the way for future generations and embarked on a journey in their careers while radiating grace, beauty and poise.

E.Lizé is a visual artist and animator from Aberdeen, Maryland. Visual art being her primary passion, Erica graduated from Cecil College in 2017 with an AA in Drawing/Painting as well as an AA in Graphic Design, followed by a brief stint at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently, she produces vibrant acrylic and oil portraits to showcase the African American experience.

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Contemporary Delawareat 200 South Madison Street, invites you to a series of exhibitions, including PLATFORM GALLERY by Karyn Olivier, LYNN HERRICK SHARP AWARD EXHIBITION (group exhibition), Thank you, Peter: UD MFA students and alumni react to the work of Peter Williams (collective exhibition), and NARRATIVE: OBJECTIVE, Workshops @ Collective exhibition. Additionally, art lovers will be treated to a showcase of student work from the Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD), a self-guided book-making activity, a Mother’s Day pop-up sale where you can find last minute gifts for mom, and more.

You are invited to a complimentary opening reception with cash bar on Friday, May 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. where refreshments will be served, including Chanda’s food bumps food truck.

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 parking lot of the Delaware Contemporary, located at 200 South Madison Street, at 5:45 p.m. The shuttle provides round-trip transportation to locations or venues on the Downtown Art Loop . in Trolley Square and locations north of the city center 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 lineups at least two weeks before each Art Loop begins. The site is accessible 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, June 3, 2022.


John Rago
Deputy chief of staff
Mayor’s Office
Mobile: (302) 420-7928

James C. Tibbs