Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Loss in the Art Community

It is with sadness we convey the news that well known local artist Linda Hartman died Tuesday evening.
She presented the enjoyable program at our May meeting that was held at St. Paul Episcopal Church.
She brought so much joy and beauty into the world to everyone who knew her; it is so very sad to lose one such as her. Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

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Chad Smith Workshop



The WAA is pleased to have Chad Smith, internationally known contemporary artist, lead this premier plein air workshop, in conjunction with our 34th Annual Spring Art Show and Sale. The workshop is non-media specific. Chad is experienced in oil, watercolor, acrylic, ink and pastel. All levels and all mediums are invited. Chad will give you time-tested tools and concepts that transcend medium. The workshop will include studio time and painting en plein air. There will be demonstrations, presentations, group critiques, discussion and lots of painting time. Smith says, “As an ‘on the spot’ painter, I find great satisfaction in capturing the immediacy of the moment. I liken this to jazz improvisation. The more practiced and skilled one becomes, the more clarity and meaning one brings to the ‘performance’.”

When: Monday, April 11th - Wednesday, April 13th 2016
Time: 9am to 4pm
Where: Hannah Block Community Arts Center, 120 S 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401
Price: $350 for WAA Members $385 for Non-Members 
Registration and payment online at

Spring Show
WAA is very excited to bring this year the 34th Annual Juried Spring Show & Sale, which runs April 8th - 10th, 2016.
This show will be a major component of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. The Festival, which 
was founded in 1948, hosts events such as the coronation of the Azalea Festival Queen, a parade, garden tour, circus and Art Show. This week long event draws over 30,000 visitors to the Wilmington Area each year.
The 2016 34th Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sale will be held at the Hannah Block Historical USO Building/Community Art Center, located at 120 South Second St. Wilmington, NC.
The Spring Show attracts over 300 artists from across the Southeast each year, with 200 artists selected by a judge to show their work.
Our Judge this year will be Chad Matthew Smith, a Plein Air Artist from Durham, NC, who is nationally represented in galleries from New York to Colorado, and whose work is collected internationally. 
Submissions may be made from January 11th through February 29, 2016.
The show is opened to all artists eighteen years and older and will include original works in painting, pastel, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, fiber art, mixed media and three-dimensional work.  Monetary and merchandise awards will be in excess of $4,000.

For further information, please visit our website:

Abstract Expressionist Workshop at Franklin Square Gallery
Associated Artists of Southport will sponsor a Spring Workshop with Joseph DiGiulio. Joseph is a professional abstract painter from Raleigh, NC. He is an Executive Artist and Educational Accounts Manager for Jerry’s Artarama. His latest works are large-scale abstract acrylic paintings that reflect his use of color, line, shape and texture. He is known for his teaching skills in abstract painting.
The workshop is titled “The Abstract Expressionist Process.” Dates for the four day workshop are February 29– March 3, 2016. The cost is $320 for AAS members and $360 for non-members. It is an acrylics workshop.
For more information, please contact:
Jan Boland,  (910 – 253 -3101) 2836 Thornwood Ct., SE, Southport, NC 28461

Calling All Artists!
Call for artists for the 21st Orange Street ArtsFest, Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 28th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday May 29th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The celebrated street fair will return to Orange Street next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center and will feature over 80 artists with $550 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. An early bird entry fee of $135 will be offered until April 30, 2016. For complete details please visit or email Samantha Herrick, Community Arts Center Director at

Monday, January 18, 2016

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No Meet and Greet This Week
It will be held at another time.

Spring Show

There are many ways to participate in the WAA's biggest event.

First you can submit your artwork to be included in the show and sale.
If you are sure you want to enter but have not put the finishing touches on your artwork, please go ahead and register. It will take about twenty-four hours for it to go through. Then anytime prior to the deadline of February 29, you can send in the jpegs of your art.
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of doing this as early as possible.
Here is the website link to online registration.

Another way to participate is by volunteering to work at the show. If you would like to help and have not been asked, please contact Maria Williams (, Gail Guthrie (, or Susan Buteau ( and we will find a spot for you. 

Closing Reception

Saturday, January 16, 2016

No Meet and Greet This Week

Dear WAA Members,

We are so sorry, but we will have to postpone our very first "Meet & Greet" of 2016. We were scheduled to have this event on this coming Wednesday, January 20th, but my diagnosis of pneumonia this morning has stopped me a bit in my tracks.

I will be speaking with the Arboretum staff first thing Monday morning to come up with an alternate date for February or March. If it ends up rescheduled for March, we can have a "Swing into Spring!" theme—flowers will be blooming by then. (at least some!).

We will let you know the new date and time as soon as we have that settled with the Arboretum. It was so great to see so many of you at our Members’ Meeting on Thursday! We hope to see you all back for the ‘new’ Meet & Greet. Until then, keep creating lots of lovely art!

Best wishes,

Elaine Cooper

WAA Membership Chair

Thursday, January 14, 2016

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Call for Artists for WAA at Porter’s Neck Port City Java CafĂ©
 All WAA members in good standing are eligible to apply to show 2D artwork in the Port City Java (PCJ) Porter’s Neck for the first installment in 2016.  The show will be hung for 4 months.  If interested, please contact Kevin at  
For complete details, the prospectus can be found at  Deadline is January 20.
Meet and Greet Next week
Everyone is invited.
Upcoming Programs
Here is a list of WAA Programs and Speakers for 2016 General Membership Meetings.  Meetings are held at 6.30pm at NHC Arboretum, unless otherwise noted.

January  14th:  This month we welcomed printmaker, Susan Baehmann to talk about "Original prints versus Giclees". 
February 11th:  Pastel Demonstration and talk by Bonnie Rogers.  Rogers teaches pastel figure drawing at the Cameron Museum School.  She will demo a live pastel figure drawing, and is excited to share her passion for pastel with fellow artists.  Bonnie is a graduate in Creative Arts from UNCW and was a graphic artist for many years.

March 10th:  Our presenter will be Kelly Starbuck of SALT Studio Photography.  A well-known local photographer, Kelly has had work displayed in Town & Country and Southern Living Magazines, on Larry King Live, and in numerous local and national publications.  She specializes in photographing pieces of art for shows, and will speak about her background and experiences.

April  -  WAA Spring Show and Sale - no program.     
April 11th-13th:  WAA Workshop by Chad Smith entitled "Plein Air Concepts"

May 12th (At St. Paul's): WAA member and local oil painter known nationally for her outstanding work, Joanne Geisel  will explain and demonstrate her process as she begins an oil painting.  She will also share her thoughts on gallery representation, including creating a body of work, resume, cover letter and researching and approaching galleries.

June 9th:  WAA Annual Spring Picnic and Painting Party at Hugh Macrae Park

July and August - no programs.  Will be arranging a workshop.

September 8th:  Charles Robertson will present a program and demo on encaustics.

October13th:  TBA      Workshop with Michael Chesley Johnson - date and title TBA

November 10th:  TBA

December 8th:  WAA Annual Holiday Party

Monday, January 11, 2016

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Meeting this Week
The General Membership Meeting is on Thursday, January 14th at the New Hanover County Arboretum on Oleander Drive.  We begin at 6.30pm with a social and refreshments.  The meeting starts at 7pm.  This month we welcome Susan Baehmann, printmaker, as our speaker.  Her talk is entitled "Original Prints versus Giclees".  Susan will explain prints made on an etching press: intaglio, etching and monotypes.  She will speak about her background, how she came to printmaking and her process.  She will have examples of her beautiful work which is collected nationwide.
I look forward to seeing you on the 14th!  
Ann Lees
Education Chair
Spring Show News
The registration system for accepting submissions for the 34th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale is now up and running.
Deadline for submissions is February 29th.
Prizes totaling more than $4000 are awarded in many categories.
The show is held at the Hannah Block Community Art Center, 120 S. Second
Street in historic downtown Wilmington.
This is the largest Art Show the Wilmington Art Association undertakes during the year.
It is open to 2D and 3D artist 18 years of age or older, in a variety of media.  
The show is juried and judged.
2-3,000+ people usually walk through the exhibit.

The committee is working hard to make this wonderful event take
shape. Members are given a chance to help during the actual days of the show, so please sign up at one of our meetings or contact the Show Chair: Maria E Williams or Co-Chairs: Gail Guthrie, Susan Buteau
Click here to go directly to the info on the website.

Monday, January 4, 2016

eblast January 5, 2016

Next Meeting: Thursday January 14

Our speaker on January 14th is printmaker, Susan Baehmann.  Her talk is entitled "Original Prints versus Giclees".  Susan will explain the prints made on an etching press: intaglio, etching and monotypes.  She will speak about her background, how she came to printmaking, and her process.  She will have examples of her beautiful work which is collected nationwide.

Susan says:  "My primary interest is in the never-ending variance of moods, shapes, forms and colors to be found in nature.  The significance of objects and how they relate to each other on paper become arrangements of my impressions of reality."
Social time will begin at 6:30 and the meeting will start at 7 pm.

Meet and Greet On January 20!

Call for Artists!

Tipping Paint Gallery in Raleigh will be accepting applications for "Spring Forward," a juried show that will be held during March.

Juror for the show will be Rick Bennett, a founding father of Tipping Paint and accomplished artist and instructor.

Show them what springs you into action!

Two jpg entries per artist will be considered. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2016.
Please go here for more info.

Vicki Rees
Tipping Paint Gallery
311 West Martin Street
Raleigh, NC