WAA Events

Port City Java / WAA - Showing art in PCJ at Porter’s Neck

Wilmington Art Association and Port City Java proudly bring you their third installment of WAA featured artists – May 22, 2015 through August 21, 2015. Artists include Sandra Siemering, Vicky Wadlow, Karen Wiles, Jo Ann Tomaselli, Greg Downs, David Chappell, Craig Hale, Alouise Fenstermacher, and Chris Bloom. Join us for the reception June 4, 2015 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Port City Java at Porter’s Neck, 8211 Market Street.

Join the artists for the opening reception June 4 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

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 fourth installment. If interested, please contact Brad at bcarter.art@outlook.com.

For Prospectus with complete information click here.


Paintings, photography and fiber art by seventeen WAA artists of the Arboretum Gardens 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.

WAA General Meetings

Monthly meetings normally include an educational program. Please join us on the second Thursday of each month. Social - 6:30 pm; Business Meeting - 7:00 pm; Educational Program - 8:00pm. There are no meetings in July and August and the December meeting is a holiday dinner. The general public is invited to attend all general meetings. All WAA General Meetings will be held at the New Hanover County Arboretum 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC, with the exception of October 8, which will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 16 North 16th Street.

For a complete list of dates for the WAA General Meetings click here.

2015 General Meeting Programs

January 8, 2015: Owen Wexler will give a talk and power point presentation on the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. Owen is on the Board of NCMA and will give an overview of the museum, its collections and beautiful new building. Owen is on the Wilmington Arts Council, and is a well-known local painter with a background in graphics and an MFA from the Institute of Chicago.

February 12, 2015: Michael van Hout, a well known metal artist, will share with us his witty, original work, and describe his technique through a power point presentation. Michael is well-known for his metalwork and animal sculptures, exhibiting widely including at UNCW and the Cameron Art Museum. He has recently added the human form with an emphasis on portrait heads and seated figures to his subject matter. His forms are presented in wire, sheet metal, papier mache, relief prints and wooden sticks.

March 12, 2015: Ben Billingsley will present ""Van Gogh - Post-Impressionist All-Star", exploring the life, works and impact of this key post-impressionist painter. A well-known printmaker and painter, Cape Fear Community College teacher and art history lecturer, Ben will discuss Van Gogh's lasting influence on art and popular culture. Those who have attended Ben's past presentations know what an enjoyable and dynamic speaker he is!

May 14, 2015: Susan Baehmann, Printmaker. Susan will describe the different printmaking techniques, lithographs, intaglio, etching, woodblock, silkscreen and monotypes, etc., and how these differ substantially from products which are labeled "prints" and are in fact reproductions like Giclees. Examples of varied printmaking techniques will be shown.

September 10, 2015: Panel discussion on how artists can use social media for marketing their work.

June 11, 2015: Summer picnic at Hugh McRae Park. Details to follow.

October 8, 2015: Sam Ellerton Green, painter in oils, will show his beautiful work, and tell us how he's managed to fully integrate himself into Wilmington's art scene so soon after relocating here from Maryland in August 2014, since when he won first place in Wilmington's 275th Anniversary Show and become the featured artist of the Star News annual commemorative mug.

November 12,2015: Justine Ferreri, ceramic artist par excellence, will discuss her technique in building her wonderful, witty and whimsical creations.

December 10, 2015: Holiday dinner. Details to follow.

Board of Directors Meetings

Board of Directors meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Arboretum at 10:00 AM unless otherwise indicated - BOD Meetings Dates

Past WAA Events

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 were 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.

2015 SilverArts a statewide Art Competition

For list of Visual Arts Winners click here.

For Heritage Arts Winners, click here.

The Wilmington Art Association participated 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. This Exhibition and Sale was held Friday, May 8th and 9th.

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.

Artists’ Studio & Supplies Sales Event

WAA will once again be hosting a White Elephant-type event to help re-distribute gently used or new art supplies.  This event is open to all WAA members and guests and will take place Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the Arboretum.  No commissions,no fees.

For complete information click here.

WAA Holiday Dinner and Art Show

The Annual Holiday Dinner and Art Show was held at Shell Island Resort Wednesday, December 10 at 6:30 pm. Winners in the Art Show were: Mary Austin for best use of red or green; Anne van Blarcom for best composition; and Gale Smith for People's Choice Award.

Joan McCloughlin, Kay Bilisoly and Mary Austin enjoy socializing and viewing the paintings, which were being voted on during the social hour before WAA Christmas dinner on December 10th.

Ann Lees, Education Chair, handed gift certificates to the winners. From the left, Mary Austin won the award for best use of red or green, Anne van Blarcom was the winner for best composition, and Gale Smith won the People's Choice Award.


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