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      January 13, 2019 - January 13, 2020 Visual Arts Events

      YOU CAN'T MAKE IT WITHOUT EVER EVEN TRYING

      The Delaware Contemporary

      Aug
      02
      Fri
      Family Focused INbudget
      #ALLinFun (Family Focused), #INbudget ($0-$10), Visual Arts

      YOU CAN'T MAKE IT WITHOUT EVER EVEN TRYING

      University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Solo Exhibition by Kate Testa

      August 2 - 29, 2019

      OPENING RECEPTION:
      Friday, August 2 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop

      In a joint venture with the University of Delaware, The Delaware Contemporary is pleased to announce You Can't Make It Without Ever Even Trying, a solo exhibition of the work by Kate Testa, the 2018-19 University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow. Using mixed media and repetitive forms of translating images into ritualistic objects, Testa's work explores themes of the metaphysical and the occult while investigating how the art-making process can transcend into a spiritual practice. Using a pallet consisting of wood, fibers, glass, paper, and found objects she creates sculptural collages, ritual objects, and installations that play roles in her constructed sacred customs. Testa describes her art-making practice as "tedious and time-consuming methods to construct my work. Working in this manner allows me time to focus my energies onto objects while I am creating them to activate and impart ritual significance." Testa reproduces items such as hand-drawn prayer candles emblazoned with messages for "Healing Energy" and "Success" that are then painted with watercolor and gouache. These candles are ultimately burned in order to unleash their intended powers, their collected ashes serving as a record of the ritual. Testa's view on the absurdity of religion challenges the viewer to question her beliefs in the object's existential power in a grey space between fantasy and reality. 

      Kate Testa received her BFA from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2008 where she studied 3D fine arts with a concentration in glass. She worked professionally in the glass industry for eight years in Seattle, WA and in 2016, relocated to pursue a master's degree from the University of Delaware. In 2018, she received her MFA concentrating in sculpture, and currently serves as the Curatorial Fellow at The Delaware Contemporary. She is also an adjunct instructor at Delaware College of Art and Design and a member of the AUTOMAT Collective in Philadelphia, PA.

      Constance S. & Robert J. Hennessy Project Space

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      Nemours Plaza – Mini Market

      Nemours Plaza

      Aug
      02
      Fri
      Family Focused INbudget
      #ALLinFun (Family Focused), #INbudget ($0-$10), Americana & Folk, Charities & Fundraising, Comedy, Educational (Family), Film, Food & Drink, Games & Trivia, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Neighborhoods, Networking & Social Events, Poetry & Spoken Word, Reggae, Rhythm & Blues, Rock, Visual Arts, World

      Our summer pop-up market begins Thursday, June 13th, from 11 AM – 2 PM in the “Nemours Plaza” - located at the intersection of Tatnall St. and Delaware Ave. (between the Brandywine Building and the Nemours Building, Downtown Wilmington DE). There will be activities scheduled in the plaza space throughout the summer months. Event schedule will be updated weekly 
       

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      RECURRING EVENT: Occurs 25 more times through Sep 5

      John Singletary's Anahata

      The Delaware Contemporary

      Aug
      02
      Fri
      INbudget
      #INbudget ($0-$10), Film, Visual Arts

      Out from the cloak of darkness emerges a fantastical universe of images that seem to exist in both the past and the present simultaneously. Drawing from an ancient visual language, Singletary seamlessly bridges history with the contemporary by capturing his meticulous and intimate choreography with an open-spectrum camera in his one-of-a-kind UV light studio using sophisticated OLED monitors...

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      RECURRING EVENT: Occurs 45 more times through Sep 22

      SPIDER MOTHER

      The Delaware Contemporary

      Aug
      02
      Fri
      INbudget
      #INbudget ($0-$10), Visual Arts

      SPIDER MOTHER
      A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin

      August 2 - September 29, 2019

      Opening Reception: Friday, August 2
      5 - 9 PM during Art Loop

      Our fourth Draper Experiment installment features Spider Mother, a series of white microcrystalline wax vessels by Clay Dunklin. In this site-specific installation, Dunklin arranges a web of 30 shallow, bowl-like forms that are inverted skullcaps cast from the artist's own head. Through the use of projection mapping software, Dunklin's vessels appear to glow and emanate their own pulsating light, forming an alien terrain of seemingly living, breathing "beings." 

      Dunklin describes the title Spider Mother as a "loose interpretation of arachnoid mater, the Latin name of one of three protective layers surrounding the brain. The arachnoid mater is a relatively open space with the exception of a web-like meshing that fills with cerebrospinal fluid to cushion the brain. In 2017, I underwent medical testing and hospitalization for a rare, debilitating neurological disease called HaNDL that causes a buildup of fluid around the brain, resulting in intense pressure." As a result of his medical experience, and after experimenting with the materials, Dunklin began production of the vessel series. He designed the exhibition for an enhanced, multi-sensory experience using light from projectors and speakers placed discreetly in the corners of the gallery space. Placing them low enough to the floor, the speakers enable sound from the audio track of original recordings to emanate from the objects themselves. Further, the audio track personifies the spider mother herself by echoing distantly, as if singing a lullaby nearby. By placing the installation vessels on the floor of the gallery, the artist intercepts familiar navigation by creating an unfamiliar environment. These vessels retain the eerie essence of a skull cap, or spider abdomen. In this context, the skull cap castings appear as hatchlings from which the mother spider's babies have emerged to be nurtured in an imagined adjacent nursery. Thus, instead of being designed to catch prey, Dunklin invites the viewer to an immersive and visually nurturing experience in the tangled web of waxed vessels.

      Clay Dunklin is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in the Baltimore/D.C. area whose experimental practice includes performative, video, and installation works. Dunklin has exhibited his work nationally, including shows at the Orlando Science Center and the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Dunklin is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park, and received his BFA in drawing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

      E. Avery Draper Gallery

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      The Realistic Colors of Art by Geraldo Gonzalez

      Mezzanine Gallery

      Aug
      02
      Fri
      INbudget
      #INbudget ($0-$10), Visual Arts

      The Mezzanine Gallery will feature an exhibition of works on paper by Wilmington artist Geraldo Gonzalez from August 2-30, 2019. The exhibition, titled “The Realistic Colors of Art,” includes his signature drawings of public transportation as well as new work. Mr. Gonzalez will host a free opening reception on Friday, August 2 from 5-8 p.m. and a closing reception on August 23 from 5-8 p.m.

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      RECURRING EVENT: Occurs 21 more times through Sep 27

      In the Flesh with Joshua Carter

      V-Trap Kitchen and Lounge

      Aug
      02
      Fri
      Visual Arts

      Joshua's abstract style of painting developed out of a confused sense of identity. He turned to painting as an outlet of emotion to express himself. We can all find a piece of ourselves or a story connection in Joshua's art. Stop by the Art Loop on August 2nd to meet the artist and learn more about his style.

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      August Art Loop

      The Delaware Contemporary

      Aug
      02
      Fri
      Visual Arts

      Sponsored by the City of Wilmington, the Art Loop is a great way to view the exhibitions in our galleries and visit the artist studios during our extended gallery hours. Held on the first Friday of the month, Art Loop Wilmington is free and open to the public

      FEATURED OPENING RECEPTIONS:
      "Amphibian Relationships"- solo exhibition by Artist No. 223, curated by Willie Yao
      "You Can’t Make It Without Ever Even Trying"- solo exhibition by University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow Kate Testa
      "Spider Mother" - A Draper Experiment by Clay Dunklin

      ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:
      "When It’s Done: the Making of a Chef" - book signing and tasting with author and chef Gretchen Hanson, an award-winning chef and restaurateur from the former Hobos Restaurant and Bar.

      6 - 8 | SABA Art-Making: Drawing and Printmaking

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      Opening of "Connected By a Thread" Exhibition

      Delaware College of Art and Design

      Aug
      02
      Fri
      Visual Arts

      The traveling exhibition “The Ese’Eja People of the Amazon: Connected by a Thread” consists of photographs and daguerreotypes made by Andrew Bale and University of Delaware photography faculty Jon Cox, as well as artifacts from daily life that have been curated by Dr. Monica Dominguez Torres and Dr. Vicki Cassman. The show illustrates a worldview, a way of life and a heritage. It also illustrates the contemporary challenges facing these resilient people as Amazonia loses many of its indigenous cultures along with the deep knowledge and wisdom these cultures have of the interconnectedness of nature. After opening as part of Art Loop Wilmington on August 2, “Connected by a Thread” will continue on view in DCAD's Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays through August 15.

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      N.C. Wyeth: Painter and Illustrator

      Somerville Manning Gallery

      Aug
      02
      Fri
      Museum Exhibitions, Visual Arts

      N.C. Wyeth: Painter and Illustrator

      Works from 1903-1940

      Opening Reception June 14th, 5:30-7:30 pm

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      RECURRING EVENT: Occurs 17 more times through Aug 24

      Artivists Artifacts Exhibition

      Urban Bike Project

      Aug
      02
      Fri
      Visual Arts

      An "Artivist" uses his art to inspire social change and D. Marque Hall is using his art to fight for it. The Athlete/Artivist and Author can now add Re-purpose sculptor onto his resume. He worked with Mark Ellis (Tyler Grad)- Owner of Remark Glass in S. Philly @ the BOK studios and local legend K.O. Simms to create a fighter made from old bike parts and other key items to inspire us to fight back against the pain and violence caused by dangerous drugs to ourselves, our families and our communities.

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      Bar None Comedy: Last Call For Stand Up!

      The Queen

      Aug
      02
      Fri
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      Comedy, Theater, Visual Arts

      Condo Jamz Radio presents 'Bar None Comedy.' This event will definitely bring the funny with its loaded lineup of stand up comedians that's ready to make you laugh out loud during this extravaganza. Comedians: Lonnie Webb Dylan Tucker Charles Walden Job Mixson

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      John Singletary's Anahata

      The Delaware Contemporary

      Aug
      03
      Sat
      INbudget
      #INbudget ($0-$10), Film, Visual Arts

      Out from the cloak of darkness emerges a fantastical universe of images that seem to exist in both the past and the present simultaneously. Drawing from an ancient visual language, Singletary seamlessly bridges history with the contemporary by capturing his meticulous and intimate choreography with an open-spectrum camera in his one-of-a-kind UV light studio using sophisticated OLED monitors...

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      RECURRING EVENT: Occurs 44 more times through Sep 22

      N.C. Wyeth: Painter and Illustrator

      Somerville Manning Gallery

      Aug
      03
      Sat
      Museum Exhibitions, Visual Arts

      N.C. Wyeth: Painter and Illustrator

      Works from 1903-1940

      Opening Reception June 14th, 5:30-7:30 pm

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      RECURRING EVENT: Occurs 16 more times through Aug 24

      John Singletary's Anahata

      The Delaware Contemporary

      Aug
      04
      Sun
      INbudget
      #INbudget ($0-$10), Film, Visual Arts

      Out from the cloak of darkness emerges a fantastical universe of images that seem to exist in both the past and the present simultaneously. Drawing from an ancient visual language, Singletary seamlessly bridges history with the contemporary by capturing his meticulous and intimate choreography with an open-spectrum camera in his one-of-a-kind UV light studio using sophisticated OLED monitors...

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      RECURRING EVENT: Occurs 43 more times through Sep 22

      Summer Group Show

      The Station Gallery

      Aug
      05
      Mon
      Visual Arts

      Group Show with a variety of styles & media featuring paintings, wood collage, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 9 – 5 (No Opening Reception in August) Celebrating 40 Years in Business 1979 – 2019

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      RECURRING EVENT: Occurs 20 more times through Aug 30
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