WAA Events


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


All WAA members in good standing are eligible to apply to show 2D artwork in the Port City Java (PCJ) Porter’s Neck (PN) Café in 2015

Application submission begins January 19, 2015, and continues through February 2, 2015.

For Prospectus with complete information click here.

To apply, login to the Member's Gateway and following the instructions.


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


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.


Art in the Arboretum


This three-day event was presented by the Friends of the Arboretum and the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the Wilmington Art Association (WAA) on the grounds of the Arboretum. Proceeds raised helped support the projects and upkeep of this wonderful facility. The gardens’ natural fall splendor provided a perfect backdrop for creativity during one of the largest outdoor gatherings of art and music in the area.

October 3rd, 4th & 5th 2014

Budding and Blooming Art Show


Wilmington Art Association’s Inaugural “Budding and Blooming Art Show” took place on June 30 at Mayfaire Town Center. The show featured 40 Budding Kids, 20 Blooming Adults and 5 budding and Blooming Musicians. It was a wonderful day full of smiles & fun!

Checkout WAA on Facebook for show images.

SilverArts - NC State Wide Art Competition

The WAA, in partnership with the YMCA and other local organizations, recently sponsored the Visual Arts and the Heritage Arts portion of SilverArts.

For complete information and show pictures click here.



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