Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Update on CATS

Jay DeChesere's painting of the character Cassandra has been selected to represent WAA in the program for the Thalian Children's Theater production of CATS May 14-17.
The original painting will be shown and for sale to the public in the Art Show in the lobby of the Hannah Block Center for the duration of the show. Twenty-eight WAA artists will have their paintings of individual Cats available in the Art Show and Sale. A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Hannah Block Community Arts Center.

  “Cassandra”  by Jay DeChesere

Monday, April 27, 2015

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Call for Artists

Cape Fear Studios in Fayetteville is looking for art for a 2D competition and exhibit that will be held in July. Images for entries must be received by May 6. Info and prospectus found here.

Art for the Arboretum

Paintings, photography and fiber art of the Arboretum Gardens by seventeen WAA artists are on display and for sale at the Arboretum for the next three months. The art may be seen in the lobby of the main office building and the hallway leading to the gift shop. The Arboretum will receive a 20% commission on all sold pieces.

The participating artists are Karen Burr, Eleanor Davin, Alouise Fenstermacher, Ellie Gillette, Roslyn Hancock, Anita Jacques, Jan Koch, Ann Lees, Gretchen Murden, Judy Pawinski, Lori Joy Peterson, Mary E. Smith, Mary Trowbridge, Barbara Tuzzeo, Emily Vassar, Maria E. Williams and Karen Masterson.

Meet and Greet on Wednesday


From Tom Conway
Hi Everyone:
Twenty of my black and white photographs will be exhibited starting Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Arts Council of Wilmington, 221 N. Front St., Wilmington 28401, and continuing through Monday, June 22. An opening reception will be held on May 22 from 6-8PM. The theme of the exhibit is “Simple Compositions.” Hope you can make it to the opening or sometime during the month!

From Barbara Tuzzeo
Please come for this Special Artist, Janet Epstein
Friday May 1, 2015
6 to 8 PM
Sweet Nectars Florist and Gallery
473 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 115 in the Waterford Shoppes, Leland,NC
Janet is a member of WAA, Franklin Square Gallery, and Oak Island Art Guild. She is a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and was just appointed to the Leland Cultural Arts Council. She is presenting her Art Work in Watercolor and Mixed Media. She is a colorist who approaches Nature with an imaginative view.
Contacts: Barbara Tuzzeo 616-0628 or Steven Kennedy 371-2224

From Art Exposure

Art Exposure Show
Jewelry and Fiber
Vicki Thatcher and Judy Lewis
Opening is Friday May 8 from 6-8 pm.
Show will remain up through May.
22527 Highway 17
Hampstead NC

From Randy McNamara

New paintings by Randy McNamara
Aces Gallery * Downtown Wilmington NC
221 North Front Street Suite 101


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Meet and Greet Invitation

All current and new WAA members are invited to our Spring "Meet & Greet!"
It will be held on Wednesday, April 29th at the Arboretum from 6:00 to 8:00PM.

This is a wonderful opportunity to officially welcome in our new members AND the perfect venue for everyone to meet new artist friends! We will be serving lots of snacks, desserts, wine, sodas, etc. for you to enjoy while making new friends and connections. Please contact Elaine Cooper at: elainerogerscooper@gmail.com with any questions you may have. We hope to see you all on the 29th!

Monday, April 20, 2015

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Message from the Education Committee

WAA members and non-members are encouraged to attend our monthly meetings at the New Hanover County Arboretum 6.30pm to 9pm on the second Thursday of the month, throughout the year, excepting the months of July and August.  We have interesting speakers and lots of member-to-member socializing.  Our workshops are another great benefit for you all.  Here's what is happening soon at WAA!

On Thursday May 14th we have printmaker Susan Baehmann speaking about the different types of printmaking, showing examples of prints and printmaking tools.  It promises to be a very educational evening as we get to learn about how these fascinating and time-consuming artworks are conceived and executed from an expert.  This is not your mother's giclee!

June is picnic time.  On June 11th we gather at Hugh MacRae Park, Shelter #5, at 5pm for the annual WAA Picnic.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, and delicious sides !  We have a still life set up for all to add their individual touch to a combined painting....it is great fun, and a super way to get to know members, old and new.

Two workshops, so far, have been organized in the next half-year.  Both are tremendous opportunities to hone your skills, whether seasoned artist or a newcomer to painting.  Both workshops are 3-day and cost $325 for members and $375 for non-members.  (As WAA membership is only $35 p.a., it pays to join)

Here is brief information on these two workshops:
On Wednesday, July 22nd to Friday, July 24th, Winston-Salem painter, David Kessler will present an all-media workshop aimed to loosen up and paint more freely.  All who use watercolor, acrylic, pastel and oil are welcome.  You'll learn to loosen-up your painting style, paint with more freedom, be more spontaneous, be more expressive.  David is a well-known painter and a dynamic instructor who gives workshops all over the United States.

Our own watercolor master Betty Brown is treating us to a workshop on Tuesday, October 27th to Thursday, October 29th.  Students will need at least a minimal background in the watercolor medium.  Betty has vast experience as an award-winning exhibitor, juror and teacher in museum classes and workshops over forty years.  She is very well-known in the area as an excellent instructor.
More details on the programs and workshops later.  Supply lists will be available and PayPal payment will be online next month.

So come on and get to know fellow artists and our terrific group of friendly and creative people!  
Ann Lees
Education Committee Chair
Art in the Arboretum

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Last Call for Silver Artists

Erika Lawrence, chair of Silver Arts, would like to remind everyone that Wednesday April 15 is the deadline to enter SilverArts.

If you have any questions, please contact her at:
1.  910-792-9378
2. erikalawrence@hotmail.com
3. theArtWorks, 200 Willard Street, Wilmington

You may also refer to previous posts or go to the WAA website by clicking here.

Monday, April 13, 2015

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Many thanks!

Janet Sessoms and Brad Carter thank everyone for helping to make the Spring Show a rousing success. Attendees were very complimentary, plus we had excellent sales. You can find a list of winners on the WAA website, right here.
The People's Choice award was announced almost at closing time. Here is Craig Hales with his winning work, #83, Inside Out.

Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival: An Interactive Event

The 2015 Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival will be held Saturday May 16 from 10-5. It is a free to the public event with more than one hundred artists providing exhibitions, performances, and many hands-on activities. It builds upon the arts community to bring people into the creative processes so they can better understand and appreciate the many expressions of art.
There will be three interactive areas - visual, performing, and culinary arts.
Visual Arts - Artists will have their fine arts and crafts available for sale, and many will demonstrate their creative processes. Festivalgoers may find beautiful sculpture, glasswork, paintings, and jewelry.
Culinary Arts - This will feature cooking demonstrations and educational programs by local chefs, restaurants and shops. Uncle Vinny's will demonstrate the proper way to throw a pizza pie, and Sweet Morning Farm will show how to make artisan bread in five minutes!
Performing Arts - Performances will include Chaquis, an up and coming blues singer, songwriter/singer/one woman band, Beaches and Boots line dancers, Cape Fear Dance Studio, and other local performers.
Feature Event - This is a community made collage directed by Lynette Ashby and Ann Krier, locally known collage artists. Festivalgoers can help create a beautiful collage picture while learning the process for paper art.
For more info contact Christine Higgins at 610.909.7643 or chris@artfulliving group.com

Monday, April 6, 2015

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Co-president Liz Hosier received this from Art Exposure notifying her of the death of an artist and WAA member.

Our long time artist and friend Lynn Padgett passed away on Tuesday.  Lynn was dedicated to her passion with watercolor, and the community truly recognizes their home town artist. 
We will miss her dearly.

Her service was held Saturday.

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The Spring Show at the Hannah Block Arts Center is open to the public this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10-5.
Come, encourage others to come, and enjoy.

Deadline April 15
The Wilmington Art Association is proudly participating in the SilverArts once again by sponsoring the Visual and Heritage Arts. SilverArts is the category for all the arts, visual, heritage, literary, and performing, and is a component of Senior Games by the Sea. It is a statewide arts competition for adults age fifty and older and provides an opportunity for the winners to go to the state finals. You will also have an opportunity to sell your artwork during the show and sale from May 8-May 10.
  • Entry fee is $15.00
  • Five pieces of artwork may be entered into Visual Arts and Heritage Arts , however only three pieces in one subcategory are allowed. Example three mixed media and two oils.
  • New this year. Bin work will be accepted. 2D up to five pieces. 3D two pieces.
  • Each subcategory will be judged separately. Example: oils, mixed media, pottery, woodwork with two separate judges for 2D and 3D
  • Private reception and awards ceremony for artists and guests
  • Exhibition and Sale for visual and heritage arts open to the public for three days, May 8-10, 2015.
  • Live entertainment on Mother's Day.
Complete details in the entry form found here or
pick up entry forms by the front door of theArtWorks, 200 Willard Street.

To complete entry forms, fill out Visual Art page 8 and/or Heritage Arts page 7.

If you have any questions, please contact Erika Lawrence:
910.792.9378 or erikalawrence @hotmail.com



Summer Regional Show 2 D Workshop  June 1 – 3, 2015
“Romancing your Muse” Mixed Media Collage with Vae Hamilton"
This workshop is about finding your direction and the time to go there.  It’s about fun collage and painting techniques, letting go and enjoying the mediums and how to create new and exciting textures using unconventional techniques.  The class will be coloring tissue papers, preparing collage material with magazine pages and metal polish, creating pealed–paper backgrounds and how to use photo transfer methods using family and friend’s photos. Vae will help you to hone motivational skills, something you’ve always wanted to know about.  She is anything but traditional so if you are in a rut and want to step out or just want to investigate an old friend called collage you’ll be fully inspired.
Vae Hamilton attended Western Illinois University and the University of Colorado majoring in Art.  She is featured in Gerald Brommer’s book, “Collage Techniques”, as well as creating the cover art for “Branches, Volume 10” receiving the 2001 Editor’s Choice Award. (To view Vae’s work please visit – http://hamilton.artplaces.com    or  http:// carltongallery.com  
The workshop will be held at Franklin Square Gallery. The fee is $240.
$120 is due at the time of registration.
For more information, please contact Jan Boland  @ 910-253-3101 or jboland1@ec.rr.com
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