Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, City Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz, and Jerry duPhily of Out & About Magazine are excited to welcome back City residents and art lovers from around the region to the first in-person Art Loop Wilmington in twenty months. Shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, which struck in March 2020, the rejuvenated Art Loop returns Friday, December 3. The popular FREE art exhibition, now in its 33rd year, is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Out & About. Sixteen galleries in and around Wilmington will participate in this month’s Art Loop. A complete list can be found online at artloopwilmington.org and the December issue of Out and About.
Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of two shuttles, which leave the parking lot of The Delaware Contemporary, located at 200 South Madison Street, at 5:45 p.m. The shuttles provide round-trip transportation to either Downtown Art Loop venues or locations in Trolley Square and venues north of Downtown and are a convenient way to meet other art lovers. Shuttle drivers will be on-hand at The Contemporary to answer questions and help art enthusiasts navigate the many offerings of Art Loop Wilmington. Reservations are not required.
The Wilmington Art Loop is a self-guided exhibition of visual art displayed at galleries, studios, museums, and alternative spaces in and around Wilmington. The FREE event draws local and regional art lovers to the Downtown District and greater Wilmington area on the first Friday of the month except for Independence Day Weekend in July. Many venues offer opportunities to meet the featured artists while patrons enjoy refreshments, and, in some cases, live entertainment is scheduled.
Art Loop Wilmington’s website – a hand-held guide to the Loop that is easily navigable by gallery location, artist, or type of venue – is mobile friendly and features the monthly lineup at least two weeks prior to the start of each Art Loop. The site can be accessed at www.artloopwilmington.org. People can also join the conversation on social media by using #ArtLoopWilm or visit the Facebook Page. The next Art Loop will take place on Friday, January 7, 2022.
All visitors are expected to confirm and follow COVID guidelines as determined by individual galleries.