The Wilmington Art Association is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for area visual artists to gain community recognition through shows and exhibitions. It offers a forum wherein artists, local craftsmen, and people interested in the visual arts can exchange ideas, learn from each other, and contribute to the community. It provides educational programs, demonstrations, and lectures, which will lead to better public understanding and appreciation of visual arts.

2015 SilverArts a statewide Art Competition

The Wilmington Art Association is proudly participating in the SilverArts by sponsoring two of the arts the Visual Arts and Heritage Arts. The SilverArts is a statewide Art Competition for adults 50 and over. All participants of the Visual and Heritage Arts are also given an opportunity to sell their creations during the three days this event is open to the public. This Exhibition and Sale will be held from Friday, May 8th and 9th from 10:00am - 4:00pm as well as Sunday, Mother's Day, May 10th from 12 noon to 4:00 pm. On Mother's Day there will be live entertainment from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm by Perry Smith, a talented vocalist and musician.

For information on the judge click here.

WAA / Thalian Association Children's Theater - Art Show

WAA artists were invited to paint the cast of CATS for an art show to be held in conjunction with the show performance which will be at Thalian Association Children’s Theater (Thalian Association - Official Theatre of North Carolina) in the Hannah Block Community Arts Center on May 14 - 17. Twenty-eight artists participated, painting each character in their “visually stunning and iconic makeup." The exhibition will be in the lobby of the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center and the paintings will be on sale to the public with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Community Arts Center.

Participating artists are Eunice Andrews, Mary Austin, Sue Bark, Chris Bloom, Becky Bucci, Susan Buteau, Jane Capen, Jay DeChesere, Francisca Dekker, Ann Hair, Roslyn Hancock, Connie Houser, Barbara Jamison, Pricilla Judy, Jana Koch, Karen Masterson, Diane McCord, Pam McNeill, Gretchen Murden, Judy Pawinski, Marty Relan, Janet Sessoms, Ritsuko Stilson, Anthony Vivaldi, Jeanne Walker, Roberta Wildman, Maria E. Williams and Elena Wright.

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 Art Center for the duration of the show. 28 WAA artists will have their paintings of individual CATS available in the Art Show. A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Hannah Block Community Art Center.

Budding and Blooming Art Show - Call for Artists

Wilmington Art Association announces the 2nd annual “Budding and Blooming Art Show” which provides opportunities for young, Budding Artists to be entrepreneurs for the day, selling their art or craft for their own set prices along with 20 Adult Blooming Artists.

For complete information click here.

20th Anniversary Orange Street ArtsFest Call for Artists

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 visit or email Samantha Herrick, Community Arts Center Director at

For entry information and entry form click here.

WAA announces 33rd Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale

The Wilmington Art Association is pleased to announce award winners for the 33rd Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale on April 10 – 12, 2015.

2015 Award Winners

First Place Fine Art
Mervin Wilkinson

Second Place Fine Art
Liz Hosier
”Desert Marsh”

Third Place Fine Art
Sam Allerton Green
”10 a.m.”

People's Choice Award
Craig Hales
”Inside Out”

For complete list of winners click here

For additional Show informationclick here.

WAA Moves to EBLAST and Blog for E-News!

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2015 Spring Show Sponsors and Donors

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Arrow Fine Art Supplies Anonymous
Kay Ballard Kay Bilisoly
Shirley Bolden Ralph & Pamela Bradley
Eve Brimberry Betty Brown
Denis & Myrna Brown Roger & Sara Cates
William & Elaine Cooper Frame Outlet
Myron & Carole Furman Robert & Joanne Geisel
Paul & Liz Hosier Landfall Foundation
Anthony and Ann Lees Ronald & Diane McCord
Thomas & Cheryl McGraw Bryan McIntyre
John & Joan McLoughlin Pam McNeil
Geoffery & Georgia Newton Rippy Cadillac
Lorena Redding James & Frances Summerin
Tinga Nursey Tim & Janie Trulove
Gayle Van Velsor Bonnie Wendt
Edward & Mary Weingart

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