Monday, March 30, 2015

eblast March 31, 2015


Please contact Peggy Vineyard if you can help during the evening of Thursday April 9.

Thank you.


Deadline for submission to Silver Arts is April 15.
For all info click here

Art in the Arboretum Poster Needed
The Art in the Arboretum committee is still accepting artwork to be considered for its poster.
The Arboretum dragon must be included in the art.
Please submit your jpeg image to Maria Williams at Or call her at 910.791.2308 for more info.

Monday, March 23, 2015

eblast March 24, 2015

Betsy Heckethorn and I painted together every Wednesday at Jackie Malpass' home in what we call Jac's Shak. We numbered  five or six depending who was in town. Jeanne Gowdy, Yvonne Jones, Diane McCord, Jackie, Betsy and me. We are going to miss Betsy dearly as we always had such a grand time together. We all used different mediums but were always able to give each artist a word of advice if we felt it would help out our friend. Occasionally we invited another painter to join us. We called this group "The Color Wheels'" and each of us chose our favorite color to represent. We also referred to our weekly meetings as our analysis sessions. We all felt better when our sessions were over and we had aired all of our problems. You could clear up any problems each needed to air then laugh at the  similarities we all shared.
Bob Gera was also a grand artist who could do some marvelous Black and White Charcoal drawings. Bob and I used to work together when Wilmington Art Association had our Gallery on Castle and Chandlers Wharf. He was an interesting fellow and fun to spend time with while working our shared times of the month. Bob was 91 and had a very interesting life. He had been a Purple Heart recipient and had been a designer with a furniture company when he and his wife Ann lived in New York City.
Thank you for passing this information along to members.
Barbara Tuzzeo


Being held May 8-10 at theArtWorks, 200 Willard Street.
April 15 is the deadline for entries.
Everything you need to know including printable entry forms can be found by clicking here.


The Spring Show is always a wonderful time 
for you to honor a friend or family member with an award
or ribbon
 Just support the WAA Spring Show with a donation.
Please mail checks to:
Janet B. Sessoms
108 Turtle Cay
Unit 9
Wilmington, NC 28412

or contact Janet at 910.840.0208 or
Deadline for receiving donations is March 27, 2015
 Thanks for your support for the Spring Show.  
Janet Sessoms, Spring Show Chair
Liz Hosier and Gale Smith, Co-Presidents

Reception will be held Thursday April 9 from 5 - 7 pm.
1. For those members who signed up to bring wine:
WHITE only please.
Preferably it should be brought chilled to the Hannah Block Art Center on Thursday afternoon.
2. We also need volunteers for bartending/wine pouring during the reception.
Bartenders should arrive by 4:30 pm if possible.  Please email Peggy Vineyard at if you can help.

Art in the Arboretum Poster Contest
Artwork is needed for the poster for Art in the Arboretum that will be held in October.
Please submit a jpeg image of watercolor, acrylic, or oil painting that represents the Arboretum and includes their iconic dragon to the AitA committee by May 29. 
The painting must be no larger than 35"x24" and the jpeg no larger than 2 mb.
Submit to Maria Williams by May 29.
For more info contact Maria at 910.791.2308 or
Orange Street ArtsFest

WILMINGTON, NC – The Thalian Association is seeking artists for the 20th Anniversary Orange Street ArtsFest, Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 23rd from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday May 24th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The celebrated street fair is held on Orange Street next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center with some exhibitors inside the building. The popular juried show is the largest arts festival in downtown Wilmington and will feature over 60 artists with $550.00 in prize money.

Applicants must submit a color photo of original work in acrylic, oils, watercolor, sculpture, drawing, graphics, wearable arts, leather jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, metal work or mixed media. Photographically or commercially reproduced work is also acceptable in limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist. For information about booth rental, deadlines and application process please click here or email Samantha Herrick, Community Arts Center Director at
The Orange Street ArtsFest is a family friendly event for visitors of all ages also featuring entertainment form Thalian Association and their Children’s Theater, old fashioned fair food, and the signature cuisine of celebrity chef Keith Rhodes and the Catch Food Truck.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sad News

It is with great sadness that we share this information.  

Our long time member of the Wilmington Art Association, Betsy Heckethorn, passed away this morning at her home.
Betsy was ​very dedicated to the WAA. She served as Spring Show Chair for several years, our Treasurer for many years, taught art classes for the elderly at the Hannah Block Center and was one who was well versed in our By-Laws. She was our "go to person" when anyone had a question regarding past history. Betsy will be truly missed.  
The service will be held at Andrews Mortuary  4108 S. College Rd. on Monday, March 23 at 10:00.  
After the service, WAA members are invited to visit with the family at Betsy's home.  The address is 418 W. Blackbeard Rd. Wilmington, NC.

Gale Smith
and Liz Hosier 
WAA Co-Presidents ​


Monday, March 16, 2015

eblast March 17, 2015

Thank you to all artists who entered the show and provided a wonderful variety of work from which the juror could select.
Congratulations to all of the artists who will be showing in the
WAA 33rd Annual Spring Art Show and Sale.

Please carefully read the Prospectus to be certain your work is framed and presented correctly.

Artists who are bringing bins and bin work need to read the Prospectus carefully!
There are very clear directions on how to present bin work.

READING THE PROSPECTUS CAREFULLY will reduce problems on entry day,
Monday, April 6 starting at 9 am and ending at 4 pm.


Collective Works by Becky Bucci on exhibit through March 24 at
the Wilmington Council of Arts
ACES Gallery, 221 N. Front Street, Wilmington
For details and dollar off admission coupon click here

WAA / Thalian Association Children's Theater - Art Show 

WAA artists in good standing are invited to paint the CATS Thalian Association's Children’s Theater performers in costume for an art show at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center. Paintings will be for sale during the performance dates of May 14-17, 2015.
Sign up deadline is April 1st.
Artists will photograph actors in costume on Saturday, April 25.  Paintings will be then be created from their reference photographs.
For details click here.
Questions? Contact Gretchen Murden at 910.395.4559 or


WAA has been asked to provide paintings OF the Arboretum Gardens to be
displayed in the Arboretum main office building and the hallway outside the gift shop.
One painting or photograph will be accepted from each artist. 
The framed or gallery wrapped art will be displayed for three months and be for sale with a 20% commission going to the Arboretum.  If the number of entries exceeds the space available, the artwork will be chosen by drawing names.  The remaining art will then be hung for the following three months.  Deadline for entry is April 1, 2015.

To sign-up contact Gretchen Murden at 910.395.4559 or 


Application due April 1
Show will be held June 27.
Click here for sponsor form.
Are you interested in having your art on the poster for the Art in the Arboretum show that will be held in October 2015?
You may submit a jpeg image of watercolor, acrylic, or oil painting that represents the Arboretum and includes their iconic dragon to the AITA committee by May 29 for selection. The painting must be no larger than 35"x24" and the jpeg no larger than 2 mb.
Submit to Maria Williams by May 29.
The winner will be notified by email.
For more info contact Maria at 910.791.2308 or


Monday, March 9, 2015

Call for Artists

WAA-Art Show-Thalian Association Children's Theater 
WAA artists in good standing are invited to paint the children who will be performing in CATS at the Hannah Block Arts Center. The children will be there in costume on Saturday April 25 for the artists to photograph for reference photos.
The finished paintings will be available for purchase during the actual performances that will run from May 14-17, 2015.
Sign up deadline is April 1.  
For details click WAA website
For questions contact Gretchen Murden at 910.395.4559 or



Call for Artists

Please click on WAA website for more info



Monday, March 2, 2015

eblast March 3, 2015

Artists' Week Workshop
WAA member Jackie Malpass is recovering from a compound fracture to her ankle. 
Please send greetings to brighten her stay in rehab.

    Davis Community
    Jackie Malpass
    Breakers - Rm. 13
   1011 Porters Neck Road
    Wilmington,  NC 28411


Silver Arts
The WAA invites all 2D and 3D artists over the age of fifty to participate in the Silver Arts, a component of Senior Games by the Sea, to be held May 8 -10, 2015 at theArtWorkstm  200 Willard Street, Wilmington.
All first, second, and third place winners will have the opportunity, if they choose, to compete in the State Finals in Raleigh in the fall.
There are four categories in Silver Arts: Visual Arts, Heritage Arts, Literary Arts, and Performing Arts. The WAA is participating by sponsoring the Visual and Heritage Arts part of this state sponsored event.
            DEADLINE to enter is April 15th 
· Total entry fee into the SilverArts is $15.00
· 5 pieces of art work can be entered into Visual Arts and Heritage Arts. 
However only 3 pieces in any one sub-category are allowed. ex: 3 mixed media and 2 oils.
· NEW this yearBIN WORK will be accepted 2D-5 pieces and 3D-2 pieces 
· Each sub-category---oils, acrylic, watercolor, woodwork, pottery, etc. 
will be judged separately with two separate judges for 2D and 3D.
· Private Reception and Award Ceremony for artists and guests.
· Exhibition and Sale for Visual Arts and Heritage Arts ----  
Will be open to the public for 3 days May 8 to May 10th--
giving you the opportunity to sell your creations.
ENTRY FORMS can be PICKED UP at the following location:
                           theArtWorkstm, 200 Willard St. 
Click here for more information and printable entry forms   
Questions? CONTACT:   
Erika Lawrence 910.792.9378 for Visual Arts and Heritage Arts
Annette Crumpton 910.617.2011 for Literary Arts and Performing Arts
Call for Artists
Plein Air at Wrightsville Beach
May 8 and 9, 2015
Plein air artists are invited to participate in the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History’s second plein air event. We will encourage the participation of the public in this event by inviting them to drop by and watch the artists as they paint. A portion of the sales of the works will support the museum.
Artists will have their canvases stamped at the museum beginning at 8 am on Friday May 8. Artists may paint until 2 pm on Saturday May 9. They will bring their paintings to the museum for A Wet Paint Sale 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm on the lawn and porch of the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, 303 West Salisbury Street. The artists will gather and the public is invited to view and purchase an original piece of art. If the artist chooses, up to two unsold paintings per artist may be hung in the Museum through August.
Artists must register prior to the event. Registration will be limited to the first 40 artists who register and pay their registration fee. For more information, call the museum at 910-256-2569 or visit their website .
Save the Date 
We hope your year is off to a very creative start.
We want to be sure you get this year's Art in the Arboretum on your calendar.  SO!  SAVE THE DATE for OCTOBER 2, 3 & 4.  Last year was extremely successful for both artists and the arboretum. A large part of this success had to do with the quality of art you provided and the generosity you demonstrated by participating in the show. We hope that each of you will consider participating in this fun and exciting event again this fall!  
Looking forward,
The Art in the Arboretum Artist Committee