“Held in Bloom” Paintings
by Chloe McEldowney.
Artist Reception, Friday, December 17, 5-9pm with a live band.
Chris White Gallery,
701 N. Shipley Street,
You are invited to see the paintings of local artist Chloe McEldowney. Of her work, she says, “For me, painting is the endless pursuit of understanding. On the surface, my paintings portray a singular figure, but my work expresses instead the idea that nothing exists in isolation. Every individual is comprised of parts: identity and memory, intention and emotion. And they themselves are a part of a larger universe.” Click here to learn more about this Chris White Gallery exhibit.
In a moment of far-sighted inspiration, the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew purchased the property at the other end of the block. At that time, the 5-story brick building was a wreck. Glass was gone from the windows and the HVAC units on the roof had fallen to the basement. Trees were growing out of the building into the street.
Finally, a successful effort was led by Chris White, at the time our senior warden as well as an attorney for the Legal Aide Society of Wilmington. Others in our church lent their hands and minds to the renovation, as did the City of Wilmington, the State of Delaware, and the federal government of the United States. The result — Shipley Lofts — 23 studio apartments, most of which are affordably priced. Artists are given priority leasing.
In the building is a two-level contemporary art gallery. Because Chris White was killed on the sidewalk just outside the gallery just before the building was to open, the gallery is named after him.
Our church still owns the property on which the building stands and at least three members of our church are board members of the Chris White Community Development Corporation, the 501(c)(3) corporation which governs the building and gallery. As of November, 2021, three members of our church were serving on the board: Geoff Sawyer, Sharon Leyhow, and Danny Schweers. Please contact them with questions or if you feel called to join in this community-building ministry.