Upcoming WAA Membership 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.

October 13, 2016 - The WAA Committee Fair was a great success last year. So again, next month, in place of a seated program, we shall have the opportunity to recognize what the different arms of WAA work at, what the many committees do to provide outreach, shows, publicity, communications, hospitality, workshops and programs. You will be able to see where your talents will truly fit in and meet like-minded members who would love to have you join in. Come and get to know our terrific members, new and old.

November 10, 2016 – We are delighted to welcome metal sculptor, Dumay Gorham, as our November presenter. Many of you will be familiar with Dumay's fabulous sculptures, gates and installations around town and in UNCW. He is the creator of the serpent/dragon in the Arboretum lily pond! He will tell us about his fantastical creatures and other metal fabrications of his imaginative mind, and will bring some smaller metal pieces which we can handle, admire and buy!

December 8, 2016 - Our Holiday Party will be at Cape Fear Country Club this year. We shall have a delicious dinner and a show of our work there in CFCC's beautifully decorated and festive rooms. More details to follow nearer the time. Plan to attend - it is always a lot of fun.

Previous 2016 General Membership Meetings

September 8, 2016 - Charles Robertson's jewel-like encaustic paintings are the result of over 35 years of working and experimenting in this 2000 year-old medium. His choice of subject matter, usually landscapes of large open fields, conveys a feeling of tranquility portrayed by a softness often associated with encaustic painting. He also does still lifes of single objects and abstracts he refers to as "glyphs" or "glyphics". Robertson has exhibited at major galleries throughout the nation and is in numerous private collections. Charles Spoke of his work in encaustics, and gave a demonstration of his technique in this age-old medium.

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

Southeastern Community College

Presents WAA Board Exhibition

The Southeastern Community College invited the WAA Board to exhibit artwork August 22 - September 16, 2016 at the Wyche Gallery on their campus. A reception was held at 5:00 pm September 1, 2016 in the Gallery.

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.


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