Solo exhibit by Roderick Hidalgo
• Opening, Friday, October 7, 5-9pm
• Closing, Friday, November 4, 5-9pm
“Serious Play” solo art exhibit by Roderick Hidalgo at the Chris White Gallery, 701 N. Shipley Street, at the other end of the block from our church. This exhibit was curated by Andy Vible. Three members of our church consider this non-profit art gallery and apartment building to be their ministry. Click here to learn more about the Chris White exhibits.
Photo is of “Gummy’s are Forever”, 2022, Cast resin and pigment on wood by Roderick Hidalgo.
Our Church, Chris White, and Shipley Lofts
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. For decades, 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 over 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 resources to the renovation, as did the City of Wilmington, the State of Delaware, and the federal government of the United States. The resulting non-profit organization manages 23 studio apartments, most of which are affordably priced. Artists are given priority leasing.
In the building is a two-level contemporary art gallery which celebrates the arts.
Tragically, Chris White was killed on the sidewalk 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 July, 2022, the three members of our church serving on the board were Sharon Leyhow, Geoff Sawyer, and Danny Schweers. Please contact them with questions or if you feel called to join in this community ministry.