WAA Events

WAA General Meetings

WAA General Membership Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at the New Hanover County Arboretum 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC. A social with refreshments will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by the business meeting at 6:30 PM.

May 12, 2016 - On May 12th, 2016, Wilmington Art Association welcomed well-known artist and instructor, Joanne Geisel as presenter at our monthly Membership Meeting. Geisel's presentation was titled : "Creating Dynamic Impact with Values". She explained and demonstrated her process as she begins an oil painting. The work at the right is the finished piece from the demonstration. She also shared her thoughts on gallery representation including creating a body of work, resume, cover letter, and researching and approaching galleries. Joanne is an award-winning North Carolina artist, and she is often found painting en plein air in Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington.

March 10, 2016 - 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.

February 11, 2016 - 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. The picture at the right is the piece that Bonnie created during the meeting.

January 14, 2016 - the speaker will be 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.
For complete list of meeting dates and location - General Meeting Dates and Location.

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

A Spring Tour to the NC Museum of Art

The WAA toke a group of members on a day trip to the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh to see the Special Exhibition of Childe Hassam on March 29, 2016. The cost was $35 and included lunch in the Museum Restaurant, tickets for two special exhibitions and a docent-led tour of the Childe Hassam exhibition.

WAA Meet & Greet

WAA Meet & Greet - Meet your fellow artist on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Arboretum, Oleander Drive, Wilmington. Please join us for drinks and toothsome goodies while spending an hour or two with your fellow WAA member. No business meeting or presenter - just time to relax and get to know us.

Holiday Dinner

The Annual Holiday Dinner and Art Show was held at the Blockade Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC Thursday, December 16 at 6:00 pm. Winners in the Art Show were by category:

This piece would look good in my home.................Liz Hosier
I think this piece of art is a prize winner..................John Parker
This piece displays the most emotion.....................Neal Keller

“BABES IN TOYLAND” Art Show - Dec 3-6, 2015

WAA artists painted the actors in the Thalian Association’s Childrens Theater production of “Babes in Toyland”. Photographs were taken by the artists of the actors in costume two weeks prior to the event. The paintings were displayed and for sale in the lobby of the Hannah Block Community Art Center during the the performance dates.

Paint Out Wilmington Show and Sale

The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC hosted Paint Out Wilmington!, the annual juried plein air in Wilmington, NC, October 11-17, 2015. The judge was Chad Smith from Durham, NC. The judging and awards ceremony took place Saturday, October 17 at 10:00 am at Bijou Park on N. Front Street beside the Arts Council.


1st Place - $1,000
Jay DeChesere

2nd Place - $500
Arron Johnson

3rd Place - $250
Lisa Lightfoot

For a complete list of awards and winners click here.

2015 Art in the Arboretum Show

Art in the Arboretum, an annual fall event, filled the gardens with art and music for the weekend of October 2nd, 3rd, & 4th, 2015, featuring local artists’ works such as paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture, and other media. A raffle, silent auction, and performances by local musicians also took place.

Budding and Blooming Art Show

Wilmington Art Association recently sponsored the 2nd annual “Budding and Blooming Art Show” which provided 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.

The Colors of Summer

Original works of art, sculpture, photography, textiles for the home, jewelry, and more!

Call it a roadshow! The Wilmington Art Association joins Tickled Pink to bring Wilmington's finest fine art to the breezy promenades of Lumina Station. Different artists, masters of their specific medium, will be featured at Tickled Pink - where you'll meet painters, quilters, photographers & jewelers & their superb work.

WHEN: July 30 – August 30, 2015
WHERE: Tickled Pink at Lumina Station
WHAT: Four Weeks of Fine Art & Finer Artists

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.


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