Saturday, January 21, 2017


Arts in Wilmington Party

Arts in Wilmington will be hosting its First Annual Awards Party on January 28, 2017 at the ArtWorks from 6 - 9 pm. Beer and wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $25 per person and can be bought on line or at the door. You are invited!


Monday, January 16, 2017

eblast January 17, 2017

January General Meeting

Our next meeting will be WEDNESDAY January 25 at the NHC Arboretum 
starting with the social half hour at 6 pm.

We look forward to hearing our presenter 
Rhonda Bellamy, Executive Director of Wilmington's Art Council.
Be there for our first meeting of 2017!

Spring Show Call for Artists

Registration is up and running for Spring Show 
Submissions until February 28.
Please go to WilmingtonArt for all you need to know.

A fun celebratory evening honoring the recipients of the first annual
Arts in Wilmington Awards will be held on 

January 28, 2017 from 6-9 pm at the ArtWorks. 

Tickets are $25 in advance and at the door.
Please call 910-524-2679 for information.

Southport Spring Art Show
The Associated Artists of Southport, NC is accepting entries through February 13, 2017
for the Spring Art Show 
to take place February 27 to March 18, 2017. 
Kate Worm (2D) and Amy Levine (3D) will judge from actual work. 
All work will be displayed at Franklin Square Gallery.

Franklin Square is having a Spring 2D Workshop
 February 27, 28, March 1, 2017
Kate Worm
Join Kate and explore unusual ways of applying watercolor and gouache to create beautiful figure paintings with a contemporary look. Students will work from life with a model. The model will be clothed for some sessions and unclothed for others. Good drawing and color choices will be emphasized. Printmaking brayers, eyedroppers, and scrapers will be tools of choice along with brushes. 
Kate Worm holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Columbia University Teachers College with minors in visual arts. She studied figure painting for four years with renowned painter and educator Andrew Martin at UNC Greensboro. Her figure paintings were featured in American Artist Watercolor, summer 2006. Kate is a Signature Member of WSNC (2010 first place winner) and the National Watercolor Society. 

Registration Form: Kate Worm Workshop
Sponsor:  Associated Artists of Southport
Place: Franklin Square Gallery
Hours: 9 am – 4 pm (with a one hour lunch break)
Workshop Fee: $295
A deposit of $147.50 is required at the time of registration. The balance is due February 1, 2017. Cancellation policy: Before Feb. 15, if there is a person on the waiting list to take your place or if you find someone to register in your place, a refund less 15% will be returned to you. If not, no refund is given.
Please complete this form and mail your deposit to: Jan Boland, 2836 Thornwood Ct., S.E., Southport, NC 28461

Name: (Please print clearly) _____________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________
Telephone # and e-mail address: __________________________________________________
(Please make out check to A.A.S.)
For more information, please contact Jan Boland (910-253-3101) 


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

eblast January 10, 2017

WAA Spring Show Call for Artists

Click here for more info and prospectus for WAA Spring Art Show.

Southport Spring Art Show

The Associated Artists of Southport, NC is accepting entries through February 13, 2017
for the Spring Art Show to take place February 27 to March 18, 2017. Kate Worm (2D) and Amy Levine (3D) will judge from actual work. All work will be displayed at Franklin Square Gallery.
Click here for prospectus

Programs for January, February and March

January - Rhonda Bellamy - How WAA and Arts Council can collaborate.

February - Kirah Van Sickle - The Art of the Critique - an overview of what judges, gallery owners and you as an artist look for in a dynamic, engaging work of art.  How can one improve on fundamentals and create a body of work that reflects your personal voice.

March - Patti Jenkins - as a Wilmington attorney, Patti focuses on protecting the work and the rights of artists. "She will explain what a copyright is and how you can get one; what you should do and what you need to do; and what it protects you against - who can use your stuff and under what parameters and exceptions" (as quoted in the January 2017 issue of Wilma magazine).

April - No meeting

Rhonda Bellamy
Rhonda Bellamy served as interim executive director of the newly formed Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County from its launch in December 2011 and was named to the permanent post in July 2012.  Bellamy has served on a variety of arts-related boards, including the Black Arts Alliance, the North Carolina Black Film Festival and the Cameron Art Museum.

A graduate of North Carolina Central University, she was recently honored by the City of Wilmington as one of its Living Legends. Other honors include being named Women of the Year - New Hanover Human Relations Commissions, YWCA Woman of Achievement in the Arts, and one of the 50 Most Influential Arts Leaders (Star News). 

Kirah Van Sickle
Kirah has over 30 years experience of working with galleries, juried shows and exhibits as a fine artist, illustrator, instructor and gallery member.  She has an MS in Scientific visualization and a MFA in Painting. Kirah is a Golden certified artist-educator (one of about 45 in the US) that provides her with insight and working knowledge of traditional and contemporary materials for acrylic, oil, watercolor and mixed media.

Patti Jenkins
Patti Jenkins is an attorney with Hogue Hill in Wilmington, NC where she practices estate planning as well as corporate and intellectual property law. She started her career in NYC at a large corporate firm which did an extensive amount of pro bono work with artists. As a result, she received training through the New York Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Patti continues her pro bono work with the arts having helped dozens of artists in different capacities since moving to Wilmington in 1993.
(information gathered from Jan 2017 article in Wilma Magazine)

Nancy Noel May

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

eblast January 4, 2017

Art of the Bloom is new collaborative art venture of the Blockade Runner and the Cameron Art Museum.
A previous eblast mentioned Betty Brown is going to be demonstrating during the weekend.
Now we know that WAA members Peggy Vineyard, Mary Whitehurst, and Helene Pasin will be also participating by doing a flower arrangement to match an abstract painting provided by the Museum.  It will be on display at the Blockade Runner this Friday January 6th, 9:00-9:00, Saturday January 7th, 9:00-5:00, and Sunday, January 8th, 9:00-4:00.
For more information go to

We hope to see you at the Meet and Greet -Thursday evening at the Arboretum from 6-8 pm - as we kick off the New Year!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

eblast January 2, 2017

If strange things from WAA have landed in your inbox, don't worry.
It looks as if  a google gremlin was stirring up some mischief.
But it did prompt Betty Brown to let us know that she is teaching classes on January 9, 16, and 23 and has some spaces available. Please let her know if you are interested. Email

New Officers

In case you missed the last two meetings, here is a list of the officers and committee chairs for 2017.
If you need to contact anyone, login to the members portal and look in the online membership directory.

President - Susan Buteau
Vice President - Sheryl Swanson
Secretary - Kay Bilisoly
Treasurer - Gail Guthrie
Membership - Elaine Cooper
Outreach - Sue Cunningham
Education - Liz Hosier
Internal Communication - Jane Capen
Publicity - Jay DeChesere
Grants - Connie Houser
Spring Show - Gail Guthrie
Silver Arts - Marty Relan
Website - Liz Hosier

General Meeting Dates

Remember the first 4 WAA general meetings will be held on the 4th Wednesday at the NHC Arboretum at six pm for social time with the meeting starting at 6:30.

The First Four on the Fourth!

These are the dates:

January 25
February 22
March 22
* No meeting in April because of the Spring Show
May 24

Spring Show Call for Artists!

Are you making plans for entering the 35th Annual Spring Show?
Artwork submissions will be accepted through February 28, 2017.
Please click here see the prospectus.

Joanne Geisel Class
Joanne Geisel to teach "Oil Painting: Creating large format paintings (six sessions)"
Tackle those large projects you may have wanted to create.  Joanne will help you from the planning stages to the execution. We will work from studies and our own photos.  Join the class to develop your skills, receive support and mentoring with the process. 
What is large? For some students a 16x20 size would be large.  Others will be tackling 30x40 canvases. Some folks will develop their paintings from their drawings and black and white studies; others may choose to complete small paintings before executing a large painting.
Please let Joanne know if you have questions or to register. By email or phone 910-371-6160.
Location:  Hannah Block Community Center, 120 S 2nd St, Wilmington
Dates: Wednesdays, January 11 – February 15
Time: 9:30am -12:00noon
Fee: $150
To register: contact Joanne Geisel by email - or 910-371-6160

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

eblast December 28, 2016

Meet and Greet on January 5, 2017

Join your WAA friends for fun, tasty morsels, wine and soft drinks...and lots of time with old and new friends.

The Arboretum
Thursday January 5, 2017
6 - 8 PM

For questions, please contact Elaine at

Losses in the Art Community

We send our sympathy to the family and loved ones of WAA member George Rabito who died on December 20.
Also we send our love and our condolences to Zero Hartline whose husband Perry Hartline passed away on December 23.

Betty Brown

Betty Brown will demonstrate a watercolor floral still life at Art of the Bloom at the Blockage Runner from 2 - 4 PM on Saturday January 7, 2017.
Sounds like a fascinating weekend exhibit and fundraiser.

Spring Show Call for Artists

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Looking ahead


Join your WAA friends for fun, tasty morsels, wine and soft
drinks…and lots of time with old and NEW friends!
The Arboretum on Thursday, January 5th
 6:00-8:00 pm

Friday, December 9, 2016

Spring Show 2017

Jay DeChesere's "Art on the Cape Fear" will be the featured art for the Spring Show poster as well as any other promos. Congratulations to Jay for his winning watercolor that represents our town so well.