Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Art in the Arboretum Postponed a Week

Due to the weather forecast, Art in the Arboretum will not be held this week.
It will now be held October 9 - 11.
Here's hoping the weather will be beautiful then.

Monday, September 28, 2015

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Congratulations to Silver Arts State Winners! 

Karen Wiles won First Place in Photography for "Elegance of Creation."

Jay DeChesere won First Place in Watercolors for "Thai Wedding Parade" AND third place in Pastels for "Keffer Oak."

Way to go!

Paint Out Wilmington! Oct 11 - 17 
Registration open now

The Arts Council of Wilmington and NHC invites artists to Paint Out Wilmington! our annual juried plein air in Wilmington October 11-17, 2015. Both painter and subject must be outdoors. The event is open to any artist who uses oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, pencil, or pen/ink.

Sponsored by the  Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC in association with the Wilmington Art Association, Paint Out Wilmington! 2015 will feature adult and youth divisions.

CASH PRIZES! 1st Price $1000, 2nd Price $500, 3rd Price $250, $100 People's Choice, 5 Honorable mentions

For prospectus/registration form -

Print out, fill out and mail in - or - fill out and bring to registration on October 11.

Arboretum Show is this weekend

Friday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. 
Beautiful art inside and outside in the gardens.
Several People's Choice awards will be given.
Come and vote and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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The Wilmington Art Association Proudly Presents
A Special Three Day Workshop
To Be Held from Tuesday October 27 to Thursday October 29

Painting Still Life, Landscapes, and the Human head in Watercolor

From Tuesday October 27 to Thursday October 29, well known Wilmington artist Betty Brown will teach a three day workshop at the New Hanover County Arboretum 
from 9 am to 4 pm. 
It is aimed to help master the art of painting landscapes, still life, and the human head.
Students will need a minimal background of painting in this medium.
Sign up at

Betty Brown

Betty Brown’s work will open in an exhibition, “Color on Color,” at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, on October 8. The opening reception is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. 
The work that is to be featured are abstracts in oils on panel with some collage.

Lori Joy Peterson

Lori Joy Peterson will be Cape Fear Native’s featured artist for Fourth Friday Sept. 25, 2015.
The opening reception will be between 6-9 pm. 
Her artwork is loose, free, and colorful and reflects her love of plein air.

Monday, September 21, 2015

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 2016 Poster Art Contest
For the 34th Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sale

The 2016 Spring Show Committee announces the Poster Art Contest for the 34th Annual Juried Art Show & Sale (Show). The winning artwork will be used to publicize the Show and will be featured on a framed poster to be auctioned off at the Show. The image will also be on posters, smaller posters, cards and invitations that will be for sale during the show.   
Entry requirements
·        Current membership (2015) in the WAA
·        Artwork in any 2-D media and on any non-offensive subject
·        *New Submission Option High quality resolution images of 3-D work. 
·        One piece of artwork per artist
Submission requirements
·        Entry must be emailed to Your entry should include   artwork in .jpg format as well as artist’s name, address, phone number and email address.
·        Signature on the artwork must be blocked.
·        Submittal of entries opens October 1, 2015
·        Deadline to receive entries is 8pm Eastern Standard Time, Saturday November 28, 2015.
The Show committee will select the winning artwork on Tuesday December 01, 2015. The winner will be contacted immediately and announced on Thursday December 10, 2015 at the WAA Holiday Banquet.   
Selected Artwork 
 The selected artwork may not be entered into the Show. The artwork will be displayed at the Show and may be offered for sale; however, it is not required to be for sale. If the artwork is sold either prior to or during the Show, the standard 30% commission will be due WAA. A framed poster will be on display and auctioned off at the Show with proceeds to benefit WAA. The artist will be asked to sign posters during the Show reception on Thursday April 7, 2016. All proceeds from poster sales will benefit WAA. 


Our next General Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 8th, 2015.  We will meet as usual at 6.30pm.  The meeting will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 16 North 16th Street - that is at the junction of Market and 16th Streets. Parking is around the back of the church off Princess. PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE OF VENUE!

Our speaker will be Bonnie Rogers who teaches pastel figure drawing at the Cameron Museum School. Bonnie will give a demonstration of her beautiful pastel work and will demo a live figure painting in pastel. She is excited to share her passion with like-minded artists. Bonnie has a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts from UNC-Wilmington. She worked  as a graphic designer and is an award-winning artist and teacher in pastel and oils.  
Her work is figurative, and she also enjoys landscape painting en plein air.  

Let your friends know - and remind them of the venue change. This change is just for October's meeting. The meeting in November will be at NHC Arboretum, when we will welcome Justine Ferreri, well-known Wilmington clay artist.

Ann Lees
WAA Education Chair

Monday, September 14, 2015

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Call to Artists

                              “BABES IN TOYLAND”  ART SHOW
WAA  Artists are invited to participate in an art show in collaboration with the
Thalian Association Children’s Theater performance of “Babes in Toyland”
Dec 3-6, 2015 at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center at 2nd & Orange.

Each participating artist will be assigned a performer to paint.  The paintings will be
created from reference photographs taken by the artists of the performers in  their
costumes two weeks prior to the event.
The paintings will be on display and for sale during the performances in the
lobby of the HBC.
                                  CRITERIA FOR ARTWORK
Mediums:  watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, collage, charcoal or mixed media (no photography)
Size:  Not to exceed 11” x 14” 
Price:  Not to exceed $100 (Frames may be priced additionally)
All paintings must be ready to hang, framed or gallery wrapped.  (no sawtooth hangers)
The Community Art Center will receive 20% commission.
November 1:  Deadline for entry          
To enter:  email or call Gretchen Murden at
November 14:   Photo Shoot at HBC  - 10 am  (time to be confirmed closer to the date)
November 30:  Deliver paintings to HBC between 10 am and noon.  
                            Artists will be required to sign a consignment agreement form.
                            Paintings will then be hung for the art show.
December  3-6:  “Babes in Toyland” performances
December 7:  Pick up unsold artwork from 10 am - noon

Liz Hosier Show

Abstract "Scapes" - 
One Artist's Visions

A collection of paintings by Liz Hosier at 
Caprice Bistro
10 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington 
from September 11 - November 6
Opening reception Thursday September 24 from 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm.

                                Dennis Schaefer Show 

Dennis will have an art exhibit at Art Fuel with opening reception this Saturday evening.
All WAA members are invited.

Diverse Works

WAA members Peggy Vineyard and Katherine Wolfe Webb will be among a group of nine women who are having a show at Acme Gallery on September 25 from 5 - 9 pm. 
Please stop by.

Please note . . . 

The address for submitting info for the blog/eblast has been changed. 
Let is know if you have something newsworthy that you would like to share with the rest of the members. 

Paint Out Wilmington

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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Reminder of Thursday's Meeting

The upcoming General Meeting Thursday evening at the Arboretum has been planned with fun in mind. After the 7 pm meeting, there will be another time of socializing, more snacks, information sharing, and great door prizes. It may be of special interest to newer members who want to learn more about the many things that WAA is involved in and perhaps find a niche for using their own interests and talents. 

Hope to see you there six-thirtyish on Thursday!

Arboretum Show Registration

The September 18th deadline for registration to Art in the Arboretum Exhibit is getting near.
Don't wait; register today. If you need help with online registration, please let us know. Remember you can also hand deliver a hard copy or your registration to Arboretum Office. Please make sure to include payment and photos of your artwork for jurying. 
E-mail with accepted artists will be published on WAA and Friends of the Arboretum websites on or after Sept. 19th.

Working in the AitA its a great way to meet other artists and FOA members.
There will be sign up sheets at the next WAA meeting, or contact the WAA AitA Chair Maria E Williams 910 791 2308 or to see where help is needed. 

Enter the show by registering online at website or or download registration and bring to Arboretum Office along with payment and photos.

Art in the Arboretum Gardens, a beautiful way to show and sell your Art.  
Don't miss it! See you there!

Maria E Williams

Arboretum Show Inventory and Barcodes

All registered artists for Art in the Arboretum should go ahead and enter their art items into the inventory section of the MySaleManager.Net (MSM) website. Once entered into inventory, you can print the barcode tags that will be used to check-in and then sell art items. Each of the check-in and check-out workstations will include barcode scanners.  This way we can keep better track of sold inventory to ensure that all artists are paid correctly.  
For more information about how to enter inventory and print the barcode tags, click on this link:

Please print on plain, not porous, 65 lb paper. Then separate labels by cutting. 

Reminder of Watercolor Workshop

This is a wonderful opportunity to study with Wilmington's own Betty Brown.

Betty will be teaching a three day workshop, "Painting Still Life, Landscape, and the Human Head" October 27th - 29th at the Arboretum. Classes will be from 9:30 am to 4 pm.
Cost is $310 for members and $360 for non-members.

You can register at

Any art opportunities to share? 

If so, please email the info to

Monday, September 7, 2015

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The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC invites artists to Paint Out Wilmington!, an annual plein air event in Wilmington, NC, October 11-17, 2015. Both painter and subject must be outdoors, and photographs are not used. The event is open to any artist who uses oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, pencil, or pen/ink. 

Artists will find no shortage of picturesque backdrops in downtown Wilmington, which features nearly two miles of Riverwalk along the Cape Fear River and a 230+ block National Register Historic District.   

Sponsored by the Arts Council of Wilmington, in association with the Wilmington Art Association, Paint Out Wilmington! 2015 will feature Adult and Youth divisions. The opening event will showcase youth ages 12-18 in a one-day plein air event on Sunday, October 11, 2015. The exhibition and sale will take place in Bijou Park in downtown Wilmington on Sunday, October 11, 2015.  

The Adult Division will run from Sunday, October 11, through Friday, October 16, 2015. The exhibition and sale will take place in and around Bijou Park in downtown Wilmington on Saturday, October 17, 2015. 


Paint Out Wilmington! will be held within the prescribed boundaries of Water St. to 17th St. from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge to the Isabel Holmes Bridge.  


The entry fee for the Adult Division is $30.  There is no entry fee for the Youth Division.  

Adult Division:  Cash prizes will be awarded to: Best of Show - $1000; Second Place - $500; and Third Place - $250. A People’s Choice Award and five (5) Honorable Mention Citations will also be awarded.  

Youth Division:  Cash prizes will be awarded to Best of Show - $100; Second Place - $50; and Third Place - $25.  

THE JUROR:                                                            

Chad Smith has shown in national juried exhibitions including: Finger Lakes Plein Air (Best of Show), Plein Air Easton! (Honorable Mention), American Impressionist Society’s Annual National Juried Exhibitions, and Crested Butte Plein Air Invitationals, to name a few.  Smith, who recently spent a month painting and teaching in Ireland, has gallery representation in New York, Colorado, Florida, South Carolina and is collected internationally. He currently resides in Durham, NC.   

Complete rules and registration form are available at

Rhonda Bellamy
Executive Director


Thursday, September 10, at the Arboretum. 

 CAMERON ART MUSEUM invites Proposals for Original Lantern Designs for
Art of Illumination
Artist-Made Lantern Juried Exhibition
as part of CAM’s bread & lights festival
Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
PROPOSAL ENTRY DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 11:59 pm
Artists are strongly encouraged to explore both contemporary and traditional media in the preparation of lantern proposals to be used for jury selection. Completed lanterns are NOT required for proposal submission. (Proposal deadline: October 7; completed lantern deadline: November 13.) The event will be held November 21--December 6, 2015 and will showcase the creativity and artistry in the area. Our festival website will be up soon after Labor Day.   

Please share with fellow artists!

For questions or submissions, please email


Hi Everyone: 

You are cordially invited to a workshop sponsored by Arts in Wilmington on “The Arts & Fundraising.”

When: Tuesday September 15, 2015 from 3:30 – 5:00PM

Where: Northeast Public Library on Military Cutoff Rd., Wil.

Who: Tom Conway, Fund-Raising Consultant

For Whom: Directors of Arts Org., Board Members, Other Volunteers, Development Officers

Why: Learn about creating a balanced fundraising program and the resources required for success.

How: Send an email to: to register.

Fee: None, but must pre-register.

Thank you! 
Tom Conway. 910.685.5084 – mobile.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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General Membership Meeting Thursday September 10

The next Wilmington Art Association meeting will be held at the New Hanover County Arboretum on Oleander Drive with social time starting at 6:30 pm. 

The business meeting will start at 7 and will be followed by a Committee Fair. Our Board members and committee heads have enjoyed putting together visuals and information to share with everyone. It will give all who attend an opportunity to talk, ask questions, and see the many things that WAA does and how you may like to get involved. 
There will be drawings for goodies at each committee table. 

Benefit Art Auction

Lynn Padgett is a former member of the Wilmington Art Association who passed away from cancer in April of 2015.  

Her family has donated 80 original paintings for a Silent Art Auction to be held at Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 19, 2015 to benefit Barium Springs Home for Children (a favorite charity of Lynn's) and the local area Benevolence fund. 

The Auction is open from 1-6. Refreshments will be served at 6 pm while the auction bids are tallied. 

Lynn’s life’s accomplishments and achievements will be honored at this time by her family and friends and presentation of funds to each organization will be made.   

Visa and MasterCard will be accepted for payment. For more information call Marianne Carter at 910-327-2427. 

WAA's Upcoming Workshop

Well-known watercolorist Betty Brown will teach a three-day workshop October 27th, 28th, and 29th from 9.30am to 4pm at the NHC Arboretum.  
The workshop is titled: "Painting Still Life, Landscape, and the Human Head in Watercolor".   This a wonderful opportunity with a fun and talented teacher!

Betty has extensive experience having painted in watercolor for the past forty years.  
She was first mentored by Alex Powers of Myrtle Beach and continued with Gladys Faris and many nationally known instructors including Charles Reid, Jeanne Dobie and Zoltan Szabo. Her work is included in collections nation-wide.
Participants will have plenty of individual painting time and demos as needed.

The cost for the three-day workshop is $310 for WAA members and $360 for non-members. Sign-up and payment options are available online on WAA's website at

The workshop has started to fill up. Don't miss out! Sign up now!!

Ann Lees
WAA Education Chair 

Coming Soon: Art in the Arboretum